INDEX | NORTHERN | CENTRAL | NORTHEASTERN | SOUTHEASTERN | SOUTHERN | LAKE POWELL

Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

Attention: Quagga and zebra mussels are a major threat to Utah waterways. Read how you can help keep them out of Utah.

Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair, but catchable-sized rainbow trout were stocked in March. Fishing from a floattube or a small boat can help you get away from the crowds and find better fishing. A recent fish population survey found lots of 1- to 12-inch rainbow trout left over from last fall's stocking. There are also good numbers of brown trout up to seven pounds. The browns are eating goldfish, so try fishing with minnow-imitating lures, jigs or flies. Frozen minnows or anchovies could also work.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-04-17
Fair
Changes have been made to season closures for the Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most of the lakes are now open year round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed April 18. Also, note that lakes will be listed by their own name, and not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. Dougherty Basin Lake is closed to fishing until July 11. There are no recent reports on access or ice, but conditions should start changing soon.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-04-17
Slow
We haven't received any recent fishing reports. Little Res should be accessible soon.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-04-17
Fair
Tread lightly to avoid spooking fish in the low water. Recent surveys found some nice-sized brown and rainbow trout. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-04-17
Fair
The anchor ice should be coming off and fishing should improve.
Boulder Mountain
2015-04-17
Fair
Changes have been made to season closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most of the lakes are now open year round, but check the new Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed until April 18. Also, note that lakes will be listed by their own name, and not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. Snow is melting only at the lowest elevations, which means that access is still limited. Fishing has been very good at Oak Creek Reservoir, where the ice is still over two feet thick. Remember, you can now keep a limit of 16 brook trout at Oak Creek Reservoir.
Clear Creek
2015-04-17
Fair
The removal of nonnative trout from the Clear Creek drainage is complete and the Bonneville cutthroat trout stocking is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. The fingerling cutthroat that were stocked in the rest of Clear Creek in fall 2014 will be six to eight inches in length by summer.
Corn Creek
2015-04-17
Fair
Access is improving and there is not much runoff.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-04-17
Good
Brood brook trout were stocked recently and are providing excellent fishing. Fishing is fair for the rainbow trout carried over from last year.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-04-17
Fair
Irrigation releases have begun and flow is up to 70 cubic feet per second. The river is still fishable at this level, so get out there before it goes over 100 cubic feet per second in May. Population surveys last fall 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
2015-04-17
Fair
The water in the river has cleared a little. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-04-17
Slow
There are no recent reports, but access should be improving.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-04-17
Good
The trout limit at both Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoir has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. Because of 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. Fishing has been good lately both from the shore or a boat. Be very careful launching boats. The water level is far below the ramp and there are several deep gullies in the dirt. You should only launch small boats. A recent fish population survey found that rainbow trout are abundant in two size classes: 12 to 14 inches and 17 to 18 inches.
Fish Lake
2015-04-17
Good
The ice is gone and boats are now allowed on the lake. There are no fishing reports from boaters yet, but shore fishing has been good at Twin Creeks for rainbow trout. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair with few anglers at the reservoir. Spring is a good time to target tigers and splake. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-04-17
Good
Fishing is good in the upper Fremont above Mill Meadow with wooly buggers and midge patterns. Fishing is fair in the Bicknell Bottoms fishing slowly using streamers and nymphs through the deep pools and runs. At Fremont, fair may only mean you catch one or two fish, but they could be very large. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Fishing is up and down, depending on weather. Look for fair to good fishing on warm, calm days and slow fishing on cool, windy days. Bass are getting active and looking to spawn because the water temperatures are reaching the upper-50s and low-60s. You can catch crappie up to 10 inches in length. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
Fishing is slow at Gunnison Bend and DMAD, but the water temperature is warming and fishing should improve soon.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-04-17
Fair
15-inch brood brook trout were recently stocked in the Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) and are providing fair to good fishing on lures and spinners. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in both Leigh Hill and Parowan Pond. The ice is coming off Brian Head and Woods Ranch ponds.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 16. The reservoir is accessible and ice-free. Major road construction will take place on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October. The construction will limit access to the reservoir. Visit the National Park website to see closure schedules.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-04-17
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.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
The reservoir is accessible and good to excellent fishing is reported. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-04-17
Fair
Fishing is good for nice-sized brown trout in Asay Creek. Recent population surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and Asay Creek (along Highway 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
5,000 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked in March. Fishing is good for rainbows and browns in the inlets using streamers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
Fishing is picking up as trout finally move in toward the shore. Anglers in float tubes and pontoons are still report good fishing using streamers slow and deep. Fishing is improving using nymphs from the shore. Recent population surveys found good numbers of rainbows and fat, healthy wipers that measured up to 21 inches and five pounds.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-04-17
Slow
There were no recent reports, but access to the Box Creek reservoirs should be opening up soon.
Navajo Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
Access is good. The ice is coming off fast and may be gone already. Spring is a good time to target large splake. Concentrate on the steeper shorelines and the dike. Fish with chub-imitating lure and flies, white and dark green tubes jigs, cut bait (like chubs, suckers or anchovies), or frozen minnows.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
Trout fishing is good. Anglers are also catching a few wipers and smallmouth bass because of the warming water.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-17
Fair
Most anglers report slow fishing, though the fish that are being caught are very nice sized. Anglers have caught rainbows up to six pounds this spring. Fly anglers report the best luck by drifting nymphs along gravelly shore lines or dragging streamers on sinking line from floattubes. Anglers who are trolling report slow to fair fishing. Shore anglers using bait report slow fishing.
Panguitch Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
The ice is off and shore fishing is slow to fair. Trollers report fair to good fishing.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Access is good and the ice is gone, but the water level is fairly low. Bait fishing is slow. Remember that the rainbow trout here are wild and don't take bait as well as lures or flies.
Pine Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
There are no recent reports, but the ice should be off.
Piute Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
We haven't received any fishing reports, but 150,000 rainbow trout and 2,600 brood brown trout have been since last fall. Recent population surveys found that rainbows are growing fast and many now average 12 inches. Unfortunately, the surveys also found a number of suckers. That means that the rotenone treatment last fall wasn't as successful as we had hoped.
Quail Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
Trout fishing has slowed down. The reservoir has been filling and is up to 90 percent capacity. The water temperature is reaching the upper-50s and low-60s. Anglers report mixed results for bass fishing because of the recent varied weather. Bass are moving up to the shallows to build nests. Fishing should pick up as the water continues to warm. Fishing is slowest on cool, windy days. Anglers have also caught a few crappie. Visit the Quail Lake website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
The water level is rising, water clarity is improving and the water temperature has risen to the low 60s. Bass fishing has heated up during the recent warm weather, but the frequent windy cold fronts have really slowed things down. Try using a variety of techniques when the fish are active. The keys to success are hitting the right depth and fishing with a pattern that you're confident about. Try looking for fish in 10 to 15 feet during warm periods and closer to 20 feet on cool days. Anglers are catching some nice-sized crappie. Recreational boaters are out in force on the weekends.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-04-17
Slow
Water releases from Piute Reservoir are up to 170 cubic feet per second.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-04-17
Fair
You may be able to access the area from Forsyth Reservoir. Ice should be coming off in Solomon Basin. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Access should be improving.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-04-17
Fair
Trout fishing is starting to slow down because of the warmer weather. Largemouth bass and bluegill are present in most of the ponds and provide better fishing during the warmer months.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
The reservoir is filling and open to boating. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers have also caught a few fish that have been in the reservoir since last year.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Access is good. The ice is coming off fast and could be gone already. Ice-off is a great time to target larger rainbow and brook trout.

 

Bookmark and Share