DWR Southeastern Fishing Report

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ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (January 14) Ice safety is an issue. Be sure to use ice-safety precautions: fish with a partner and bring along a rope and floatation device. There has been very little angler pressure in San Juan County.

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HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (January 04) Conservation Officer J.D. Abbott talked with one group of anglers on Jan. 1. They were catching quite a few rainbow trout on small jigs tipped with worms. Conservation Officer Devin Christensen talked with anglers who had good luck with Berkley Gulp minnows (the dark-over-light color pattern).

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JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (January 14) On Jan. 3, Aquatics Biologist Dan Keller fished the reservoir. The ice was six inches thick, and the catch rate was about two fish per hour. Dan caught splake, tiger trout and cutthroat trout. All were in the 12- to 14-inch range. Dan had the most success using a green Paddle Bug tipped with chub meat. On Jan. 9, Randall Stilson reported catching a fair number of cutthroat trout but fewer tigers and splake. The cutts were as large as 16 inches. Randall hooked one tiger that he estimated at four pounds, but he lost it as he was pulling it through the ice. Aquatics Manager Justin Hart said he has had good luck with a 1/4-ounce spoon tipped with chub meat.

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SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (January 14) At the Trifishalon on Dec. 29, fishing was best from about 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. After that, the catch rate fell significantly. Overall, anglers rated fishing as fair. The winning rainbow measured 16.75 inches. Most rainbows ranged from 10 to 12 inches. Typically, anglers fished just off the bottom with spoons or jigs tipped with worms or chub/minnow meat. Aquatics Manager Justin Hart has heard reports of fast fishing for small trout.

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