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Southeastern Utah fishing report for lakes, reservoirs

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Chass Henrie, a DWR fisheries technician, shows off his prize winning catch. Henrie caught a 27 inch, eight pound splake at Joes Valley Reservoir this month.

ABAJO MOUNTAINS Fishing at Monticello Lake has been slow to fair, says Conservation Officer Joe Nicholson. Worms appear to be the best bait. Fishing at Foy Reservoir has been good with most trout being caught on worms, PowerBait and small spinners. Lloyd's Lake has been slow. The water level is rising at Recapture Reservoir, although fishing remains poor.

BENCHES RESERVOIR The reservoir has been stocked and fishing has been fair to good for 10-12 inch planters with worms, salmon eggs or PowerBait in green, yellow, or rainbow sparkle. Fly fishermen have done well with a brown leech pattern.

BOULGER RESERVOIR Fishing success has ranged between fair and excellent. Todd Munford recommends a straight nightcrawler fished with a full bubble. Alternately, he recommends casting silver spoons off the dam. Fly fishermen should try either an olive leech or crystal bugger with sinking line. Other popular baits include salmon eggs or PowerBait in orange or yellow colors. The tributary is closed until July 9th.

CLEVELAND RESERVOIR Fishing has been fair with a worm and slip sinker. Anglers trolling from a boat have had luck with Mepp's spinners or Rooster Tails. A good cheese bait has been Zeke's Sierra gold in yellow or orange.

DUCK FORK RESERVOIR The road is accessible by 4WD vehicles. Dedicated Hunter Chad Kulow reported excellent fishing for 12-20 inch tiger trout using gold Jake's Spin-a-Lures. He also saw a lot of smaller tigers and cutthroats being hooked with pink spoons with a silver strip. Special regulations apply. Artificial flies and lures only. Closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. The tiger trout limit is 2 fish. Tributaries are closed until July 9th.

ELECTRIC LAKE Todd Munford reports fair to good fishing for 12-16 inch cutthroats. He says a nightcrawler/salmon egg combo is the best bait choice. Munford has had good success casting brown and black marabou jigs near the inlet. Good fly patterns include red crystal buggers or red leeches. Dedicated Hunter Randy Brady reported very good fishing on the north end with worms. Tributaries are closed to fishing until July 9th to protect spawning cutthroat trout..

FERRON RESERVOIR Access is open. Fishing success has ranged between poor and good. One fly fisherman had luck with a green sparkle leech. Another did well using green PowerBait. Tributaries are closed until July 9th to protect spawning trout.

GIGLIOTTI POND Fishing has been good to excellent for anglers using silver Jake's Spin-a-Lures or baits.

GOOSEBERRY RESERVOIR Todd Munford says fishing has been best near the campground with nightcrawlers for cuts and chartreuse or spring green PowerBait for rainbows. Another good bait choice are salmon eggs. Fly fishermen might try slow-stripping brown leeches. Fishing success has ranged between slow and good, depending on the day and skill of the angler. Tributaries are closed to fishing until July 9th.

HUNTINGTON CREEK Angler Tom Ogden reported good fishing on Huntington Creek with a #10 Montana nymph or #10-12 red San Juan worm. Todd Munford suggests a #18 Griffith's gnat, #16 para Adams, or #16 blue-winged olive pattern. Bait fishermen should try drifting nightcrawlers in runs and tailouts.

