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Utah - Southern Region Fishing Report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Slow

Trout fishing slows down during the heat of the summer. (07-21-17)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. See Boulder Mountain report for techniques. (07-21-17)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Litte Res, Lower Kent's Lake, Middle Kent's Lake, Anderson Meadow Res, LaBaron Res, Puffer Lake, and Indian Creek (Manderfield) Res. Fishing is reported as fair to good. (07-21-17)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked. (07-21-17)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant and can be caught on small spinners, flies, and natural baits like night crawlers and salmon eggs. A foam hopper-bead head nymph dropper rig can be especially fun and effective here. Don't hesitate to hit some of the higher tributaries like Merchant Creek. (07-21-17)

Boulder Mountain

Good

All areas of the mountain are now accessible, including the Boulder Top. 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. (07-21-17)

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. (07-21-17)

Corn Creek

Fair

Various species of wild trout can be found in Corn, Chalk, Meadow, and Oak creeks. Summer 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. (07-21-17)

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. (07-21-17)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Slow

Flow has increased to 180 cfs due to irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Fishing is difficult at this flow. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577-2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (07-21-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Fair to good fishing can be found using streamers and nymphs. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577-2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (07-21-17)

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. (07-21-17)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Good

Upper reservoir: Some dead trout have been observed lately, resulting from warm water temperature. This does not mean that all the trout are gone, however. Most are able to escape the heat by going deep. Trout fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing is good to excellent. (07-21-17)

Fish Lake

Hot

Typical summer fishing patterns have set in. Fishing is best in the morning and evening. Rainbow trout can be caught while trolling or bait fishing from boats. 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. A few experienced Kokanee anglers have come to Fish Lake to try out the new population. They have had fair to good success for fat salmon measuring 14-15 inches by trolling dodgers and squids tipped with Gulp maggots at 30-40 feet in depth. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort (435) 638-1040 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports.  (07-21-17)

Forsyth Reservoir

Fair

Not much fishing pressure lately. Try trolling small lures or streamers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616-2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports. (07-21-17)

Fremont River

Fair

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. (07-21-17)

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). (07-21-17)

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. (07-21-17)

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 success at Leigh Hill. Catfish have also been stocked at Parowan Pond. Brian Head Pond is accessible again. (07-21-17)

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. (07-21-17)

Kolob Reservoir

Good

Bait fishing is allowed until September 9. 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. Bait fishing is slower. (07-21-17)

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. (07-21-17)

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. (07-21-17)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Although Highway 143 is open, access to upper Mammoth Creek may be difficult in some sections due to fire cleanup efforts. All roads north of Highway 143 (ie. Sidney Valley) are still closed. Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. (07-21-17)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

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. (07-21-17)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Trout fishing has slowed down with the heat of the summer. Some trout can be caught trolling in deep water. Also look for hatches in the early morning and late evening. 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. Our annual monitoring survey found fair numbers of fat, healthy rainbow trout. Fish in the 17- to 22-inch range are readily available. Wipers are also doing fantastic, with 4- to 6-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers, up to eight pounds. (07-21-17)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

The Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes have been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and should provide fair to good fishing. Manning Meadow Reservoir is open to fishing., (07-21-17)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing. (07-21-17)

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. (07-21-17)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The water level is dropping with irrigation releases, but the reservoir is still 80 percent full. Trout head for deeper water during the summer, so the best fishing now will be from boats – both trolling and bait fishing. If fishing from shore, focus on steeper shorelines around the south end and state park. (07-21-17)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Access to Panguitch Lake is open from both Parowan and Panguitch. Trout have moved to deeper water due to warm temperatures, so fishing from boats is best now. Many anglers are bait fishing from boats and doing well for rainbow trout. You can also troll lures and flies and catch plenty of fish. (07-21-17)

Paragonah Reservoir

Closed

Access to Paragonah Reservoir is closed indefinitely due to the Brian Head Fire. (07-21-17)

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, as well. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years. (07-21-17)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

A recent netting survey found that suckers are still abundant, despite near draining last year. Trout numbers are very low right now and the reservoir level is dropping rapidly. (07-21-17)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass fishing should be fair to good. See Sand Hollow report for techniques/tackle. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic. (07-21-17)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Hot

Largemouth bass are very active. 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, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic. (07-21-17)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Slow

Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to near 400 cfs, making fishing difficult. (07-21-17)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Access is good to all areas. 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. (07-21-17)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (07-21-17)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing during the summer. (07-21-17)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The state park reports good fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill. (07-21-17)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Closed

Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is CLOSED indefinitely due to the Brian Head Fire. (07-21-17)

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