Holiday anglers are often disappointed by poor fishing success, because they fish when it's convenient for them, rather than when it's best for catching fish. To avoid frustration, fish at first light or just before dark. To escape the heat of summer, trout retreat to deep, cool water, where they are more comfortable. They make brief forays into shallower water only when the sun is down and the water is cool. For that reason, it's often more effective to fish from a boat.
Sergeant Carl Gramlich suggests that anglers select high mountain lakes, where the water is colder and fish are more active. Gramlich says artificial flies will be especially good this time of year. He encourages anglers to pattern their artificial fly after the bug hatches which occur.
Stream fishing is sometimes easier than lake fishing this time of year. Stream water temperatures are colder and banks are shady. Riverine trout are less stressed than those in lakes, and are more inclined to attack a lure or take bait. Because of the abundance of insects, a good angler strategy is matching the hatch. If you present something a fish is familiar with, the chances are better that your offering will be taken.
ABAJO MOUNTAINS - Dedicated hunter Steve Duke performed a creel survey this past weekend. Conservation Officer Joe Nicholson checked fishermen as well. Steve saw a fair number of rainbow trout being caught at the inlet to Lloyds Lake. One angler suspended a salmon egg from three feet of leader under a bobber. Another angler had luck with a small silver/copper Mepp's spinner. A third angler used a prince nymph and bubble.
Fishing success at Monticello Reservoir has ranged from poor to good. Baitcasters should give worms a try. Fly fishermen should try scud or mosquito patterns.
Beware of moss at Foy Reservoir, and adjust your bait accordingly. Fishing success was good for 10- to 12-inch trout with marshmallows, spinners and worms. One angler had luck with a caddis pattern and a bubble.
At Recapture Reservoir, anglers have been picking up bass and pike with spinnerbaits or crawdad-imitating lures. Officer Nicholson recommends working submerged vegetation along the shorelines.
BENCHES RESERVOIR - Best success occurs at dawn and dusk. Rainbow trout are 10- to 12-inches long. Anglers have been using PowerBait, worms, or a fly and bubble. Fly fishermen have done well with a brown leech pattern.
BOULGER RESERVOIR - Fishing success has ranged between fair and good with baits, lures and flies.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR - Fishing continues to be slow.
DUCK FORK RESERVOIR - Fishing is still good for tiger trout up to 15 inches. Best fishing occurs in the early morning or just before dark. The best lure continues to be Jake's Spin-a-Lure. Good fly patterns include the renegade, mosquito, and green wooly bugger. Special regulations apply. Artificial flies and lures only. Closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. Please release cutthroat trout immediately and with care. The tiger trout limit is two fish.
ELECTRIC LAKE - Fishing success continues to be sporadic. Cutthroats range generally between 12 and 16 inches.
FAIRVIEW LAKES - Fishing was fair from shore with traditional baits.
FERRON RESERVOIR - Fair fishing continues with a variety of baits and lures. Brookies are the most frequently caught trout. They range between 12 and 13 inches.
GRASSY LAKE - Fishing was fair to good with baits, spinners and flies. Trout average 10 to 12 inches.
HUNTINGTON CREEK - Fishing success has ranged from poor to good. Fly fishermen might consider a #14 beadhead ugly or #12 beadhead Montana in green and brown. Some have had luck with ant imitations. Nightcrawlers have been the best bait. Special regulations apply for the right and left hand forks. Please refer to the fishing proclamation.
HUNTINGTON NORTH STATE PARK - Heavy boat and ski traffic make angling nearly impossible, except during early morning hours. Special regulations apply. Please refer to the proclamation.
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR - Fishing was fair. Early morning is the best time to fish. Popular baits have included nightcrawlers or dead minnows. Good lure choices are the Jake's Spin-a-Lure or tan Rooster Tail. Good flies include a #12 beadhead black leech with rib or a #8 beadhead Sheep Creek Special. Special regulations apply.
The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR - Trolling or jigging dead chubs or chub meat in deep water, 30-plus feet, seems to be the best strategy for larger splake. Special regulations apply. The limit is two trout, only one over 22 inches. All trout from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released.
LASAL MOUNTAINS - Dedicated hunter Bill Love performed a creel survey last weekend on the LaSal Mountains. He found good fishing at Oowah, where fish were hitting lures with almost every cast. Best lures were the Kastmaster and Jake's Spin-a-Lure. Fishing was best in the early morning.
Fishing was slow at Warner Lake, although some anglers had luck using worms. Fishing was good at Dark Canyon, especially in the early morning and late evening with small spinners.
Hidden Lake provided good fishing for anglers using traditional baits. An orange and black Roostertail spinner was also very effective. Dons Lake was slow. Fishing continues to be fair at Kens Lake.
A week ago, a rainbow trout up to 20 inches long was caught on Mepp's black fury spinners. A 20-pound catfish was also caught in July. For brookies, cast silver spoons into the pond by the Miners Basin trailhead. Anglers interested in catfish should try using squid or chicken livers on the Colorado River, where1-3 lb. cats are being creeled.
LOWER FISH CREEK - Access from U.S. Highway 6 is open, and there's a good volume of water flowing in the creek. Try a #14 beadhead ugly, #10 Montana nymph or #10 to 12 San Juan worm.
MILLER'S FLAT RESERVOIR - Fishing was fair for 10- to 14-inch rainbow trout. Good baits include worms and PowerBait.
MILLSITE RESERVOIR - The best fishing occurs in the very early morning, when boat and ski traffic is minimal
PETES HOLE - Fishing continues to be good with baits, flies or spinners.
POTTERS PONDS - Fishing success has slowed down for planted rainbow trout from 8 to 10 inches.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR - Fishing success continues to be slow, primarily due to summer heat. Trout stay in deeper, cooler water. They eat less and are not as active. The best fishing occurs in the early morning or very late evening. Shoreline fishermen are having the poorest luck and that trend is expected to continue. Fly fishermen have had luck with a size 10 to 12 beadhead leech in brown, purple, or black.
SOUP BOWL - Fishing continues to be fair to good with baits and spinners.
WILLOW LAKE - Fishing has ranged from fair to good with a variety of baits, lures and fly patterns.