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Southern Region report

Information compiled by Mike Hadley

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Baker Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is nearly full, and rainbow trout have been stocked. The fall, winter and spring seasons provide the best fishing at Baker. Those are the times of year when the reservoir is filling and the water temperature is cooler. In addition to rainbow trout, some large brown trout also live here. (01-19-17)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2017. Consult the Utah Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Lakes are listed under individual names, not Boulder Mountain Lakes. Access is limited by snow, and all lakes are iced over. (01-19-17)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports, but snow is making it difficult to access the lakes. (01-19-17)

Beaver River, Lower

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. (01-19-17)

Beaver River, Upper

Slow

You'll find a lot of anchor ice during the winter months. (01-19-17)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Some Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2017. Consult the Utah Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go to see which lakes are closed. Lakes are listed under individual names, not Boulder Mountain Lakes. Access is limited by snow. All lakes are iced over. (01-19-17)

Clear Creek

Fair

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek. (01-19-17)

Corn Creek

Slow

Snow is making it difficult to access the creek. (01-19-17)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports. (01-19-17)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

Flows are below 10 cubic feet per second. Surface ice often forms in the 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. (01-19-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

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. (01-19-17)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Slow

Snow makes it difficult to access the upper stretches of the river during the winter months. (01-19-17)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports on access or ice thickness. (01-19-17)

Fish Lake

Good

The Fish Lake Perch Tournament will be held on Jan. 21, though weather and slush will make for some challenges. Please read the latest update on the Facebook event. Keep in mind that if you decide to avoid the weather frustrations on Saturday, many prizes will still be available for tagged perch caught throughout the winter and into the summer. Ice thickness varies across the lake. The south end and extreme north end have the thickest ice at eight to ten inches. From the Fish Lake Lodge to Joe Bush, you'll find six inches of ice. The last open water at Joe Bush has finally frozen and is currently three inches thick. Use caution if you head out to deeper water. ATVs and snowmobiles are not recommended at this time, and will not be allowed at the tournament. Slush conditions are bad in some areas. Fishing is good to excellent for perch and small trout outside the weedline in 10 to 25 feet of water. If you're targeting perch, 15 feet is the most consistent depth. Don't hesitate to move around until you find an active school. Use small ice flies, jigs and jigging spoons tipped with mealworms, wax worms, nightcrawler or perch meat. Artificial imitations like Berkley Gulp maggots are also working well. Larger rainbow and splake trout can be found at 25 to 50 feet and are often caught suspended at those depths over deeper water. For splake, use a little bit larger jigs and tip with perch, sucker or chub meat. Corn is now legal to use as bait at Fish Lake. Remember, however, that chumming is illegal and that corn cannot be used at other nearby waters. Corn is considered effective bait for kokanee salmon, so try tipping a small jig or ice fly with a single kernel and fish it suspended over deep water. Corn is also turning out to be effective for rainbow trout and perch. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 for current conditions. (01-19-17)

Forsyth Reservoir

Fair

The ice is safe, but watch out for slush. Fishing is slow to fair. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-19-17)

Fremont River

Fair

We haven't received any recent reports. 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. (01-19-17)

Gunlock Reservoir

Slow

Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in October 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass. The bass posed a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie, but fishing opportunities will be limited for two or three years while these populations grow. (01-19-17)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

The ice is likely to be unsafe. (01-19-17)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Good

Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is closed for the winter due to unsafe ice. Brian Head Pond has safe ice. One angler reported fast fishing for small rainbow trout. (01-19-17)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

Winter access is not maintained. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-19-17)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir should have safe ice. The road is not maintained in the winter, so access is usually restricted to snowmobiles unless snow is scarce. The reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 2017. (01-19-17)

Koosharem Reservoir

Fair

The ice is safe, but there haven't been any recent fishing reports from anglers. (01-19-17)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir should have safe ice, but winter access is limited by snow. Ice fishing is usually fair to good, if you can get into the area. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-19-17)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

The 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 it can melt off by afternoon. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-19-17)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report 14 inches of ice from the boat ramp to the Fremont River inlet. Fishing is slow to fair. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-19-17)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

The ice is deteriorating and there is plenty of open water near the boat ramp. Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout in the open water. (01-19-17)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

There isn't much winter fishing pressure because it's difficult to access the lakes. (01-19-17)

Navajo Lake

Fair

You can access the lake by snowmobiles only. The ice is 18 to 24 inches thick with a couple feet of snow and slush on top. Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and some nice splake. (01-19-17)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent reports, but the reservoir likely has unsafe ice. (01-19-17)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The is deteriorating and even cold temperatures this week have not helped. The ice is six to seven inches thick but there are several spots of open water, and the edges are weak. Few anglers are fishing the reservoir, and those who have ventured out had to use planks to access the ice. Fishing has been slow, so the risk is not worth it. (01-19-17)

Panguitch Lake

Good

The ice is eight to ten inches thick with some snow and slush on top. Anglers are finding the best success by fishing in water that's at least 15 to 20 feet deep (and even as deep as 40 feet). Cutthroat trout are really active right now and can be found throughout the water column at those depths. Remember that fish are very sensitive to increased fishing pressure during the winter, so the dense groups of anglers ringing the shallows often push active fish out to deeper water or to less-accessible areas, like the west end. Tipping jigs with shrimp or cut bait (chubs, suckers, anchovies or minnows) is producing the best success. A fish finder can really help you see individual fish as they come through and adjust your depth. Don't feel obligated to use small tackle either, as these cutthroat are still hitting larger jigs. If you'd prefer to catch some rainbows to take home, fish with smaller jigs and tip them with standard baits (mealworms, wax worms, nightcrawlers or PowerBait). (01-19-17)

Paragonah Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir should have safe ice, but snow can make access difficult. Ice fishing is usually fair to good, if you can get to the reservoir. (01-19-17)

Pine Lake

Fair

The lake should have safe ice, but snow can make access difficult. Ice fishing is usually fair to good, if you can get to the lake. (01-19-17)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

Although the reservoir is now filling, it was mostly drained again this past year. It is unknown if any fish survived. (01-19-17)

Quail Lake

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 caught 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, dropshot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (01-19-17)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Slow

Bass activity slows down with the cold weather, but a few nice fish are still caught 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, dropshot rigs and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (01-19-17)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

The Piute Reservoir dam has been closed, so flows have dropped to winter levels. Surface ice often makes fishing difficult (01-19-17)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

The ice should be safe on most lakes. Access to Solomon Basin is usually possible from Emery County, although you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access the area. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-19-17)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (01-19-17)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Stocking will continue every three to four weeks through May. (01-19-17)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The state park reports that the reservoir is filling and is partially iced over. (01-19-17)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Should have safe ice, but winter access is limited by snow. Ice fishing is usually fair to good if you can get there. (01-19-17)

 

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