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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2015-07-19
Fair
On July 9, conservation officer Dennis Shumway reported slow fishing, presumable because of the hot weather. He also said that Foy Reservoir is the best place to fish in San Juan County. Monticello has been producing nearly as many fish, but the moss build up is making fishing difficult for spincasters. Shumway recommends using floating baits where the moss prevents easy casting and retrieving. Except for Lloyds Lake and Recapture Reservoir, all of the other Abajo Mountains waters are full. On June 22, Blanding #3 was stocked with 1,500 10-inch rainbows, and Foy Reservoir and Monticello Lake were stocked with 1,000 rainbows.
Benches Pond
2015-07-19
Good
On July 13, the pond was stocked with 500 10.5-inch rainbow trout. On July 15, Walt Maldonado reported good fishing with corn-flavored PowerBait, especially under overcast skies. Last week, conservation officer TJ Robertson reported fair to good fishing, depending on the day. He says you can catch fish on any color of PowerBait. The moss build-up is making it difficult to spincast. Robertson recommends using a fly and bubble at dusk.
Blue Lake
2015-07-19
Slow
Fishing is poor at the Blue Lake near Grassy Lake. Fishing is good at the Blue Lake near Skyline Drive with worms, PowerBait or salmon eggs.
Boulger Reservoir
2015-07-19
Good
On July 13, the reservoir was stocked with 500 10.5-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been good in the early morning with worms, PowerBait or salmon eggs. As the day warms up and more anglers start fishing, the catch rate drops but improves again at nightfall. In the late evening, try using small dry flies that match the hatch.
Cleveland Reservoir
2015-07-19
Fair
Fishing is slow, but Cleveland's rainbow trout are bigger than the fish at nearby reservoirs. Anglers commonly report catching fat rainbow trout up to 16 inches. The reservoir was stocked on July 13 with 2,500 10.5-inch rainbow trout. Conservation officer James Thomas says that worms are the best bait, but fishing is slow. Officer TJ Robertson also reported slow fishing.
Duck Fork Reservoir
2015-07-19
Good
On July 17, Tom Ogden and friends fished from tubes with fly tackle. 25% of their catch was 10- to 19-inch tiger trout. They used medium sinking line and sizes 6-8 leech, crystal bugger and soft hackle fly patterns. Tom said that fishing was good. On July 16, conservation officer James Thomas reported moderately good fishing using spinners. On July 11, Brandon Behling and a few friends fished from the shoreline, but no one caught any fish with flies or lures. On July 6, the reservoir was stocked with 1,200 7.5-inch cutthroats. There are special regulations at Duck Fork. Cutthroat trout are catch-and-release only. You can only fish with artificial flies and lures. The tributary is now open to fishing.
Electric Lake
2015-07-19
Fair
On July 13, conservation officer TJ Robertson reported fair fishing using a minnow or worm beneath a bubble or floated off the bottom. Anglers are mostly catching 14- to 16-inch cutthroat trout. On BigFishTackle.com, one angler reported fast fishing on July 3 using a tube jig tipped with redside shiners. Conservation officer James Thomas also reported good fishing with either a Jakes or a Rapala.
Emerald Lake
2015-07-19
Good
Officer JD Abbott reported good fishing with flies, spinners or worms.
Ferron Reservoir
2015-07-19
Fair
On July 17, Tom Ogden fly fished for two hours from a tube. He caught four rainbow trout and two brook trout ranging from 13 to 16 inches in length. He used a size 6 bead head soft hackle fly or a size 8 bead head olive leech. On July 16, conservation officer James Thomas reported good fishing with worms and green PowerBait. On July 6, the reservoir was stocked with several thousand pan-sized cutthroat trout. The reservoir was also stocked with 2,000 10-inch rainbow trout in mid-June. Conservation officer TJ Robertson reported slow fishing after his most recent visit. Robertson noted that anglers in watercraft were doing better than shoreline anglers. Officer JD Abbott reported fair fishing with PowerBait and worms.
Gigliotti Pond
2015-07-19
Fair
This pond will be stocked every three to four weeks until Labor Day. Fishing is typically good in the early morning and late evening. As the day advances, fishing slows down. Try fishing using worms off the bottom or suspended from a bubble.
Gooseberry Reservoir
2015-07-19
Good
On July 13, the reservoir was stocked with 1,200 10- to 11-inch rainbow trout. Conservation officer TJ Robertson interviewed anglers on July 11 and they reported good fishing on the south side using multiple colors of PowerBait. You may also want to try fishing the dam with spinners.
Grassy Lake
2015-07-19
Good
On July 8, the pond was stocked with 700 10-inch rainbow trout. Try using a worm and PowerBait combination.
Huntington Creek
2015-07-19
Slow
You will find few trout below South Hughes Canyon because of the flash flood damage caused by deforestation following the Seely fire.
