Late June fishing report for southeastern Utah
A fish kill occurred during the past week at Cleveland Reservoir. More than a week earlier, Petes Hole had a similar problem.
The DWR encourages all anglers to immediately report sick and dying fish by calling the Price dispatcher at 637-0893.
In most cases, a fish must be analyzed at a lab within 24 hours of its death to identify the causative agent.
In southeastern Utah, all popular lakes, reservoirs and streams have been stocked. Most waters have already received their total annual allotment of fish from the hatcheries, due to concerns about drought and reservoir dewatering later this summer. Presently, fishing conditions are good and water levels are satisfactory. The July 4 holiday weekend may be the best time this summer to wet a line!
Cleveland Reservoir. A fish kill at the reservoir claimed more than 400 trout this past week. The cause of the fish kill remains under investigation.
The water level has dropped considerably from a week ago. 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.
Grasshopper fly patterns and gold or silver panther martin lures have been effective this past week.
Duck Fork Reservoir. The reservoir will be replanted with Colorado River cutthroat trout and fingerling tiger trout. The tiger trout are expected to be large enough to catch in 2004.
Duck Fork regulations will protect the Colorado River cutthroat population for future egg collection and fish transplant operations. The DWR hopes that this measure will help keep the Colorado cut from being listed as threatened or endangered.
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. However, a dirt road from the boat launch area leads to areas where small craft can be hand-carried to the water.
Bank anglers have had fair to good success on the north end with worm rigs and Jake's spin-a-lures.
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 water level has dropped significantly, due to dam repair work. Fishing was slow over the weekend. The reservoir has been stocked with 3,000 nine to 10 inch rainbow trout. There are also carry-over trout from last year and an abundant population of brook trout. 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. The DWR is working on a water flow through agreement, which could refill the pond. However, the agreement process could take several months.
The Castle Country Bass Masters and DWR are concerned about the widespread hooking mortality of bass and bluegill evident along the shoreline. This has compromised the success of the recent transplant operation from Red Fleet Reservoir.
The pond is catch-and-release only for both bass and bluegill. If anglers catch a bass or bluegill and see that removal of the hook will cause excessive bleeding and tissue injury, please cut the line and immediately release the fish. The fish will survive with the embedded hook, which will eventually dissolve.
The trout limit is four fish, although trout fishing success has been poor.
Gooseberry Reservoir. Fishing was slow this past weekend. The reservoir's summer allotment of 6,400 nine to 10 inch rainbow trout has already been planted. All tributaries are closed until July 12.
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 increases in volume.
Fishing in the upper reaches has been tough. Trout are wary and have been holding in deeper pools. There have been a variety of stone fly hatches and a lot of insects along the banks. Try to match the hatch.
On the lower right fork, angler Tom Ogden has reported good success using a number eight Montana nymph.
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.
On the left fork, only artificial flies and lures may be used. The harvest of brown trout is encouraged. Fishing success has been good. Try a royal coachman or renegade pattern.
Huntington North Reservoir. Trout fishing continues to be slow. More trout will be stocked in October. Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good.
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). The water level is holding, although fishing success was slow over the weekend. Some anglers had success with worm rigs.
Fly fishermen did reasonably well with wooly buggers. Jake's spin-a-lures have also been effective.
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 still open and the water level is good for boating.
Both shoreline and boat anglers have had good success this past week jigging or retrieving three to four inch white grubs, tipped with a piece of chub meat.
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.
Scofield Reservoir. Boat anglers have had fair to good success, still-fishing around the islands with dead minnows, chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait, or with a worm and marshmallow.
Bank fishermen on the west have had fair to good success with a floating worm/marshmallow combination.
Shoreline anglers on the east continue to have luck with orange sparkle PowerBait. Lemonade and lemon twist PowerBait have also been effective.
Dead red shiners captured at the reservoir have also been good.