Updated fishing report for southeastern Utah waters
|An afternoon of fishing fun at the Gigliotti Pond in Helper. This Saturday, anglers will flock to Utah waters to take advantage of free fishing day.|
Benches Reservoir. The reservoir is full and has been stocked. Todd Munford of Fairview suggests that bait anglers use chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait. Spin casters will do best with a gold Jake's Spin-a-Lure retrieved at a fairly fast pace.
Munford also recommends brown or purple leech patterns on sinking line for fly fishermen.
Blue Mountains. Conservation officer Randall Scheetz reports that Blanding number three has been fair for rainbow trout, using PowerBait. Fishing has been better in the early morning or evening.
Recapture Reservoir has been good for northern pike, which are being caught with spinners from the shore or crankbaits from boats. Most pike will be found in 10 to 15 feet of water in the deeper parts of the reservoir. Rainbow trout fishing at Recapture has been slow.
Foy Reservoir has been good with traditional baits and spinners.
Boulgers Reservoir. Ice is off. Stocking has occurred.Refer to Benches Reservoir for tackle recommendations.
Cleveland Reservoir. The reservoir is ice-free and rising. It has received its total allotment of 4,000 catchable-size rainbow trout, due to concerns about the reservoir drying up later this summer. Now is a good time to fish Cleveland.
Duck Fork Reservoir. This body of water remains inaccessible. Later this summer, Duck Fork will be stocked with small tiger trout and Colorado River cutthroat trout. The tiger trout are expected to be large enough to catch in 2004.
Electric Lake. The lake is ice-free, but the water level remains low. The boat ramp on the north end is about one half mile away from the reservoir pool.
Small craft can be hand-carried to the water.
Anglers have reported good luck with a night crawler and red salmon egg combination in front of four feet of leader and a full bubble. Fly fishermen have had fair success with a brown leech or rust-colored crystal bugger with sinking line.
This year, the limit on fish at Electric Lake is four trout which may be taken on any type of bait, lure or fly.
Tributaries are closed until July 12. When tributaries open, the limit will be two trout, but artificial flies and lures must be used.
Ferron Reservoir. The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. Anglers had good luck last weekend with baits and spinners. The trout limit is four. However, anglers may take a bonus limit of four brook trout in addition to the normal trout limit. All tributaries are closed until July 12.
Gigliotti Pond. The pond has dropped several feet since the kids fishing event, but is still fishable.
This past weekend, the Castle Country Bass Masters worked with the DWR to catch 210 bluegill and 24 largemouth bass from Red Fleet Reservoir for stocking at the Helper pond.
Remember that the pond is catch and release only for both bluegill and bass. The trout limit is four fish.
Dave Babcock of the bass club suggests that anglers fish near the trees (and underwater structure) for both bass and bluegill. He also recommends a small plastic white grub, tipped with a small piece of worm two to three feet ahead of a bubble.
Gooseberry Reservoir. Access is open and dry. The reservoir has been filling and looks good. Try night crawlers for the cutthroat and chartreuse PowerBait or Zeke's green garlic bait for rainbow trout. All tributaries are closed until July 12.
Grassy Lake. This body of water above Joes Valley Reservoir is accessible and has been stocked.
Huntington Creek. The water is running low and clear from Electric Lake dam to the Forks of the Huntington, where the water becomes turbid and more than doubles in volume.
Angler Munford recommends that fly fishermen try a number 18 griffiths gnat or number 16 through 18 parachute adams pattern.
Nymph fishing has been fair with olive or tan hare's ears in number 14 through 16 or red number 18 disco midge.
Bait casters have done well by drifting a night crawler with one split shot.
On the right fork (from Flood and Engineer's Canyon upstream to Electric Lake) only artificial flies may be used.
The trout limit is two. On the left fork, only artificial flies and lures may be used. The harvest of brown trout is encouraged.
A portion of Crandall Creek above the Genwal Mine is closed to fishing for 2003 to protect Colorado River cutthroat trout.
Huntington Game Farm Pond. Fishing success for trout has dropped off with the hot weather. No more trout will be stocked this year.
Huntington North Reservoir. Fishing continues to be slow for trout, but is good for largemouth bass for those with the gear and know-how to catch them.
In 2003, the bass limit is two; all largemouth bass over 12 inches must be released.
Huntington Reservoir (near the top of Huntington Canyon) The reservoir is ice-free. Although low for this time of year, the water level is satisfactory.
Fishing has been good for 12 to 17 inch tiger trout with worms or night crawlers.
Tributaries are closed until July 12. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings.
Joes Valley Reservoir. The boat ramp is now open! Fishing success continues to be excellent for splake, using quarter-size chunks of chub meat which are allowed to settle on the bottom. Chubs can be easily caught with a piece of worm or PowerBait.
The DWR continues to receive a few reports of anglers catching some big ones, ranging from four to12 pounds.
Fisheries biologist Justin Hart encourages anglers to get out soon, because the splake will go deep as the water warms up.
In 2003, the trout limit is two. No more than one trout may be over 22 inches. All trout 15 to 22 inches must be released.
LaSal Mountains. Blue and Medicine lakes are now accessible. The U.S. Forest Service gate to Warner has just opened. The gate to Oowah is also opened.
Fishing has been good for rainbow and brook trout with spinners or salmon eggs. Fishing at Hidden Lake has been excellent for hold-over and stocked rainbow trout. Salmon eggs, worms and spinners have worked best.
Fishing at Dons Lake has been fair for splake and tiger trout with spinners and flies.
Mary's Lake. This water is accessible and has been stocked. Good fishing is expected.
Miller Flat Reservoir. The road is open and the reservoir has been stocked with its total allotment of 3,000 catchable-size rainbow trout.
Millsite Reservoir. The reservoir is full. Velveeta cheese remains the bait of choice here.
Petes Hole. Pete's has been stocked. Worms and spinners have been effective.
Potter's Ponds. The ponds are accessible and stocked. Good fishing is expected.
Price River/Lower Fish Creek. Flows from the reservoir have increased. Try a size 14 beadhead prince nymph for 13 to 14 inch brown trout.
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. The gate to the DWR property is open and the road is good for high clearance vehicles.
Scofield Reservoir. Fishing success has been slow for bank anglers. Due to rising water temperatures, the trout have moved into deeper water.
Tom Ogden reports that float tubers and pontoon boat fly fishermen have had fair success with green and brown leech patterns (size 10 to 12) in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Boat anglers have had moderate success by still-fishing with bait around the islands.
Rainbow, chartreuse or lemon twist PowerBait has been effective. Night crawlers, tipped with a floating Power Egg, have produced fish.
Trollers have had fair to good success with orange/pearl triple teasers, Rebel floater/diver crayfish, silver and red needle fish, or pop gear and night crawler.
Soup Bowl. The pond is accessible and has been stocked. Try worms or spinners for best results.