Southeastern Utah Memorial Day fishing report
|This albino trout weighed about two pounds and was hooked in Gigliotti Pond by Wayne Woodard of Price.|
Gigloiotti Pond. Fishing pressure is heavy on weekends as anglers try to catch the remaining albino trout that were stocked a month ago. Some of these fish weigh as much as five pounds. Rainbow PowerBait or nightcrawlers are recommended for baitcasters. A Jake's Spin-a-Lure was the best-performing lure. The best fishing will be in the morning, before the wind picks up.
Huntington Creek. The creek is open from top to bottom with patches of snow still lingering along the shoreline at higher elevations. A #10 beadhead Montana is recommended for fly fishermen. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait are recommended for baitcasters. Most trout are 11- to 14-inch browns. Campgrounds are starting to open.
Joe's Valley Reservoir. The reservoir is ice-free. Fishing is fair to good for 10- to 14-inch trout. A few range up to 22 inches. The DWR received reports that one 12-lb. and one 14-lb. splake were caught at Joe's Valley during the week. Details of the catches are not available. Whole chubs or chub meat is the best year-round bait. Joe's Valley Reservoir has special regulations. Please refer to the 2008 Fishing Guidebook.
Lasal Mountains. Conservation officer TJ Robertson reports that Ken's Lake is picking up for trout and bass. Trout can be caught on green or yellow PowerBait, and bass can be taken with typical bass jigs in the willows on the inlet side of the lake. Oowah and Warner will remain closed until the U.S. Forest Service opens the access roads, which may occur next week. Hidden Lake is accessible and ice-free. Anglers report good fishing, and the trout seem to be taking almost anything. Don's Lake is accessible, but there hasn't been much fishing pressure so far. Dark Canyon and Medicine Lake remain inaccessible.
Lower Fish Creek. No recent report. Try floating line and a size 14 hare's ear nymph. Due to heavy run-off, the water below the confluence with the White River is currently unfishable.
San Juan County. Monticello and Foy reservoirs are ice-free. Fishing success is fair at Foy and at Blanding number three and four, where marshmallows seem to be the best bait. Fishing is slow at Recapture, where the inflow of cold water has kept water temperatures low.
Scofield Reservoir. The reservoir is completely ice-free. Fishing pressure is heavy. Following a creel survey on May 10 and 11, Fisheries Biologist Justin Hart reported that anglers were catching fish lake-wide. Egg sacs and dead minnows were the best baits. Anglers were primarily catching 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout, a few cutthroats and a few tiger trout up to 18 inches. Spincasters were having success with gold Jake's Spin-a-Lures.
Fly fishermen were doing well with sinking line and leech or wooly bugger patterns. Due to dam spillway reconstruction, traffic delays of several minutes can be expected around the dam cove. Anglers are reminded that Scofield tributaries are closed to fishing until the second Saturday in July.