Southeastern Utah fishing report for July 4
Abajo Mountains. Foy Reservoir continues to provide good fishing with bait and lures. Fishing remains fair at Monticello Reservoir, where the limit has been raised to eight fish, due to drought. Bait fishing continues to be good at Blanding number three. At Recapture Reservoir, rainbow trout fishing has been fair for boat anglers trolling with spinners. Northern pike fishing has been good for anglers trolling with crankbaits. The daily bag and possession limit for all game fish has been doubled at Lloyds Lake until November 1, due to low water conditions and expected loss of fish.
Benches Pond. Conservation officer Stacey Taggart reports fair fishing with PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. The pond will be repeatedly stocked throughout the summer.
Boulger Pond. Fair fishing has again been reported for anglers using PowerBait, worms and marshmallows.
Cleveland Reservoir. This reservoir has been stocked with its total annual allotment of 4,000 rainbow trout. The daily bag and possession limits have been raised to eight fish. Anglers are encouraged to harvest the fish before the reservoir drains, which is expected by mid-August. Conservation officer Kip Draper describes fishing as good with PowerBait or worms.
Colorado River. Conservation officer Edward Meyers reports good fishing for catfish up to three pounds. Preferred baits include shrimp, worms and liver.
Duck Fork Reservoir. Conservation officer Kip Draper urges fishermen not to believe a rumor being circulated about the limit being doubled and bait restriction removed. The rumor is false. Fish may only be caught with artificial flies and lures. The trout limit remains at two. All tributaries are closed to fishing until July 13.
Electric Lake. Right at dusk, fly fishermen have been doing well with dry fly patterns. The water level is so low that boats cannot be launched. Tributaries are closed until July 13. A tributary is any moving water, which empties into a reservoir, even if that water is running within the lakebed.
Ferron Reservoir. Sergeant Carl Gramlich reports good fishing with PowerBait and dry flies in the evening. Anglers are encouraged to harvest the illegally introduced brook trout, which may eventually overpopulate the lake, resulting in small fish in poor condition. Please remember that all tributaries are closed until the second weekend in July.
Gigliotti Pond. On June 26, Damian Olsen of Helper and his friend, Mike Payne of Provo, found the leak in the Gigliotti Pond. Between the corner of the dam and the spillway, they found a muskrat burrow, into which water was leaking. Aquatics manager, Louis Berg plans to allow the water level to drop beneath the burrow and then fix it. Within the next few weeks, Berg hopes to refill the pond. The pond was stocked last week with 1,300 trout. The water level has dropped to the point where trout are concentrated. These trout may die, so anglers are encouraged to keep the fish they catch. On June 19, the daily bag and possession limit for trout was doubled from four to eight fish. Bass and bluegill must still be released
Gooseberry Reservoir. Fishing continues to be fair with PowerBait, worms and marshmallows.
Grassy Lake. Fishing success has been spotty. PowerBait is recommended.
Huntington Creek. Fishing continues to be good in the fly-only zone, where the limit is two trout. The forks of the Huntington were stocked on June 19 with nine to 10 inch rainbow trout. Harvest of brown trout on the left fork is encouraged, where the limit is four fish, which must be taken with artificial flies or lures.
Huntington Game Farm Pond.Bass and bluegill may still be caught. The bluegill limit is 10. The bass limit is four, but only one bass larger than 15 inches. Limits are the same for all licensed anglers and unlicensed anglers under 14 years of age.
Huntington North Reservoir (near the city of Huntington). On June 20, a six and a half pound rainbow trout was reportedly caught by an angler trolling with a silver and red U-String. Jigs have been working well for largemouth bass, where the limit is two. All bass over 12 inches must be immediately released.
Huntington Reservoir (near the top of Huntington Canyon). Fishing success has been slow for 12 to 14 inch tiger trout. Release of tiger trout is encouraged so that fish can grow larger. Any brown trout caught should be harvested. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout and trout with cutthroat markings.
Joes Valley Reservoir. There has been little fishing pressure. PowerBait is recommended for rainbow trout. Anglers are encouraged to release all larger splake for control of the abundant Utah chub population. The splake limit is two fish. All splake between 15 to 20 inches must be immediately released.
Lake Powell. The Lake Powell fishing report home page is: http://www.wayneswords.com. DWR biologist and project leader, Wayne Gustaveson, updates fishing conditions at this website weekly. He provides detailed information on locations, tackle and techniques for each species in the lake. In 2002, an unlimited number of striped bass may be kept. The smallmouth bass limit is 20, and the largemouth bass limit is five.
LaSal Mountains. Conservation officer Edward Meyers reports good fishing at Ken's Lake in the early morning with worms and spinners. The daily bag and possession limit for Kens Lake has been doubled for all game fish until November 1 due to low water conditions and expected loss of fish. On June 1, a 25 pound catfish was taken from Kens Lake. Plastic jigs have been effective for small bass. Good fishing continues at Dark Canyon for anglers using PowerBait. Fishermen, trolling from a canoe, have done well with yellow or orange spinners. Hidden Lake remains the best fishing spot on the mountain according to Meyers. He said that anglers using salmon eggs, PowerBait and worms have enjoyed fast fishing action. Dons Lake has been fair to good for tiger trout and splake. Meyers recommends flies or an orange flat fish lure. Medicine Lake has been stocked and has been good with baits and lures. Blue Lake has been very good for rainbows and brook trout with yellow rooster tail spinners. Fish are rising at all lakes, says sergeant Carl Gramlich. Fly fishermen should do well in the late evening.
Lower Fish Creek. The road to the DWR property is open. Fly fishermen have been doing well.
Miller Flat Reservoir. The reservoir has been stocked with its total annual allotment of 3,000 rainbow trout. The daily bag and possession limits have been raised to eight trout to help anglers harvest the trout before the reservoir drains.
Millsite Reservoir. Fishing success has been fair with a worm and marshmallow.
Petes Hole. Petes Hole has been fair to good with blue sparkle PowerBait. Trout are rising in the evening, providing good fishing for fly anglers.
Potter's Ponds. Fishing success has been fair to good with baits.
Scofield Reservoir. Conservation officer Stacey Taggart reports good fishing at Scofield Reservoir. The catch is much better for anglers in boats than those on shore. Fishing success has been good for those using a fly and bubble, PowerBait, worms and marshmallows or spinners. Please remember that all tributaries remain closed until July 13. A tributary is considered to be any moving water, which empties into the body of the reservoir, even if the channel of water lies within the reservoir's basin. Bear in mind that much of the land around the reservoir is private. Please keep vehicles off the shoreline and fish only in designated areas.
Willow Reservoir. The fish are rising in the evening. Fly fishermen are having the best luck.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir. Jake's Spin-a-Lures remain the best spinner. Traditional baits as well as fly and bubble have also been used successfully.