HUNTINGTON GAME FARM POND No recent report. Stocking occurred just before Memorial Day. Anglers must walk the quarter mile from the locked gate to the pond.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR (on the Wasatch Plateau, Sanpete County) Fishing has been good for experienced anglers, using straight nightcrawlers, or dead minnows. Please remember it is illegal to use live fish as bait. Dedicated Hunter, Randy Brady reported fair fishing for anglers using worms and PowerBait. Todd Munford states that some tiger trout are as long as 18 inches and weigh up to 2 lbs. Todd's lure choices include a gold Jake's Spin-a-Lure, and tan Rooster Tail. Fly fishermen might try a brown leech or rusty crystal bugger. Special regulations apply. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings. Tributaries are closed until July 9th to protect spawning cutthroat trout.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR Aquatics Biologist Justin Hart remarked that gill-netting at Joes Valley in June showed some positive signs. The fisheries crew caught 8 splake between 6-9 lbs. Justin also said they captured a lot of splake in the 2-5 lb. range in addition to plenty of smaller ones. Chass Henrie, DWR fisheries technician, hooked a 27-inch, 8 lb. splake while fishing after work. He used a large chunk of chub meat. Chass' friend hooked an 11 lb. splake. 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 been slow to fair at Clark's Lake. He suggests wooly worms, silver spoons or worms. Fishing has been fair at Ken's Lake, where most trout are being caught with PowerBait or worms. A few largemouth bass have been caught on worms and small spinners. Warner Lake is accessible, although fishing has been slow. Dedicated Hunter Steve Risenhoover reported excellent fishing at Oowah with salmon eggs, worms, PowerBait and spinners. Angling at Hidden and Don's lakes has been fair with worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs. Two fishermen reported good fishing at both lakes with gold Jake's or Mepp's lures. Dark Canyon and Blue lakes are now accessible, although surrounded by snow. Fishing has been rather slow for 12 inch trout, hooked with worms. Dedicated hunter Bryan Torgerson reported that the road to Medicine Lake is impassable, and may remain so until mid-July.

LOWER FISH CREEK Access from U.S. Highway 6 is now open, and there's a good volume of water flowing in the creek. Angler Tom Ogden recommends #10 Montana nymphs or #10-12 San Juan worms. Anglers beware: On Thursday morning (June 23), the Scofield Reservoir dam keeper plans to flush the creek to test the spillway. Anglers are urged to avoid fishing lower Fish Creek that morning to prevent possible injury or drowning. Wednesday night campers are urged to pitch tents and store gear on high ground.

MILLER FLAT RESERVOIR The reservoir is full and spilling. Fishing has been fairly good for anglers using either worms or rainbow sparkle PowerBait.

MILLSITE RESERVOIR Fishing has been fair to good in the early morning with a silver or gold Jake's Spin-a-Lure. Bait fishermen have had success with green or rainbow PowerBait. The water is turbid due to the high volume of run-off flowing into the reservoir.

POTTERS PONDS Good fishing has been reported. Try a gold Jake's Spin-a-Lure or a worm/rainbow PowerBait combination.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR A number of anglers have reported a variety of fishing conditions. Dedicated Hunter Randy Brady described fishing as good for shoreline anglers, casting redside shiners in front of a full bubble near the dock. Randy spoke to one gentleman, who hooked a large number of trout by trolling a yellow flat fish with red dots. Fly fisherman Tom Ogden reported slow fishing conditions, probably due to rising water levels and the abundance of natural food in the water. Sergeant Carl Gramlich described slower fishing over the weekend, and recommended a nightcrawler/marshmallow combination as the best bet. Todd Munford indicated that fishing had slowed down, but was better in the early morning with orange sparkle PowerBait or dead redside shiners. Please remember that it's illegal to use live fish as bait. Still-fishing boaters have had good luck with rainbow or orange PowerBait. Fly fishermen should consider using olive crystal buggers or black/red wooly buggers. Please remember that all tributaries are closed to fishing until July 9th.

WILLOW LAKE Dedicated Hunter Chad Kulow reported good fishing with a gold Jake's Spin-a-Lure. Fly fishermen have had success with green wooly buggers or a royal coachman pattern. Baits haven't seemed to work. Tiger trout are as long as 18-20 inches and weigh as much as 2 � lbs.

WRIGLEY SPRINGS RESERVOIR Fishing has been slow. Smaller rainbows are being caught on Jake's Spin-a-Lures.

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