Posted Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:09
SCOFIELD — Some of the best trout fishing you'll find all year is happening right now at Scofield Reservoir.
Rainbow trout are among the fish you can catch at Scofield Reservoir as the ice comes off.
Photo by Randall Stilson
Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Devin Christensen visited the reservoir in east-central Utah on April 16. He says the ice is starting to leave the reservoir, and now is the time to get out and fish. "I watched a guy using cut-up chubs," he said, "and he was getting hits on almost every cast."
Christensen said in some spots, the ice was about casting distance away, but in other places, it was still right up to the shore.
Christensen noted that bait was less effective if anglers left the bait motionless. The key was to keep the bait moving.
On April 13, DWR Regional Aquatic Manager Mike Slater fished Scofield. He says ice-off conditions were "perfect." He reported open water on the north end around Madsen Bay, in the dam cove, and along the east side all the way around the south end of the reservoir and up the west side to the Fish Creek inlet. Ice had pulled away from the shoreline by as much as 40 yards in some places.
"Get up there as soon as possible for some of the best fishing of the year," Slater says.
Right now, chub meat appears to be the best bait. Dead minnows, sucker meat and night crawlers should work too. Egg sacs are also good fish getters.
Other possibilities include chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait, Kastmasters, Jakes Spin-a-Lures and scented soft plastics.
Scofield State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt says the water level at Scofield has risen a few feet this spring. "The majority of the lake has thick ice that should remain for a couple of weeks," he says. "Many of the shorelines, however, now have open water. All state park gates are open to allow access to the campgrounds and boat ramps."
For more information, call Scofield State Park at 435-448-9449 or the DWR's Southeastern Region office at 435-613-3700.
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