INDEX | NORTHERN | CENTRAL | NORTHEASTERN | SOUTHEASTERN | SOUTHERN | LAKE POWELL

Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

Attention: Quagga and zebra mussels are a major threat to Utah waterways. Read how you can help keep them out of Utah.

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Baker typically has open water through the winter. There has been some ice reported this winter, but it is not safe and won't last long. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Some large brown trout are also present.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-01-29
Fair
Some lakes are closed to fishing until April 16. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to find out which ones are closed. All lakes have safe ice. Access is limited by snow.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-01-29
Fair
Access is limited by snow. One angler reports that he was able to get to Kent's Lake by snowmobile. Fishing was good and steady during mid day. Lots of small rainbows were caught with a few tigers up to 16 inches mixed in.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-01-29
Slow
Flows are low and clear, and stealth is needed to avoid spooking fish. Surface ice often forms and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Beaver River, Upper
2016-01-29
Slow
Lots of anchor ice during the winter.
Boulder Mountain
2016-01-29
Fair
Some lakes are closed to fishing until April 16. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to find out which ones are closed. All lakes have safe ice. Access is limited by snow.
Clear Creek
2016-01-29
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is complete and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Fingerling cutthroat stocked in fall 2014 in the state park now measure 8 to 10 inches. Larger fish can be found above the Narrows.
Corn Creek
2016-01-29
Slow
Limited access because of snow.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Thin ice. Plenty of open water as well. Parking is limited, so please avoid parking on the highway.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-01-29
Slow
Flows are below 10 cfs. Surface ice often forms in winter and may make fishing difficult. 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, Black Canyon
2016-01-29
Fair
Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter due to 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
2016-01-29
Slow
Winter access is limited because of snow.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-01-29
Fair
The road has been plowed to the top of the boat ramp at the upper reservoir. Four-wheel-drive is needed to get to the shore. The ice is 6 to seven inches thick over most of the reservoir, but a little thinner around the edges. The water level is still very low, and fish congregate in the deepest water. Try to find at least 10 feet of depth. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows once you find the right depth. A few smallmouth bass are even being caught. Ice is not as stable at the lower reservoir.
Fish Lake
2016-01-29
Hot
There is a lot of snow at Fish Lake and parking is somewhat limited, though crews are working hard to clear more space. Please leave plenty of space for others and stay off the main road so that plows can get by. Ice thickness is 14–16 inches over the entire lake. Fishing is good to excellent with a wide variety of opportunities. Lots of perch and small trout are being caught near the weedline in 15–20 feet. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake, and you are encouraged to harvest as many as possible. Recently, perch fishing has been best on the north and south ends, as well as the east side, but a little slower on the west shore between the lodge and Bowery Haven. For bigger trout, move out 25 to 45 feet or fish 20 feet down over deep water. You can also catch more trout than perch by suspending your bait a few feet off the bottom. Small, light-colored jigs and ice flies are working best, tipped with meal worms, wax worms and night crawlers. Tipping your jigs with chub or perch meat also helps you catch larger trout. Many anglers are noticing an increase in the numbers and quality of splake this year. Winter is a great time to target lake trout. Fish on the bottom in 80 to 100 feet with large jigs or spoons tipped with cut bait (perch, chub, sucker, minnows). Don't be afraid to try dark colors; they are surprisingly visible at that depth. Sonar can be a real key to seeing the fish and reacting to their behavior. You'll also need a lot of patience. It's pretty typical to catch a few pups and get a couple of hits from larger fish during a day. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at (435) 638–1000 before you go to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Although the reservoir is almost full now, it was mostly drained last summer due a malfunction in the outlet. It is unclear how many fish were lost. Access is difficult because of deep snow and drifts. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-01-29
Slow
The road is plowed only to the first restroom past Mill Meadow. The upper Fremont is iced over as far as you can access. The Bicknell Bottoms is ice-free. Winter is a good time to fish here because the mud is frozen. Fishing is still challenging, but some nice fish can be caught if you have a lot of patience. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Due to an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016, but fishing opportunities will be limited for 2 to 3 years while these populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
No recent reports, but there may be safe ice on Gunnison Bend and DMAD due to the cold temperatures.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-01-29
Fair
No recent reports, however.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Very little ice fishing pressure because of due poor access. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Access is limited due to snow. Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2016.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Ice is over a foot thick. No reports on fishing success, but some nice fish can be caught through the ice. The southwest shoreline was recently posted closed to trespassing by the land owner, but public access remains through BLM land near the restroom. Access is difficult due to deep snow.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Should have safe ice and fair to good fishing if you can get there. Winter access is often limited to snowmobile or ATV. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-01-29
Fair
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. Surface ice can often limit fishing on Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at (435) 577–2168 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
The road is plowed to the first bathroom past the reservoir. Ice thickness is 8 to 12 inches. The water level is fairly low. Fishing has been slow to fair, but some very nice rainbows have been caught — up to 18 inches and three pounds. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Anglers report 6–10 inches of ice. Fishing is fair, with some really nice rainbows caught.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-01-29
Slow
Not much winter fishing pressure because of limited access.
Navajo Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Ice should be over a foot thick. Access is limited by snow. Fair to good success for splake in the early morning.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Safe ice, but thickness is unknown. Fishing is slow to fair for rainbows.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-01-29
Fair
Ice is 10 to 12-inches thick. Fishing success has slowed, as it typically does in late winter, because of high fishing pressure and cold temperatures. Some very nice rainbows are still being caught, however. Most are in the 2- to 3-pound range, while a few bigger fish up to six pounds have also been caught. Power Bait is often the most popular bait, while night crawlers, shrimp, wax worms and meal worms are also producing.
Panguitch Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Heavy fishing pressure has slowed fishing down in the shallow areas. As winter extends into February, it becomes ever more important to change up your tactics to either find active fish or entice sluggish fish to bite. The best way to increase your catch rate is to move out to deep water — as deep as 30 feet. Fish can be found throughout the lower half of the water column in deep water. You're most likely to catch cutthroat in the middle of the lake, however. If you're after rainbows to take home, using a fish finder and moving around frequently in the shallows will help you find fish willing to bite. You may want to leave the ice shelter at home so you can be more mobile. You can also try changing up your tackle (size, color, etc), bait (try small pieces of frozen minnows), or depth in the water column (try fishing halfway down, instead of right on the bottom).
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Access is difficult because of snow, but expect safe ice and fair fishing if you can get there.
Pine Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Expect safe ice and fair fishing if you can get there.
Piute Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
The reservoir was mostly drained last summer for irrigation needs.
Quail Lake
2016-01-29
Fair
Visit http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/quail-creek/ for the current boat ramp schedule. Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good success for shore and boat anglers. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass techniques.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-01-29
Fair
Flows are running at about 100 cfs, which may keep the river ice-free and easier to fish.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-01-29
Fair
Access to Solomon Basin is typically possible through the winter from Emery County, but you'll likely need four-wheel-drive. Ice fishing is typically good if you can get there. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at (435) 616–2319 for up to date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Winter access is limited because of snow.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-01-29
Fair
Rainbow trout are stocked in each pond about every two weeks through April. Look for fair to good fishing.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-01-29
Slow
The reservoir has iced over, and there are no reports on thickness or fishing success.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-01-29
Fair
Access is difficult because of snow. Expect safe ice and fair fishing if you can get there.

 

Bookmark and Share