With the recent string of colder days, and with the forecast of more ahead, it's a sure bet that ice fishing isn't that far away.
Word midweek is that about half of Scofield is holding an ice covering and that there is some ice in the bays at Strawberry.
If colder temperatures do persist, then expect Scofield to be iced over, possibly by next week, and Strawberry within a couple of weeks.
Following close behind will be such waters as Deer Creek, Jordanelle, Rockport and East Canyon.
According to recent reports, those who have ventured out early on what ice there is on Scofield have been doing well fishing with minnow imitations and light-colored flies.
As of last weekend, the report is the fishing at Strawberry has been good, but outside temperatures have been cold. Even with the colder weather, however, anglers report the fish have been in water between 15 and 20 feet deep.
The trick, said one fisherman, is to get the fly, lure or bait down to where the fish are, which means cast and be patient on the retrieve.
Comparing notes, they also report that on average the fish on the Soldier Creek side of the reservoir tend to be fewer but larger than those on the Strawberry side.
Some of the better fishing has been on flowing waters. Currently, the rainbows and browns are spawning. What seems to attract them best is a yellow-colored glow bug. Some of the better fishing has been on the Weber and Provo rivers.
Dry-fly fishing is about at its end.
BEAR LAKE Fishing for lake trout has started to slow down. However, some days are still very good. The best luck has come to anglers who are either jigging with tube jigs tipped with ciso or trolling with downriggers on top of the rock pile off Gus Rich Point or off the new rock piles north of the Utah State Park marina. Whitefish fishing should begin to pick up soon.
LOGAN RIVER Fishing fair to good. The water levels remain low, so the fish are very easily spooked. Pocket water seems to produce the most successful fishing. Try using a dropper rig. Fish a dry fly such as a Parachute Adams, a Pale Morning Dun or an Adams on the top, and a small Copper John, Hares Ear, or PMD emerger for the dropper nymph below. Bait fishing at the dams has also been fair. The best time is in the mornings before the sun is up.
OGDEN RIVER Fishing good. Successful lures include Rapalas in brown trout colors and small Parachute Adams fly pattern.
ROCKPORT Good fishing was reported for nice rainbows up to 15 inches using yellow PowerBait.
DEER CREEK More than 70,000 of the 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout were stocked in the reservoir last month. Fishing success is good. The bass limit is six, but immediately release all bass over 12 inches long. Walleye limit was increased this year to 10 but only one over 24 inches may be kept.
JORDANELLE Fishing is good for smaller trout from both boat and shoreline and slow for bass. Bass limit is six, but immediately release all bass over 12 inches long.
PROVO RIVER Spawn of brown trout is occurring and fish are aggressively taking lures or flies.
STRAWBERRY Good fishing success reported by most anglers. Morning can be very cold so dress warmly. Some very large cutts are being caught over 23 to 27 inches. Try tube jigs, dark Wooly Buggers, minnow-imitating lures or simply traditional baits.
UTAH LAKE Night fishing for catfish is still productive. Walleye limit was changed this year to 10 but only one can be over 24 inches. There is no limit on white bass. Largemouth and smallmouth bass limit is six, but immediately release all largemouth and smallmouth bass over 12 inches long.
YUBA Slow for walleye, northern pike and trout. Perch are being caught, but they must be immediately released. New regulations on perch take place next year that will allow anglers to keep 10 perch.
CURRANT CREEK Fair to good fishing. Cooler weather has brought the fish back up toward the surface.
FLAMING GORGE Fishing good to excellent for small lake trout on most areas of the reservoir. Fish are on underwater humps and points and also closer to shorelines. Fishing for smaller lake trout less than eight pounds from the river arms south in 40 to 100 feet is good. Use downriggers to troll spoons and minnow plugs within 10 to 20 feet of the bottom or look for suspended fish 40 to 70 feet. Good jig colors are white, brown and chartreuse. Rainbow fishing good to excellent for rainbows on most of the reservoir. If fishing from a boat try trolling spoons or Rapalas with downriggers or try long lining with at least 100 feet of line behind boat. Try fishing for burbots with jigs late in the afternoon, early morning or at night on points coming into reservoir. Use white or glow tube jigs, two to three inches long and about 1/4 to 1/2 ounces. Smallmouth bass fishing is slow.
GREEN RIVER Good fishing on the river. The traffic has dropped and fishing success has increased. Brown trout are spawning so be aware of spawning redds when wading. Dry fly fishing has slowed. Nymphing action is good to excellent. Flies to try include: midges and very small baetis patterns. Spin fishermen should try small Rapalas floating, countdown and husky jerk, and small spinners. Also try black, brown or olive Marabou jigs and small jigs.
MOON LAKE Reports of fair to good fishing for trout and kokanee. Anglers reporting catching fish from both the shore and boats.
RED FLEET Good fishing for rainbows with an occasional brown trout. Bass and bluegill fishing is slow. Try fishing the shoreline areas with the most cover such as rocky points or submerged vegetation. The trout have moved back up into the surface waters and will often cruise the shorelines looking for minnows, crayfish and other prey.
STARVATION Slow fishing for yellow perch, walleye and bass. Brown and rainbow trout fishing has picked up due to cooler water temperatures. Trout will be found near rocky shoreline structures or along the weed beds looking for minnows and other prey.
SCOFIELD Fishing good or very good. Boaters have had success trolling various gear, including pop gear, spoons and crankbaits. Anglers fishing from anchored boats have done well using PowerBait and worms, marshmallows and worms or worms alone. Shoreline anglers continue to do well with PowerBait and worms or marshmallows and worms.
FISH LAKE Good success for splake by jigging just off the weedline and in 40 to 50 feet of water. Tip jigs with sucker or perch meat for best success. Rainbows are also caught at the same depths with jigs or traditional baits. Trolling has also been successful for rainbows and splake. Lake trout have spread out through the lake again and fishing is a little slow. A few tiger muskegs have moved up from Johnson Reservoir.
MINERALIZES The lake level is slowing rising and the water is a little clearer. Fishing could pick up at any time as the water clears. Sampling during the last week of September found that rainbows are still very abundant and very healthy. There are a lot of fish 18- to 20-inch. Special regulations include artificial flies and lures only, with a limit of one trout, which must be over 22 inches.
OTTER CREEK Rainbows have moved in shallow and fishing from shore is fair to good with most baits. Trolling also successful.
PANGUITCH New regulations now in effect limit is four trout, which must be less than 15 inches or over 22 inches.