Early February fishing report for southeastern Utah
|Danny Eliazon and Reece Stein show off Rainbow Trout caought last month at Scofield Reservoir.|
There are some new opportunities for anglers in 2007. Fishermen can now keep eight trout at Scofield Reservoir. With the purchase of a second-pole permit, an angler can use two fishing rods statewide. Be sure to pick up a new fishing guide available at license agents and DWR offices statewide.
Huntington Creek. Tom Ogden fished open water pools below the forks last Sunday. He reported good success with a number 10 maroon-colored San Juan worm or a number 12 Montana nymph. His biggest fish was a 14-incher. Most of his catch consisted of brown trout.
Mammoth Reservoir. No recent report butTiger trout generally range between 11-17 inches. Try a chartreuse grub, jig, or ice fly tipped with bait. Best baits include minnows, chub meat, mealworms and nightcrawlers. The bite is usually light. The ice is thick and may approach two feet. Closed to the possession of cutthroat trout.
Joes Valley Reservoir. On Jan. 18 Aquatics Biologist Justin Hart and a few friends fished the reservoir from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They fished the big bay south of Seely Creek in 12-30 feet of water. The party of three caught and released a total of 96 fish, which ranged from 8-15 inches. Most were splake with a few tiger trout. The fishing party used small jigs or spoons tipped with chub meat. The bites came in waves throughout the day. Biologist Tony Wright fished the following day and caught 10 fish in two hours using a small glow-in-the-dark jighead, tipped with chub meat. All of Tony's fish were less than 15 inches. Dedicated Hunter Mike Hreinson checked anglers last Saturday. Fishing success was poor for the three groups he interviewed on the ice. Special regulations apply. Please refer to the new fishing guide.
Lasal Mountains. DWR Aquatics Biologist Darek Elverud fished Ken's Lake on 1-28 and caught three brown trout in three hours. Browns ranged from 12-16 inches long. They were hitting white jigs tipped with nightcrawlers, fished in 10-15 feet of water. The ice is about five inches thick. Mountain reservoirs are frozen and inaccessible.
Scofield Reservoir. Dedicated Hunter Mike Hreinson interviewed nine groups of anglers last Saturday. Fishing success ranged from poor to fair. Fisheries Technician Mike Ault conducted creel surveys from Jan. 26-28. All days were busy with peak pressure occurring on Saturday at noon when Mike counted 200 anglers. Nearly all fish were rainbows ranging from 12-16 inches. Todd Munford of King's Outdoor World fished last Saturday. Todd said the catch was "tough," but that best fishing occurred between 7-9 a.m. He used a 1/8 ounce jighead tipped with a nightcrawler, and seemed to do better when he coated the jig with shrimp or crayfish Smelly Jelly. Last Monday, Lieutenant Carl Gramlich fished and reported poor fishing success. Carl suggests that mornings are the best time to fish. The bite seems to turn on and off throughout the day. The trout limit is now eight fish.