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Fishing report for southeastern Utah

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•Cleveland Reservoir. The reservoir has been planted with 4,000 catchable-size rainbow trout. No further stocking will occur this year, due to concerns about the reservoir drying up. Wildfire power nuggets have been effective. Fly fishing has been fair with red or chartreuse crystal buggers.

•Duck Fork Reservoir. The reservoir has no fish at this time. Later this summer, it 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 water level remains stable. Outflow is six cubic feet per second and will remain so through the summer. The boat ramp on the north end is about a half mile away from the reservoir pool. Small craft can be hand-carried to the water.

Bank anglers have had fair success on the north end with a night crawler tipped with a floating chartreuse Power Egg. Fly fishers have had fair success using brown leeches or red crystal buggers.

This year, the limit on fish at the lake is four trout which may be taken on any type of bait, lure or fly. Tributaries are closed until July 12. When these open, the limit will be two trout, but artificial flies and lures must be used.

•Ferron Reservoir. The reservoir has been stocked with 3,000 nine to 10 inch rainbow trout. There are carry-over trout from last year and an abundant population of brook trout. Try a worm or fly and bubble combination.

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 water level continues to drop. Trout fishing has been slow. No more trout will be stocked this summer.

The trout limit is four fish. It is suggested that anglers fish near the trees (and underwater structure) for both bass and bluegill. A small plastic white grub, tipped with a small piece of worm two to three feet below a bubble may also work.

•Gooseberry Reservoir. The reservoir has been filling up. The reservoir's summer allotment of 6,400 nine to 10 inch rainbow trout has already been planted. Try night crawlers for the cutthroat and chartreuse PowerBait for rainbow trout. Fishing success has been fair to good. Fly fishermen should try a double renegade or red or olive crystal bugger. All tributaries are closed until July 12.

•Grassy Trail Reservoir. The reservoir is closed to fishing in 2003.

•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. Fishing in the upper reaches has been tough.

Trout are wary and have been holding in deeper pools. A dark leech or wooly bugger is recommended.

On the right fork (from Flood and Engineer's Canyon upstream to Electric Lake) only artificial flies may be used and the trout limit is two.

Fishing success has been found using a number 16 beadhead pheasant tail, prince nymph, or a number 12 through 14 royal wulff on the surface with a dropper consisting of a number 16 to 18 disco midge or copper john.

On the left fork, only artificial flies and lures may be used. The harvest of brown trout is encouraged.

•Huntington North Reservoir. Trout fishing has been slow. No more trout will be stocked until October.

Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good 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 immediately released.

•Huntington Reservoir (near the top of Huntington Canyon) Although low for this time of year, the water level is satisfactory. Tiger trout range between 12 and 17 inches and have gone into deeper water (14 to 18 feet).

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, but will likely close later this summer as the water recedes. Fishing success has ranged from fair to good for generally smaller splake, using quarter-size chunks of chub meat which are allowed to settle on the bottom. Large splake have gone deep.

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 immediately released.

•Mary's Lake. This water has been stocked with its summer allotment of 1,200 rainbow trout.

•Miller Flat Reservoir. The reservoir has been stocked with its total allotment of 3,000 catchable-size rainbow trout. The reservoir may dry up later in the summer, so now is a good time to get out and fish.

Fair fishing success has occured using rainbow PowerBait or a night crawler tipped with a salmon egg.

•Millsite Reservoir. The reservoir is full. No recent report.

•Petes Hole. Pete's has been stocked with 4,800 catchable rainbow trout. Worms and spinners have been effective.

Angler Gary Stott reported catching 30 to 40 trout from a float tube using beadhead prince nymphs or a roostertail fly with red and gold flashing.

•Potter's Ponds. Each of the ponds has been planted with 5,600 rainbow trout apiece. Good fishing has been reported for shoreline fishermen using spring green or rainbow PowerBait or red salmon eggs.

Fly fishing has been very good with brown leeches or copper crystal buggers.

Angler Mike Hanson reported good success with gold or silver Jake's.

•Price River/ Lower Fish Creek. Flows from the reservoir have increased. 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.

Aquatics biologist, Craig Walker has received reports of tremendous brown trout fishing action along this stretch!

The gate to the DWR property is open and the road is fine for high clearance vehicles.

In Price Canyon, fishing has been fair for eight to 12 inch tiger trout with worms or wet flies.

•Scofield Reservoir. Conservation officer, Stacey Taggart reports that boat anglers have had excellent success, still-fishing around the islands with dead minnows, chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait, or with a worm and marshmallow.

Bank fishermen on the west side have had good success with a floating worm/marshmallow combination.

Anglers on the east side have had good luck with orange sparkle PowerBait. Minnows (dead red shiners captured at the reservoir) have been also been hot.

Float tubers have had luck with brightly colored crystal buggers.

Trollers have had luck with super dupers, orange triple teasers, or pop gear and worm.

•Soup Bowl. The pond has been stocked with its annual allotment of 1,500 rainbow trout.

•Willow Lake. This lake has been stocked 5,000 catchable rainbow trout. PowerBait has been effective. The lake also holds tiger trout.

•Wrigley Spring Reservoir. The reservoir has been stocked with 4,800 catchable rainbow trout.

Aquatics biologist, Justin Hart reports 12 to 15 inch tiger trout being caught on small spinners.

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