Southeastern Utah fishing report for early November
Abajo Mountains. Conservation Officer Chris Rhea reports that Monticello Reservoir is producing 10-12 inch trout with PowerBait. For Blanding area reservoirs, Rhea recommends any floating bait, such as PowerBait or Zeke's. He suggests attaching a small sinker to the line to pull the bait just under the surface. Blanding area reservoirs are producing 14 inch trout.
Benches and Boulger Ponds. Conservation Officer Stacey Jones reports slow fishing.
Duck Fork Reservoir. No report. Anglers are reminded that only artificial flies and lures may be used at this reservoir. Some 20 inch tiger trout have been caught this fall.
Electric Lake. Cutthroat trout up to 15 inches are being taken on flies and spinners.
Ferron Reservoir. No recent report. Special regulations apply. An angler may keep eight trout as long as four of them are brookies.
Gigliotti Pond (in Helper). Aquatics Program Manager Paul Birdsey reports good fishing with worms, PowerBait and artificial flies. Anglers need to be mindful of the four trout daily and possession limits. The possession limit includes the fish you may have at home in your refrigerator or freezer. Largemouth bass and bluegill need to be released immediately unharmed.
Gooseberry Reservoir. Slow fishing has been reported.
Huntington Creek. Aquatics Biologist Craig Walker expects good fishing for brown trout as they pile up for the spawn. Walker encourages baitcasters to use salmon eggs. Fly fishermen will do well with stone fly imitations, wooly buggers, and egg patterns.
Huntington Reservoir (on the Wasatch Plateau in Sanpete County). No report.
Joes Valley Reservoir. The reservoir is now closed to fishing through December 10 to protect splake which are attempting to spawn.
Lake Powell. The Lake Powell fishing report home page is: http://www.wayneswords.com.
Lasal Mountains. Conservation Officer Joe Nicholson reports slow fishing at Ken's Lake. At Medicine Lake, anglers have had good success with wooly buggers and small Mepp's spinners. Dark Canyon has been producing lots of 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout for anglers using orange PowerBait. Similar success should be experienced at Oowah, Don's and Hidden lakes. Nicholson encourages anglers to hike to Clark's Lake or stop by the pond at the Miner's Basin trailhead for some fall brook trout. Spin-A-Lures, small Panther Martin's, Mepp's spinners or wooly buggers should produce fish at these locations.
Scofield Reservoir. Fishing conditions have been sporadic, due to changing weather patterns. Avoid fishing during windy conditions whenever possible. Aquatics Biologist Justin Hart suggests that anglers fish in the early morning or late afternoon for best results. Hart says PowerBait, worms, marshmallows, spinners and crankbaits have all been producing fish. The best fishing has been on the southeast side of the reservoir. Bait fishermen should rig their bait to float a few inches off the bottom. Fly fishermen have done very well, using various leech and wooly bugger patterns near the bottom on the southeast side. Boat anglers have had luck trolling or still-fishing in deeper water. The average size rainbow is 16 inches. All rainbows over 20 inches are also being caught.
Willow Lake. Some of the tiger trout measure as long as 20 inches, says Aquatics Manager, Paul Birdsey. This has been one of the best fisheries on the mountain this year.