Summer fishing report indicates many locations in southeastern Utah good for weekend outings
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 was variable 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 slow to fair with worms, PowerBait, and small dry flies.
Cleveland Reservoir - Fishing continues to be slow. Insect hatches are partly to blame. 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 - Tiger trout are only about four inches long right now. Cutthroat trout are catch-and-release only. Only artificial flies or lures may be used.
Electric Lake - Fishing was fair for anglers using black Panther Martin spinners with yellow or red spots.
Orange flatfish, PowerBait, or worms and marshmallows or worms and salmon eggs have also been used with success. Tributaries (inflowing water sources) are closed to fishing until July 10 to protect spawning cutthroats.
Fairview Lakes - Slow fishing continues. A straight nightcrawler is recommended. 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 slow to fair with traditional baits. Worms have worked best. 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 mid-September.
Gooseberry Reservoir - Fishing was fair with worms, PowerBait, red/white spoons, and Mepp's.
Huntington Creek - The creek is running high. Try a split shot with a hares ear, Montana, or prince nymph. Other good patterns include a 14 Royal Wulff or an 18 Griffith's gnat. Use very light tippet in the fly-only zone for best results. Below the forks, anglers have had good success with nightcrawlers.
Huntington Reservoir - Fishing success has ranged from slow to fair for anglers with baits, and was fair to good for fly fishermen. Best shoreline fishing occurs before 7 a.m. Bait fishermen should try using a straight nightcrawler behind a full bubble.
The nightcrawler should be moved every once in a while to entice strikes. Float tubers and boaters have done well near the dam by vertically jigging a nightcrawler several inches from the bottom.
Tom 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 - Gill-netting in June indicates that there are some large splake in the reservoir. One splake tipped the scale at 15 pounds before it was released. About 40 weighed over seven pounds.
Aquatics Biologist Craig Walker recommends trolling or jigging whole dead chubs, up to eight inches long, in the thermocline 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 indicates that all mountain lakes are accessible, and everything was stocked by Father's Day.
Fishing was good almost everywhere on the mountain with traditional baits. Anglers are reminded that the fish limit at all LaSal Mountain lakes is four trout. Kens Lake was best either early in the morning or late in the evening.
Potters Ponds - The ponds have been variable. Try PowerBait or a fly and bubble.
Scofield Reservoir - Dedicated hunter Glenn Brady reported good fishing last weekend. Boaters trolling with green/black spinners or flat fish were doing especially well.
Fish very early in the morning for best shoreline angling, due to hatching midges and higher water temperatures later in the day. Still-fishing from boats with a worm and marshmallow or PowerBait continues to be good.
Float-tubing fly fishermen have been using renegades, midges, leeches and wooly buggers. Red, green and brown have been the best colors. Tributaries are closed to fishing until July 10th.
Straight Canyon Creek - Try using wooly buggers, stonefly and sculpin imitations.
Willow Lake - Fishing was good with gold-colored lures.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir - Fishing has ranged between slow and fair for anglers using nightcrawlers and salmon eggs.