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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair lately, but more catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked on March 17. Fishing from float tubes or small boats can help you get away from the crowds and find better fishing. A recent fish population survey found lots of rainbows left over from last fall's stocking — now ten to twelve inches in length — as well as good numbers of nice brown trout up to seven pounds. The browns are eating goldfish, so try fishing with minnow-imitating lures, jigs or flies. Frozen minnows or anchovies could also work.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-03-20
Fair
Changes have been made to season closures for the Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most of the lakes are now open year round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes will be listed by their own name, and not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. All lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by snow.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-03-20
Slow
All of the lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by snow.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-03-20
Fair
Tread lightly to avoid spooking fish in the low water. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-03-20
Slow
Anchor ice often makes winter fishing difficult.
Boulder Mountain
2015-03-20
Fair
Changes have been made to season closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most of the lakes are now open year round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes will be listed by their own name, and not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. Snow is melting only at the lowest elevations, which means that access is still limited. Fishing has been very good at Oak Creek Reservoir, where the ice is still over two feet thick. Remember you can now keep a limit of 16 brook trout at Oak Creek Reservoir.
Clear Creek
2015-03-20
Fair
The removal of nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is complete and the Bonneville cutthroat trout stocking is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat that were stocked in the rest of Clear Creek in fall 2014 will be six to eight inches in length next summer.
Corn Creek
2015-03-20
Slow
Access is limited because of snow.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
There is open water around the spring. Be very careful on the ice.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-03-20
Fair
The river is ice-free and water flows are up to 18 cubic feet per second. The river is murky, but fishing has been fair to good with large streamers. Last fall's surveys found a good number 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
2015-03-20
Slow
Snow melt at low elevations has made the river fairly murky. Fishing is slower than in Kingston Canyon. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-03-20
Slow
Winter access is limited because of snow.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-03-20
Fair
Both reservoirs are ice free. The water level in the upper reservoir is very low. You could launch a small boat, but you'll have to back your trailer through several gullies, so it's not recommended. Fishing has been just slow to fair lately. However, a recent fish population survey found an abundance of rainbow trout in two size classes: 12 to 14 inches and 17 to 18 inches. Try getting away from the easy access points. Fishing with flies or small lures may also produce better success.
Fish Lake
2015-03-20
Good
The ice thickness varies from 14 to 18 inches across the lake. There are some areas of slush that you should watch out for. Most anglers are finding good to fast fishing, but a few are having a tougher time. If fishing is slow for you, move around — especially away from spots with a lot of anglers — until you find more active fish. Fishing is still good to excellent for perch and small trout near the weedline in 15 to 25 feet. You can catch larger rainbows and splake at depths of 25 to 35 feet on the bottom or suspended at the same depths over deep water. Remember: There is no limit for perch at Fish Lake and any perch you catch can be disposed of in any manner. Anglers are encouraged to remove as many perch from the lake as they can. You can catch lake trout on the bottom in 70 to 100 feet of water, but it requires a lot of patience. Sonar can be very helpful in deep water, whether you're fishing on the bottom or suspended. Good ice may last through the rest of the month, but it's worth calling the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The ice is not safe and should be completely gone soon. There haven't been many anglers lately, but spring can be a great time to target nice-sized tiger trout and splake. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-03-20
Good
Fishing is good in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow with blue-wing olive nymphs. Fishing is fair in the Bicknell Bottoms with streamers and nymphs fished slowly through the deep pools and runs. At Fremont, fair may mean you catch only one or two fish, but they could be very large. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The boat ramp is closed until April 1. The water level is up to 70 percent and the water temperature is reaching the low 50s. A recent fish sampling found that largemouth bass are moving into the shallows in the afternoon looking for warmer water. Try fishing with very slow presentations from the shore or a float tube. There are also crappie up to 10 inches in the reservoir that could provide some action.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-03-20
Fair
The Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) is open and fishing for trout is fair with PowerBait. A number of brood brook trout were also stocked recently. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have also been stocked in Parowan Pond.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-03-20
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
2015-03-20
Slow
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May. The road still has snow and access is difficult past the store. Major road construction will be taking place on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October and will limit access to the reservoir. Visit the National Park website for closure schedules.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The ice is gone. We haven't received any fishing reports, but ice-off is a usually good time to target large cutthroat and rainbow trout from the shore.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The reservoir became inaccessible after the last snow storms, but it could open back up soon if the warm weather holds. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-03-20
Fair
The surface ice has receded on Mammoth Creek, the Sevier River and Asay Creek because of the recent mild temperatures. 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 Highway 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
What remains of the ice will be gone soon. 5,000 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked on March 17. Fishing is good with streamers in the open water in the inlets. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
Fishing is picking up as trout are finally moving in toward shore. Anglers in float tubes and pontoons are still finding the best fishing using streamers slow and deep, but nymphing from shore is improving.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-03-20
Slow
There are not many anglers fishing the lakes in the winter because of limited access.
Navajo Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
The ice is safe, but access is limited to snowmobiles. Winter is a great time to target splake.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-20
Slow
Most reports note slow fishing, though the fish are good sized. Anglers have caught rainbows up to six pounds this spring. The best fishing is before 11 a.m. Also, fly anglers seem to be catching a few more fish.
Panguitch Lake
2015-03-20
Slow
Don't expect open water just yet. You may still be able to get on the ice, but watch out for soft edges.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
Access is difficult after the recent snow storms.
Pine Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
Access is difficult after the recent snow storms.
Piute Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
We haven't received any fishing reports, but 100,000 rainbow trout have stocked since last fall and more will be stocked soon. In addition, 14-inch brown trout were recently stocked. All of these fish should be feeding actively now that they don't have to compete with suckers, so fishing could be good.
Quail Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
Trout fishing has slowed down. The water temperature is reaching the mid-50s on warm afternoons, so look for bass to move into the shallows to look for a spot to build a nest. Visit the state parks website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
The water level is rising and is up to 70 percent. The water temperature is rising to the upper-50s and bass are moving in shallow. Fishing is really starting to heat up. Anglers are also catching some nice crappie.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-03-20
Fair
Water releases from Piute Reservoir have increased the flow up to 200 cubic feet per second, so fishing might be a little difficult for now.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-03-20
Fair
Ice fishing can often be good in the Solomon Basin lakes, but access is only possible from the Emery County side. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
Access is often limited in winter.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-03-20
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked every two to three weeks. Fishing is fair.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The reservoir is filling and open to boating. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked soon, but anglers have caught a few that were leftover from last year.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
Access is difficult after the recent snow storms.

 

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