Early March fishing report for Southeastern Utah
|Heidi Olsen displays a splake she caught at Joes Valley Reservoir.|
Abajo/Blue Mountains.Conservation Officer Chris Rhea reports that San Juan County waters are opening up. Blanding thee and four are ice-free. Recapture is partially open.
Gigliotti Pond. Ice fishing has been good. One party caught a fish every 3-4 minutes, using Velveeta cheese.
Huntington North Reservoir. Warm spring temperatures have softened the ice. Further ice fishing is not recommended. Please wait until the ice breaks up for shoreline angling.
Huntington Reservoir. (on the Wasatch Plateau in Sanpete County). The ice is so thick that an auger extension is necessary. Access is difficult due to several feet of snow and slush covering the ice. Very little fishing pressure. No recent report. Tiger trout have been averaging 15 inches. Special regulations apply. See the proclamation.
Joes Valley Reservoir. Aquatics Manager Paul Birdsey commented that Joes Valley is one of the best ice fishing destinations in the state. Last weekend, Paul's fishing party of three caught and released 30 fish in less than four hours. Most trout ranged between 10 and 19 inches. Justin Hart caught a six lb. splake with a small chartreuse spoon, tipped with a piece of shiner meat. Justin recommends moving holes every half hour, if fish don't seem to be active. The bite is best between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For best results, fish in 12-20 feet of water. Try to locate a channel ledge and use chunks of sucker or chub meat to attract the big ones.
Mike Milburn and Alan Green fished the reservoir on Feb. 27. They caught and released 16 trout between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. They used small chartreuse jigs tipped with shiner meat under an attractor. All fish ranged between 13 and 18 inches. Special regulations apply. Please refer to the fishing proclamation.
Lake Powell. The Lake Powell fishing report home page is: http://www.wayneswords.com.
Lasal Mountains. Conservation Officer Joe Nicholson reports that all LaSal Mountain lakes are frozen. Ken's Lake is open, but fishing success has been slow to fair for rainbow trout.
Millsite Reservoir. Lieutenant Carl Gramlich reported that the reservoir was 30 percent open last Saturday. Shoreline anglers can now cast to the edge of the ice sheet, dropping their bait in front of hungry trout. Good fishing is expected.
Scofield Reservoir. This past weekend, fishing conditions were slow. Fishing pressure was moderate, but the trout failed to cooperate. In general, trout have been ranging between eight and 16 inches. The catch has consisted almost entirely of rainbow trout. The lake is covered by multiple layers of ice and slush, topped with snow.
Fishermen must auger down to the shank to get through the ice. As much as 200 cubic feet per second of water is being released from the dam to prepare the reservoir for spring work on the spillway.