Fishing report for southeastern Utah
Just prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend, 1,500 catchable-size rainbow trout were stocked at Benches Pond, Potters Pond number one and Potters Pond number two. Snow Lake received 500 catchable rainbow trout. Last week, Ferron Reservoir, Petes Hole and Soup Bowl were stocked. Dons Lake on the LaSal's was also stocked last week.
Where have bag limits been liberalized?
Electric Lake. Eight fish limit. Tackle restrictions, requiring anglers to use artificial flies or lures only, have been suspended. This change will remain in effect until the end of the year.
Duck Fork Reservoir. Anglers may keep up to 16 trout, using any legal bait. These regulations are in effect until the end of September.
The daily bag and possession limits have been doubled at Cleveland and Miller Flat reservoirs, Ken's Lake, Lloyd's Lake, Monticello Lake, and Recapture Reservoir. These regulations are in effect until November 1.
Abajo Mountains. Foy Reservoir continues to provide good fishing with baits and lures. Lures in the morning and evening are recommended. There is no fishing opportunity at Monticello Reservoir now that the dam, outlet and spillway are under construction. Repair work will be completed in early October. The lake will not be restocked until 2003. Fishing is fair with baits and lures at Blanding number three. Recapture Reservoir offers fair trout fishing with baits and lures. At Recapture, the daily bag and possession limit has been doubled for all game fish until Nov. 1. The daily bag and possession limits for all game fish have also been doubled at Lloyds Lake until Nov. 1, due to low water conditions and expected loss of fish. Angling success has been fair.
Benches Pond. This pond received 1,500 catchable-size rainbow trout just before the Labor Day weekend.
Cleveland Reservoir. The daily bag limit is eight fish until Nov. 1. Fly fishermen have had good luck from float tubes using size eight black beadhead leech patterns. The water level is still looking pretty good.
Duck Fork Reservoir. Fishing remains excellent. We hope anglers harvest most of the fish before Sept. 23, when the eradication project begins. Cutthroat trout are averaging about 16 inches and tiger trout about 10 inches. Worms continue to be the best bait. The daily bag limit is 16 fish. Anglers may use any legal bait, lure or fly pattern. Beginning Oct. 1, harvest of cutthroat trout will be prohibited to protect newly stocked Colorado River cutthroat trout. Tackle restrictions requiring the use of artificial flies or lures will also take effect at that time.
Elecetric Lake. Due to drought, anglers may now take a limit of eight fish using any legal bait. Fishing has been good with worms.
Ferron Reservoir. Fishing has been fair to good. Fly fishermen should try a one and one half inch gray streamer in the evening. A project to lower the reservoir's spillway will begin on Sept. 23. Fishing opportunities will continue to be available until summer or fall of 2003 when major dam repairs begin.
Gigliotti Pond. The pond is almost full. Construction has begun on a restroom. The water level will be monitored for several weeks, after which DWR hopes to stock a few trout, bass and bluegill to determine the overwinter survival of those species.
Gooseberry Reservoir. The south side is swampy, but fishing continues on the north end. No report on angling success.
Huntington Creek. Fly-fishing has been fair to good with a size 12 Prince nymph, Renegade or Ugly. The limit is two trout in the fly only zone, which is on a portion of the Right Fork. Anglers on the Left Fork of the Huntington must use artificial flies or lures. Harvest of brown trout on the left fork is encouraged, where the limit is four fish.
Huntington North Reservoir (near the city of Huntington). Slow fishing conditions. The limit is two bass. All bass over 12 inches must be immediately released.
Huntington Reservoir (near the top of Huntington Canyon). The water level is holding. Fly-fishing has been excellent for tiger trout up to 18 inches, using a size eight black beadhead leech pattern. The fish are deep and near the lake bottom. A float tube is recommended about 100 yards in front of the dam at a depth of 16 to 22 feet. 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. No fishing report. Due to extremely low water levels, boats cannot be launched. 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. Kens Lake is very low. The daily bag limit has been doubled for all game fish until Nov. 1. Fishing has been fair to good at many LaSal mountain lakes. Medicine, Oowah and Hidden lakes are especially good. Dons Lake was stocked last week.
Lower Fish Creek. Flows have dropped significantly. From the railroad bridge approximately one mile below the Scofield Reservoir dam downstream to the confluence with the White River, only artificial flies and lures may be used.
Miller Flat Reservoir. The reservoir is virtually empty. The daily bag limit is eight trout.
Petes Hole. Fair to good fishing is expected, since stocking occurred a week ago. Olive wooly buggers and Jake's Spin-a-Lures have been effective. The daily bag and possession limit is four trout.
Potter's Ponds. Both ponds were stocked with 1,500 catchable-size rainbow trout before Labor Day. Good fishing is expected.
Price River. No recent report. Flows have dropped. Recommended fly patterns include the Hare's Ear or Double Ugly.
Scofield Reservoir. Fly fishing or spin-casting from a float tube has been good on the east side of the lake in water 10 to 13 feet deep about 150 yards from shore. Most of the fish being caught are small rainbow trout, but a few are cutthroat trout ranging up to 17 inches.
Willow Reservoir. Little pressure. No recent report.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir. The highly alkaline water continues to kill trout. Nevertheless, good fishing continues to be reported.