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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers are sending mixed reports of fishing success. (05-17-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Access is good to all lakes. Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for effective techniques and tackle. Dougherty Basin is closed to fishing until July 14. (05-17-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Good

All gates are open on the Kents Lake loop, but you may find some wet spots or an occasional snowdrift up high. Access is great up to the Kents lakes. We completed netting surveys this week at the Kents lakes and found plenty of fish, even before the spring stocking. Lower Kents Lake (Tushar) has good numbers of holdover rainbows and brook trout. Middle Kents Lake has lots of tiger trout, with a handful of rainbows and cutthroat. We even caught an 11-pound tiger — really, that's not a typo! Upper Kents Lake had the best average size and condition, with plenty of quality-sized cutthroat and brook trout. Now is the time to fish the upper lake before the algae blooms begin. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in most lakes in the upcoming weeks. (05-17-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Fishing should be improving with irrigation release flows. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (05-17-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Slow

The river is still a little high with runoff, but clarity has improved and fishing is possible. Look for runoff to subside in the next two to three weeks. (05-17-18)

Boulder Mountain

Good

All lakes below the rim are accessible and ice-free. The Boulder Top should be accessible by early June. You can find fair to good fishing across the mountain. Spin anglers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's lures and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait. (This is especially effective for large tigers and splake.) Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (05-17-18)

Clear Creek

Fair

The creek is flowing at around 45 cfs with runoff, although it has decreased some in the last few days. Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. You can find good fishing as long as flows remain clear. (05-17-18)

Corn Creek

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports, and the gates should be opened soon. (05-17-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Both lakes are ice-free, and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Expect heavy fishing pressure on weekends. (05-17-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

Limited releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have begun, and the flow is up to 35 cfs. This flow is still fishable, and fishing should remain fair to good until it increases to 100 cfs. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Runoff has subsided, so look for fair to good fishing. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

Access is good, and runoff has subsided. The East Fork and most of its tributaries upstream of Tropic Reservoir have abundant brown, rainbow and brook trout. They can provide some great fishing opportunities whether you're fishing with flies, lures or 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 to four years. (05-17-18)

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 only small boats can launch. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Anglers report slow to fair fishing. (05-17-18)

Fish Lake

Good

Although the 2018 Fish Lake Perch Tournament was canceled, you still have a chance to win a prize. If you catch a tagged perch, take it to the Lakeside Marina Store and you will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the end of the summer. The ice is completely gone, and boats are launching. Spring is one of the best times of the year at Fish Lake. Rainbow trout are shallow and can be caught trolling outside the weedline. Perch fishing can be fast just outside the weeds in 15 to 25 feet of water. Use small jigs tipped with nightcrawler or perch meat. For splake, move out to 30- to 60-foot depths, use larger jigs and jigging spoons, and tip them with perch meat. You can also catch some lake trout while trolling lures that imitate rainbows and chubs in 30 to 80 feet of water. Before you visit the lake, call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 for up-to-date reports and conditions. (05-17-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is full. A recent netting survey found abundant splake and tiger trout in phenomenal condition. These fat, healthy fish are active and are providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are having the best success from boats and float tubes, fishing on the bottom in 10 to 15 feet of water. Fly anglers are having success dragging streamers along the bottom, catching mostly tigers. Spin anglers can catch plenty of both species with Gulp Minnows or swim baits tipped with cut bait. The steep west shoreline gets little pressure and can provide great action from a boat. Shore anglers have found fair fishing with nightcrawlers, jigs and Gulp minnows. (05-17-18)

Fremont River

Fair

Flows are a bit faster on the upper Fremont because Johnson Reservoir is full and spilling. (05-17-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is open during daylight hours on weekends. Visit the Gunlock State Park website for open hours. The reservoir was treated with rotenone in 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 restocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches long) are now abundant and can provide some fun action. (05-17-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Good

Gunnison Bend Reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. 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. (05-17-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond. Fishing is fair to good. (05-17-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is full, and the water should be clearing up any time. Look for tiger muskie to get more active as the water clears and the weeds grow, from now to early June. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Fair

The water level is very low due to winter releases and poor snowpack, but minimal water will be released through the summer. Hopefully, the reservoir rises or at least maintains its current water level. Fishing is fair to good. A netting survey this week found lots of trout (about 75 percent cutthroat) at 12 to 14 inches, with a handful up to 21 inches. Lots of larger fish are also running up the stream right now to spawn. 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 establish. Hopefully, the water temperature will be cold enough to keep the numbers low and avoid negative effects on trout. Bait fishing will be allowed beginning May 19. Remember that the limit allows the harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches — all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. (05-17-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. Spring is one of the best times to fish here. Rainbow trout have been stocked. (05-17-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Good

