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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-01-29
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The reservoir is mostly full.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-01-29
Fair
Changes have been made to seasonal closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most 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 are now listed by their own names, not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. All lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by heavy snow.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-01-29
Slow
All lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by heavy snow.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-01-29
Slow
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.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-01-29
Slow
Anchor ice often makes winter fishing difficult.
Boulder Mountain
2015-01-29
Fair
Changes have been made to seasonal closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most 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 are now listed by their own names, not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. All lakes are ice-capped, but access is limited by heavy snow.
Clear Creek
2015-01-29
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 for the rest of 2014 will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat stocked this fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long this summer.
Corn Creek
2015-01-29
Slow
Snow is limiting access to the creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-01-29
Fair
There's open water around the spring. Be very careful on the ice.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-01-29
Fair
Ice has retreated with recent mild temperatures. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Recent surveys found good numbers 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
2015-01-29
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
2015-01-29
Slow
Snow makes it difficult to access the river in the winter.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-01-29
Fair
Both reservoirs are ice-free. There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Fish Lake
2015-01-29
Good
The ice is safe across the lake. The south end has the thickest ice — up to 12 inches — while the clear ice on the north end is the thinnest at about six inches. Fishing is good to hot for perch and small trout near the weed line in 15-25 feet of water. You can catch large rainbows and splake in 25-35 feet on the bottom, or suspended at the same depths over deep water. Lake trout can be caught on the bottom in 70-100 feet, but catching them requires a lot of patience. Sonar can be very helpful in deep water, whether you're fishing on the bottom or suspended. Over 1,700 anglers participated in the Fish Lake perch fishing contest, harvesting between 30,000 and 40,000 perch in one day. Remember, there is no longer a limit for perch at Fish Lake and you can dispose of perch in any way. We encourage anglers to remove as many perch from the lake as possible. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
The ice is reported as 12 inches thick and fishing is slow. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-01-29
Fair
Anglers report good fishing in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow with a midge, hare's ear, and pheasant tail nymphs. Fishing is slower in the Bicknell Bottoms and below Highway 12. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
The boat ramp is closed until spring. There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
There haven't been any recent fishing reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-01-29
Slow
The Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) is closed for the winter.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
It can be difficult to access the reservoir during the winter. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May. Winter access is typically limited to snowmobiles, and the reservoir doesn't get much ice-fishing pressure.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-01-29
Fair
Ice is 10 to 12 inches thick. There is not much fishing pressure, but there are some large trout in the reservoir and winter may be the best time to target them.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-01-29
Fair
Ice fishing can be good, if you can access the reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-01-29
Fair
Because of the recent mild temperatures, surface ice has likely receded on Mammoth Creek, the Sevier River and Asay Creek. 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 Hwy 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-01-29
Fair
The ice is 10 inches thick. Anglers report fair fishing for browns, though the bite is light. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
The ice is melting, so you may find some success in open water.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-01-29
Slow
There isn't much winter fishing pressure because access is difficult.
Navajo Lake
2015-01-29
Fair
The ice is safe, but you'll need a snowmobile to access the area. Winter is a great time to target splake.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
The ice is melting quickly and there is plenty of open water to fish.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-01-29
Fair
The ice is still eight to ten inches thick on the south end, but the edges are getting soft. Use caution, especially around cracks and pressure ridges. One ATV was lost recently to a pressure ridge. Anglers report slow to fair fishing, but many of the fish are large and in great condition. Heavy fishing pressure can really affect fish activity, so don't hesitate to get away from popular spots and try different depths, techniques and baits. Believe it or not, but tipping jigs with pieces of minnow or cut bait can produce well at Otter Creek when other baits aren't working.
Panguitch Lake
2015-01-29
Fair
Ice is six to eight inches thick. Fishing varies from fair to good and the bite is light, so keep an eye on the pole tip. All trout are well fed and in great condition. Success is slow to fair near shore, with the best success coming before 10 am. Heavy pressure has pushed most of the more active fish to deep water and you can find better success fishing in the middle of the lake. There are fish both on the bottom and suspended halfway up. Most fish in the middle are cutthroat, but there are some rainbows as well. The most important thing to remember when the fishing is slow: do something different. Move away from the crowds and try different depths, techniques, and bait.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-01-29
Fair
Ice fishing is typically good, if you can access the reservoir. A few vehicles have made it in lately, while some have gotten stuck.
Pine Lake
2015-01-29
Fair
Ice fishing is typically good, if you can access the reservoir.
Piute Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports from Piute, but ice conditions should be similar to Otter Creek. The water level is up to 53 percent and rising, so watch for thinner edges. Approximately 100,000 rainbow trout have been stocked since the reservoir was drained and treated with rotenone last fall.
Quail Lake
2015-01-29
Fair
Visit the state park website for the current boat ramp schedule. See the Sand Hollow report for winter bass techniques. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and should produce fair to good fishing.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
Bass fishing slows down during winter, but anglers usually catch a few nice fish. Target deep water (around 20–30 feet down) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when fished slowly.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-01-29
Slow
The ice may have retreated with recent mild temperatures. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-01-29
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
2015-01-29
Slow
Winter conditions limit access to the reservoir.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-01-29
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout are stocked every two to three weeks. Fishing is fair to good with all techniques.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
The state park reports five inches of ice, but fishing is slow.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-01-29
Fair
Ice fishing is typically good, if you can access the reservoir. One recent report indicated that the road is impassable.

 

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