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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 continues to be 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. Lloyds Lake was fair near the inlet with traditional baits.

•Benches Reservoir - Fishing success has ranged from poor to good for planted rainbow trout. Todd Munford of Big Pine Sports in Fairview recommends PowerBait or a nightcrawler and marshmallow. He suggests that fly fishermen use gold crystal buggers.

•Boulger Reservoir - Fishing has ranged from fair to good with worms, PowerBait, and small dry flies.

•Cleveland Reservoir - Fishing was poor this past weekend, due to a large hatch of insects. Shore anglers should plan to fish very early in the morning. Boat anglers generally do much better.

Some of the better lures have included Krocodiles, pink Triple Teasers, and black-yellow Panther Martin spinners.

•Duck Fork Reservoir - The reservoir is now accessible. However, the tiger trout are only averaging about four inches long, so anglers may want to wait until late summer to fish here.

The reservoir has special regulations allowing artificial flies and lures only. The tiger trout limit is two and the area is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout.

•Electric Lake - Fishing was good early and late with worms and marshmallows. Good spinners include the Panther Martin, Jake's Spin-a-Lure and Mepps.

Munford recommends a nightcrawler-salmon egg combo for best results. He also reports good success by casting gold Panther Martins or yellow-green Tasmanian Devils from shore.

•Fairview Lakes - The lakes have been planted and are full, but fishing was slow. Bait anglers have had best success with a straight nightcrawler. Float tubers have done moderately well by slow-trolling a gold Jake's. Fly fishermen might try bright-colored wooly buggers or brown leech patterns.

•Ferron Reservoir - Fishing was fair to good with traditional baits. At Ferron Reservoir, the trout limit is four, but anglers may take a bonus limit of four brook trout.

•Gigliotti Pond - The pond is now filling, and should be full by month's end. Stocking of rainbow trout will occur in early July. The DWR and Castle Country Bassmasters plan to introduce bass and bluegill by mid-July.

A special Kids' Fishing Event will take place in early September.

•Gooseberry Reservoir - Last weekend, fishing was good to excellent with almost any kind of bait or lure.

•Grassy Lake - Two weeks ago, fishermen experienced good success with silver Panther Martin spinners and Jake's Spin-a-Lures. Fish averaged 12 inches.

•Huntington Creek - The creek is running high. Tom Ogden suggests using split shot with a hares ear, Montana, or prince nymph. Biologist Brad Crompton reported good success in the fly-only zone with an Adam's fly pattern.

Munford suggests fishing below Electric Lake dam with a 14 Royal Wulff or an 18 Griffith's gnat. He cautions that trout spook easily on this stretch, so anglers should use 5X tippet or lighter. Below the forks, anglers have had good success with nightcrawlers.

•Huntington Reservoir - Insect hatches have impaired fishing success. Best shoreline fishing occurs before 7 a.m.

Munford suggests using a straight nightcrawler behind a full bubble. The nightcrawler should be moved every once in a while to entice strikes. Tiger trout are 10-16 inches on the average. Some anglers have had good luck by casting a gold Jake's from shore around the dam.

Float tubers and boaters have done well near the dam by vertically jigging a jig tipped with a nightcrawler several inches from the bottom. Ogden recommends using size 10 black leeches or dark green scuds in 12-16 feet of water. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout and trout with cutthroat markings.

•Joes Valley Reservoir - Recent gill-netting indicates that there are some large splake in the reservoir. One fish weighed in at 15 pounds before it was released.

Aquatics Biologist Craig Walker recommends dropping whole dead chubs, up to eight inches long, to the bottom for big splake. Chubs are now spawning in and around the tributaries and can be caught on many types of small lures, flies or baits. The trout limit is two; only one over 22 inches; all trout from 15-22 inches must be immediately released.

•Lasal Mountains - Conservation Officer Trampas Williams 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. Ken's 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. Fishing for bass was excellent with lures. The roads to Oowah and Warner lakes are open. Fishing at both Oowah and Warner have been excellent, where 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 - Brown leech patterns have been good in the recent past.

•Miller Flat Reservoir - Fair to good fishing continues for both planters and carry-over trout, ranging up to three pounds. Munford recommends red salmon eggs. A variety of baits, flies and lures have been effective.

•Potters Ponds - The ponds have ranged from poor to good for angler success. Try PowerBait or a fly and bubble.

•Scofield Reservoir - Sergeant Carl Gramlich reports that shoreline anglers have had limited success, due to a large midge hatch and higher water temperatures. He recommends that shoreline anglers fish very early or late for best success. Boaters have enjoyed good still-fishing with a worm and marshmallow or PowerBait. Anglers trolling with a worm and pop gear have had good success.

Also recommended are needlefish, gold Jake's and spoons. Fly fishermen in float tubes have been using renegades, midges, and brown, red or green leech patterns.

Ogden suggests using size 10 leeches. He had best success with green leeches in the morning and red in the afternoon. Anglers are reminded that tributaries are closed to fishing until July 10th.

•Spinners Reservoir - There are few, if any, trout left in the reservoir.

•Straight Canyon Creek - Walker fished Straight Canyon on Sunday. He reported high flows and tough fishing. He caught four brown trout between 12-14 inches, using wooly buggers, stonefly and sculpin imitations.

•Willow Lake - Fishing was fair to good with baits.

•Wrigley Springs Reservoir - Fishing was slow over the weekend.

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