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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
The water level has increased, and rainbow trout have been stocked. The fall, winter and spring seasons provide the best fishing at Baker because the reservoir fills and the water cools down. In addition to rainbow trout, you may find some large brown trout here.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2016-12-09
Fair
Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2017. Consult the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Lakes are listed under individual names, not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. Access is now limited by snow. Most lakes should have safe ice.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2016-12-09
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but snow is making it difficult to access the lakes.
Beaver River, Lower
2016-12-09
Slow
Flows are low and clear. You may need to be stealthy to avoid spooking the fish. Surface ice often forms and may 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
2016-12-09
Slow
This stretch of the river has a lot of anchor ice during the winter.
Boulder Mountain
2016-12-09
Fair
Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2017. Consult the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Lakes are listed under individual names, not under Boulder Mountain Lakes. Access is now limited by snow. Most lakes should have safe ice.
Clear Creek
2016-12-09
Good
Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek.
Corn Creek
2016-12-09
Slow
Snow is making it difficult to access the creek.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
Half of Duck Creek Pond has thin ice, and there is plenty of open water around the spring.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2016-12-09
Fair
Flows are below 10 cfs. Surface ice often forms in winter and may make fishing difficult. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon
2016-12-09
Fair
Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter because of spring inflow. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2016-12-09
Slow
Snow makes it difficult to access this stretch of the river during the winter.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2016-12-09
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Fish Lake
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
The marinas are iced over and there is some thin ice around the edges, but most of the lake is ice-free. Although Fish Lake sits at 9,000 feet, it takes longer to freeze over than other lakes because it is so deep. Typically, there is some safe ice between Christmas and the New Year. A few anglers are fishing from shore near the mouth of Twin Creeks and catching rainbows and splake on jointed Rapalas. They're also finding success while using leech patterns with nymph trailers. Before you visit the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
The reservoir is capped with six inches of ice. The water level has increased a lot since late summer, and plenty of fish made it through this year's drawdown. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2016-12-09
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The road from Mill Meadow to Johnson is not plowed. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2016-12-09
Slow
Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass that pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two or three years while these populations establish.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
There's thin, unsafe ice on Gunnison Bend and DMAD reservoirs.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is closed for the winter due to unsafe ice. Brian Head Pond should have safe ice, but no one has been observed fishing it.
Johnson Reservoir
2016-12-09
Slow
Access to the reservoir is not maintained in the winter. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2016-12-09
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports on ice or access. The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2017.
Koosharem Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
The reservoir is capped with six inches of ice.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports on ice or access. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2016-12-09
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 in the upper Sevier River, Asay Creek and lower Mammoth Creek. Surface ice often forms at night on these streams but can melt off by afternoon. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
The reservoir is 90-percent covered with thin ice. Safe ice is probably at least a week away. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports, but any ice is likely unsafe.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2016-12-09
Slow
There isn't much winter fishing pressure because it's difficult to access the lakes.
Navajo Lake
2016-12-09
Fair
The ice should be safe, but we haven't received any recent fishing reports from anglers. The road is closed to vehicle access until spring, which will protect work done this year to prepare for paving. Snowmobiles are okay to use.
Newcastle Reservoir
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports, but any ice is likely unsafe.
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
The reservoir is 75-percent covered with thin ice. Safe ice is likely at least a week away.
Panguitch Lake
2016-12-09
Fair
The lake is capped with four to five inches of solid ice. So far, we've received mixed reports of fishing success.
Paragonah Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but the reservoir may have safe ice. Access may be difficult due to snow. Ice fishing is typically good if you can get into the area.
Pine Lake
2016-12-09
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but the lake may have safe ice. Access may be difficult due to snow. Ice fishing is typically good if you can get into the area.
Piute Reservoir
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
The reservoir is filling rapidly and much of it is covered with thin ice. The reservoir was mostly drained again this year, and it is unknown if any fish survived.
Quail Lake
2016-12-09
Fair
Visit the state park website for the current boat ramp schedule. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. 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, drop-shot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
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, drop-shot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2016-12-09
Fair
The Piute Reservoir dam has been closed, so flows have dropped to winter levels. Surface ice often makes fishing difficult.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2016-12-09
Fair
Ice should be safe on most lakes. Access to Solomon Basin is possible from Emery County. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2016-12-09
Good
Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Stocking will continue every three to four weeks through May. Upper Tawa Pond has been drained low, though not dry, for a few weeks while maintenance work is done. Stocking will resume there once it is refilled.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
The state park reports that the reservoir is filling and is partially iced over.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
The reservoir should have four to five inches of ice by now, but snow makes it difficult to access the area.

 

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