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Southern Utah Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (10-19-17)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. See Boulder Mountain report for techniques. (10-19-17)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Fishing is reported as fair to good. (10-19-17)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked. (10-19-17)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. Also try egg patterns. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries like Merchant Creek. (10-19-17)

Boulder Mountain

Good

Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's, and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like night crawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs, and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (10-19-17)

Clear Creek

Good

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. Fishing is good with dry flies, terrestrials, and nymphs. Spin fishers should use flashy spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, Blue Fox) or natural baits like night crawlers or salmon eggs. (10-19-17)

Corn Creek

Fair

Various species of wild trout can be found in Corn, Chalk, Meadow, and Oak creeks. Fishing can be fair to good using small spinners, natural baits like night crawlers, and dry flies. A foam hopper-bead head nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are also stocked near campgrounds in Cork, Chalk, and Oak creeks. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. (10-19-17)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked in Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek, and Aspen Mirror Lake. Heavy fishing pressure on weekends. Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. (10-19-17)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

Flow has dropped to 20 cfs with the end of irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577-2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (10-19-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577-2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (10-19-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

The upper East Fork Sevier River and many of its tributaries hold good populations of brown, rainbow, and brook trout. Look for mostly small fish, though an occasional big brown can be caught just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos can be particularly effective. Spin fishers can do well with small, flashy spinners. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like night crawlers and grass hoppers. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in 3-4 years. (10-19-17)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Good

Trout fishing should be improving with cooling water temperatures. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to excellent. (10-19-17)

Fish Lake

Good

Harvest of Kokanee salmon is closed through Nov 30. There are a lot of red Kokanee running up Twin Creek and cruising through the marinas, making for a great viewing opportunity. Fall is a great time to hit Fish Lake as trout get more active and there are less crowds. Rainbow trout are being caught trolling with popgear or Rapalas. Perch fishing is still providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline in 10-15 feet and fish with small jigs tipped with nightcrawler. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest all the perch that you catch. You can also try jigging in 40 to 80 feet for splake, tiger, and larger rainbow trout. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.  (10-19-17)

Forsyth Reservoir

Good

The water level is coming up and fishing has been good. Anglers report catching nice tiger trout on streamers, flashy lures, and night crawlers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (10-19-17)

Fremont River

Good

Flow in the upper Fremont (above Mill Meadow) has decreased. The river is also clear in the Bicknell Bottoms, but murky below Highway 12. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (10-19-17)

Gunlock Reservoir

Slow

Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass – which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for 2-3 years while these populations establish. Recent surveys have found that fish stocked in 2016 spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (4-6 inches). (10-19-17)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Channel catfish and largemouth bass are being caught at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend, up to nine pounds in size. Night crawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish. (10-19-17)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Good

Catfish, bluegill, and green sunfish are providing good success at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills). Look for trout fishing to improve with cooling water temperatures. Catfish have also been stocked at Parowan Pond. Brian Head Pond has rainbow, brook, and tiger trout. (10-19-17)

Johnson Reservoir

Fair

No recent reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (10-19-17)

Kolob Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is now closed to bait fishing until May 2018. Remember that the limit allows harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches – all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. Fishing is fair to good for fly and lure anglers fishing from boats and tubes. (10-19-17)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

A recent netting survey found few trout, although a few big cutthroat trout were caught. It appears that water fluctuation in recent years has been pretty hard on the trout we stock here. You have the chance to catch some large fish at Koosharem, but you'll have to put in plenty of time. Rainbow trout have been stocked this year. (10-19-17)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Good to excellent fishing reported. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (10-19-17)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. (10-19-17)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The water level has been rising. Fair to good fishing reported for small and medium-sized rainbow and brown trout casting streamers from float tubes. Slow to fair fishing from shore. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (10-19-17)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

There have been some dead trout observed lately, though this is fairly typical at Minersville when the water level gets low in late summer. The weather has turned cooler, however, and conditions are improving. Rainbow trout are getting more active and moving in to shore to feed. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown and can be caught trolling or casting topwater lures. (10-19-17)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Fair to good fishing reported at the Box Creek reservoirs. Slower fishing at the north end lakes and Manning Meadow Reservoir. (10-19-17)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing. Look for splake to get more active with cooling water temperature. (10-19-17)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Wipers are being caught on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. (10-19-17)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Irrigation releases have ended and the water level is starting to rise again. Look for trout to start getting more active with cooling water. Anglers have noticed sores and spots on many rainbow trout caught recently. These are caused by parasites that attack when the fish get stressed by warm water. The meat is safe to eat if fully cooked and the sores should disappear once the water cools down in the fall. (10-19-17)

Panguitch Lake

Good

Fishing for rainbow trout has been fair to good from boats. Power Bait, night crawlers, and trolling Rapalas have all produced well. Look for shore fishing to improve once the algae dies off and settles out – which could happen any time now. Popular baits like Power Bait and night crawlers work well from shore for rainbows. Large cutthroat and tiger trout can also be caught from shore using cut bait (anchovies, chubs, frozen minnows), as well as tube jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait. Most of the fish caught by this method will be in the slot and must be released, so reduce fighting and handling time. Also, use large single hooks and fish actively to avoid deep hooking. If the fish does swallow the hook, cut the line and release the fish quickly. (10-19-17)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

Access to Paragonah Reservoir is open, however, it appears that the trout population has been lost due to intense flooding and ash flow from the Brian Head fire scar. (10-19-17)

Pine Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (10-19-17)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was nearly drained again this year. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now. (10-19-17)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle. (10-19-17)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Good

Largemouth bass are very active. Small and medium-sized fish are very abundant around the shorelines and easily caught. Larger fish are found deeper. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. (10-19-17)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Irrigation releases from Piute Reservoir have ended, so the flow is perfect for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. (10-19-17)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Access is good to all areas. Fishing is reported as fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (10-19-17)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (10-19-17)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing during the summer. Trout stocking will begin in November. (10-19-17)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The water level is low, so launch boats at your own risk. We began introducing black crappie this spring in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn next spring. (10-19-17)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Good

Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is open again. It appears that there have been no large losses of fish after the Brian Head Fire – although ash flow and fish kills may still happen at any time. Also, it is possible to see flooding across the road any time it rains, so use caution. Anglers are reporting good success thanks to no fishing pressure for much of the summer. (10-19-17)

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