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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley
DWR Southern Region Aquatics Biologist

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-12-18
Fair
Only Barker Reservoir and Lower Barker remain open. All of the other lakes in this area are closed to fishing.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-12-18
Slow
Access is restricted to snowmobiles only after the most recent storm.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-12-18
Fair
Flows are low and clear. You'll need to be stealthy to avoid spooking the fish. With recent mild temperatures, the river is still ice-free. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-12-18
Slow
Anchor ice should start forming soon.
Boulder Mountain
2014-12-18
Fair
Most Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which ones remain open.
Clear Creek
2014-12-18
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is now complete, and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish for the rest of 2014 will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long next summer.
Corn Creek
2014-12-18
Slow
Snow is limiting access to the creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-12-18
Fair
There's open water around the spring. Be very careful on the ice.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-12-18
Fair
Flows are below 20 cfs and the river is ice-free, for now. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown and rainbow trout, with some browns exceeding 20 inches and two pounds. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2014-12-18
Fair
Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter because of spring inflow. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-12-18
Slow
Snow is limiting access to the river.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-12-18
Slow
There haven't been recent reports from anglers. Any ice will likely be unsafe.
Fish Lake
2014-12-18
Slow
There isn't much fishing pressure. The marinas and shallow bays at the north and south ends are starting to ice over. Look for safe ice between Christmas and the beginning of January. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
The reservoir is capped, but the ice is still not safe enough to fish on. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-12-18
Fair
Anglers report good fishing in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow. They are using egg patterns and hare's ear nymphs. Success is slower in the Bicknell Bottoms and below Highway 12. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
The boat ramp is closed until spring. There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-12-18
Fair
The Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) is still open, but it will close as soon as ice forms.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
Winter access is difficult. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2015. The water level has been fairly low this year. There haven't been any recent reports, but there may be some thin ice.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-12-18
Unstable ice
Ice covers much of the lake, but there is open water around the edge and in the middle. It should be safe once temperatures get colder.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-12-18
Fair
Mammoth Creek, the Sevier River and Asay Creek are ice-free, thanks to the recent mild weather. Trout get a little sluggish in winter, but fishing can be fair to good if you target deep pools. Whitefish can also provide good winter fishing. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and Asay Creek (along Hwy 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-12-18
Unstable ice
The reservoir is 80-percent covered by thin ice. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. There should still be open water due to mild weather.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-12-18
Slow
There isn't much winter fishing pressure because access is limited.
Navajo Lake
2014-12-18
Unstable ice
The lake is covered with ice, but there are some weak spots. Access will be difficult after the latest snowstorm.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. There should still be open water due to mild weather.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-18
Unstable ice
Some thin ice forms on cold, calm nights. Shore fishing should be fair to good until the reservoir completely ices over.
Panguitch Lake
2014-12-18
Unstable ice
The lake is now capped with thin ice. However, it may not be safe for another week.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports. Ice and access should be similar to Yankee Meadow.
Pine Lake
2014-12-18
Unstable ice
There should be some thin ice. Please use caution.
Piute Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
The reservoir is now refilling after the recent draining and rotenone treatment. Approximately 100,000 rainbow trout were stocked this fall. There's no safe ice yet.
Quail Lake
2014-12-18
Fair
Visit the state park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Bass fishing slows down during the winter, but a few nice fish are usually caught. Target deep water (20–30 feet down) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when retrieved slowly. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should produce fair to good fishing.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
Bass fishing slows down during the winter, but a few nice fish are usually caught. Target deep water (20–30 feet down) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when retrieved slowly.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-12-18
Fair
Flows are low now that Piute Reservoir is refilling. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-12-18
Fair
Access is more difficult because of recent snowfall. Ice fishing can often be good in the Solomon Basin lakes. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
Access is often limited in the winter months.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-12-18
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked every two to three weeks. Fishing is fair to good with all techniques.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-12-18
Unstable ice
There are two to three inches of ice at the dam, and thin ice (along with a little open water) at the upper end. Access was possible with a four-wheel-drive vehicle on Tuesday, but it will be more difficult to access the reservoir after the latest storm.

 

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