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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
2014-04-16
Fair
The water level is rising, but the reservoir is still fairly low. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and fishing is fair.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2014-04-16
Slow
Most Boulder Mountain lakes will open to fishing on Saturday, April 19. Dougherty Basin Lake will remain closed until July 12. Access is still difficult because of snow levels, but conditions should improve in the coming weeks.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2014-04-16
Slow
Conservation Officer Brent Farnsworth reports that it's still difficult to access most lakes. There is not enough snow on the Kent's Lake road for snowmobiles, but large drifts and icy patches make it impassable for ATVs and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Ice conditions are also deteriorating. Little Reservoir will have open water soon.
Beaver River, Lower
2014-04-16
Fair
Water flows are low, and the fish are easy to spook. Recent fish population surveys found that trout numbers are fairly low, but some good-sized fish are available. Fishing is slow to fair with flies, lures or bait. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2014-04-16
Fair
Conservation Officer Brent Farnsworth reports that flows are low and clear, but you'll see anchor and bank ice in the upper stretches of the canyon. You can find open, fishable water up to the Kent's Lake Road turnoff. Fish are wary in the low water, so use caution when you approach the stream.
Boulder Mountain
2014-04-16
Slow
Most Boulder Mountain lakes will open to fishing on Saturday, April 19. It's getting easier to access some of the lower-elevation lakes.
Clear Creek
2014-04-16
Slow
The section of the creek that runs through Fremont Indian State Park is muddy because of runoff. The work to remove nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is progressing. There are no fish in much of the drainage, except in between Fish and Shingle creeks and inside the state park. Bonneville cutthroat trout were stocked in these two sections in fall 2012.
Corn Creek
2014-04-16
Slow
Roads are closed at the national forest boundaries in Corn and Chalk creeks.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake will open to fishing on Saturday, April 19.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2014-04-16
Fair
The river is flowing up to 20 cubic feet per second (cfs) with small releases from Otter Creek Reservoir. Spring provides some of the year's best fishing. The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports afternoon hatches of midges and small black stoneflies. Fishing is fair to good with midge larvae, black hare's ears, small black stones, black and brown woolly buggers, and brown and olive zonkers. Call the shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2014-04-16
Fair
Spring provides some of the year's best fishing. Try using midge larvae, black hare's ears, small black stones, black and brown woolly buggers, and brown and olive zonkers. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2014-04-16
Fair
Access is improving.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2014-04-16
Fair
The water level in the upper reservoir is very low. You'll find fair to good fishing from the shore with lures, flies or bait. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir, and fishing is good.
Fish Lake
2014-04-16
Good
Good ice covers most of the lake, but the edges are starting to soften, so use caution. There hasn't been much fishing pressure lately, and ice anglers aren't seeing a lot of competition for space. The patch of open water around the Twin Creeks area is growing, and some anglers are now catching rainbows from the shoreline. Fishing remains good to excellent for perch and rainbows in 15–30 feet of water. You can catch larger rainbows in deeper water. Fishing for splake and lake trout is slow to fair. Tip your jigs and spoons with mealworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers, perch meat, or sucker meat. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
The splake and tiger trout stocked last summer are about eight inches long, and fishing has been slow so far this spring. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2014-04-16
Good
Access is good above Mill Meadow Reservoir, and the river's flows are low. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing for small browns and recommends hare's ear nymphs in black or natural colors. Fishing is generally slow in the Bicknell Bottoms, but a few nice fish have been caught on brown woolly buggers. Patience is a must when fishing here. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The state park boat ramp is open on weekends through May. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for the boat ramp schedule. The water temperature is in the low to mid 50s, so bass fishing should start improving.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers report good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout in Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir). Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Parowan Pond as well.
Johnson Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
There isn't much fishing pressure at this time of year because it's difficult to access the reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports
Kolob Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 17. The reservoir is accessible, but the dirt road around the lake is pretty muddy. The reservoir is very low because of water releases during the winter. Fishing is slow to fair.
Koosharem Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports slow fishing, but anglers have caught a few rainbows and cutthroats (in the two- to four-pound range) with brown and black woolly buggers fished deep and slow. Fishing can be hit and miss.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The reservoir is ice-free and accessible. You'll find fair to good fishing for rainbows. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2014-04-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports. The water can be occasionally murky with runoff. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
The reservoir is almost full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good numbers of browns and rainbows. Rainbow trout have been staging in any area where there is enough gravel for spawning. Midge patterns and bead-head hare's ear have worked well. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair from shore. Anglers have caught fish with woolly buggers, nymphs and green tube jigs. Recent sampling found good numbers of rainbows in the 16- to 20-inch range, as well as wipers that weighed up to three pounds.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2014-04-16
Slow
There isn't much fishing pressure at this time of year because it's difficult to access the lakes.
Navajo Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
You still need a snowmobile to access the lake. Look for ice-off and better access around the first of May.
Newcastle Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
The water is fairly high and clear. Conservation Officer Josh Carver reports good fishing for rainbow trout with PowerBait. Recent sampling found many rainbows in the 16- to 18-inch range. There were also plenty of wipers that weighed three to five pounds, as well as a couple that weighed up to seven pounds.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2014-04-16
Fair
The reservoir is 94 percent full. Anglers report slow to fair fishing from shore with all techniques.
Panguitch Lake
2014-04-16
Good
Fishing is fair to good from the shore and from boats. Anglers are catching small- to medium-sized rainbow and cutthroat trout using lures and flies. Fishing is slower with Power Bait. For larger cutthroat and tiger trout, try using fish-imitating lures and flies, frozen minnows or cut bait (chub, sucker or anchovy). One angler caught a 26-inch tiger this spring using cut bait. Most of the cutthroat and tiger trout that you'll catch are in the slot and will need to be released. To avoid deep-hooking, fish with large single hooks (up to size 00) and set the hook as soon as a fish picks up the bait. If a fish swallows the hook, cut the line and release the fish as quickly as possible.
Paragonah Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The road is clear, and the reservoir is mostly full. Recent sampling found lots of rainbows in the 10- to 14-inch range. Fly and lure anglers report fair fishing. Bait is not as effective for these wild fish.
Pine Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
The lake is ice-free and accessible. Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The reservoir is almost full. Recent sampling found that although Piute has a high density of large Utah suckers, many of the rainbow trout stocked last fall have survived and are in good condition. Most trout are 10 to 12 inches long, and a few have hit the 18-inch mark. Water temperatures are getting into the mid-50s in the afternoon near the dam, so smallmouth bass fishing should improve soon.
Quail Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. The water temperature is reaching the mid 50s, and a few bass have started moving into shallow water as they prepare to spawn. Anglers report fair fishing, and one person recently caught a fish that weighed up to six pounds. Trout fishing is also fair to good.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
The water temperature has reached the upper 50s, and the bass fishing is in full swing. Anglers are still catching most fish in 15–25 feet of water, but a few bass are moving into the shallows as they prepare to spawn. Fishing has been good to excellent.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2014-04-16
Slow
Piute Reservoir is full, and the river is flowing up to 90 cubic feet per second (cfs).
Thousand Lake Mountain
2014-04-16
Good
There's no access from Forsyth Reservoir because of snow. Solomon Basin lakes are accessible from Emery County, and the ice is coming off. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good ice-off fishing. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
The reservoir is accessible and catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked soon.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2014-04-16
Good
Rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds, and fishing should be fair to good.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, and the state park reports good fishing.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
Access is good. The ice getting very thin around the edges, and there should be enough open water to fish by the weekend. Ice-off fishing can be very good with all techniques.

 

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