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Southeastern Utah early spring fishing report

DWR Wildlife Specialist Casey Olsen, showing the splake he iced at Joe's Valley Reservoir.

•Cleveland Reservoir. There's no lakeside parking, due to a wall of snow on either side of Highway 31. Anglers need to snowmobile from the Miller Flat parking area. Try chartreuse PowerBait, molded onto a cheese hook for best results. Suspend the bait five feet from the bottom.

•Gigliotti Pond. Two weeks ago, Casey Olsen and Roy Marchant fished the pond. Using Velveeta cheese, they caught five trout. Through an underwater camera, they observed a lot of trout. Unfortunately, the fish seemed uninterested in most types of bait they presented.

•Huntington Creek. In open water stretches, fly fishermen might try Montana nymphs, San Juan worms or hares ears. Baitcasters will do best with worms.

•Mammoth Reservoir. There's a 10-foot wall of snow on each side of the highway bordering the reservoir. The parking space by the restroom is limited as well. Try a 1/8-ounce chartreuse jighead, tipped with half a nightcrawler. Keep the bait moving. The bite will be very light. This reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings.

•Joe's Valley Reservoir. The ice is about 20-inches thick. Early this month, fishing was good with hot pink octopus jigs, hooked onto chub meat. A jig, tipped with mealworms or salmon eggs, is a good standby. Try a gold attractor spoon over the terminal bait.

•Lasal Mountains. Mountain lakes remain snowbound. Access is limited to snow machines. Anglers, fishing Ken's Lake, should try small jigs, tipped with a nightcrawler. Trout range from eight to 16 inches.

•Millsite Reservoir. Volunteer Services Coordinator Randall Stilson checked anglers last weekend. He described fishing as slow. Rainbows were 12 to 13 inches. The best terminal tackle was a white jig, tipped with a mealworm or piece of nightcrawler.

•San Juan County. No recent report. Try PowerBait or worms at Blanding #3 and #4.

•Scofield Reservoir. Randall Stilson interviewed anglers last Sunday and rated fishing success as fair. The most successful anglers used white, yellow or green jigs, tipped with salmon eggs, mealworms, or dead minnows.

Lake access is difficult, due to snow and slush on the ice, which is 20+ inches thick. Most trout ranged from 13 to 18 inches, except for one cutthroat, which ran 23 inches. OHV and snow machine users are getting bogged down frequently.

On Feb. 10, an angler placed a report on www.BigFishTackle.com that he and his partner had hiked a third of the way to the island. They fished in eight feet of water with an ice fly, tipped with a crawler. They caught limits of cutts and bows that were 16 inches or better. Smaller fish were thrown back.





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