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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Fair

There are no recent fishing reports. Catchable sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (11-29-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 19. Lakes are icing over and snow is starting to limit access. (11-29-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Snow is making access more difficult. There are no recent fishing reports. (11-29-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-29-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. You can catch them with small spinners and flies. (11-29-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Several of the Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2019. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed. Lakes are icing over and snow is limiting access. Anglers report more than seven inches of ice and fast fishing for brook trout at Donkey Reservoir. You will need an ATV to access Donkey due to the creek crossings being iced over. (11-29-18)

Clear Creek

Good

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Fishing is good to excellent with nymphs and small streamers. (11-29-18)

Corn Creek

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-29-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Slow

Thin ice covers about 40 percent of Duck Creek Pond. (11-29-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Good

The water flow is below 15 cfs, which is 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. (11-29-18)

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. (11-29-18)

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. These areas 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 non-native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three or four years. (11-29-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. There are no recent fishing reports. (11-29-18)

Fish Lake

Fair

Harvest of kokanee salmon opens again on Dec 1. The ice is starting to form around the edges and the marinas are locked in. December is a tough time at Fish Lake. It's difficult to launch a boat and we are still waiting for safe ice. Due to the depth of the lake, it takes Fish Lake longer to get cold enough to freeze than shallower waters nearby. The first safe ice usually shows up by the end of December—though it often takes a week or two more for the whole lake to cap. If you're brave enough to launch a pontoon, the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports fast fishing for rainbow trout using olive and brown leeches. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (11-29-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

There are two to four inches of ice by the dam; the rest of the reservoir is open. Fishing is slow. (11-29-18)

Fremont River

Slow

The road from Mill Meadow Reservoir to Johnson Reservoir is not plowed. Fishing has slowed down with the end of the brown trout spawn. (11-29-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good for fish up to two pounds. Anglers have caught a few crappie recently. The fish restocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Look for conditions to continue to improve over the next year. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for boat ramp hours. (11-29-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Lake at the Hills typically closes as soon as ice forms. (11-29-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

There is a thin ice cover over most of the reservoir. Access roads are not maintained during the winter. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-29-18)

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 restocked as early as possible in spring 2019. (11-29-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has been completely drained for irrigation use. (11-29-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that there is thin ice with enough open water to fish. Fishing is fair. Access was good a few days ago, but could be limited by the weekend storm. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-29-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible from there. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (11-29-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

There is thin ice from the boat ramp to the Fremont River inlet. Fishing is fair in the open water using brown leech streamer patterns. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-29-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is not maintained during winter. (11-29-18)

Navajo Lake

Slow

The lake has capped with ice, but the thickness is unknown. Access is getting limited due to snow. (11-29-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

There is thin ice covering much of the reservoir, but there is still enough open water for some shore fishing. Safe ice is probably at least a couple of weeks away. (11-29-18)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Thin ice covers about 70 percent of the lake, but it will probably take a couple of weeks for safe ice to form. There is still plenty of open water for shore fishing, which has been good to excellent lately. You can catch rainbow trout with popular baits, like PowerBait or nightcrawlers. If you're targeting larger cutthroat and tiger trout, try using dark green tube jigs, swimbaits and cut bait. Fly fishing with streamers is also producing well. (11-29-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Good

Ice is starting to form, but there has still been enough open water to fish for the active tiger trout. Look to access to get a little more difficult with the forecasted storms. (11-29-18)

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 at 7 percent capacity and is rising very slowly. (11-29-18)

Quail Lake

Fair

Bass fishing is fair to good. Spinnerbaits, swim baits, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged soft plastics are all good choices. (11-29-18)

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. (11-29-18)

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. (11-29-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

There are no recent reports. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (11-29-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Slow

The water level is very low. (11-29-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Trout stocking has begun and will continue periodically through the cold months. (11-29-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is slowly filling. There are no 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, we request that you release them so that they can spawn. (11-29-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Access is getting tougher with each snow storm. Some ice has started to form, but the reservoir has not completely capped yet. Rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout are abundant and providing fair to good fishing. Fishing deep with marabou jigs, wooly buggers, Gulp minnows and nightcrawlers can be particularly effective for brook trout. (11-29-18)