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Supdated DWR Summer Fishing Report for Southeastern Utah


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Excellent summer fishing at Willow Lake has been reported by dedicated hunter James Kulow.

•Abajo Mountains - Conservation Officer Randall Scheetz reports that fishing conditions remain the same as previous weeks. Fishing was good at Foy Reservoir with corn or worm-flavored Zeke's, floating off the bottom. Fishing conditions at Monticello Reservoir have ranged from good to excellent early and late with jigs and Daredevil spinners. At mid-day, Zeke's garlic bait or salmon eggs seems to work best.

Blanding 3 and Blanding 4 reservoirs offer good to excellent fishing respectively. Zeke's garlic and salmon eggs have been the most effective fish-getters at Blanding 3, while white marshmallows or Zeke's chartreuse cheese bait has worked best at Blanding 4.

•Benches Reservoir - Fishing success was good with PowerBait.

•Blue Lake - (by Grassy Lake) The lake has had little or no angler pressure.

•Boulger Reservoir - Fishing was good with rainbow PowerBait about 18 inches in front of a bubble three-fourths full of water. Fly fishermen have had luck trolling olive crystal buggers.

•Cleveland Reservoir - Fishing success has ranged from slow to good. PowerBait in the early morning seems best. Todd Munford recommends corn or yellow PowerBait. Trollers have done okay with Panther Martins or copper Vibrax spinners. In the evenings, try red crystal buggers on sinking line.

•Duck Fork Reservoir - Catch-and-release fishing was good for cutthroat trout using a fly and bubble. Brown nymphs or black gnats are recommended. Tiger trout are growing, and promise a good sport fishery in the near future. Only artificial flies or lures may be used.

•Electric Lake - Fishing is very spotty. Try rainbow PowerBait or dead minnows. Fly fishing in the north inlet can be good with small dry flies, such as an 18 para Adams or a 16 blue wing olives. Presentation must be delicate. Crystal buggers can be effective early and late in the day.

•Fairview Lakes - Conservation Officer Jay Topham reports good fishing at Fairview Lakes and said about any kind of bait is working.

Munford recommends Zeke's Sierra gold or chartreuse PowerBait. Black or brown leech patterns are effective in the evening.

•Ferron Reservoir - Pop gear and worms have worked well for trollers. Shoreline anglers have done well with worms. The trout limit is four, but anglers may take a bonus limit of four brookies.

•Gigliotti Pond - The pond is planted with more than 600 bluegills, several dozen bass and hundreds of rainbow trout. Please dispose of garbage properly. Please do not dispose of fish in toilets.

•Gooseberry Reservoir - Fishing was fair to good with yellow PowerBait and a bubble full of water. Fast-stripping brown leech patterns or olive crystal buggers from a pontoon or tube were good.

•Grassy Lake - Fishing continues to be fair for 10 to 12-inch rainbow trout with a fly and bubble or PowerBait or nightcrawlers.

•Huntington Creek - Conservation Officer Mike Milburn reported good success in the fly-only zone with small dark patterns, such as the black ant, mosquito and similar patterns in size 14 and 16. Brown trout in the 10 to 16-inch size range are abundant.

Downstream, the following patterns have worked well recently: para Adams, orange stimulators, or red humpies. Good left fork patterns have been the elk hair caddis or Goddard caddis.

•Huntington Reservoir - Fishing was variable. Nightcrawlers seem to work best. Tiger trout are growing larger. Many are in the 14 to 18-inch size range.

In the past, Munford has recommended throwing gold Jake's or nightcrawlers in the evening on the west side. Fly fishing in the morning was fair with red crystal buggers. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout and trout with cutthroat markings.

•Joes Valley Reservoir - Dedicated hunter James Kulow Jr. visited Joes Valley Reservoir and reported poor fishing conditions. He noted that a few anglers were catching 16 to 18-inch splake on nightcrawlers, but that most anglers didn't catch anything. The trout limit is two; only one over 22 inches; all trout from 15-22 inches must be immediately released.

•Lasal Mountains - Dedicated hunter Travis Clark checked LaSal Mountain lakes last weekend and reported fishing at Medicine Lake to be fair. Some trout were being caught on green PowerBait and a bubble, orange PowerBait and sinker as well as a worm under a bubble.

Oowah fishing was excellent. Lots of fish were being caught on PowerBait, salmon eggs or a nightcrawler under a bubble. Fly fishermen were using mosquito patterns. Black Panther Martin spinners were taking a few fish. Dark Canyon fishing was good. Trout were being caught on Bronco Bait or orange or blue PowerBait under a bubble.

Warner Lake fishing was fair. Some fish were being taken with PowerBait under a bubble. Dons Lake fishing was good. Fish were being caught on a nightcrawler and sinker.

•Miller Flat Reservoir - A week ago, fishing had been slow for anglers using PowerBait, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. Fly fishermen did somewhat better by slow-trolling red crystal buggers.

•Millsite State Park - A week ago, dedicated hunter James Kulow Sr., reported excellent fishing with green PowerBait tipped with a worm. Trollers were having luck with pop gear. Fly fishermen did well with renegades and royal coachmen patterns.

•Petes Hole - Fishing was good over the weekend with worms and PowerBait. Fly fishermen were having luck with renegade or mosquito patterns. Rainbow trout were mostly 10 to 12 inches.

•Potters Ponds - James Kulow Jr. reported good fishing for 12-inch trout. Rainbow PowerBait, worms and a fly and bubble were the most popular offerings.

•Scofield Reservoir - Milburn reports that shore fishing is becoming more difficult, due to the aquatic vegetation growing in the shallow water. Shoreline fishermen need to find an area where the drop-off is steeper and allows an angler to cast into deeper water.

On the other hand, Milburn said boaters were doing very well with PowerBait and nightcrawlers. The bait performed best when suspended just off the bottom in 12 to 18 feet of water. People trolling pop gear and worms were also doing very well. Milburn warns boaters to watch for changing weather conditions and fast-moving thunderstorms.

•Soup Bowl - Fishing was good for 10 to 12-inch trout with worms, PowerBait, and salmon eggs. Fly fishermen have been using royal coachmen patterns with a bubble.

•Willow Lake - A week ago, dedicated hunter James Kulow reported excellent fishing with a black wooly worm, PowerBait, worms and Jake's Spin-a-Lures.

•Wrigley Springs Reservoir - Fishing was good with green PowerBait. A renegade fly pattern or wooly bugger have been best for fly anglers.


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