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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
The reservoir typically has open water throughout the winter. There is some ice, but it's not safe and it won't last long if the weather warms up at all. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and there are also some large brown trout present.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-02-11
Fair
Some of the lakes are closed to fishing until April 2016. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to find out which ones are closed. All of the lakes should have safe ice, but access is limited by snow.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-02-11
Fair
Access is limited by snow, but one angler reported that he was able to get to Kent's Lake on a snowmobile. Fishing was good and steady during mid-day. The angler caught a lot of small rainbows and a few tigers up to 16 inches.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-02-11
Slow
Flows are low and clear. You may need to be stealthy to avoid spooking fish. Surface ice often forms and could make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Beaver River, Upper
2016-02-11
Slow
This stretch of the river has a lot of anchor ice during the winter.
Boulder Mountain
2016-02-11
Fair
Some of the lakes are closed to fishing until April 2016. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to find out which ones are closed. All of the lakes should have safe ice, but access is limited by snow.
Clear Creek
2016-02-11
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is complete, and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Fingerling cutthroat stocked in the state park in fall 2014 now measure eight to ten inches. You'll find larger fish above the Narrows.
Corn Creek
2016-02-11
Slow
Snow is making it difficult to access the creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-02-11
Fair
The ice is thin, and there's a still a lot of open water. Parking is limited, so please avoid parking on the highway.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-02-11
Slow
Water flows are below 10 cfs. Surface ice often forms in winter and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen this time of year, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. 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
2016-02-11
Fair
Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter due to spring inflow. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen this time of year, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2016-02-11
Slow
Snow can make it difficult to access this stretch of the river.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-02-11
Fair
The last storm dumped two feet of snow on the area, so access to the reservoir is difficult. The ice is six to seven inches thick over most of the reservoir, but a little thinner around the edges. The water level is still very low and fish are congregated in the deepest water. Try to find at least ten feet of depth. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows, once you find the right depth. Anglers are even catching a few smallmouth bass. The ice is not as stable at the lower reservoir.
Fish Lake
2016-02-11
Hot
Fish Lake has received a lot of snow this winter, and various agencies have been working hard to keep access and parking open. The last storm kept Highway 25 closed for several days. It is now open, but if the wind blows, it can drift over at any time. Four-wheel drive is recommended. We had a great turnout at the perch tournament, but there are still about 30 prizes left for those lucky anglers who catch tagged perch. To be eligible, be sure to check in at the Lakeside General Store before you go fishing. The ice is 14 to 16 inches thick over the entire lake. Fishing is good to excellent with a wide variety of opportunities. Anglers are catching a lot of perch and small trout near the weedline in 15 to 20 feet of water. Remember: there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest as many perch as possible. For bigger trout, try moving out to 25 to 45 feet or fish 20 feet down over deep water. You can catch more trout than perch by suspending your bait a few feet off the bottom. Small, light-colored jigs and ice flies are working best. Tip them with mealworms, wax worms, nightcrawlers or perch meat. Many anglers have reported an increase in the number and quality of splake this year. Winter is a great time to target lake trout. Try fishing on the bottom in 80 to 100 feet with large jigs or spoons tipped with cut bait like perch, chub, sucker or minnow. Don't be afraid to try dark colors as they are surprisingly visible at that depth. Sonar can be key to seeing the fish and reacting to their behavior. You'll also need a lot of patience. It's pretty typical to catch a few pups and get a couple of hits from larger fish during a day's fishing. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-02-11
Slow
The reservoir was mostly drained last summer due a malfunction in the outlet. It is unclear how many fish were lost. Access is difficult because of deep snow and drifts. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-02-11
Fair
The road is plowed to the first restroom past Mill Meadow. The warm weather has opened up some water on the upper Fremont and fish are actively feeding in the deeper pools. The Bicknell Bottoms is ice-free. Winter is a good time to fish here because the mud is frozen. Fishing is still challenging, but you can catch some nice-sized fish if you have a lot of patience. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-02-11
Slow
Due to an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which posed a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016, but fishing opportunities will be limited for a couple of years while these populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but there may be safe ice on Gunnison Bend and DMAD because of the cold temperatures.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-02-11
