SE Utah Fishing Report
Gigliotti Pond. For Carbon County residents, a short drive will take you to some good fishing for pan-size trout. Use small jigs, tipped with worms, mealworms or salmon eggs.
Huntington Creek. Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen reports slow to moderate fishing, depending on time of day. Casey recommends worms in open-water zones. Anglers may need snowshoes to access the creek. Three good patterns for fly fishermen include a Montana nymph, San Juan worm or hares ear. Expect a light bite for browns ranging from 10 to 14 inches.
Huntington North Reservoir. Fishing pressure was light. The ice is 12 to 14 inches thick. Based on an angler survey, Randall Stilson recommends ice flies, tipped with a nightcrawler or mealworm Rainbows are generally pan-size. Browns get up to 16 inches.
Mammoth Reservoir. Deep snow and thick ice require the use of an auger extension, show shovel and snowshoes or snow machine. Tigers generally run from 12 to 18 inches, although a six-pound trophy was landed earlier this winter. A swedish pimple, tipped with a dead redside shiner can be effective.
Joes Valley Reservoir. Fishing continues to fluctuate between slow and fair. Splake are mostly within or below the slot limit. Biologist Justin Hart and a party of associates fished the reservoir during the week. Everyone caught five to six fish and a few iced a dozen or so. Their biggest fish measured 18 inches. The party used small jigs and spoons, tipped with chub meat. The bite came in waves. Justin recommends fishing in five to 25 feet of water. Leave the PowerBait at home. Splake and tiger trout are predatory and uninterested in commercial cheese baits.
Millsite Reservoir. State Park Manager Dan Richards reports good fishing for 12 to 14 inch rainbows and pan-size splake. The hot spots have been on the north side of the dam and just out from the boat ramp. Dan recommends small ice flies, tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen reported good results with green marshmallows and worms. Randall Stilson interviewed one angler who was catching fish with a marabou jig, tipped with a mealworm.
Scofield Reservoir. Lieutenant Carl Gramlich and his son fished Scofield on Jan. 13. They fished in the dam cove and along the southeast side. The ice was 13 inches thick. Carl fished in nine to 11 feet of water, using green ice flies baited with worms. The best fishing occurred between 8 a.m. and noon. After finishing up, Carl interviewed other anglers. Everyone rated fishing as slow. The bite was sporadic and no specific tackle seemed to out-fish any other. Dedicated Hunter Bruce Sherman, Sr. fished on Sunday and reported 10 to 12 inches of ice under eight inches of water and topped by a foot of snow. He cautioned against using a 4-wheeler. A lot of folks were getting stuck. Bruce's fishing party caught 10 trout. One measured over 20 inches. They used Foxy jigs with mealworms. Bruce described fishing as slow to fair.
DWR Volunteer Services Coordinator Randall Stilson performed a creel survey on Jan. 14 and reported slow fishing. Randall recommends a jig and mealworm. He noted that one angler had good luck with a Jakes Spin-a-Lure, tipped with chub meat.
Straight Canyon. In open water stretches, try a prince nymph, hares ear or ugly in sizes 14-18. You will need to drift a fly through the hole several times to draw a strike.