Access is 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. (05-17-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Runoff should subside in Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River at any time. (05-17-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is full. Rainbow trout have been stocked, and fishing is fair to good. 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. (05-17-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good lately. Trout are moving away from shorelines so boats and float tubes are producing better results. Surface action on midges has been common on calm evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with the best fishing at dawn and dusk. Look for smallmouth bass to get more active at any time. We conducted our annual fish population survey recently and found good numbers of rainbow trout from 16 to 22 inches. These larger fish are in great condition and are very fat. Rainbows stocked last fall also experienced good survival. Results were encouraging despite poor water levels in recent years. Utah chub numbers have been severely reduced by wipers, reducing competition with trout and leading to better growth and survival. (05-17-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Access is good to the Box Creek reservoirs, and rainbow trout have been stocked. The north-end lakes should be stocked soon. Manning Meadow Reservoir is closed to fishing until July 14. (05-17-18)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Fishing for splake is slow to fair. Splake are very healthy and aren't feeding regularly, but some nice fish can be caught if you can entice them to hit. Focus on the dike and steeper shorelines. Cut bait, jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait are the best tackle for splake. Rainbow trout that made it through the winter are fairly aggressive and will hit small lures. More rainbows will be stocked soon. (05-17-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Fishing for trout has been picking up from boats trolling and casting lures. Anglers are also catching a few smallmouth and wipers. Fishing is slower from shore. We conducted a fish population survey recently and found great results for rainbow trout. Rainbows stocked last fall are abundant and are now about 10 to 12 inches long. We also found a fair number of larger rainbows, up to 20 inches long. These fish are in great condition and seem to be growing well, despite low water levels in recent years. (05-17-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Good

The reservoir is at 80 percent of capacity. Look for trout to be moving away from shorelines with the warming water temperatures. If you're fishing from shore, focus on the steeper areas at the south end. Fishing is fair to good. Our annual netting survey yielded standard results — lots of fat, healthy rainbows, with two primary size classes at 10–12 inches and 16–19 inches. Some fish that weighed more than five pounds have also been caught lately. (05-17-18)

Panguitch Lake

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good from the shore and from boats, but boat fishing will soon be better as the trout move to deeper water for the summer. Our annual netting surveys found plenty of healthy trout. More large rainbows are available this year, possibly due to low ice-fishing pressure during the winter. (05-17-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Fair

We recently conducted a netting survey to assess potential loss of fish after last year's flooding, following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been substantially reduced, although a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, 13,000 tiger trout stocked last fall have survived very well and are now 10–11 inches long. Anglers can look forward to some good fishing this year for tiger trout, with an occasional rainbow in the mix. (05-17-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

The water is very clear, and trout are actively cruising the shoreline. Rainbow trout have been stocked. (05-17-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

Due to the likelihood of the reservoir being drained this year, the daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight fish through the remainder of 2018. Suckers are still abundant, despite repeated water fluctuation in recent years. Rainbow trout were stocked last fall, but will likely experience poor growth and survival. (05-17-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Bass are getting more active and moving up into the shallows to spawn. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques. (05-17-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Hot

Bass are very active and providing good to excellent fishing. Anglers are finding fair to good success with senkos, crankbaits and ned rigs. They are catching bass from boats and from the shore. Topwater action can be particularly exciting at dawn and dusk. Fishing early and late can also help you avoid pleasure boat traffic. (05-17-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Slow

The flow is near 400 cfs, which makes fishing difficult. (05-17-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Good

Access is good to the Solomon Basin lakes. Anglers report fair to good fishing at Meeks and Floating Island lakes. There haven't been any recent reports on access to the south-end lakes, but they may very well be accessible. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (05-17-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (05-17-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Look for trout fishing to slow as water temperatures increase over the next few weeks. Bass and bluegill will become more active, however, and should provide fair to good fishing. (05-17-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is filling. Rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing fair to good fishing. Largemouth bass are also becoming more active. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn this spring. (05-17-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is full and pretty murky due to runoff from the fire area. We conducted a netting survey recently and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It appears that no fish were lost during the fire (and subsequent runoff), and the lack of fishing pressure last summer has created a bonus stockpile of fish to be caught this year. Fishing is fair to good. (05-17-18)