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Friday, August 24, 2007

Boating, Fishing Conditions Good on Most Utah Waters

We are now moving into the late summer period, when water levels are sometimes low at some Utah reservoirs. We are in pretty good shape this year. Boating and fishing conditions are good on most waters. But boaters need to be aware that launching conditions are difficult on a few reservoirs.

Deer Creek Reservoir and Willard Bay have low water and launch ramps are officially closed. At Deer Creek, small boats are still launching but it is "at your own risk."

The water level at Willard is so low that launching is treacherous, even for small boats. Some people are still attempting, and some are knocking props on rocks as they try to get out onto the lake.

These reservoirs also have low water and difficult launching conditions: East Canyon, Hyrum, Palisades, Quail Lake and Newton Reservoir. See the State Parks boating conditions report for details.

Campgrounds are still open at those reservoirs.

Launching conditions are good at Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge, Strawberry, Utah Lake and all other major Utah boating waters. Check locally for information about conditions on smaller waters.

Fishing is good on most Utah reservoirs and streams, and it will get better now as summer's heat wanes. Strawberry has produced excellent trout fishing all summer. Lake Powell continues to be excellent for striped bass and smallmouth bass. At Powll, stripers are now feeding on the surface and that brings on a very fun fishing opportunity.

Fly fishermen are now having great success using hoppers and other terrestrial insect patterns on the Green River, Middle Provo River and other streams.

See our latest fishing report for more information.


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