DWR Southeastern Region fishing report

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The DWR Southeastern Region Fishing Report is as follows:

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (November 09) Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports that fish are active and fishing is good. There are not very many anglers fishing the lakes. Sergeant J. Shirley fished Foy Reservoir with his children on Nov. 2. They caught small rainbows with every cast using green-sparkle PowerBait. Shirley also caught a lot of fish with a silver Jakes lure. The moss wasn’t a problem because of colder temperatures.

BENCHES POND: (November 09) Ice has been forming at night. The pond is expected to freeze very soon.

BOULGER RESERVOIR: (November 09) Ice has been forming at night. The reservoir is expected to freeze soon.

CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (November 01) On Oct. 19, Tom and Steve Ogden fly fished from kickboats for 2.5 hours. During that time, they caught two cutthroats and 24 rainbows. Most of the fish ranged from 14–17 inches. The largest trout measured 20 inches and weighed more than three pounds. The Ogdens used size 6 beadhead brown/orange woolly buggers and size 6 beadhead Canada blood leeches. Tom said there were a lot of shoreline anglers. The ones on the northeast side were catching fish, but those near the campground were not.

ELECTRIC LAKE: (November 09) Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black reports good fishing using spinners or spoons from the shore. Try fishing for tiger trout with redside shiners.

HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (November 09) State Park Manager Dan Richards reported hot fishing for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Richards said that trolling almost anything will put fish in the creel. Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black said that fishing is traditionally good this time of year. Try using spinners, spoons and Kastmasters from the shore. Black said that silver, brass and copper are great colors and he recommends moving along the shoreline until you find a place where fish are biting. Moving around is very important this time of year.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (November 01) On Oct. 19, Tom and Steve Ogden fly fished from kickboats near the dam. In three hours, they caught four small tigers. They were using sizes 6–8 soft-hackle flies. Tom said that shoreline anglers didn’t appear to catch many fish.

MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (November 09) On Nov. 1, Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black fished from the shore and caught 13 trout, but lost six. He caught three different trout species during the fishing trip, including rainbow, tiger and splake. The fish ranged from 10 to 15 inches in length, with the majority in the 12- to 14-inch range. Black used silver- or brass-colored spoons weighing from 1/4 to 3/8 ounces. The best lures were Crocodiles and Kastmasters. Black fished the rocky points around the dam.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (November 09) The reservoir was stocked last week with 8-inch tiger trout. You can easily catch the tigers in the dam cove using a gold or silver Kastmasters or Jakes Spin-a-lures. Anglers have been catching the biggest fish by jigging from a boat with silver Kastmasters or a tube jigs tipped with chub meat. For best results, try fishing over rocky structure or along points or drop-offs.

On Nov. 8, two anglers caught three 16-inch rainbow trout near the inlets of upper Fish Creek and Bear Creek. Conservation Officer Devin Christensen watched one angler cast and reel in a 23-inch cutthroat trout that was just off the rocks by Madsen Bay. On Nov. 4, Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black caught two 18- to 20-inch cutthroat trout and brought three others to shore. He used tube jigs tipped with chub meat. In early October, anglers caught a seven-pound tiger trout and a 16.5-pound brown trout.

The docks have been moved away from the launch ramps. They will spend the winter in the bay near the Madsen Bay boat ramp. State Part Manager Jonathan Hunt hopes that the ice and wind will be gentler to the docks in the spring so that they can be put in place at first ice-off.

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