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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Waterbody Report
Baker Reservoir
2015-09-02
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but trout fishing typically slows down during the summer months.
Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)
2015-09-02
Fair
Most fish have moved deep, but cutthroat trout can often be caught in shallow water. Look for fishing to really pick up once the weather starts cooling down. This typically happens mid to late September.
Beaver Mountain Lakes
2015-09-02
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked in all the usual lakes. Indian Creek Reservoir was not stocked this year because of unsafe road conditions and low-water predictions.
Beaver River, Lower
2015-09-02
Fair
Fishing success usually picks up during irrigation flows. Recent surveys found some nice brown and rainbow trout. Catchable-sized rainbow trout were recently stocked.
Beaver River, Upper
2015-09-02
Good
You'll find fair to good fishing for small browns and rainbows. Small spinners and hopper-dropper combinations work great in the summer.
Boulder Mountain
2015-09-02
Fair
Most fish have moved to deep water, but cutthroat trout can often be caught cruising shallow. Look for fishing to really pick up once the weather starts cooling down. This typically happens in mid to late September.
Clear Creek
2015-09-02
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. The fingerling cutthroat we stocked in fall 2014 in the rest of Clear Creek should be eight to ten inches long by now.
Corn Creek
2015-09-02
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Corn and Chalk also have good populations of wild trout.
Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake
2015-09-02
Good
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Brood brook trout were also stocked in April. Fishing has been good to excellent this year. There's a lot of fishing pressure here on the weekends.
East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon
2015-09-02
Fair
Irrigation flows have dropped to under 60 cubic feet per second, which should improve fishing success. 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
2015-09-02
Good
Look for good to excellent fishing on dry flies and terrestrials. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
East Fork Sevier River, Upper
2015-09-02
Good
Small rainbow, brown and brook trout are abundant in the Upper East Fork Sevier and most of its tributaries.
Enterprise Reservoir, Upper
2015-09-02
Slow
The trout limit at both Upper and Lower Enterprise Reservoir has been increased to eight fish for the remainder of 2015. The irrigation company no longer expects to drain the lower reservoir completely, however the water is low, and fishing is reported as slow.
Fish Lake
2015-09-02
Good
Summer fishing is good to excellent, depending on what you're targeting. Trolling, jigging and bait fishing are producing well for rainbow trout, with a few splake mixed in. Pop gear and worms, small Rapalas and flies have produced well for trollers lately. Jigging near the bottom (outside the weeds) is providing fast fishing for perch. Tip your jigs with a nightcrawler or perch meat for the best success. Remember that there is no limit on perch in Fish Lake, and you are encouraged to harvest as many as you can. Anglers are catching a few lake trout both by trolling and jigging. The largest fish reported last week weighed 32 pounds. Keep in mind that lake trout fishing requires a lot of patience. Before you go to the lake, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 or Bowery Haven Resort at 435-638-1040 to check on current conditions.
Forsyth Reservoir
2015-09-02
Slow
Most of the water was drained from the reservoir because of a malfunction in the outlet. It appears most of the fish were lost downstream. The reservoir is slowly filling again, but it's not clear how many fish are left. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Fremont River
2015-09-02
Good
Fishing is good with hopper-dropper rigs above Mill Meadow Reservoir. The lower Fremont is running murky and fishing is slow. Dry fly fishing is good in other nearby streams like UM and Sevenmile. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Gunlock Reservoir
2015-09-02
Fair
Due to an increasing population of illegally introduced smallmouth bass — which pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers — Gunlock Reservoir will be treated with rotenone Oct. 6. For the remainder of the year, daily bag limits have been increased. You may now keep up to 12 largemouth bass (no size restriction); 16 channel catfish; and an unlimited number of crappie, bluegill and black bullhead. There is also no limit on smallmouth bass, and you are required to keep all the smallmouth bass you catch. Largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie will be restocked in 2016.
Gunnison Bend Reservoir
2015-09-02
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports.
Iron County Community Fisheries
2015-09-02
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills), Woods Ranch, Parowan Pond, Forebay Pond and Brian Head Pond. Catfish have been stocked in Leigh Hill and Parowan Pond. Fishing is fair to good at all locations.
