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Brett Prettyman
Brett Prettyman writes about the outdoors, recreation and fishing for The Salt Lake Tribune
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Updated on Oct 1, 2014 03:38PM
The Utah side of Flaming Gorge Reservoir has been added to the state's fish consumption advisory list for high levels of mercury. That isn't really a surprise, but it is surprising that other top of t...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 12:17PM

Lake Powell Fishing Report by Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words
August 27, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3606
Water Temperature 77-80 F


Reports of stripers feeding on the surface...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 12:17PM
The weather for the Labor Day weekend looks "mostly" nice. If you are considering boating here's the Utah State Parks current reservoir conditions as of August 25:

Some reservoir have low wat...

Updated on Aug 1, 2014 09:03AM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 23, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3608
Water Temperature 77-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

STRIPERS BOILING!


Big news be...

Updated on Jul 14, 2014 04:41PM
Here's the Utah State Parks reservoir conditions report for the week of July 14. Expect big crowds with the warm weather.

Bear Lake State Park Marina: Launch Ramp OPEN/63 degrees

Bea...

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 11:31AM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
July 1, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3609.2
Water Temperature 73-77 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words


Stripers are settling into a feeding sc...

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 04:32PM

Plenty of opportunities for summer boating in Utah despite a lean snowpack in the south.

Utah State Parks current reservoir conditions for July 7:


Bear Lake State Park Marina:...

Updated on Jun 28, 2014 10:33AM

Officially, Trout Unlimited is calling its new TroutBlitz program a "citizen-science initiative" to figure out where healthy native and wild trout populations exist across North America. Personally...

Updated on Jun 24, 2014 04:46PM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
June 24, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3607.25
Water Temperature 71-76 F

By Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

The last fish report was not very exciti...

Updated on Jun 19, 2014 12:57PM

Wayne Gustaveson with the Wayne's Words Lake Powell Fishing page and Lake Powell Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources sent in this fun story about a big striper "landed" at th...

Updated on Jun 11, 2014 03:56PM
Russell Nielson throws a javelin like a champion. He is also apparently quite an angler.
The Southern Utah University student, who won the javelin throw at the Big Sky Track & Field championships ...

Updated on Jun 11, 2014 12:28PM

Life is hard when you have to play a child's game to decide which fish to pursue. Such is the case at Flaming Gorge these days.

Flaming Gorge Project Leader Ryan Mosley shares this report in...

Updated on Jun 11, 2014 03:56PM

Sometimes there are simple answers to tough questions. Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report of an effort to restore smallmouth ...

Updated on Jun 11, 2014 11:06AM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
June 11, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3599.32
Water Temperature 71-78 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

Stripers are Slurping!

Lake Pow...

Updated on May 16, 2014 03:40PM

The lunker laker expedition continues at Flaming Gorge Reservoir where Flaming Gorge Project Leader Ryan Mosley reports that big fish live all over the lake. Here's his report from Friday morning.<...

Updated on May 16, 2014 09:15AM

Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the UDWR sent in this report from the annual spring net surveyat Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The video was shot a couple of years ago from the same event....

Updated on May 14, 2014 04:11PM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
May 13, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3580
Water Temperature 57-65 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words
http://www.wayneswords.com

The good news ...

Updated on Jun 16, 2014 08:55AM
The Salt Lake Tribune is in the process of relaunching our Hook Shots feature. I have more than 300 photos, but they are all from 2011 and earlier due to a computer crash. I need your help in getting ...

Updated on May 12, 2014 11:00AM

Mike Hadley, an aquatic biologist with the UDWR in southern Utah, sent in this report from a recent survey at Navajo Lake.

The ice came off Navajo Lake east of Cedar City a couple of weeks a...

Updated on May 6, 2014 04:31PM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
May 6, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3578
Water Temperature 59-69 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

May is here and water temperature is in the 60s...

Updated on May 6, 2014 10:52AM

Ryan Kelly of Green River Fly Fisher has been busy as of late. Here's his latest report.

The social media world is a buzz (pun totally intended) with word that there are cicadas on the Gree...

Updated on May 5, 2014 10:20AM

Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report. As always, goof fishing at the Gorge.

Fishing is really good on the reservoir rig...

Updated on Apr 30, 2014 03:37PM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
April 30, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3577
Water Temperature 56-60 F

By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

Great News! The cold wind that has been...

Updated on Apr 24, 2014 04:23PM


Mike Hadley, a fisheries biologist in Southern Utah for the DWR, sent in this report of a recent spring survey at Gunlock Reservoir.

Gunlock Reservoir Electrofishing Survey
Utah Div...

Updated on Apr 24, 2014 01:04PM

I'm always bummed when my schedule keeps me from helping with the twice yearly electroshocking survey on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Lea...

Updated on Apr 21, 2014 09:12PM

Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the UDWR, spend shis off time fishing the gorge. He sent in this report Monday.

Spring fishing for rainbow trout on the Gorge is getting better ...

