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Updated fishing report for southeastern Utah


•Cleveland Reservoir - The Cleveland-Huntington Irrigation Company continues to release water from Cleveland Reservoir.

The Division of Wildlife Resources strongly advises all recreationalists to stay off the ice.

•Electric Lake - The Lake was ice-covered as of April 4. It is recommended that anglers stay off the reservoir until it thaws.

•Huntington Creek - Todd Munford of Big Pine Sports in Fairview reported that fly fishermen have been doing fairly well below Electric Lake dam with 16 bead head PT's or prince nymphs.

Small midge hatches are being reported on warm days. Munford recommends a 18 Adams or Griffith's gnat. For bait fishermen, he suggests a night crawler and split shot below the forks.

•Huntington Reservoir - As of April 4, the reservoir remained under ice. Anglers are advised to stay off.

•Huntington State Park - The reservoir is open. Anglers have had luck with Rapalas, Spin-a-Lures, Kastmasters, and Mepp's spinners for retired rainbow brood trout and brown trout.

•Joes Valley Reservoir - Shoreline fishing has been good to very good. The DWR has received reports of two anglers catching seven pound splake.

There have also been reports of persons catching some four and five pounders. Aquatics Biologists Justin Hart and Craig Walker fished the reservoir on Saturday with whole dead chubs on the bottom, using slip sinkers or Carolina rigs. They reported steady action.

They caught numerous fish in the slot limit as well as a few below and a few above. Craig caught one six-pound splake and two that weighed between four and five pounds. Several more between three to four pounds were caught as well. Preserved dead minnows can be purchased at tackle stores or chubs can be caught at the reservoir.

Please remember that only dead minnows may be used as bait. Walker suggests using large, wide gap or circle hooks. Hart advises anglers to "swim" the dead chub while retrieving the line, rather than leaving it motionless on the bottom.

Fishing regulations at Joes Valley are as follow: trout limit is two; only one over 22 inches; all trout from 15-22 inches must be immediately released.

•Lasal Mountains - All mountain lakes remain snowed in.

•Lower Fish Creek - The outflow from Scofield Reservoir dam has been shut down. Trout have been concentrated in the clear, slow-moving, deeper pools and can be hard to catch. Walker advises anglers to exercise stealth when approaching the pools.

•Millsite Reservoir - The reservoir is open and fishing remains good with worms or marshmallows.

•San Juan County - Conservation Officer Randall Scheetz reports good fishing at Blanding 3 Reservoir with traditional baits such as marshmallows, PowerBait or salmon eggs.

Scheetz said those same baits are also working on Blanding 4 Reservoir. Both Blanding reservoirs have been stocked. Pike fishing at Recapture Reservoir has been fair from shore with spinners. Anglers are encouraged to experiment with different colors until they find what is working best on a particular day.

Scheetz notes that green and yellow worked well last weekend. Rainbow trout are being caught at both Lloyds Lake and Foy Reservoir. At Lloyds Lake, fishing has been best at the inlet. Traditional baits should be used at these waters.

Monticello Reservoir has apparently winterkilled, probably due to the low level of the lake through the winter. Kens Lake is still producing 10-12 inch rainbow trout, according to Conservation Officer Vance Mumford.

Shoreline anglers have been having good success with baits such as salmon eggs and PowerBait. Some largemouth bass have been taken on crank baits as well.

•Scofield Reservoir - The ice has receded from the shoreline with 30 feet or more of open water surrounding the ice pack, which moves around with wind and wave action.

Conservation Officer Stacey Jones sais that fishing has been consistently good all around the reservoir. Anglers have been using egg sacs, worms, and PowerBait.

Taggart encourages bait fishermen not to release deeply hooked fish. She has been seeing too many dead trout near shore with apparent fatal hook injuries. Taggart reminds anglers that all tributaries remain closed until the second Saturday in July.

Todd Munford suggests that fly fishermen try stripping brown leech patterns or rust-colored crystal buggers on sinking line.


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