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-02-11
Slow
There's very little ice-fishing pressure because it's difficult to access the reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2016-02-11
Slow
Access is limited because of snow. Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2016.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-02-11
Slow
The ice is more than 12 inches thick. Access is difficult because of deep snow. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing success, but anglers are catching some nice fish through the ice. The southwest shoreline was recently posted closed to trespassing by the landowner, but public access remains available through the BLM land near the restroom.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
If you can get there, the reservoir should have safe ice and fair to good fishing. Winter access often requires a snowmobile or ATV. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-02-11
Fair
Trout get a little sluggish in winter, but fishing can be fair to good if you target deep pools. Whitefish can also provide good winter fishing. Surface ice can limit fishing on Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
The road is plowed to the first bathroom past the reservoir. The ice is eight to 12 inches. Forsyth is spilling, so the water level is rising and the edges could be soft. Historically, fishing improves when the reservoir is filling. Fishing is slow to fair, but anglers are catching some very nice rainbows (up to 18 inches and three pounds). Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
The ice is 12 to 13 inches thick with about six inches of snow on top. The edges are a little soft because of rising water level. Fishing for small and medium-sized rainbows is fair to good near the dam. Fishing in a dark tent helps you see when the fish bite and get a good hook set. Otherwise, it may be hard to hook up on the light bites. Anglers are catching a few bigger fish this winter.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-02-11
Slow
There isn't much winter fishing pressure because it's difficult to access the area.
Navajo Lake
2016-02-11
Fair
Access to the area is difficult because of snow. Fishing is fair to good for splake in the early morning.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
There's safe ice, but the thickness is unknown. Fishing for rainbows is slow to fair.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-11
Fair
The ice is more than 14 inches thick. Fishing success has slowed, as it typically does late in the winter. Anglers are still catching some very nice rainbows. Most are in the two- to three-pound range, but some are up to six pounds. PowerBait is often the most popular bait, and nightcrawlers, shrimp, wax worms and mealworms are also producing. The bite is fairly light.
Panguitch Lake
2016-02-11
Fair
The ice is more than 15 inches thick, but there is slush in some areas, so be careful where you drive ATVs and snowmobiles. Heavy fishing pressure has slowed fishing down in the shallow areas. Remember to change up your tactics to find active fish, or entice sluggish fish to bite. The best way to increase your catch rate is to move out to deeper water, as deep as 30 feet. You can find fish throughout the lower half of the water column in deep water. You're most likely to catch cutthroat in the middle of the lake, however. If you're after rainbows to take home, using a fish finder and moving around frequently in the shallows will help you find fish willing to bite. You may want to leave the ice shelter at home so you can be more mobile. You can also try changing up your tackle (size, color, etc.), bait (try small pieces of frozen minnows) or depth in the water column (try fishing halfway down, instead of right on the bottom).
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
Access is difficult because of the snow. If you can get to the reservoir, you should find safe ice and fair fishing.
Pine Lake
2016-02-11
Fair
If you can get to the lake, you should find safe ice and fair fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2016-02-11
Slow
The reservoir was mostly drained last summer for irrigation needs.
Quail Lake
2016-02-11
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing for shore and boat anglers. See the Sand Hollow report for cold-weather bass techniques. Visit the Utah State Parks website for the current boat ramp schedule.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-02-11
Slow
Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still picked up every year during the colder months. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet down) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. Warm days can trigger good fishing during the winter, so watch the forecast closely.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-02-11
Fair
Water flows are running at about 90 cfs, which may keep the river ice-free and easier to fish.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-02-11
Fair
Ice fishing is typically good, if you can get there. You can access Solomon Basin from Emery County, but you'll likely need a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
Snow makes it difficult to access the reservoir during the winter months.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-02-11
Fair
Rainbow trout will be stocked in each pond about every two weeks from now through April. You should find fair to good fishing.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-02-11
Slow
The reservoir has iced over, but there are no reports on ice thickness or fishing success.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-02-11
Fair
Snow makes it difficult to access this area during the winter months. If you can get to the reservoir, you should have safe ice and fair fishing.

 

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