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Southern Utah Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is reported as good to excellent. Most anglers fish with bait from shore, but fly fishing from float tubes can also be very productive. Some large brown trout are present and can be more readily caught during the colder months. (11-17-17)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 2018. All other lakes are open. Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for techniques. (11-17-17)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Access is still good but can change at any time with fall snowstorms. Anglers report good to excellent fishing at Kent's Lake for rainbow and tiger trout with flies. Nightcrawlers were also productive. (11-17-17)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

The flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking fish. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-17-17)

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. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries like Merchant Creek. (11-17-17)

Boulder Mountain

Good

Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2018. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go fishing to make sure the lake you are fishing is open. Lakes are listed individually in the 'Rules for Specific Waters' section. Access is still good but that can change at any time with fall snowstorms. 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 nightcrawlers 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. (11-17-17)

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 nightcrawlers or salmon eggs. (11-17-17)

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 nightcrawlers 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. (11-17-17)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked in Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake. (11-17-17)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

The 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. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

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 nightcrawlers and grasshoppers. 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 three to four years. (11-17-17)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Good

Trout fishing should be improving with cooling water temperatures. The water level has been low this year. (11-17-17)

Fish Lake

Good

Harvest of Kokanee salmon is closed through Nov 30. Fall is a great time to hit Fish Lake as trout get more active and there are less crowds. Fish Lake Resorts reports that lake trout fishing has improved with the end of the spawn. Some nice fish have been caught recently trolling Rapalas or pop gear with minnows. The kokanee spawn is tailing off and brown trout are starting to congregate around Twin Creeks. Rainbow and splake trout are being caught by boat anglers, both trolling and bait fishing. Perch fishing is still providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline in 10 to 15 feet and fish with small jigs tipped with nightcrawler. Bring your own nightcrawlers, as the local supplies are gone for the year. 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 Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (11-17-17)

Forsyth Reservoir

Good

The water level is coming up and fishing has been good. Anglers report catching nice tiger trout and a few splake on streamers, flashy lures, and night crawlers. Most of the fish are caught near shore as they are actively feeding before winter sets in. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from shore. 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. Small, largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. (11-17-17)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

The water level at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs is getting fairly low, but fishing has still been fair to good. Anglers are finding success using small jigs, spinners and Rapalas. Most fish are small, but you have a chance to catch quite a variety, including white bass, perch, largemouth bass, white crappie, catfish and even northern pike. (11-17-17)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond and should provide fair to good fishing. Brian Head Pond has rainbow, brook and tiger trout. (11-17-17)

Johnson Reservoir

Fair

We haven't received any recent reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-17-17)

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 has been good this fall but has slowed down some with winter water releases and dropping reservoir level. (11-17-17)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

Netting surveys this year 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. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

Minersville Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir level is low and the water is fairly murky. Trout don't appear to be concentrating on the shorelines. Fishing is fairly slow, but a few nice rainbows have been caught. We have noticed a reduction in trout numbers due to low water levels in recent years, but the fish that survived seem to be growing well enough. (11-17-17)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

We haven't received any recent reports. The trout limit is increased to eight (8) at Big Lake, Deep Lake, and Anabella Lake until Dec. 31. (11-17-17)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Splake have finished their attempted spawn and are starting to feed more aggressively. (Although they are sterile, splake still go through the motions of spawning and don't bite very well during that time.) Focus on steeper shorelines and fish with cut bait (chubs, anchovies, minnows) or tube jigs and swimbaits tipped with cut bait. (11-17-17)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent reports. (11-17-17)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Good

Irrigation releases have ended and the water level is rising, now up to 51 percent. Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout from boats and shore, though most fish are in the smaller size class (12-15 inches). The regular fall quota of 7- to 10-inch rainbows was stocked in October, so you may catch quite a few of those as well. (11-17-17)

Panguitch Lake

Good

The dock at the north boat ramp has been pulled out for the winter. Conditions are improving with colder weather. The water level is slightly higher than it has been in fall during the last couple of years. There are still lots of weeds, but it is a little easier to get around them or cast past them. Also, there are large mats of dead weeds floating around that you may have to dodge. The north shore has fewer weeds, though the mats are washing up on the rocks there. Shore fishing is fair to good as rainbow, cutthroat, and tiger trout cruise close to shore feeding. Power bait and night crawlers are working well for rainbows up to 17 inches. Flies are also catching rainbows, as well as some cutthroat and tigers. For larger cutthroat and tigers use 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. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

Pine Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

Quail Lake

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing good fishing from shore and boats. See Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips. (11-17-17)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Good

Due to mild fall temperatures, largemouth bass are still shallow and fishing has been fair to good along the dikes using swim baits. As the water cools down, bass activity will slow, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20-30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (11-17-17)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds and should provide fair to good fishing. (11-17-17)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The water level is low, but is starting to rise again. The dock has been pulled out for the winter. The state park says that the fishing was better this year for trout, bass and bluegill than it has been since the dam was re-built. 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. (11-17-17)

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. (11-17-17)

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