Southeastern Utah Fishing Report
CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (October 03) Justin Shannon, the DWR's southeastern region wildlife program manager, reports good fishing with all colors of PowerBait.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (October 11) On Oct. 9, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly fished from a tube. They caught 11 rainbow trout, all in the 13- to 17-inch range, in two hours. They used fast sinking line and size 6 to 8 wooly buggers in a variety of colors.
DUCK FORK RESERVOIR: (October 03) Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson report good fly fishing from tubes. In four hours, they group caught 44 cutthroats and seven tiger trout. They used fast sinking lines and size 6 bead head leeches in purple and red, size 8 bead head soft hackle flies in black and green and size 6 leprechauns.
ELECTRIC LAKE: (October 11) On Oct. 9, aquatics biologists sampled the lake with gillnets. They found that tiger trout outnumbered cutthroat trout 10 to 1. The largest tiger weighed 4.5 pounds and the largest cutthroat measured 17 inches. This past spring, a number of 3-inch kokanee salmon were introduced. Surprisingly, some have already grown to length up to 10 inches. The population of redside shiners, an important bait fish, is healthy. Biologists netted 70 redside shiners, which averaged 3 to four inches in length. No evidence of quagga mussels was found for the third year in a row. Next year, the lake's infested status will likely be downgraded.
HUNTINGTON GAME FARM POND: (October 03) Fishing was slow during the family fishing event last Saturday, despite the fact that 500 seven- to 10-inch rainbow trout had been planted several days earlier.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (October 07) On Oct. 2, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and caught three 10-inch rainbow trout, seven 15- to 17-inch wipers and ten 12-inch chubs. Tom used fast sinking line with a size 4 bead head olive leech, and a size 6 bead head tan/brown soft hackle fly. The same day, Danny Curtis trolled with lures and caught a few brown trout, rainbow trout and chubs, but no wipers.
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (October 11) On Oct. 9, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fished from tubes. They caught 12 tiger trout in 2.5 hours using fast sinking line and size 6 to 8 bead head wooly buggers, red leeches and soft hackle flies.
LA SAL MOUNTAINS: (October 11) Lieutenant J Shirley checked reported fair fishing for 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using green PowerBait or silver Jakes. When he checked the lake last weekend, only six anglers were fishing.
LOWER FISH CREEK: (October 07) On Sept. 28, Kathy Jo Martinez reported fair fishing. There were a lot of anglers fishing the creak that day. Minnows and crawlers have been popular baits in the area below the dam.
LOWER GREEN RIVER: (October 03) The water is running a rich brown color, and catfishing is slow. Stink baits will offer the best chance for a bite.
POTTERS PONDS: (October 07) On Sept. 29, Conservation Officer James Thomas said that fishing was so good that anglers couldn't keep their lines in the water. PowerBait was the ticket.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (October 07) On Sept. 28, Kathy Jo Martinez reported good fishing along the east side of the reservoir using either minnows or nightcrawlers. Tom Ogden fly fished from a float tube near Mountain View State Park and caught 10 cutthroat trout, three rainbow trout, two tiger trout and one chub in five hours. The largest cutthroat was 15 inches, the largest tiger was 18 inches and the largest rainbow was 12 inches. All of the fish were caught within 15 feet of the bank. Tom used fast sinking line and size 6 bead head flies. He had the most success with a Canada blood leech with a gold rib, a black and copper wooly bugger and tan, green and pearl or black, red and blue soft hackle flies.
Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black and his crew gillnetted the reservoir last week. They found a number of two- to five-pound cutthroats and 18- to 24-inch tiger trout. The biggest fish was a 32-inch tiger trout that weighed just under 14 pounds. Black urges anglers to fish close to shore because the big, predatory fish appear to be cruising the shoreline for chubs. said the district is looking to have the other stands replaced next year. When those stands are extended, 'CHS' would appear from one side to the other.