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Southeastern Utah Fishing Report

BENCHES POND: (July 03) The weather is very hot, so anglers need to be on the water before the sun rises or after it sets. The best bait choices are a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm with rainbow-sparkle PowerBait.

CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (July 03) The pond has been stocked with plenty of eight- to nine-inch rainbows. The weather is very hot and there isn't much shade, so you'll want to fish before the sun rises or after it sets. It's best to fish deeper water with the bait suspended just off the bottom. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm with PowerBait in chartreuse or rainbow sparkle.

ELECTRIC LAKE: (July 03) The best fishing occurs in the early morning or evening. Aquatics Technician Tyrel Mills recommends a Jakes lure in gold or silver. Redside shiners are also effective and can be caught in minnow traps at the lake. Sportfish Biologist Calvin Black recommends using dog food to bait the trap.

FERRON RESERVOIR: (July 03) Fishing has been fair to good for anglers who use worms with PowerBait or worms with marshmallows. Fish during the cool times of day for the best results.

GIGLIOTTI POND: (July 03) Fishing has been great over the past few weeks. The best baits have been PowerBait (in chartreuse or rainbow with sparkles), nightcrawlers or both. The best artificial flies have been mosquito and woolly bugger patterns.

GRASSY LAKE: (July 03) This higher-elevation pond is usually good in July with a variety of baits, lures and artificial flies. Crowding will be an issue over the July 4 holiday weekend.

HUNTINGTON CREEK: (July 03) The Seeley Fire, and the subsequent flooding and erosion, killed all fish in the creek. The creek will not be restocked this year.

HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (July 03) Summer water sports and recreational boaters will dominate the reservoir over the holiday weekend. Anglers are advised to fish at the crack of dawn and then retreat to higher elevations during the day and into the evening. Remember to pass by Huntington Creek, which doesn't have fish after last year's fire.


Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black recommends that anglers fish around rocks near the shoreline for tiger muskies. Due to the size of these fish and clarity of the water, tiger muskies are visible as they hide behind structure. Black suggests working crankbaits in front of them to provoke a strike. For splake, Black recommends that anglers fish from boats in 40-50 feet of water and use tube jigs tipped with chub meat. This water has special regulations. Please consult the guidebook.

iLOWER FISH CREEK: (July 03) Fly and lure anglers have had good luck in the middle and lower stretches for bigger trout. The upper reaches are often good in the early morning, especially for fly-fishing anglers who can run a nymph under over-hanging banks. Special regulations apply. Please see the Utah Fishing Guidebook.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (July 03) On June 28, Tom Ogden flyfished on the west side from 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. He fished in water that was about 15 feet deep. In that time period, he caught two small rainbows and nine cutthroats, one of which weighed three pounds, 10 ounces. The rest of the cutts ranged from 11-13 inches. Conservation Officer Devin Christensen recommends that boaters fish off the bottom with chub meat. For boaters, the bite drops off near noon. It stops much sooner for bank anglers. Shoreline anglers need to be on the water at dawn for the best success. Trout favor cold water and will retreat into deeper, cooler water as day breaks.

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