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Updated fishing report for southeastern Utah

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•Abajo Mountains - Good fishing continues at Blanding 3 and Blanding 4 reservoirs with traditional baits. At Recapture Reservoir, fishing for northern pike was fair with spinners from the shore or with Rapalas from a boat. Foy and Monticello continue to be good during the day with traditional baits and excellent in the evening with spinners.

•Benches Reservoir - Fishing success was sporadic, due to changing weather conditions. Bait fishermen have been using worms or PowerBait. Fly fishermen have had some success by slow-stripping brown leech patterns on sinking line. The reservoir is freshly stocked.

•Boulger Reservoir - The reservoir was just stocked, but fishing was poor over the long weekend, due to cold and wind. Bait fishermen have been using worms tipped with marshmallows. A renegade fly pattern or Griffith's gnat about four feet behind a half-full bubble was effective.

•Cleveland Reservoir - Fishing was slow over the weekend. There were very few fishermen and very little success. Todd Munford of Big Pine Sports in Fairview recommends yellow or corn PowerBait, wildfire Power Nuggets or a nightcrawler.

Anglers trolling from small boats have had luck with Panther Martin or Roostertail spinners.

•Electric Lake - One angler near the dam reported good success on Monday. He layed a worm tipped with a marshmallow on the bottom. Anglers may want to try a nightcrawler with salmon egg combination on the upper end of the lake as the weather warms up. Fly fishermen might try a dark wooly bugger, trolled slowly on sinking line.

Tributaries (inflowing water sources) are closed to fishing until Thursday to protect spawning cutthroats.

•Fairview Lakes - The lakes have been planted and access is good. Try Zeke's Sierra Gold or PowerBait. Fly fishermen should try bright-colored wooly buggers or brown leech patterns.

•Ferron Reservoir - Access remains closed about four miles above Millsite Reservoir.

•Gigliotti Pond - The DWR and Castle Country Bassmasters have jointly finished installing a leak-proof bottom liner. Soil, rocks and trees have been placed over the liner to enhance fish habitat. Filling of the pond has begun and should be full and stocked in early July. A special Kids' Fishing Event will take place in early September.

•Gooseberry Reservoir - Slow fishing over the weekend. Very little angler pressure. Anglers are advised to try nightcrawlers for cutthroats or PowerBait for rainbow trout.

•Grassy Lake - Fishermen experienced good success over the weekend with silver Panther Martin spinners and Jake's Spin-a-Lures. Fish averaged 12 inches.

•Huntington Creek - Surface action was fair for fly fishermen with 14 Royal Wulff or 18 Griffith's gnat patterns.

•Huntington Reservoir - Fishing continues to be sporadic, ranging from fair to good. Over the weekend, anglers were having best success with nightcrawlers. Fly fishermen have had luck with a brown or rust-colored leech or wooly bugger patterns, trolled slowly on sinking line.

•Joes Valley Reservoir - Dedicated hunters Mark Allen and Jared Loftus interviewed 14 parties of anglers and none of them were having success with any kind of bait or spinner. The boat ramp is open, and boats may be launched. Aquatics Biologist Craig Walker recommends using whole dead chubs, up to eight inches long, for the really big splake. The trout limit is two; only one over 22 inches; all trout from 15-22 inches must be immediately released.

•Lasal Mountains - Hidden Lake was stocked. Sergeant Ed Meyers reports good fishing at Hidden Lake for anglers with baits or flies. Don's Lake was good for hold-over splake and tiger trout with flies and lures. Kens Lake is full and fishing was good for rainbow trout. Shore anglers have been using traditional baits, such as PowerBait. Boaters have been trolling Jake's and Rapalas with good success.

The roads to Oowah and Warner lakes are open. Fishing at Oowah was excellent. Fish are being caught on salmon eggs, PowerBait, flies and lures. Dark Canyon and Medicine Lake are accessible and should be stocked very soon. Only Blue Lake remains inaccessible. Anglers are reminded that the fish limit at all LaSal Mountain lakes is four trout.

•Lower Fish Creek - Conservation Officer Stacey Jones reports that bait and lure fishing below the dam have been successful. Flows have been high for fly fishermen, although some have had success with brown leech patterns.

•Miller Flat Reservoir - Dedicated hunter creel surveys done on Memorial Day reported good fishing. PowerBait and worms worked equally well. Most fish were in the 12 to 16-inch range, although one fisherman reported catching a 3.5-pound rainbow trout with a worm.

•Petes Hole - Fishing was fair over the weekend. Most anglers caught small tiger trout in the six to eight-inch category. Spincasters enjoyed fair success with small spinners.

•Potters Ponds - The ponds offered only poor fishing this past weekend. The weather played a significantly negative role.

•Scofield Reservoir - Conservation Officer Stacey Jones reported slow fishing over the weekend, due to cold temperatures and wind. Midges continue to slow fishing success for shoreline anglers. Most bank fishermen have been using worms and marshmallows or PowerBait.

Jones said that boaters trolling with a nightcrawler and pop gear or a needlefish have done reasonably well. Dedicated hunters Jared Loftus and Mark Allen visited Scofield on Monday and reported fair to good success for shoreline anglers using worms and marshmallows. They found that anglers seemed to do better in shallower rather than deeper water. Popular fly patterns have included red crystal buggers and olive leeches.

Anglers are reminded that tributaries are closed to fishing until July 10.

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