Weekly fishing report for southeastern Utah
Benches and Boulger Reservoirs - The reservoirs are beginning to thaw, but have not been stocked.
Cleveland Reservoir - The reservoir is beginning to thaw. Because the Cleveland-Huntington Irrigation Company has been releasing water from the reservoir, the Division of Wildlife Resources advises all recreationalists to stay off the remaining ice.
Electric Lake - The lake is now ice-free. Access can be a problem due to snow and/or muddy conditions.
Todd Munford of Big Pine Sports in Fairview reports that fishing on the north end, where the inlet comes in, has been good.
Panther Martin lures or chrome Jake's Spin-a-Lures have worked well. The tributaries are closed to fishing until July 10th to protect spawning cutthroat trout.
Huntington Creek - Munford indicates that the upper reaches remain low and clear. He recommends using a light leader and tippet with soft presentation. Small dry flies, such as the Adam's, have worked well.
Huntington Reservoir - The ice is starting to come off. It is recommended that anglers stay off the remaining icepack.
Joes Valley Reservoir - The 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, except for Hidden and Dons lakes, which have not been stocked.
Carry-over fish may still be caught, however.
San Juan County - Conservation Officer Randall Scheetz reports good fishing at Blanding 3 and Blanding 4 reservoirs with traditional baits such as marshmallows, PowerBait or salmon eggs. Pike fishing at Recapture Reservoir has been fair to good for northern pike.
Anglers should try spinners from shore or use Rapalas while trolling. Loyd's Lake has been fair from shore for rainbow trout using traditional baits.
Scheetz said the inlet is the best spot to fish. Foy Reservoir is good with baits and spinners for brook and rainbow trout.
Conservation Officer Vance Mumford reports that fishing is fair to good at Ken's Lake for 10-12 inch rainbows and an occasional brown trout or largemouth bass.
Traditional baits have been working for tout. Mumford recommends jigs or crankbaits for bass.
Scofield Reservoir - Conservation Officer Stacey Jones reports that fishing continues to be good, but that trout are becoming more selective with the increased fishing pressure.
Jones said that traditional worm and PowerBait rigs are working. Flies and bubbles from shore have also been effective.
She notes that location and depth have been playing a bigger role in fishing success than the bait used. Fish have been more active about 30 feet offshore than in deeper water.
Jones reports that early morning and late afternoon are the most productive times to fish. Anglers are reminded that tributaries are closed to fishing until July 10.