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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. The reservoir is mostly full.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-02-27
Fair
There have been changes to the seasonal closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most lakes are now open year-round, but check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes are listed under their own names, not under the Boulder Mountain Lakes heading. All lakes are ice-capped, but snow is making it difficult to access them.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-02-27
Slow
All lakes are ice-capped, but snow is making it difficult to access them.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-02-27
Fair
Slow-moving runs have less oxygen in the winter, so target areas 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.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-02-27
Slow
Anchor ice often makes winter fishing difficult.
Boulder Mountain
2015-02-27
Fair
There have been changes to the seasonal closures for Boulder Mountain lakes in 2015. Most lakes are now open year-round, but check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed for the winter. Also, note that lakes are listed under their own names, not under the Boulder Mountain Lakes heading. All lakes are ice-capped, but snow is making it difficult to access them.
Clear Creek
2015-02-27
Fair
Removal of non-native trout in the Clear Creek drainage is now complete, and stocking of Bonneville cutthroat trout is in full swing. Your best chance to find catchable-sized fish will be above the Narrows. Fingerling cutthroat stocked last fall in the rest of Clear Creek will be six to eight inches long by summer.
Corn Creek
2015-02-27
Slow
Snow is limiting access to the creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
There's open water around the spring. Be very careful on the ice.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-02-27
Fair
The river is ice-free, and the flow is up to 17 cfs. Slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target areas with fast-moving water in between deep pools. 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
2015-02-27
Fair
Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter due to spring inflow. Slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target areas 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
2015-02-27
Slow
Snow is limiting access to this part of the river.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-02-27
Fair
Both reservoirs are ice-free. The upper reservoir is fairly low. Anglers report fair to good fishing.
Fish Lake
2015-02-27
Good
Ice is still safe across the entire lake. There are a number of pressure ridges that should be avoided, and these are the only obstacles to getting on the ice. Fishing is still good to excellent for perch and small trout near the weedline in 15–25 feet of water. Larger rainbows and splake can be caught at 25- to 35-foot depths, on the bottom or suspended at the same depths over deep water. Remember, there is no longer a limit for perch at Fish Lake, and perch caught here can be disposed of in any manner. Anglers are encouraged to remove as many perch from the lake as they can. Lake trout can be caught on the bottom in 70–100 feet of water, but it requires a lot of patience. Sonar can be very helpful in deep water, whether you're fishing on the bottom or suspended. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-02-27
Unstable ice
The ice has been weakening for a couple of weeks now and may no longer be safe. There is quite a bit of open water around the springs, and fish are active. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-02-27
Good
Anglers report good fishing in the upper Fremont (above Mill Meadow) with midge patterns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
The boat ramp is closed until April 1. The water level is up to 70 percent, and the water temperature is nearing 50 degrees.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-02-27
Fair
The Lake at the Hills (Leigh Hill Reservoir) is open, and fishing for trout is fair with PowerBait.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
It is difficult to access the reservoir during the winter months. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May. Winter access is typically limited to snowmobiles, and the reservoir doesn't get much ice-fishing pressure. Major road construction will be taking place on the Kolob Terrace road from now through October and will limit access to the reservoir. Visit the Zion National Park website for closure schedules.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is gone. There haven't been any recent reports, but ice-off is a good time to target large cutthroats and rainbow trout from the shoreline.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is off, and the reservoir is accessible with four-wheel drive. The road has 10–12 inches of snow in the thick forest, decreasing to almost nothing at the reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-02-27
Fair
Surface ice has receded on Mammoth Creek, the Sevier River and Asay Creek with recent mild temperatures. 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. Recent surveys found good numbers of brown trout, rainbow trout and whitefish in the upper Sevier River (in Hatch) and Asay Creek (along Hwy. 89). Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2015-02-27
Unstable ice
There's a lot of open water, and the remaining ice is unsafe. Anglers report good fishing in the open water (especially the inlets) with streamers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is gone, and anglers have shared mixed reports. Many fly anglers report slow fishing with nymphs, while others have had found fair to good success with streamers. One angler also mentioned better success after getting out into deeper water.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-02-27
Slow
There hasn't been much winter fishing pressure because snow makes it difficult to access the lakes.
Navajo Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is safe, but access is limited to snowmobiles. Winter is a great time to target splake.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
The ice is gone, and we've had one recent report of slow fishing.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-02-27
Slow
Most anglers report slow fishing, although a few of them have caught some very nice-sized fish. Rainbows up to six pounds have been caught since the ice came off a few weeks ago. You'll find the best success before 11 a.m. Also, fly anglers seem to be picking up a few more fish.
Panguitch Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
Despite recent mild temperatures, the edges have hardened, and the ice is still 10 to 12 inches thick. If the cold weather pattern continues, we may have another two or three weeks of ice fishing left. Fishing varies from fair to good and the bite is light, so keep an eye on the pole tip. Most trout are well fed and in great condition. Success is slow to fair near the shore, with the best success coming before 10 a.m. Heavy pressure has pushed most of the more active fish to deep water, and you can find better success while fishing in the middle of the lake. Fish can be found throughout the water column in deep water. Sonar can be very helpful. Most fish in the middle are cutthroats, but there are some rainbows as well. When the fishing is slow, try something different. Move away from the crowds and experiment with different depths, techniques and bait.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
Based on reports from Yankee Meadow, there may still be some good ice, but access will be difficult after this week's snowstorm.
Pine Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
The lake was accessible by truck before the last snowstorm, but it may be more difficult to reach now. Anglers report fair to good fishing.
Piute Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice has been off for about three weeks now. There haven't been any recent fishing reports. Approximately 100,000 rainbow trout were stocked after the draining and rotenone treatment last fall, and more will be stocked soon. We've also recently stocked 14-inch brown trout.
Quail Lake
2015-02-27
Fair
Visit the state park website for the current boat ramp schedule. To catch bass, target deep water (20–30 feet) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when fished slowly. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked, and shore fishing has been fair to good with bait.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
The water temperature was reaching the low 50s, but the warm-up has slowed since the snowstorm earlier this week. Fishing is slow, but a few nice bass have been caught lately. Target deep water (20–30 feet) with a slow-moving presentation. Senkos, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits can be effective when fished slowly.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice has retreated with recent warm weather. The flow is up to 115 cfs with some releases from Piute Reservoir. Slow-moving runs have less oxygen in the winter, so target areas with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-02-27
Fair
Ice fishing is often good in the Solomon Basin lakes, but access is only possible from the Emery County side. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-02-27
Slow
It can be difficult to access the reservoir during the winter.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-02-27
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked every two to three weeks. Fishing is fair to good with all techniques.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
The ice is gone, and catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked soon. Anglers are catching a few of the rainbows left over from last year.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-02-27
Fair
Before last week's snowstorm, the reservoir was accessible, the ice was still 10–12 inches thick and fishing was good to excellent for rainbows, cutthroats and brook trout. The snow is now making it difficult to access the reservoir.

 

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