Fishing report for southeastern Utah
Cleveland Reservoir - The Cleveland-Huntington Irrigation Company is releasing water from Cleveland Reservoir.
This has created dangerously unstable ice conditions. The DWR strongly advises all winter recreationalists to stay off this reservoir until the spring thaw.
Electric Lake - There has been very light fishing pressure all winter. Last week, anglers who crossed the dam and fished off the east shoreline enjoyed fair success.
Cutthroat trout in the 12-15 inch size class were taken in 30-40 feet of water, using quarter ounce white Tough Little Guy jigs tipped with a mealworm.
Bait was kept anywhere between one to seven cranks off the bottom.
Huntington Creek - Fishing has been best below the forks with a chamois caddis tipped with a wax worm.
Another option is a red/orange San Juan worm. Brown trout are in the eight to 14 inch size class.
Huntington North Reservoir - Ice fishing has been slow much of the winter, even though the reservoir was stocked with 600 rainbow trout brood fish on Sept. 16th and with another 700 half-pound brown trout in November and December.
Huntington Reservoir (above Cleveland Reservoir) Dedicated hunter Daniel Ramsay performed a creel survey last Saturday. He interviewed four parties of fishermen who reported fishing success as fair.
Anglers were using jigs tipped with either mealworms or night crawlers. Tiger trout have ranged between 12-14 inches.
Joes Valley Reservoir - Water is being drawn from the reservoir, making ice conditions dangerous. Anglers are urged to stay off this reservoir until the spring thaw.
Scofield Reservoir - Conservation Officer Mike Milburn checked more than 40 fishermen last Saturday. Milburn described fishing as fair, and said that those who arrived early in the morning caught more fish than those who arrived later.
Milburn said the best baits seemed to be small jigs or ice flies tipped with baits such as night crawlers or mealworms.
Fishermen appeared to do better when the bottom depth was between 10-16 feet. The best fishing was near the bottom with baits suspended about six to 12 inches. Ice is about 24 inches.
Ramsay interviewed anglers for the second week and reported poor fishing conditions. Ramsay said that most anglers were using white jigs tipped with mealworms in about 20 feet of water.