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Utah - Southern Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Slow

Trout fishing slows down during the heat of summer. (08-17-17)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for technique recommendations. (08-17-17)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. For rainbow and tiger trout at Kent's Lake, anglers report that trolling gold Jake's Spin-a-lures have worked well. Some anglers are catching rainbows from the shore with PowerBait. (08-17-17)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should be fair. (08-17-17)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. You can catch them using small spinners, flies and natural baits, like nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. A foam hopper-beadhead nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective here. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries, like Merchant Creek. (08-17-17)

Boulder Mountain

Good

Fishing is fair to good across the mountain. Spin anglers 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 tiger and splake trout. Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials and beadhead nymphs, along with your favorite dry patterns. Most of the Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (08-17-17)

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. (08-17-17)

Corn Creek

Fair

You can find various species of wild trout in Corn, Chalk, Meadow and Oak creeks. Summer fishing can be fair to good using small spinners, natural baits like nightcrawlers, or dry flies. A foam hopper-beadhead nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are also stocked near campgrounds in Cork, Chalk and Oak creeks. (08-17-17)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked in Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake. There are a lot of anglers fishing during the weekend. Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. (08-17-17)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Slow

The water flow has increased to 200 cfs because of irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Fishing is difficult at this flow level. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (08-17-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Fishing is fair to good using streamers and nymphs. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (08-17-17)

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 you can catch an occasional big brown trout 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. (08-17-17)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Good

Trout fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing is good to excellent. Anglers have observed some dead trout, which is a result of the warm water temperature. This does not mean, however, that all the trout are gone. Most are able to escape the heat by going deep. (08-17-17)

Fish Lake

Hot

The typical summer fishing pattern continues. Fishing is best in the morning and evening. You can catch rainbow trout while trolling or bait fishing from a boat. Perch fishing is providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline 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. Kokanee anglers report fair to good fishing for fat salmon measuring 14 to 15 inches by trolling dodgers and squids tipped with Gulp maggots at 30 to 40 feet in depth. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort 435-638-1040 before you go to check current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (08-17-17)

Forsyth Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good fishing for nice-sized tiger trout by casting streamers from a boat or fishing nightcrawlers from the shore. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (08-17-17)

Fremont River

Fair

The water flow in the upper Fremont has increased. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (08-17-17)

Gunlock Reservoir

Slow

Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass. These smallmouth 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 two or three years while these populations establish. Recent surveys have found that fish that were stocked in 2016 have spawned and the populations are building, though most fish are still very small (between four and six inches). (08-17-17)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching channel catfish and largemouth bass at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey in Gunnison Bend found a good number of catfish up to nine pounds in size. Nightcrawlers and cut bait are good options for catfish. (08-17-17)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Good

A number of trout recently died at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills), likely due to elevated water temperature. Catfish, bluegill and green sunfish are providing good fishing at Leigh Hill. Catfish have also been stocked at Parowan Pond. Brian Head Pond has rainbow, brook and tiger trout. (08-17-17)

Johnson Reservoir

Fair

There are no recent reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (08-17-17)

Kolob Reservoir

Good

Bait fishing is allowed until September 9. Remember: the limit allows the 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. Bait fishing is slower. (08-17-17)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

A recent netting survey found few trout, although there were a few big cutthroat trout. It appears that water fluctuation in recent years has been pretty hard on the trout stocked 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. (08-17-17)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good to excellent. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (08-17-17)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that Mammoth Creek is not accessible in Hatch Meadow because private land has been posted closed to trespassing. (08-17-17)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is fair to good for small- and medium-sized rainbow and brown trout when casting streamers from float tubes. Fishing is slow to fair from the shore. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (08-17-17)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Trout fishing has slowed down in the heat of the summer. You can catch come trout by trolling in deep water. Also look for hatches in the early morning and late evening. Smallmouth bass are active and you can catch them on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown, and you can can catch them by trolling or casting topwater lures. Our annual monitoring survey found a fair number of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, and there is an abundance of four- to six-pound fish. We also saw a few larger wipers, up to eight pounds. (08-17-17)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Fishing is fair to good at the Box Creek reservoirs. Fishing is slower at the north end lakes and Manning Meadow Reservoir. (08-17-17)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing. (08-17-17)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching wipers fishing at night from the shore with anchovies or other cut bait. Smallmouth bass are active, and you can catch them on crayfish-imitating tackle. (08-17-17)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The water level is dropping with irrigation releases, but the reservoir is still 68 percent full. Trout head for deeper water during the summer, so the best fishing right now will be from boats — either trolling or bait fishing. If you're fishing from shore, focus on steeper shorelines around the south end and state park. Anglers who have caught rainbow trout have noticed sores and spots on some of the fish. These are caused by parasites that attack when the fish get stressed by warm water. The meat is safe to eat if it's fully cooked and the sores should disappear once the water cools down in the fall. (08-17-17)

Panguitch Lake

Good

Trout have moved to deeper water because of the warm temperatures, so fishing is best from a boat. Many anglers are bait fishing from boats and doing well for rainbow trout. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait are producing best. You can also troll lures and flies and catch plenty of fish. (08-17-17)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

Access to Paragonah Reservoir is open. It appears, however, that the trout population has been lost due to intense flooding and ash flow from the Brian Head fire scar. (08-17-17)

Pine Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. A recent netting survey found that improvements to the water delivery system improved overwinter survival and there are plenty of holdover rainbow and cutthroat trout. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years. (08-17-17)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is dropping rapidly and is currently at 9 percent capacity. A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite the near-draining of the reservoir last year. Trout numbers are very low right now. (08-17-17)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass fishing should be fair to good. See the Sand Hollow report for technique and tackle recommendations. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and the pleasure boat traffic. (08-17-17)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Hot

Largemouth bass are very active and various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this year. The Ned rig is half a Senko threaded on a jig head. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swimbaits, spinner baits, dropshots and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic. (08-17-17)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Slow

Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to over 400 cfs, which is making fishing difficult. (08-17-17)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Access is good to all areas. There are no recent reports, but fishing should be fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (08-17-17)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should be fair. (08-17-17)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing during the summer. (08-17-17)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Good

Largemouth bass and bluegill are active and providing good to excellent fishing using jigs and minnow imitations. 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. (08-17-17)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Closed

Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is closed indefinitely because of the Brian Head Fire. (08-17-17)

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