DWR Southeastern Fishing Report

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ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (February 22) Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports that the ice is unsafe. Wait until the shoreline thaws before you fish the Abajo Mountains.

CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (February 22) The pond is thawing, which is creating dangerous ice conditions. Please wait until ice-off before you fish the pond.

GIGLIOTTI POND: (February 22) Ice conditions are very dangerous. Wait until spring before you fish the pond.

HUNTINGTON GAME FARM POND: (February 22) The ice is unstable and unsafe. Please wait until spring before you fish the pond.

HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (February 22) The ice sheet is too dangerous for ice angling. Please wait until the shoreline opens before fishing the reservoir again.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (February 22) Conservation Officer JD Abbott reported slow fishing Feb. 16. On Jan. 27, Randall Stilson caught 23 fish. Most of the fish were 14- to 18-inch splake, but he also caught three 15- to 17-inch cutthroat trout, a 28-inch tiger muskie and a 36.25-inch tiger muskie. Randall used a chartreuse jig tipped with a mealworm or nightcrawler to catch the trout. The muskies were hooked with a 6-inch soft plastic green jig that resembled a legless salamander.

MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (February 22) Ice conditions are extremely hazardous. Last weekend, a child reportedly fell through the ice. Please wait until the shoreline opens and fish from the bank.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (February 22) Fishing is hit and miss. On Feb. 16, Chris Nilson smashed the state tiger trout record with an 18-pound, four ounce fish that measured 32.75 inches in length. He caught the tiger through the ice. Visit our Facebook to see a picture of Chris with his record tiger. (Incidentally, the previous record was set by Trent Peery and his 15-pound, 32.25-inch tiger exactly one year earlier — Feb. 16, 2012 — at Scofield Reservoir.)

On Feb. 16, Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black fished with a party of anglers from Utah State University. Calvin caught 16 trout in eight hours. Most were 14- to 16-inch cutthroat trout. He fished in 10 feet of water on the west side of the reservoir near the Madsen Bay boat ramp. Calvin reported that the bite was very light. He used jig heads weighing from 1/16- to 1/8-ounce tipped with mealworms or nightcrawler pieces, and there didn’t seem to be a color preference.

On Feb. 18, Devin Christensen and JD Abbott fished the rocky point west of the Mountain View boat ramp. They fished in 5 to eight feet of water from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and caught 10 tiger trout, 7 cutthroat trout and 2 rainbow trout. All of the fish were in the 13- to 15-inch range. Devin used a 4-inch white tube jig tipped with chub meat. JD used a silver Kastmaster tipped with chub meat.

STRAIGHT CANYON CREEK: (February 22) Tom Ogden fly fished the creek during the week, but was unable to get a strike or a bite. Fishing should improve this spring.

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