Johnson Reservoir
2015-09-02
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Kolob Reservoir
2015-09-02
Fair
Kolob Reservoir is open to bait fishing until Sept. 12. Fishing is fair to good. Major road construction will take place on the Kolob Terrace road through October and will limit access to the reservoir. You can find closure schedules online. Access has been good on weekends.
Koosharem Reservoir
2015-09-02
Fair
A recent population survey found cutthroat trout up to six pounds and rainbow trout up to three pounds. Try trolling near the dam with chub-imitating lures. Ten-inch rainbow trout have been stocked.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
2015-09-02
Hot
Anglers report fast fishing with size 12 woolly buggers. Also try flashy spinners and lures, as well as natural baits like nightcrawlers. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Mammoth Creek
2015-09-02
Fair
Flows are generally low and clear in Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River, except after rainstorms. 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
2015-09-02
Fair
The water level has come up again and the reservoir is nearly full. The fish are deep, but fishing is still good. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good success with double renegades, brown woolly buggers and zug bugs. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Minersville Reservoir
2015-09-02
Good
The water level has dropped quite a bit and clarity has decreased. Rainbow trout are still active, especially during midge hatches. When there are no hatches, fish streamers deep. The trout are in very good condition, but it is best to limit fight and handling time to avoid hooking mortality in the warmer water. Smallmouth bass fishing is good. Interestingly, fly anglers are picking up some bass, while bass anglers are catching some rainbows on plastics. Remember that plastics must be unscented and unsalted to comply with tackle restrictions at Minersville.
Monroe Mountain Lakes
2015-09-02
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes. Manning Meadow Reservoir typically provides good fishing in later summer and fall. Fish with streamers or flashy lures in the upper end.
Navajo Lake
2015-09-02
Fair
Splake fishing has slowed down with the warmer weather. Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and should provide fair to good results.
Newcastle Reservoir
2015-09-02
Good
Wiper fishing is fair to good. There seems to be no single technique that produces consistently. Nightcrawlers, cut bait, jigs and trolling have all caught wipers at times. Fishing has been good to excellent for trout. Try anchoring near the dam and fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom in depths of around 25 feet. Rainbows are very healthy and put up a good fight
Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park
2015-09-02
Fair
Reservoir capacity is at 34 percent, but the boat ramp is still open. The north end bays are getting pretty shallow and weedy. Anglers report fair fishing for rainbows from boats (trolling) and the shore (PowerBait). Fish the steeper shorelines around the south end points and state park, as trout vacate the shallow shorelines during the summer.
Panguitch Lake
2015-09-02
Fair
Fishing is fair from the shore and boats. There are many anglers fishing the lake on weekends.
Paragonah Reservoir
2015-09-02
Fair
Bait fishing is slow. Remember that the rainbow trout here are wild and don't take bait as well as lures and flies.
Pine Lake
2015-09-02
Fair
Rainbow trout have been stocked.
Piute Reservoir
2015-09-02
Slow
Most of the reservoir has been drained for irrigation needs.
Quail Lake
2015-09-02
Fair
Bass fishing is fair to good. Try fishing early or late to avoid the head and boat traffic. Visit the Quail Creek State Park website for the current boat ramp schedule. The water temperature is in the low 80s.
Sand Hollow Reservoir
2015-09-02
Hot
Bass fishing is good to excellent. Top-water fishing is producing well in the early morning. Drop shots and swim baits are a good bet when the fish head deeper as the water heats up. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic. The water temperature is in the low 80s.
Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon
2015-09-02
Fair
The flows have dropped to about 40 cubic feet per second now that Piute Reservoir is mostly drained. Fishing should pick up with the lower flow.
Thousand Lake Mountain
2015-09-02
Good
The fish have moved to deeper water at most lakes, so a float tube is very helpful. Leech patterns and nymphs on a sinking line are producing best. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
Tropic Reservoir
2015-09-02
Fair
Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
Washington County Community Fisheries
2015-09-02
Fair
Largemouth bass and bluegill are present is most ponds and provide fair to good fishing during the warm months.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
2015-09-02
Slow
Fishing is slow because of the low water and heavy weed growth.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
2015-09-02
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing with small woolly buggers on a sinking line. Rainbow and cutthroat trout are caught as the fly is sinking, while brook trout are caught near the bottom.

 

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