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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
2014-10-24
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing should improve as the weather cools.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-10-24
Fair
Fishing is fair to good. Most of the Boulder Mountain lakes close to fishing on November 1, so get some fishing in while you can. Barker Reservoir and Lower Barker Reservoir remain open year round. October is one of the best months of the year to fish on Boulder Mountain. A variety of flies, small lures, and jigs can produce well. If you're fishing with bait, use natural baits like nightcrawlers or grasshoppers. If fishing is slow at one lake, move to another.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-10-24
Fair
Fishing is fair to good at all lakes. Anderson Meadow Reservoir has been drained for dam repairs.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-10-24
Fair
Irrigation flows have ended, but the water is low and clear. You'll need to be stealthy when you fish. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-10-24
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Boulder Mountain
2014-10-24
Good
October is one of the best months of the year to fish on Boulder Mountain. A variety of flies, small lures or jigs can produce well. If you're fishing with bait, use natural baits like nightcrawlers or grasshoppers. If fishing is slow at one lake, move to another. Most of the lakes on the mountain close to fishing on November 1, so get out while you have time. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions, fishing reports, and specific patterns.
Clear Creek
2014-10-24
Fair
Work to remove nonnative trout from 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. Fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches in length next summer.
Corn Creek
2014-10-24
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-10-24
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair to good.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-10-24
Good
Water flows are below 20 cubic feet per second because it's the end of irrigation season. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. 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
2014-10-24
Good
Fishing is fair to good with a variety of fly patterns. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-10-24
Good
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-10-24
Fair
The water level has been fairly low all year in the upper reservoir. One angler recently did well catching rainbows up to 15 inches in the lower reservoir using nightcrawlers.
Fish Lake
2014-10-24
Good
Boat anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout by trolling pop gear. Shore anglers are doing well using flies or bait near Twin Creeks. Yellow perch also offer fast action by jigging just outside the weedline. To target splake, jig outside the weedline in 20 to 60 feet. Lake trout move to shallow water during October to spawn and, although they can be very visible, they are fairly hard to catch. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The reservoir is filling. Fishing is fair to good for tigers in the cove near the boat ramp. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-10-24
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Fishing is good in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow and 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
2014-10-24
Slow
There are no recent fishing report. The boat ramp is closed until spring.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-10-24
Fair
Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and catfish at the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and Parowan Pond. Visit the new pond in Brian Head, which has been stocked with rainbows.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-10-24
Slow
The water clarity is very poor and fishing is slow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2015. The water level has been fairly low this year. Fishing should improve in the cooler fall weather.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
Fishing is slow from the shore, but trolling has produced fair results. There is no boat ramp, but you can launch small boats near the dam.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-10-24
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing from float tubes and small boats. The water is low and there is no boat ramp, so you'll have to hand-launch your boat from the shore. Hare's ears, pheasant tails and brown wooly buggers have all worked well lately. You may also want to try fishing with flashy lures, spinners and spoons. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-10-24
Fair
Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The reservoir is mostly full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing near the inlets in the afternoon with brown and black wooly buggers. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
Irrigation releases have ended and the lake level has stabilized. Trout are starting to get more active and fly fishing is improving for anglers in float tubes.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-10-24
Fair
There are good numbers of rainbow trout left in Big and Deep lakes. The fish in Big Lake have grown well this year; up to 14 inches.
Navajo Lake
2014-10-24
Fair
Look for splake to become more active because of the cooler weather.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-24
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing by trolling. Look for shore fishing to improve as the weather cools down.
Panguitch Lake
2014-10-24
Good
Fishing is fair to good, depending on where you fish and what you fish with. Boat anglers report fair fishing for small- and medium-sized trout by trolling. Shore anglers are also catching rainbow trout on popular baits like PowerBait and worm-marshmallow rigs. Fly anglers are catching fish from the shore using nymphs and streamers. Large cutthroat and tiger trout have moved in close to shore and are feeding actively. The best way to target these fish is with cut bait (like chub, sucker, minnows or anchovies) fished either on a large hook with no weight or tipped on a white tube jig. Most of the fish you'll catch with this method will need to be released because they'll be in the slot. In order to avoid deep-hooking, hold the rod in your hand and set the hook as soon and the fish hits. Large single hooks (size 1 to 00) will help ensure the fish are hooked in the mouth. If a fish swallows a hook, cut the line instead of trying to pull the hook out.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
Fly and lure anglers report fair to good fishing. Trolling flashy lures can also provide good results. These fish are wild, so natural baits like nightcrawlers work better than PowerBait.
Pine Lake
2014-10-24
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-10-24
Slow
The reservoir is now refilling after it was drained and treated with rotenone. 5,000 10-inch rainbow trout and 3,500 4-inch wipers were stocked this week. More rainbows will be stocked in the next few weeks.
Quail Lake
2014-10-24
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. See the current boat ramp schedule at the Quail Creek State Park website.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-10-24
Good
Bass fishing is good to excellent. Anglers report good fishing using topwater lures and crayfish-imitating plastics.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-10-24
Fair
The water flows are around 40 cubic feet per second — which is perfect for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamer patterns, spinners or flashy lures can produce well. You may also want to try egg patterns.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-10-24
Good
Fishing is good for brook trout at Deep Creek and Meeks lakes with wooly buggers. Fishing is fair to good for cutthroat and tiger trout 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
2014-10-24
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-10-24
Fair
Trout will be stocked in November.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The boat ramp is still open.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-10-24
Fair
The water level is fairly low, but will slowly rise now that irrigation releases have ended. Look for fishing to improve because of the cooler weather.

 

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