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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Slow

The water level is very low with a heavy algae bloom. (07-20-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for technique and tackle recommendations. (07-20-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Fishing is slow to fair. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all the usual lakes. We have received reports of sick and dying fish at Puffer Lake — likely due to warm water and low oxygen associated with low water levels. Anglers have also observed dead fish at Kent's Lake, likely due to the same issues or hooking mortality. (07-20-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Fishing should be improving with irrigation release flows. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (07-20-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant. You can catch them with small spinners and flies. (07-20-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Fishing is fair across the mountain, though you may have to try multiple lakes to find active fish. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like night crawlers or cutbait. Natural bait is especially effective for large tigers and splake. Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs along with your favorite dry patterns. Most of the Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (07-20-18)

Clear Creek

Fair

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Fishing is good wherever the water flows are clear. (07-20-18)

Corn Creek

Fair

Catchable-sized tiger trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. (07-20-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Expect heavy fishing pressure on weekends. (07-20-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Slow

Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have increased the water flow over 200 cfs, which is making fishing difficult. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-20-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Expect murky water flows after rainstorms. Look for fair to good fishing. Terrestrial flies can provide exciting action during the summer. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-20-18)

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. The trout 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. (07-20-18)

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 you can only launch small boats. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs. (07-20-18)

Fish Lake

Good

Fishing for rainbow trout — either by trolling pop gear and a worm or still fishing bait from boats — has been slow to fair. Kokanee fishing has been fair to good for nice salmon up to two pounds. Anglers are using squids trailed behind dodgers or pop gear. They're using downriggers or leaded line to get down to the right depth. Try varying depths and watch the fish finder until you find the exact depth that the salmon schools are focusing on. 50 to 65 feet has produced best lately. Perch fishing is fast just outside the weeds at depths of 15 to 25 feet. Use small jigs tipped with nightcrawler or perch meat. Some lake trout can also be caught trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 30 to 80 feet. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 before you go for up-to-date reports and conditions. (07-20-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

Forsyth Reservoir has been almost completely drained for irrigation needs. (07-20-18)

Fremont River

Fair

Water flows are up a little on the upper Fremont with releases from Johnson Reservoir. (07-20-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass. Smallmouth pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small- and medium-sized largemouth bass (10 to 12 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. Visit the State Parks website for open hours. (07-20-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Good

Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good fishing with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with nightcrawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits. (07-20-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

We have observed some die off of both rainbow trout and catfish in Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond because of the hot weather. (07-20-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

Water level is dropping with irrigation releases and the water is getting murky. Fishing is slow to fair for tiger muskies. There is not much fishing pressure. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-20-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Fair

The water level is very low because of winter releases and poor snow pack. Minimal water will be released through the summer, so hopefully the level rises or at least maintains. Fishing is fair to good. A recent netting survey found lots of trout: about 75 percent were 12- to 14-inch cutthroat with a handful up to 21 inches. Unfortunately, it also appears that someone illegally introduced bluegill and green sunfish. The bluegill are unlikely to establish, but we could see a population of green sunfish. Hopefully the water temperature will be cold enough to keep the numbers low and avoid negative effects on trout. Bait fishing is allowed until September 8. Remember: the limit allows you to keep two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches. You must immediately release all trout between 15 and 22 inches. (07-20-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow, but you can catch a large fish if you put in some time. Rainbow trout have been stocked. (07-20-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-20-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so you cannot access Mammoth Creek from there. Water flows can get murky in Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River after rain storms. (07-20-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Rainbow trout have been stocked, but there are no recent reports of fishing success. A recent netting survey found that suckers are abundant and trout are suffering due to competition. Brown trout are also abundant, but are fairly skinny. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-20-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is slow to fair. Trout have moved away from the shorelines, so anglers on boat and float tubes are finding better results. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Surface action on midges is common on calm mornings and evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with the best fishing at dawn and dusk. (07-20-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes (Big, Deep, Anabella). (07-20-18)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows using PowerBait from boats. (07-20-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during the early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. Anglers are catching a few smallmouth and wipers. (07-20-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is at 43 percent of capacity and dropping steadily. Trout have moved away from shore and fishing is better from boats. Trolling with pop gear has been fair to good. Still fishing PowerBait from a boat is also popular. In a boat, focus on 20 to 30 feet of water. If you're fishing from shore, focus on the steeper areas at the south end. (07-20-18)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good from boats, and slower from shore because trout have moved out to deeper water. Most anglers are fishing with bait from boats. (07-20-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow lately. We conducted a netting survey recently to assess potential loss of fish after last year's flooding following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been significantly reduced, though a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, tiger trout stocked last fall (13,000 were stocked) have survived very well and have grown to 10 to 11 inches. (07-20-18)

Pine Lake

Slow

Rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing pressure has been high and fishing has slowed down. (07-20-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

Because of the extremely low water level, the daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight for the rest of 2018. The reservoir is down to 5 percent capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout available, so it may be worth trying to fish the reservoir before its drained completely. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, which makes it very difficult to launch a boat. (07-20-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass fishing is fair to good. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques. (07-20-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Hot

Bass are very active and providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crank baits and ned rigs. Anglers are catching bass from both boats and shore. Topwater action can be particularly exciting at dawn and dusk. Bluegill are also getting active. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic. (07-20-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Slow

The water flow is over 250 cfs, which is making fishing difficult. (07-20-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Fishing is fair to good at Meeks and Floating Island lakes. Fishing is fast at Neffs Reservoir for brook trout, which are abundant. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (07-20-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is good, despite the low water level. (07-20-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing through the summer. (07-20-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The water level is dropping quickly and there have been some trout dying due to warm temperatures. Fishing is slow to fair for bass and bluegill. The boat dock has been pulled due to low water level. 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. (07-20-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is slow to fair using bait from the shore. You can find fair to good action catching rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout by fishing streamers and lures from float tubes or boats. We conducted a netting survey recently and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It doesn't appear that any fish were lost to fire effects and the lack of fishing pressure last summer has created a stockpile of fish this year. (07-20-18)