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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler
DWR Southeast Region Outreach Manager

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Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2014-07-25
Good
Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway provided reports for the following reservoirs:
  • Blanding 3 and 4—Fishing has slowed at both ponds.
  • Foy Reservoir—Anglers report good fishing with marshmallows and PowerBait. The reservoir was last stocked with 900 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 14.
  • Monticello Reservoir—The reservoir was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 14.
  • Recapture Reservoir—The water level is dropping, which has concentrated fish and improved the catch rate. Bass fishing has slowed down, but pike fishing has picked up. Dennis recommends jigs or Rapalas as well as gold-colored Jakes or Kastmasters.
Benches Pond
2014-07-22
Good
Fishing is good in the early morning and late evening with using traditional baits. The pond was most recently stocked on July 3 with 500 ten-inch rainbow trout.
Boulger Reservoir
2014-07-22
Good
Early morning anglers report good fishing with worms and PowerBait. The last stocking occurred just before the July 4 holiday with 500 ten-inch rainbow trout.
Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
2014-07-25
Good
The pond was stocked twice in the past month with 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout. JD Abbott reported good fishing with worms or gold spinners.
Cleveland Reservoir
2014-07-25
Slow
On July 19, Tom Ogden fly-fished from a tube. In 6.5 hours, he caught 20 rainbow trout. Six ranged from 14–16 inches. The rest averaged 10 inches. Tom used fast-sinking line and patterns in sizes 4–8 that included a beadhead soft-hackle fly, hot-head copper tan, and beadhead crystal bugger. Last week, boaters experienced better success than bank anglers, although the catch rate was slow for everyone. On June 30, the reservoir was stocked with 2,500 10-inch rainbow trout.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2014-07-25
Good
On July 21, Tom Ogden fly-fished from a tube. In seven hours, he caught 21 trout, including a fairly even mix of tigers and cutthroats. The fish ranged from 11–18 inches, with most in the 14- to 16-inch class. Tom observed a midge and damsel fly hatch while he was on the water. The best patterns proved to be a beadhead olive leech in size 10 and a beadhead soft-hackle fly in size 8.
Electric Lake
2014-07-25
Fair
On July 21, Conservation Officer JD Abbott reported fair fishing from shore with dead minnows. On July 19, Dave Cunningham and two other anglers fished four hours from a boat. Dave reported poor success while trolling and fair success while still fishing and using PowerBait with glitter. The group caught a total of five trout and had four other hits. The cutthroats measured 14–16 inches.
Ferron Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
The reservoir was stocked during the week. Prior to stocking, fishing was sporadic.
Gigliotti Pond
2014-07-25
Good
The pond was restocked on July 15 with 750 10-inch rainbow trout. Anglers report good fishing. Worms and PowerBait (rainbow and chartreuse with glitter) have been effective.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2014-07-25
Fair
On July 15, the reservoir was stocked with 1,200 10-inch rainbow trout. Fishing below the dam has been good with small silver Kastmasters. Boaters have had better success than shoreline anglers.
Grassy Lake
2014-07-25
Fair
On July 18–19, Andy Urbanik fished from a canoe with mixed success on both days. Red-white-blue PowerBait proved to be the most effective bait, followed by PowerBait in pink lemonade. Andy's catch included a number of 9- to 10-inch rainbows and 12- to 13-inch tiger trout.
Huntington Creek
2014-07-25
Slow
A recent flash flood has swept away thousands of four-inch fingerling brown trout that were planted in early May.
Huntington North Reservoir
2014-07-25
Fair
On July 18, Dan Keller reported good fishing for wipers using Rapala Glass Shad Raps. Dan trolled along the buoy line at about 1.5 mph. Trout anglers have reported slow fishing from boats and the shore.
Huntington Reservoir
2014-07-22
Slow
Multiple angler reports indicate slow fishing from a boat or the shore.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2014-07-22
Slow
On July 13, Stephine Matkin fished from a boat with two other anglers. In six hours, one 33-inch tiger muskie was hooked with a Rapala. Stephine said a number of fish followed the lure to the boat, but wouldn't strike. In general, fishing has been slow for trout, but is improving for tiger muskies.
La Sal Mountains
2014-07-25
Good
The following report was provided by Conservation Officer T.J. Robertson:
  • Blue Lake—On July 15, the lake was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout.
  • Dark Canyon—Slow fishing has been reported. On July 15, the fishery was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout.
