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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked in March. 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 many rainbows left over from last fall's stocking (now ten to twelve inches long) as well as good numbers of brown trout that weigh 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)
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is open to the end of the road. Expect to encounter a few snowdrifts on the trails. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Barker and Lower Barker. Dougherty Basin Lake is closed to fishing until July 11.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is improving. Rainbow trout will soon be stocked in Little Reservoir. Indian Creek Reservoir will not be stocked this year because of low water levels and unsafe road conditions.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-05-15
Fair
Tread lightly to avoid spooking fish in the low water. Recent surveys found some nice brown and rainbow trout. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were recently stocked.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-05-15
Fair
You'll find fair to good fishing for small browns and rainbows.
Boulder Mountain
2015-05-15
Good
You can now access north-slope lakes with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Be very careful on snowpacked and muddy roads. Remember that ATVs can do a lot of damage to wet roads, so slow down and take it easy. East-end lakes are also accessible. The Boulder Top will probably not be accessible until late May at the earliest. Early spring fishing can provide some of the best success of the year, especially for trophy fish.
Clear Creek
2015-05-15
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 will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat stocked last fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long by summer.
Corn Creek
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is improving, and there isn't much runoff.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-05-15
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Broodstock brook trout were also stocked in April. Fishing has been good to excellent this spring.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-05-15
Fair
Irrigation releases have begun, and the flow is up to 130 cfs. Fishing is a little difficult at this level, but you can target some of the slow-moving runs with large streamers, deep-diving lures or nightcrawlers. 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
2015-05-15
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-05-15
Fair
Access should be good. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers on runoff or fishing conditions.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-05-15
Good
The trout limit at both Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoir has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. Due to a very poor snowpack, the lower reservoir will be drained for irrigation needs and all but the small state-owned conservation pool will be drained from the upper reservoir. Fishing has been good lately both from shore and boats. The water level is very far below the ramp, so only small boats should be launched. The deep gullies in the dirt have been fixed. A recent fish population survey found that rainbow trout are abundant and are typically either 12–14 inches or 17–18 inches.
Fish Lake
2015-05-15
Good
Anglers are catching a few nice lake trout. Try jigging for perch on the outside edge of the weedline or for splake in 30–60 feet of water. Trolling for rainbows should also be productive. Spring provides some of the best fishing of the year. Before you head to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-05-15
Slow
Fishing is slow to fair, but anglers have caught a few tigers and splake longer than 20 inches. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-05-15
Good
The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that the river below Highway 12 is running clear and should provide good fishing until summer rainstorms. Some nice fish have been picked up in the Bicknell Bottoms with sculpin imitations. The take is pretty light. Flows are currently low and clear above Mill Meadow, and the fish are easily spooked. Blue-wing olive patterns have produced best lately. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Visit the Gunlock State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Fishing is fair to good for largemouth bass and crappie. 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 will be treated with rotenone this fall. For the remainder of the year, daily bag limits have been increased. You may now keep up to 12 largemouth bass (no size restriction); 16 channel catfish; and an unlimited number of crappie, bluegill and black bullhead. There is also no limit on smallmouth bass, and you are required to keep all the smallmouth bass you catch. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-05-15
Slow
Fishing will improve as the water gets warmer.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-05-15
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills), Parowan Pond, Forebay Pond and Brian Head Pond.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-05-15
Slow
The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. There haven't been any recent fishing reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Bait fishing will be allowed at Kolob Reservoir beginning Saturday, May 16. Major road construction will be taking place on Kolob Terrace Road from now through October, which will limit access to the reservoir. You can find closure schedules online. Access has been good on weekends. There are still some snowdrifts on the road from Cedar Canyon.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
A recent population survey found cutthroat trout up to six pounds and rainbow trout up to three pounds. Try trolling near the dam with chub-imitating lures. Ten-inch rainbow trout have been stocked.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-05-15
Hot
Anglers report fast fishing with size 12 woolly buggers. Also try flashy spinners and lures, or natural baits like nightcrawlers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-05-15
Fair
Mammoth Creek has been running a little high and murky with runoff. You'll find better conditions for fishing in Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and in 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
2015-05-15
Fair
Rainbow trout were stocked in March. The reservoir is full, but irrigation releases have begun. Anglers report fair fishing with nymph patterns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Trout fishing is fair to good. Look for smallmouth bass to become active soon. Anglers have caught a few wipers while trolling chub-imitating lures near the bottom in deep water.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-05-15
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs. There is still no access to the north-end lakes.
Navajo Lake
2015-05-15
Fair
You can now access the lake. Spring is a good time to target large splake. Concentrate on steeper shorelines and the dike. Fish with chub-imitating lures and flies, white and dark green tube jigs, cut bait (chubs, suckers and anchovies) or frozen minnows. Catchable-sized rainbows will be stocked before Memorial Day.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Trout fishing is good. Anglers are starting to catch a few wipers and smallmouth bass as the water warms.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-15
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Panguitch Lake
2015-05-15
Fair
Fair fishing from shore and boat. A recent population survey found that 11- to 12-inch rainbows are abundant and growing quickly. We also saw more rainbows in the 17- to 18-inch range than we have in recent years. As always, nice cutthroat and tiger trout are also plentiful.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is good. The water level is fairly low. Bait fishing is slow. Remember that the rainbow trout here are wild and don't take bait as well as lures and flies.
Pine Lake
2015-05-15
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked.
Piute Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but 150,000 rainbow trout and 2,600 brood brown trout have been stocked since last fall's draining and rotenone treatment. Recent surveys found that the rainbows are growing quickly, and many now average 12 inches. Unfortunately, a number of suckers were also found, which means that last fall's treatment wasn't as successful as hoped.
Quail Lake
2015-05-15
Fair
Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Trout fishing has slowed down. Bass and crappie fishing are improving as the water warms.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Fishing success follows weather patterns. Success is good to excellent for bass during warm, calm days when water temperatures reach the mid 60s. Cool and windy days drop the temperature near 60°F and slow the fishing down to just fair or good. A variety of techniques are working when the fish are active. The keys to success include hitting the right depth and fishing a pattern you have confidence in. Fish are at depths of 10–20 feet and are moving up to beds on warm days. Anglers are also catching some nice crappie. Pleasure boaters are out in force on the weekends.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-05-15
Slow
Releases from Piute Reservoir are over 300 cfs, which is making it difficult to fish the river.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-05-15
Good
Most lakes are accessible, and fishing is fair to good. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
Access is good, and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-05-15
Fair
Trout fishing is starting to slow down as the weather gets warmer. Largemouth bass and bluegill are present in most ponds and will provide better fishing during the warm months.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-05-15
Fair
The reservoir is filling and is now open to boating. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers are also catching a few fish from last year that survived the winter.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-05-15
Good
Access is good. A recent population survey found good numbers of rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout, up to 17 inches long. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

 

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