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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-07-30
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but trout fishing typically slows down during the summer months.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-07-30
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Barker and Lower Barker. Fishing is fair to good in most lakes. If fishing is slow at one lake, pick up and move to another.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-07-30
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked in all the usual lakes. Indian Creek Reservoir was not stocked this year because of unsafe road conditions and low-water predictions.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-07-30
Fair
Fishing success usually picks up during irrigation flows. Recent surveys found some nice brown and rainbow trout. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were recently stocked.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-07-30
Good
You'll find fair to good fishing for small browns and rainbows. Small spinners and hopper-dropper combinations work great in the summer.
Boulder Mountain
2015-07-30
Good
There haven't been many reports of winterkill, and fishing has been good to excellent in numerous lakes across the mountain. Some very large tiger trout have been caught this year. When targeting these large fish, remember that they are predators and adjust your techniques accordingly.
Clear Creek
2015-07-30
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 we stocked in fall 2014 in the rest of Clear Creek should be six to eight inches long by now.
Corn Creek
2015-07-30
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Corn and Chalk also have good populations of wild trout.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-07-30
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Brood brook trout were also stocked in April. Fishing has been good to excellent this year. There's a lot of fishing pressure here on the weekends.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-07-30
Fair
Releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have dropped near 100 cfs, so fishing should be a little easier. 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
2015-07-30
Good
Look for good to excellent fishing on dry flies and terrestrials. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-07-30
Good
Small rainbow, brown and brook trout are abundant in the Upper East Fork Sevier and most of its tributaries.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-07-30
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.
Fish Lake
2015-07-30
Good
Summer fishing is good to excellent, depending on what you're targeting. Trolling, jigging and bait fishing are producing well for rainbow trout, with a few splake mixed in. Pop gear and worms, small rapalas and flies have produced well for trollers lately. Jigging near the bottom (outside the weeds) is providing fast fishing for perch. Tip your jigs with a nightcrawler or perch meat for the best success. Remember that there is no limit on perch in Fish Lake, and you are encouraged to harvest as many as you can. Anglers are catching a few lake trout both by trolling and jigging. The largest fish reported last week weighed 32 pounds. Keep in mind that lake trout fishing requires a lot of patience. Before you go to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-07-30
Good
The reservoir is mostly full. Trolling and fly fishing from float tubes is producing fair to good fishing. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-07-30
Good
Irrigation releases have raised the flow in the upper Fremont, but the river is still clear. Fishing has been fast with bushy dry flies. Fishing is also good to excellent in the lower Fremont (near Torrey) with various dries: caddis, PMD, yellow sally and trico. Dry fly fishing has also been excellent in other nearby streams like UM and Sevenmile. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-07-30
Fair
Water temps are in the low 80s. 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
2015-07-30
Fair
Fishing is improving now that the water is warmer in both Gunnison Bend and DMAD, as well as the river and canals.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-07-30
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills), Woods Ranch, Parowan Pond, Forebay Pond and Brian Head Pond. Catfish have been stocked in Leigh Hill and Parowan Pond. Fishing is fair to good at all locations.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-07-30
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-07-30
Fair
Kolob Reservoir is open to bait fishing until Sept. 12. There's a lot of fishing pressure on the weekends. Fishing has slowed down, but it is still fair with bait. A few more fish in the slot have been caught recently. Major road construction will be taking place on Kolob Terrace Road through October, which will limit access to the reservoir. You can find closure schedules online. Access has been good on weekends.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-07-30
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
2015-07-30
Hot
Anglers report fast fishing with size 12 woolly buggers. Also try flashy spinners and lures, as well as 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
2015-07-30
Fair
Flows are generally low and clear in Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River, except after rainstorms. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and 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
2015-07-30
Fair
The water level has dropped a lot, and fishing pressure has been low. You can find success by sight casting an assortment of small nymphs to browns cruising near the shore. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-07-30
Good
Wiper action has picked up lately. The best success has been in the upper end of the reservoir. Try casting various lures and flies in between the weed beds.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-07-30
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs and in the north-end lakes. Manning Meadow Reservoir is now open to fishing.
Navajo Lake
2015-07-30
Fair
Splake fishing has slowed down with the warmer weather. Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good results.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-07-30
Good
Wiper fishing is fair to good. There seems to be no single technique that produces consistently. Nightcrawlers, cut bait, jigs and trolling have all caught wipers at times. Fishing has been good to excellent for trout. Try anchoring near the dam and fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom in depths of around 25 feet. Rainbows are very healthy and put up a good fight.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-07-30
Fair
Reservoir capacity is at 50 percent, but boats can still be launched. Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows from boats (trolling) and the shore (PowerBait). Fish the steeper shorelines around the south-end points and the state park. Trout will leave the shallow shorelines during the summer because of the warm water and chubs.
Panguitch Lake
2015-07-30
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but summer fishing is typically fair from shore and from boats.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-07-30
Fair
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
2015-07-30
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked.
Piute Reservoir
2015-07-30
Fair
The reservoir capacity is down to 23 percent. Due to the poor snowpack, much of the water in Piute Reservoir will be drained for irrigation needs this summer. The trout limit has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. A few 12- to 13-inch rainbows have been caught lately.
Quail Lake
2015-07-30
Fair
Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. The water temperature is in the low 80s. Bass fishing is fair to good. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-07-30
Hot
The water temperature is in the low 80s. Bass fishing is good to excellent. Top-water fishing is producing well in the early morning. Drop shots and swim baits are a good bet when the fish head deeper as the water heats up. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-07-30
Slow
Flows are higher than 400 cfs, which is making it difficult to fish.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-07-30
Good
The fish have moved to deeper water at most lakes, so a float tube is very helpful. There are still plenty of damsel flies out — try both damsel dries and nymphs. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-07-30
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-07-30
Fair
Largemouth bass and bluegill are present in most ponds and provide fair to good fishing during the warm months.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-07-30
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The state park reports good fishing for largemouth bass. Try casting plastics in the brushy areas.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-07-30
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, and fishing has been fair to good.

 

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