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Updated fishing report of Southeastern Utah reservoirs, lakes

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For questions about road access to high mountain lakes and reservoirs, the U.S. Forest Service is the best source of information.

All high elevation waters in southeastern Utah remain inaccessible.

Aquatics Biologist Craig Walker advises anglers to fish the lower and mid-elevation reservoirs for a while. Creek flows are high and turbid, creating difficult fishing conditions.

ABAJO MOUNTAINS Both Blanding reservoirs were restocked in mid-late May. Fishing has been fair at either reservoir for anglers using baits, or Kastmaster and Mepp's spinners.

Recapture Reservoir continues to be slow, according to Conservation Officer Joe Nicholson. Aquatic biologists suggest that pike fishermen use a large, chartreuse, skirted, double-bladed spinner bait. Loyd's Lake has provided fair to good fishing with salmon eggs.

Fishing has been fair to good at Monticello and Foy reservoirs with worms or silver Panther Martin spinners

BENCHES RESERVOIR The ice is off. Fishing was fair last weekend for carryover 8-10 inch rainbows. Stocking will occur any day. The reservoir's tributary is closed to fishing until July 9.

BOULGER RESERVOIR The reservoir is ice-free, although access is difficult. Once the road dries enough to accommodate a hatchery truck, it will be stocked. The tributary is closed until July 9.

CLEVELAND RESERVOIR The reservoir is ice-free. Stocking is imminent. Fishing has been spotty for carryover trout which weigh as much as 2 pounds., according to Todd Munford. He recommends orange sparkle PowerBait or a nightcrawler/marshmallow combination.

DUCK FORK RESERVOIR Road access is closed.

ELECTRIC LAKE The lake is ice-free. Sergeant Carl Gramlich and Conservation Officer Stacey Jones both reported good fishing success over the Memorial Day weekend. They said that either worms or spinners were effective.

Todd Munford reports that fishing has been best on the north end of the lake. Where the tributary flows into the lake, the water is cloudy; but the further south you go, the clearer the water becomes. Todd recommends a straight nightcrawler for bait fishermen.

For fly fishermen, he suggests a red crystal bugger or brown leech pattern. Tributaries are closed to fishing until July 9th to protect spawning cutthroat trout..

FAIRVIEW LAKES The lakes are partially iced over, but road access is available. The first planting of the year is expected to occur any day. Todd Munford recommends rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait. He suggests that fly fishermen use sinking line and chartreuse wooly buggers or brown leech patterns.

FERRON RESERVOIR The access road is closed.

GIGLIOTTI POND This pond was stocked on May 26.

GOOSEBERRY RESERVOIR The access road remains closed. Tributaries are closed to fishing until July 9.

HUNTINGTON CREEK Except for the upper end of the fly-only zone, the creek is largely unfishable due to the high run-off.

Officer Jay Topham expects fishing success to improve shortly, as the water begins to clear.

Todd Munford advises anglers in the fly-only zone to practice a quiet, stealthy approach to avoid spooking fish. He suggests using floating line without a strike indicator, trailed by tapered leader and a small nymph pattern such as a #18 RS 2 or #18 Lil Brassie. Brown trout have been ranging between 10-12 inches.

HUNTINGTON GAME FARM POND Stocking occurred just before Memorial Day. Anglers must walk the quarter mile from the locked gate to the pond.

HUNTINGTON NORTH STATE PARK This reservoir was planted with a truckload of 9-10 inch rainbow trout on May 20. Fishing has been fair. Best baits have been rainbow or green PowerBait or nightcrawlers. Spincasters have had luck with a Super Vibrax or Roostertail.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR (on the Wasatch Plateau, Sanpete County) The ice is going fast, and the ice pack may be gone by the weekend.

Conservation Officer Jay Topham asserted this reservoir to be the best fishing spot on the mountain over the Memorial Day weekend. Worms worked best.

Todd Munford recommends fishing with a straight nightcrawler.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR Aquatics Biologist Craig Hart indicates that Utah chubs are beginning to congregate at the mouths of tributaries. Fishing with dead chubs or shiners should provide anglers with a chance to catch some larger splake.

Fly fishermen may wish to try a large streamer or leech pattern. Most splake are either under or within the slot. Special regulations apply. The limit is two trout, only one over 22 inches. All trout between 15-22 inches must be immediately released.

LAKE POWELL The Lake Powell fishing report home page is:

LASAL MOUNTAINS Conservation Officer Joe Nicholson reports that fishing success has slowed down at Ken's Lake, where most fish are being caught with PowerBait, worms, or silver spoons and spinners.

Fishing at Hidden Lake has been fair with most trout being caught on salmon eggs and rainbow PowerBait. Fishing at Don's lake has been slow, but a few anglers have been catching splake and tiger trout up to 12 inches on worms and spinners.

Fishing has been very good at Oowah Reservoir, where Officer Nicholson cited a party of teenagers possessing a "gross overlimit" of trout.

At Oowah, Nicholson recommends worms or salmon eggs for 8-12 inch rainbow trout. The road to Warner Lake remains closed. Medicine Lake, Dark Canyon Reservoir and Blue Lake are still inaccessible.

LOWER FISH CREEK Lieutenant Alan Green says that the water is level is extremely low, although a few determined fly and spincasters had been pulling a few fish from the deeper pools more than a mile from the dam.

MILLER FLAT RESERVOIR The reservoir is ice-free. Fishing has been fair with red salmon eggs or a nightcrawler/mallow combination. Stocking is imminent.

MILLSITE RESERVOIR Fishing has been good with a worm/marshmallow combination, salmon eggs, and yellow-sparkle or lemon-twist PowerBait.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR Aquatics Biologist Craig Walker advises anglers that the reservoir was recently stocked with fingerling rainbow trout. Anglers attempting to capture bait fish, such as redside shiners, are reminded that the 3-inch rainbows cannot be used as bait.

Conservation Officer Stacey Jones reported fair to good fishing, depending on the location. She found boaters trolling in the Madsen Bay area to be most successful. She said that bank fishermen were doing best with dead minnows and worms. Stacey observed that when the wind died down, anglers had to compete with a large midge hatch, which put a lot of emergent and flying insects on the water, hampering fishing success.

Sergeant Carl Gramlich indicated that the rapidly rising reservoir level had flooded a lot of dry ground, putting a lot of insects, worms and grubs into the water. Carl noted that the abundance of natural food in the water produced slower fishing conditions.

Todd Munford recently described fishing as fair. He recommends catching and hooking redside shiners, and then using them in the dam cove. Todd said the most successful PowerBait colors were rainbow or orange. Successful boaters trolled pop gear with a nightcrawler or slow-trolled a straight nightcrawler.

STRAIGHT CANYON The creek is unfishable due to high, fast and colored water.

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