Updated on Apr 18, 2014 04:00PM

Ryan Kelly is not only a gifted fly fishing guide, but apparently a closet writer. Love the stuff he has been cranking out lately. The Green is obviously providing all kinds of inspiration for him ...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 10:38AM

Ryan Kelly, the Green River Fly Fisher, obviously had a long winter. Check out his report.

Despite strong snow pack in the Wind River range and a designation as a moderately wet year, t...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 10:21AM

Reservoirs across the state are largely ice free, but many have low water. Boat with caution.

Here's the weekly reservoir conditions report from Utah State Parks for the week of April 7.

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Updated on Apr 1, 2014 02:31PM

Minersville Reservoir Trend Net Survey by Michael Hadley with the DWR's Southern Region.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conducted a trend net survey on March 27, 2014, to monitor fi...

Updated on Apr 1, 2014 10:32AM

It's spring and for Utah fisheries folks that means survey time at waters across the state. I'll be posting these reports as they are provided throughout the spring.

Newcastle Reservoi...

Updated on Apr 4, 2014 07:39AM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
March 31, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3575
Water Temperature 51-55 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

Stripers continue to be the most readily ca...

Updated on Mar 26, 2014 11:26AM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
March 26, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3575
Water Temperature 52-60 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

The weather is warming, but the changes are ...

Updated on Mar 26, 2014 11:13AM

Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources sent in this report.

There's a lot of talk about good "ice-off" fishing right now, and that's appropriat...

Updated on Mar 24, 2014 04:11PM
The 8th annual Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo is being held March 28-29 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. More than 20 fly tiers are scheduled to be at public viewing vises throughout t...

Updated on Mar 14, 2014 03:31PM

Lake Powell Fishing Report
March 15, 2014
Lake Elevation: 3575
Water Temperature 49-52 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson of Wayne's Words

Does anyone have any exciting fishing storie...

Updated on Mar 13, 2014 04:32PM
Ryan Kelly - the Green River Fly Fisher - sent in this report.
Streamer fishing remains by far and away the most entertaining form of fishing. The A section fish have lost interest in cannibalis...

Updated on Feb 11, 2014 03:09PM
Burbot fishing contests at Flaming Gorge are turning out to be a winning situation for anglers, and more importantly, for the massive reservoir on the Utah/Wyoming border.
Over the weekend Randy T...

Updated on Feb 10, 2014 11:11AM
Utah State Parks reservoir conditions for the week of February 10.

Bear Lake State Park Marina: Launch Ramp CLOSED/33 degrees- lake is 50% ice
Bear Lake First Point: Launch Ramp CLOSED/33...

Updated on Feb 7, 2014 03:08PM

Ryan Kelly with Green River Flyfisher found some time on the river. Maybe you should as well.

With lots of blue sky days and warm weather the fishing has stayed really good. Streamer fishin...

Updated on Feb 3, 2014 05:04PM
Eight of the 13 new styles from Costa for 2014 are designed for women. The lines come with all the standard features of other Costa glasses, but are distinctly fashion forward. No more spending a day ...

Updated on Jan 13, 2014 10:13AM
Here's the Utah State Parks reservoir condition report for the week of January 13:

Bear Lake State Park Marina: Launch Ramp OPEN/32 degrees- watch for ice
Bear Lake First Point: Launch Ra...

Updated on Dec 31, 2013 09:58AM

Here's the Utah State Parks reservoir conditions report for the last days of 2013 and the first of 2014.


Bear Lake State Park Marina: Launch Ramp OPEN/33 degrees- watch for ice
Bear...

Updated on Dec 12, 2013 10:55AM

Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report.If you go, dress warm.

Here's his report

Ice has been forming uplake and now...

Updated on Dec 10, 2013 12:03PM

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources fisheries officials sent me a report for known ice conditions on some northern Utah water as of Monday afternoon. Thanks James Abbott for the information.

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Updated on Dec 9, 2013 03:41PM

Here's the Utah State Parks reservoirs conditions report for the week of Dec. 9.


Bear Lake State Park Marina: Launch Ramp OPEN/36 degrees
Bear Lake First Point: Launch Ramp OPEN/36...

Updated on Dec 6, 2013 01:01PM

Ryan Kelly, the Green River Fly Fisher, brings up the age-old debate of fly vs. non-fly in this week's report. Oh, and its really cold.

Here's his report.
While the myopic procreative pr...

Updated on Dec 3, 2013 02:55PM

Sounds like lake trout are patrolling the shallows looking to fill up after spawning. Trolling for lakers can be a ton of fun.

Good news for the Wyoming side of the reservoir as fisheries of...

Updated on Dec 2, 2013 03:10PM
Safe ice fishing conditions are just emerging across on Utah's popular waters, but it isn't too early to mark the calendar for a new tournament being held by Utah State Parks in 2014. The first annual...

Updated on Dec 2, 2013 02:32PM
The Utah State Parks reservoir conditions report for the week of December 2:

Bear Lake State Park Marina: Launch Ramp OPEN/42 degrees
Bear Lake First Point: Launch Ramp OPEN/42 degrees <...

 
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