Southeastern Utah Fishing Report

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Please e-mail your fishing reports on Southeastern Region waters to BrentStettler@utah.gov.

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Depending on elevation and weather conditions, lakes and reservoirs may be open or frozen on any given day. Smaller mountain waters generally freeze overnight and thaw by early afternoon. Larger bodies of water are more resistant to the daily freeze/thaw cycles. Unless you plan to fish a large body of water, schedule your fishing trip for the afternoon.

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (May 04) All waters in San Juan County have been stocked with thousands of eight- to nine-inch rainbow trout. We expect good fishing at all locations. Try using nightcrawlers, PowerBait and salmon eggs.

BENCHES POND: (May 04) The ice is gone and anglers can now fish from the shore. The catch is carry-over rainbow trout. Spring stocking should happen closer to Memorial Day weekend.

BOULGER RESERVOIR: (May 04) Ice-off is finally here. Anglers should expect to catch only carry-over trout as spring stocking hasn’t happened yet.

CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (April 17) The pond is shallow, which has concentrated fish and made them compete for food. That means anglers have had good luck fishing with almost any bait.

CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (May 04) On May 1, Conservation Officer James Thomas reported open shoreline around the entire reservoir. There’s some ice toward the center. The catch was slow for Kathy Jo Martinez during the past week; she fished from the bank and reported only a few bites using bait or lures.

DUCK FORK RESERVOIR: (May 04) The gate to Duck Fork will remain locked until the road is sufficiently dry.

ELECTRIC LAKE: (May 04) On May 1, Conservation Officer James Thomas reported ice-off at the lake. The road to the boat ramp might still be impassable because of mud or snow. The upper Huntington Creek tributary is open and anglers report fair to good fishing.

EMERALD LAKE: (May 04) This high-elevation pond becomes accessible in June.

FERRON RESERVOIR: (May 04) The U.S. Forest Service locked the gate, preventing access to Ferron Reservoir. Once the road dries, the gate will reopen.

GIGLIOTTI POND: (May 04) Fishing for carry-over fish has been good. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait in chartreuse or rainbow colors. Small dry flies in the evening have also proven to be effective.

GOOSEBERRY RESERVOIR: (May 04) The access gate will remain locked until the road dries.

HUNTINGTON CREEK: (May 04) You’ll find the trout in the first few miles below Electric Lake dam. The Seely Creek Fire and subsequent flash floods left most of the creek fishless. Some fish will be stocked as fire-damaged drainages re-vegetate.

HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (May 04) Although anglers care catching a few trout and wipers, the catch rate has been slow. A limited number of wipers are being taken by boaters trolling open water, or by fly anglers from float tubes.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (May 04) This water, also known as Mammoth Reservoir, is slowly losing its ice pack. On May 1, Conservation Officer James Thomas reported as much as 20 feet of open water along the shoreline. Thomas expects good fishing success as ice-off continues to open the reservoir.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (May 04) Trout fishing is slow to fair. In late April, Adam Eakle and Steve Smith fished near the dam and hooked several tiger muskies on a variety of crankbaits. One was a neutral buoyancy shallow-diving bait, called the \”Psycho-perch,\” which was hit by a large tiger muskie at a depth of 10 feet. Fisheries Biologist Dan Keller recommends a blue glass Shad Rap. Chub-imitating swim baits were effective last fall.

KNIGHT-IDEAL COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (May 04) This new community fishery in Wellington is located at 850 E. 300 S. The water has been cloudy but is improving. We recently stocked pan-sized rainbow trout. Try baits such as worms or PowerBait.

LA SAL MOUNTAINS: (May 04) Anglers report good fishing at Kens Lake. The lake was stocked with more than 5,000 rainbow trout. Fly anglers report that virtually any pattern will catch fish. For other angler types, almost any lure or bait will catch fish.

LOWER FISH CREEK: (May 04) On April 26, Valerie O’Neil and a party of three others fished about a mile downstream from the dam. Using a silver Kastmaster, they caught and released almost 50 trout in less than four hours. The trout ranged from 8-16 inches.

MAY DAY POND: (May 04) This new fishery in the Henry Mountains has been stocked and good fishing is expected.

MILLER FLAT RESERVOIR: (May 04) The gate between Cleveland Reservoir and Joes Valley Reservoir has been locked to allow the road to dry out.

PETES HOLE: (May 04) Snow and slick conditions block access to this high elevation pond above Joes Valley Reservoir.

RIGHT FORK OF HUNTINGTON CREEK: (May 04) All trout were killed or swept away as a result of the Seeley Fire and subsequent flash floods.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (May 04) On April 29, Conservation Officer Tj Robertson reported improving fishing conditions around the reservoir. Fishing is better near the mouth of the dam cove on the south side, although Robertson reports improvements elsewhere. The most effective bait is chub meat, although nightcrawlers and salmon eggs have been catching fish, too. During the past week, Robertson reported seeing anglers catch some 24- to 27-inch cutthroat trout.

SOUP BOWL: (May 04) Because of snow and mud, this pond is not expected to be accessible until June.

WILLOW LAKE: (May 04) The gate is locked. It will reopen when the road dries.

WRIGLEY SPRINGS RESERVOIR: (May 04) The U.S. Forest Service has opened the gate, allowing access to Wrigley Springs Reservoir. Fishing is expected to be fair to good. We haven’t stocked the reservoir this year, so anglers should plan to catch fish that wintered I the reservoir successfully.

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