Southeastern Utah Fishing Report
BENCHES POND: (July 12) Because of the hot weather, anglers need to be on the water before the sun rises or after it sets. Try bait combinations like a worm and marshmallow or a worm with rainbow-sparkle PowerBait.
BLUE LAKE: (July 29) Richard Berg reported good fishing for tiger trout. Using wooly buggers, Berg caught three 14-inch tigers in one hour. Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black had good luck with a mosquito pattern. Last weekend, Derrick Keisel reported catching a 3- to 4-pound, 8-inch tiger trout using worms.
BOULGER RESERVOIR: (July 19) Conservation Officer Devin Christensen reports good fishing with red salmon eggs. During the week, Christensen interviewed one group of anglers that had caught and released 43 trout in four hours.
CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (July 12) On July 3, Lt. J Shirley took his daughter and her friend fishing. Shirley reported excellent fishing. They caught 10 rainbow trout in 45 minutes using rainbow PowerBait and small silver Jakes. Because of high summer temperatures and an absence of shade, it's always best to fish in the early morning or late evening. Target deeper waters and suspend your bait just off the bottom. You can also try a worm and marshmallow or a worm with PowerBait. Chartreuse or rainbow sparkle are the best PowerBait colors.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (July 29) On July 22, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat with fast sinking line and a size 6 leech or wooly bugger pattern. Tom reported good fishing for trout ranging from 11 to 17 inches in length, with most in the 12- to 14-inch range. He caught most of his fish near the bottom in 16 to 25 feet of water.
DUCK FORK RESERVOIR: (July 29) Mark Matheson reported good fishing. Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black recommends a damsel fly pattern.
ELECTRIC LAKE: (July 19) Conservation Officer Devin Christensen reports good fishing from the shoreline using redside shiners. One angler had caught 3 or four trout per hour with this method. Aquatics Technician Tyrel Mills recommends fishing from an anchored boat and jigging with a soft plastic grub tipped with a worm. White or chartreuse have been good colors.
EMERALD LAKE: (July 29) Derrick Keisel reported good fishing. He and his father caught 4 or 5 rainbow trout using either a Panther Martin spinner or a worm.
FAIRVIEW LAKES: (July 19) Safety work on the dam will require that the lakes be almost completely drained. Because of the work, the limit on trout has been doubled to allow anglers to take advantage of the remaining trout. The eight trout limit will stay in effect until January 2014.
GIGLIOTTI POND: (July 19) On July 13, Gerald Lloyd of Price caught and released 40 trout from 7-9 p.m. using a fly and bubble. His best patterns were the double renegade and Scofield Special. Lloyd described the action as incredibly fast once the sun left the water. A week earlier, Lloyd fished from 8-10 a.m. and had good success using a mosquito or wooly bugger pattern.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (July 19) On July 12, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly fished from a tube. In three hours, they caught seven bluegill, two bass and one rainbow trout. They used fast sinking line with bead head olive leeches in sizes 4-6 or a leprechaun in size 6. The fish were in 18 to 22 feet of water.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (July 29) Three anglers reported slow fishing last week.
PETES HOLE: (July 12) Traditionally, fishing is good during the summer using baits, lures or artificial flies. Carry an assortment, just in case.
POTTERS PONDS: (July 19) Fishing is far. Try fishing with a worm below a bobber.
RIGHT FORK OF HUNTINGTON CREEK: (July 12) The creek hasn't had fish since the Seeley Fire last year, and won't be restocked until next year at the earliest.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (July 29) Fishing is slow, except for early morning or late evening. On July 21, Karen Basso and her husband and daughters fished near the island from 6-8 p.m. They caught 36 trout using either a Jakes lure or a Rooster tail. Her husband caught a 4-pound, 22-inch cutthroat using a Rooster tail. Conservation Officer JD Abbott fished at night on July 22 and in the morning on July 23. He reported slow fishing. The three anglers in his group caught 15 troutin four hours.
SOUP BOWL: (July 12) Try using traditional baits, then move on to artificial flies if the baits fail. Spincasters will have to reel in quickly to avoid hooking aquatic vegetation.
STRAIGHT CANYON CREEK: (July 12) Fly anglers have the best luck in deeper hole and nearby runs.
WILLOW LAKE: (July 12) Fishing is good. Be sure to fish in the early morning for best results.
WRIGLEY SPRINGS RESERVOIR: (July 12) Fishing is fair. Try fishing early or late in the day with worms or PowerBait.