  • Dons Lake—The catch rate has been good, but the moss that encircles the shoreline has been a problem, especially for lures. Robertson recommends casting beyond the moss and floating bait just below the surface. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait have both been effective. The pond was stocked on July 15 with nine-inch rainbow trout.
  • Hidden Lake—On July 15, the lake was stocked with 800 nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has ranged from fair to good and is best in the morning and evening hours. A variety of baits have been effective, including PowerBait in green, orange or rainbow. Nightcrawlers and salmon eggs have been making a comeback. Jakes and Kastmasters are also working well. One group of anglers who used small Roostertails (tipped with salmon eggs) reported excellent success. Officer Robertson encourages anglers to clean up after themselves. Littering is against the law and carries a fine of $500. Walt Maldonado fished last week and said corn-colored PowerBait was the ticket. He suggested using light line, a sinker and allowing the PowerBait to float above the moss.
  • Kens Lake—Fishing success ranges from slow to fair but is better in the early morning or late evening hours. Trout have been taking a wide variety of baits. Bass anglers have been using small jigs near the inlet. Watermelon and chartreuse have been the most popular colors. Small double-tailed jigs have been effective for sunfish. Boaters are having more success than shoreline anglers.
  • Medicine Lake—On July 14, the lake was stocked with 524 nine-inch rainbows.
  • Oowah Reservoir—On July 15, the pond was stocked with 900 nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good. Take along a variety of small spinners as well as traditional baits.
  • Rattlesnake Ponds—The water is low, and fishing pressure has all but disappeared.
  • Warner Lake—On July 15, the lake was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good with nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. Jakes, Kastmasters and spoons have been the top-producing lures. Most trout range from nine to 12 inches.
Lower Green River
2014-07-22
Good
Walt Maldonado reports good fishing for catfish using shrimp, chicken livers or nightcrawlers. The water level is low, leaving a lot of exposed bank for easy fishing access. Mornings and evenings are the best times to fish. Walt specifically recommended fishing near the pump house near town. He suggests using an egg weight on the line to prevent a fish from feeling any resistance when it picks up the bait.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2014-07-25
Good
Conservation Officer JD Abbott reported good fishing throughout the past week. Kathy Jo Martinez recommends fishing with worms along the dam.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-22
Slow
On July 12, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat for five hours and caught three cutthroats and two rainbows. All fish ranged from 14-16 inches. Tom used a fast sinking line and a size 8 bead head green meanie pattern, size 4 bead head olive leech, and a size 6 bead head crystal bugger. Tom had only five other hits and all occurred before 11 a.m. Tom did not see any other boaters or shoreline anglers catch fish.
Petes Hole
2014-07-25
Good
On July 15, this fishery was stocked with 600 10-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good, especially from a tube or other watercraft. Worms and PowerBait are recommended.
Potters Ponds
2014-07-25
Good
On July 21, Conservation Officer JD Abbott reported excellent fishing with worms and PowerBait. The last stocking took place on July 16, when each pond received 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2014-07-25
Fair
Fishing ranges from fair to good for anglers above South Hughes Canyon in the fly-only zone.
Scofield Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
On July 16, Rick Berg reported excellent fly fishing for rainbows and cutthroats in upper Fish Creek using a San Juan worm. During the past few weeks, conservation officers and anglers have reported better fishing success from boats. Most boaters have been trolling with pop gear and chubs or worms. Others have reported good luck trolling with spinners. Bank fishing has been fair to slow with most of the fish falling below the slot limit. The most popular baits are worms and PowerBait. Rainbow and lemon twist have been good colors. Chub meat has generally been the most effective bait for cutthroats and tiger trout.
Soup Bowl
2014-07-25
Good
On July 16, the pond was stocked with 175 10-inch rainbow trout.
Willow Lake
2014-07-22
Fair
The lake was stocked this week. On July 13, Brandon Behling and his wife fished from shore. The lake is extremely mossy, preventing the effective use of lures. Brandon recommends fishing from a boat in deep water using nightcrawlers.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2014-07-22
Fair
The pond was stocked this week. Last weekend, Brandon Behling and his wife fished with spoons. One was red/gold. The other imitated a rainbow trout. They caught one 14-inch and one16-inch rainbow trout.

 

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