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Utah - Southern Region report

Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Slow

Trout fishing slows down during the heat of the summer. (06-21-17)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Dougherty Basin Lake is closed to fishing until July 8. All other lakes are open and accessible. Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for effective techniques. (06-21-17)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Little Reservoir, Lower Kent's Lake, Middle Kent's Lake, Anderson Meadow Reservoir, LaBaron Reservoir and Indian Creek (Manderfield) Reservoir. Puffer Lake, Three Creeks Reservoir and Merchant Valley Reservoir will be stocked soon. Anglers report fair to good fishing at the lakes that have already been stocked. Fishing was fast last weekend at LaBaron with PowerBait and marshmallows. Fly anglers did well with San Juan worms. (06-21-17)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (06-21-17)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but runoff should be subsiding. Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant and can be caught on 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. (06-21-17)

Boulder Mountain

Good

All areas of the mountain are now accessible, including the Boulder Top. You'll find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's lures and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tigers and splake.) If you're a fly angler, 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. (06-21-17)

Clear Creek

Fair

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches long. (06-21-17)

Corn Creek

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but runoff should be subsiding. (06-21-17)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake. Fishing pressure is heavy during weekends. Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. (06-21-17)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

The river is flowing at 31 cfs. This is not too high to fish, and the runoff turbidity has decreased — the river is back to its typical murk. Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir could begin at any time, so get out while the river is still fishable. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (06-21-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Runoff has subsided, and flows are clear again. You can find fair to good fishing using streamers and nymphs. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (06-21-17)

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, although you can occasionally catch a big brown just above Tropic Reservoir. These streams are perfect for honing your fly-fishing skills. Hopper-dropper combos can be particularly effective. Spin anglers can do well with small, flashy spinners. Bait anglers should focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers and grasshoppers. (06-21-17)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

Trout fishing has been fair to good, but it's been slowing down as the weather gets warmer. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught with curly-tail grubs, spinners and nightcrawlers. (06-21-17)

Fish Lake

Hot

Typical summer fishing patterns have set in. 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 to 15 inches long. For kokanee, try trolling dodgers and squids tipped with Gulp maggots at depths of 30 to 40 feet. Before you head to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (06-21-17)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but the reservoir is full. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (06-21-17)

Fremont River

Fair

Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling, so flows in the upper Fremont have increased. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (06-21-17)

Gunlock Reservoir

Slow

Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove the illegally introduced smallmouth bass that pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two or three years while these populations grow. Recent surveys found that the fish stocked in 2016 spawned successfully, and their populations are increasing, although most fish are still very small (four to six inches long). (06-21-17)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching catfish at Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs. Largemouth bass have also been more active lately. Pike are becoming more prevalent in both reservoirs. The outlets at both reservoirs are also good places to fish. A recent netting survey found good numbers of catfish in Gunnison Bend. Some of the fish weighed up to nine pounds! They are holding tight to structure right now, so fish along the riprap dikes and don't cast too far. (06-21-17)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Good

Catfish have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond and are providing good to fast fishing. Brian Head Pond is inaccessible due to the fire. (06-21-17)

Johnson Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is full. Now is the best time to target tiger muskies, while the water is fairly clear and there are weeds for the fish to hide in. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (06-21-17)

Kolob Reservoir

Good

Bait fishing is allowed until Sept. 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 who are fishing from boats. Bait fishing is slower. (06-21-17)

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 spring. (06-21-17)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good to excellent fishing. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (06-21-17)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Runoff is beginning to subside in lower Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River. Fishing should be improving. Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. (06-21-17)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (06-21-17)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report fair to good fishing. Rainbow trout are moving deep during the day and can be caught while trolling lures or dragging streamers on sinking line. You can find some dry fly action in the morning and evening. Trout are in great condition and are providing an excellent fight. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. Wipers are most active at sunup or sundown, and you can catch them while 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 four- to six-pound fish abundant. We also saw a few larger wipers that weighed up to eight pounds. (06-21-17)

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 closed to fishing until July 8. (06-21-17)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair fishing. (06-21-17)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching wipers on anchovies or other cut bait fished from shore at night. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on crayfish-imitating tackle. (06-21-17)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is mostly full, so some shorelines will be difficult to fish due to flooded brush. Trout head for deeper water during the summer, so the best fishing now will be from boats — try both trolling and bait fishing. If you're fishing from shore, focus on steeper shorelines around the south end and state park. (06-21-17)

Panguitch Lake

Good

Warmer temperatures have pushed the trout into deeper water, so fishing from a boat is your best bet. 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. (06-21-17)

Paragonah Reservoir

Fair

There hasn't been much fishing pressure lately. Fly fishing from shore and tubes — as well as trolling lures from small boats — typically produces well. The rainbow trout here are wild, so manufactured baits (like PowerBait) don't work as well. Use nightcrawlers or other natural baits. (06-21-17)

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. There are plenty of rainbow and cutthroat trout that were stocked last year and survived the winter. Fish in the 17-inch range are more abundant than in recent years. (06-21-17)

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 it appears that the reservoir may get pretty low again this year. (06-21-17)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass fishing should be fair to good. See the Sand Hollow report for techniques and tackle. (06-21-17)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Hot

Largemouth bass are very active. Various techniques have been effective. 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. (06-21-17)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Slow

Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to 450 cfs, which is making it difficult to fish. (06-21-17)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Access is good to all areas. There haven't been any 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. (06-21-17)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (06-21-17)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing during the summer. (06-21-17)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports good fishing for largemouth bass. (06-21-17)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Closed

Access to Yankee Meadow Reservoir is closed indefinitely due to the advance of the Brian Head Fire. (06-21-17)

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