Huntington North Reservoir
2015-07-19
Slow
Anglers should fish at first light to avoid competing with other water recreationalists. Conservation officer James Thomas reports that some anglers have been catching wipers from the bank using clams. Su Jones caught several large wipers, with the largest measuring 22 inches and weighing 4.5 pounds.
Huntington Reservoir
2015-07-19
Fair
On July 9, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fished the upper two thirds of the lake using fast sinking line and bead head crystal buggers in sizes 4-8. In five hours, they had hooked 34 tiger trout in the 9- to 19-inch range. Most of the fish were taken in 15 to 25 feet of water. On July 13, conservation officer TJ Robertson reported slow to fair fishing. He recommended fishing from a boat using pop gear and a gold Triple Teaser.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2015-07-19
Slow
During the Fourth of July weekend, Stephine Matkin and her husband fished for tiger muskies amongst dozens of other boat and shoreline anglers. Over a two-day period, she heard that only one tiger muskie had been caught. Cody Edwards — who recently caught a 45-inch, 26-pound tiger muskie — recommends ignoring the tiger muskies that you can see and focusing on casting into the shoreline cover, where hungry tiger muskies could be waiting in ambush. Cody has had success using fly fishing tackle and a large streamer or a jointed Rapala with a green over yellow color pattern.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
2015-07-19
Good
The pond has been stocked with several thousand trout since February. Fishing should be fair to good over the July 24 holiday weekend. This is the newest community fishing pond in Carbon County. It's located in Wellington at 850 E 300 S.
La Sal Mountains
2015-07-19
Fair
A week ago, sergeant Ben Wolford visited Oowah and Warner and reported slow fishing at both waters. Both were stocked in mid-June with 9-inch rainbow trout. At most La Sal mountain waters, you should try using worms and PowerBait.
Lower Fish Creek
2015-07-19
Good
The creek was recently stocked with 4- to 5-inch brown trout. Fishing is good for the larger brown trout, which over-winter in the creek. Fly fishing is usually good too, especially along stretches without many anglers.
Lower Green River
2015-07-19
Slow
Walt Maldonado reports slow fishing. The water is running high and is saturated with silt. Last month, fishing was good in pools and eddies with salad shrimp or commercial stink bait.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2015-07-19
Fair
Fishing is sporadic. Anglers are catching trout most with worms and PowerBait.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2015-07-19
Fair
On July 13, officer TJ Robertson reported fair fishing for boaters trolling with popgear and small spinners. Fishing has been slow for shoreline anglers. The best fishing occurs in the early morning with common baits.
Petes Hole
2015-07-19
Good
On July 15, conservation officer JD Abbott reported good fishing with bait. Around July 8, the pond was stocked with 600 10-inch rainbow trout. During most hot summer days, few ponds have better fishing than Petes Hole. Trout will usually take a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional baits, like cigarette butts.
Potters Ponds
2015-07-19
Good
On July 7, both ponds were stocked with 1,000 10-inch rainbows. The best fishing occurs at dawn before the sun hits the water and many anglers are out fishing. Officer James Thomas reports good fishing using worms and PowerBait.
Right Fork of Huntington Creek
2015-07-19
Slow
Very few trout will be found downstream from South Hughes Canyon. The flash floods that followed the Seeley Fire have killed most of the aquatic life in the streambed.
Scofield Reservoir
2015-07-19
Slow
Conservation officer TJ Robertson reports slow fishing. Most of the catch consists of stocked cutthroat trout that average 10 to 12 inches in length. The best fishing is in the dam cove or the southern-most part of the east side. Fishing can be good at the angler access on the west side too. You can catch the bigger fish with chub meat or worms, although Mike Ault — who conducts weekly creel surveys — says that he sees very little difference in fishing success regardless of the bait.
Soup Bowl
2015-07-19
Good
On July 8, the pond was stocked with 350 rainbow trout that averaged 9 to 10 inches in length. Fishing is best in the early morning or evening. There aren't many anglers fishing the pond.
Willow Lake
2015-07-19
Good
On July 16, conservation officer James Thomas reported good fishing and recommended using worms. The best lures have included Jakes Spin-a-Lures and Rapalas. On July 11, Brandon Behling and his wife reported fair fishing. They caught most of their fish off of the spillway using a Lil Jakes or Rattlin' Rapala. Moss is becoming a problem for spincasters in many locations at the lake. On July 8, the lake was stocked with 1,300 rainbows that averaged 10 inches in size.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir
2015-07-19
Good
On July 8, the pond was stocked with 1,000 10-inch rainbow trout. Fishing is good in the early morning before the temperatures climb and a larger number of anglers start fishing. Officer TJ Robertson recommends small spinners, like a gold Jakes lure.

 

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