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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. We haven't received any recent fishing reports from anglers. (11-02-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 19. See the Boulder Mountain report for techniques/tackle. (11-02-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

We haven't received any recent fishing reports from anglers. (11-02-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (11-02-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant and you can catch them with small spinners and flies. (11-02-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Several Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2019. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed. Snow has limited access to some areas, especially the Boulder Top. Recent cold temperatures have also resulted in thin ice on many lakes. Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (11-02-18)

Clear Creek

Good

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Good to excellent fishing is reported with dry flies and nymphs. (11-02-18)

Corn Creek

Fair

Catchable-sized tiger trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-02-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Slow

We haven't received any recent fishing reports from anglers. (11-02-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Good

Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have ended and the flow is below 20 cfs — perfect for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-02-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-02-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

The East Fork and most of its tributaries upstream of Tropic Reservoir have abundant brown, rainbow and brook trout and can provide some great fishing opportunities with flies, lures and natural baits. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove nonnative fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three to four years. (11-02-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir so only small boats can be launched. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs. (11-02-18)

Fish Lake

Good

Harvest of kokanee salmon is closed through Nov 30. Fall is a great time to hit Fish Lake as trout get more active and there are less crowds. Rainbow trout are being caught trolling with popgear or Rapalas. Perch fishing is still providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline in 10 to 20 feet and fish with small jigs tipped with nightcrawler. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest all the perch that you catch. You can also try jigging in 40 to 80 feet for splake, tiger and larger rainbow trout. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (11-02-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has mostly filled after being drawn fairly low earlier in the summer. It appears that a fair amount of trout survived the low water, though fishing is still slow right now. (11-02-18)

Fremont River

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-02-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Good

Visit the Gunlock State Park website for boat ramp hours. Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good for fish up to two pounds. A few crappie have also been caught recently. The fish re-stocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Look for conditions to continue to improve at Gunlock over the next year. (11-02-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Good

Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good success with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with nightcrawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits. (11-02-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Rainbow trout have been stocked at Lake at the Hills in Cedar City. (11-02-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

The water level has dropped with irrigation releases and the water is murky. Fishing is slow and there aren't many anglers out. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-02-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was mostly drained and treated with rotenone to remove illegally stocked yellow perch, green sunfish and bluegill. Trout will be re-stocked as early as possible in spring 2019. (11-02-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has been completely drained for irrigation use. (11-02-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

We haven't received any recent fishing reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-02-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-02-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

We haven't received any recent fishing. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-02-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Trout fishing is fair. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Drifting nymphs under a strike indicator can also produce. (11-02-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes (Big, Deep, Anabella). (11-02-18)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows using Power Bait from boats. Water level is fairly low and weeds are thick, making shore fishing tough. Look for splake to start getting more active with cooling water temperature, though they are often tough to catch while attempting to spawn. (11-02-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing. (11-02-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is slowly filling, but is still at just 17 percent of capacity. Look for fishing to improve as the water cools and the reservoir fills. (11-02-18)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Look for shore fishing to improve as the water cools and trout move into the shallows to feed. Avoid areas with large concentrations of algae. (11-02-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Good

Tiger trout are growing well and providing some fun action. Anglers have reported good success with flies and lures for fish up to 12 to 15 inches. (11-02-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

We haven't received any recent reports, but look for fishing success to improve as the water cools down. (11-02-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is still at 3 percent capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout available. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, making boat launching very difficult. (11-02-18)

Quail Lake

Fair

Bass fishing is fair to good. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques. (11-02-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Largemouth bass fishing is fair to good. Bass are holding in 30 to 40 foot depths. Spinnerbaits, swim baits, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged soft plastics are all good choices. (11-02-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Releases from Piute Reservoir are at 50 cfs, providing ideal flows for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-02-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

Fair fishing reported at Round Lake for rainbow trout. Fast fishing at Neffs Reservoir for abundant brook trout. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-02-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Slow

The water level is very low. (11-02-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing through the summer. Trout stocking will begin soon. (11-02-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is slowly filling. We haven't received any recent fishing reports. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, our biologists are asking that you voluntarily release them so that they can spawn. (11-02-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout are abundant and providing fair to good fishing. Fishing deep with marabou jigs, woolly buggers, Gulp minnows and nightcrawlers can be particularly effective for brook trout. (11-02-18)