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Southeastern Region report

Information compiled by Brent Stettler

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Waterbody Report
Abajo Mountains
2016-02-12
Slow
Few San Juan County anglers seem to be ice fishing. Kens Lake is frozen, but ice skating has been the most popular activity.
Cleveland Reservoir
2016-02-12
Slow
A long hike through deep snow awaits anglers who hope to fish this reservoir. Past reports indicate limited fishing success. However, the girth and size (16 to 17 inches) of resident rainbow trout continues to draw anglers onto the ice.
Electric Lake
2016-02-12
Fair
Anglers who can access the entire reservoir on snow machines can hook some tiger and cutthroat trout in the 15- to 17-inch size range. Based on creel survey data, anglers will find most cutthroats in the 15- to 16-inch size range with a maximum of 18 to 19 inches at the top end. Cutthroats will be more common than tigers, which get up to 22 inches. White, chartreuse or yellow tube jigs or curly tail grubs, tipped with worms or chub meat is recommended.
Huntington Creek
2016-02-12
Good
Fly fishing has been good in limited stretches of open water immediately below Electric Lake dam.
Huntington North Reservoir
2016-02-12
Slow
A recent group of anglers fished for three-and-a-half hours and caught three rainbow trout, ranging from 13 to 17 inches. They used white tube jigs tipped with a meal worms or chub meat. The ice was 12 inches thick, and the edges were hard. Higher temperatures this week have softened the ice, particularly close to shore. Wear rubber boots and observe all ice fishing safety precautions.
Huntington Reservoir
2016-02-12
Fair
Past reports indicate fair fishing success. It's recommended that anglers wear snow shoes, rubber boots, and bring an auger extension and snow shovel.
Joes Valley Reservoir
2016-02-12
Fair
An angler reported a bit of recent success using two rods. One was rigged with a large tube jig tipped with a strip of chub meat for tiger muskies and another was rigged with a small jig, tipped with half a redside shiner. In the morning, he caught a 17-inch cutthroat on the east side. In the afternoon, fishing north of Seeley Bay, he caught five splake on a small tube jig tipped with a piece of chub meat at a depth of 14–18 feet. One splake was 21 inches and weighed four pounds. The other trout measured 16–17 inches. Ice was 13–15 inches. Another angler fished in the dam cove for a two-and-a-half hours and caught one splake and several large, fat and colorful cutthroats. Fishing was good for brief periods and slow the rest of the time. When the bite was on, the fish weren't fussy about the type of tackle as long as the hook was tipped with bait. Tony used both chub meat and meal worms. Ice near the dam was 12–13 inches. A third angler reported catching a 19-inch and 23-inch splake. Expect good luck using white tube jigs or paddle bugs, tipped with chub meat. Cutthroats are likely to be away from the shore, with splake closer in.
La Sal Mountains
2016-02-12
Slow
All La Sal Mountain lakes are inaccessible. Kens Lake is frozen and primarily used by ice skaters.
Miller Flat Reservoir
2016-02-12
Fair
Depending on the weather, surface ice might be slushy. Snow blankets the ice sheet. Fishing success ranges from slow to fair. Jigs, tube jigs and bait have been popular.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-12
Fair
Ice fishing safety is a concern. This week, higher temperatures have softened the ice. Getting on the ice in the morning will be easier and safer than getting off the ice once the day warms up. Please observe all ice-fishing safety precautions.
Scofield Reservoir
2016-02-12
Slow
On angler e-mailed a report saying she had not caught a trout over nine inches after multiple trips to Scofield this winter. The chubs were larger than and outnumbered the trout. A conservation officer reported only two ice fishing tents at the reservoir when he drove by the reservoir last weekend. Low turn-out frequently reflects slow fishing conditions. Another angler suggested fishing the dam arm in 5 to eight feet of water with white jigs tipped with chub meat. Still another indicated that his biggest fish was caught in two-and-a-half feet of water with a large jig. For chubs, try fishing away from shore in 10-plus feet of water with a small jig tipped with a piece of worm or grub. Still another angler said he introduced a number of kids to ice fishing at Scofield. He baited their lines with ice flies and pieces of worm. The kids iced 60 fish that day. Most of them were chubs. The upshot: Scofield is a good place to take kids as long as they don't care what kind of fish they catch.

 

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