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Southeastern Utah fishing report for August

By Sun Advocate

Anglers are now able to keep bluegill and largemouth bass at the Gigliotti Pond. On July 11, an emergency change was made, allowing fishermen to keep six largemouth bass and 50 bluegill. The trout limit is eight. This change will remain in effect until August 31.
There are some false rumors being spread that the fish limit has been doubled at Petes Hole, Potters Ponds and Duck Fork Reservoir. The daily bag and possession limits identified in the 2002 fishing proclamation remain in effect.
The daily bag and possession limits for trout have been doubled at Cleveland, Miller Flat reservoirs, Ken’s Lake,Lloyd’s Lake, Monticello Lake, and Recapture Reservoir. These regulations are in effect until November 1. Anglers are encouraged to harvest the trout they catch so that these fish are not wasted.
•Abajo Mountains. Foy Reservoir continues to provide good fishing with bait and lures. Best fishing occurs in the early morning and evening. Morning and evening fishing has been good at Monticello Reservoir, where the limit has been raised to eight fish, until November 1. Baits and spinners are recommended. Fishing has slowed down at Blanding number three. At Recapture Reservoir, rainbow trout fishing remains fair for boat anglers trolling with spinners. Trolling with crankbaits may catch northern pike. The daily bag and possession limits have been doubled at Recapture Reservoir until November 1, due to probable draining. The daily bag and possession limits for all game fish have also been doubled at Lloyds Lake until November 1, due to low water conditions and expected loss of fish. Fishing has been fair.
•Benches Pond. This pond is stocked every three weeks until fall. Try dry flies in the evening. Good baits include PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. Conservation officer Stacey Taggart describes fishing success as fair.
•Boulger Pond. This pond shares the same stocking schedule as Benchs Pond. Try PowerBait, or worms and marshmallows. In the evening, try dry flies. Fishing has been fair.
•Cleveland Reservoir. The daily bag and possession limits have been raised to eight fish until November 1. Anglers are encouraged to harvest the fish before the reservoir drains, which is expected by mid-August. Fishing has been fair for anglers using PowerBait or worms.
•Colorado River. The river continues to provide good fishing for catfish up to three pounds. Preferred baits include shrimp, worms and liver.
•Duck Fork Reservoir. Conservation officer Kip Draper urges fishermen not to believe a rumor being circulated about the limit being doubled and bait restriction removed. No such change has occurred yet. Fish may only be caught with artificial flies and lures. The trout limit remains at two. Tributaries are now open to fishing. Last week, angler Tom Ogden caught 25 trout in six hours using a small damsel fly nymph pattern or small leech pattern.
•Electric Lake. Fly fishermen using float tubes or pontoon boats have had success in the evenings with dry flies. Boats cannot be launched this year. The ramp is more than a half mile from flat water. Tributaries opened on July 13. The trout limit is two. Flies and lures only.
•Ferron Reservoir. Conservation officer Kip Draper describes fishing as good with worms tipped with fish eggs. Last week a six pound, 27 inch trout was caught. Anglers are encouraged to harvest the illegally introduced brook trout, which may eventually overpopulate the lake, resulting in small fish in poor condition. All tributaries opened on July 13.
•Gigliotti Pond. Because of leaks, the water level in the pond has dropped dramatically. The pond will need to be drained completely to fix the problem. The harvest of all fish species is now being allowed so that most of the fish will not be wasted. The trout limit is eight, the largemouth bass limit is six, and the bluegill limit is 50. As of September 1, limits and restrictions identified in the 2002 fishing proclamation will resume.
•Gooseberry Reservoir. Fishing has been slow due to elevated water temperatures and lowering water level.
•Huntington Creek. Fishing success has been spotty with baits and lures. Fly fishing has been much better with a size 12 Prince nymph, Renegade or Ugly. The limit is two trout in the fly only zone. Anglers on the left fork of the Huntington must use artificial flies and lures. Harvest of brown trout on the left fork is encouraged, where the limit is four fish.
•Huntington Game Farm Pond. A few trout remain in this pond, according to Conservation officer Kip Draper. Anglers are encouraged to take some home. The limit is four trout, 10 bluegill, and four bass, but only one bass larger than 15 inches. Limits are the same for all licensed anglers and unlicensed anglers under 14 years of age.
•Huntington North Reservoir (near the city of Huntington). Except for the early morning, fishermen will be competing with water recreationalists. Jigs have been working well for largemouth bass, where the limit is two. All bass over 12 inches must be immediately released.
•Huntington Reservoir (near the top of Huntington Canyon). Fly fishermen have done well using black bead head leeches. Tiger trout range from 12 to 16 inches. Bait fishing has been slow. Release of tiger trout is encouraged so that fish can grow larger. Any brown trout caught should be harvested. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout and trout with cutthroat markings.
•Joes Valley Reservoir. Very little fishing pressure. Anglers are mostly catching Utah chubs. Anglers are encouraged to release all larger splake for control of the abundant Utah chub population. The splake limit is two fish. All splake between 15 to 20 inches must be immediately released.
•Lake Powell. The Lake Powell fishing report home page is: http://www.wayneswords.com. DWR biologist and project leader, Wayne Gustaveson, updates fishing conditions at this website weekly. He provides detailed information on locations, tackle and techniques for each species in the lake. In 2002, an unlimited number of striped bass may be kept. The smallmouth bass limit is 20, and the largemouth bass limit is five.
•LaSal Mountains. Fishing remains good at Ken’s Lake in the mornings with worms and spinners. The daily bag and possession limit for Kens Lake has been doubled for all game fish until November 1 due to low water conditions and expected loss of fish. Good fishing continues at Dark Canyon for anglers using PowerBait. Hidden Lake remains an excellent spot. Fish eggs, PowerBait and worms are recommended. Dons Lake has been fair to good for tiger trout and splake. Meyers recommends flies or an orange flat fish lure. Medicine Lake has been stocked and has been good with baits and lures. Blue Lake has been very good for rainbows and brook trout with yellow Roostertail spinners and flies.
•Lower Fish Creek. Flows from Scofield Reservoir have been favorable for fly fishermen. The road to the DWR property is open.
•Miller Flat Reservoir. Fishing has been fair to good with Rooster tails or a fly and bubble. The daily bag and possession limits have been raised to eight trout to help anglers harvest the trout before the reservoir drains.
•Petes Hole. Trout have been feasting on a damsel fly hatch, which has dampened fishing success. Try a fly and bubble or Jake’s Spin-a-Lure. The daily bag and possession limit is four trout.
•Potter’s Ponds. Fishing success remains fair to good. A recent damsel fly hatch has reduced the catch rate.
•Scofield Reservoir. Shoreline fishing has ranged from slow to good. Early morning is the best time to fish. Louis Berg, aquatics manager recommends rainbow PowerBait on the east side. Boat anglers have been experiencing fair to good success, trolling with pop gear or still fishing with PowerBait. Early morning hours are best. Fly fishermen have done well with a size 14 Prince nymph or size 10 to 12 leech pattern in green or brown. The average fish size is about 15 inches. All tributaries are open to fishing.
•Upper Fish Creek and other Scofield tributaries. Angling success has been excellent for trout averaging 10 inches using worms. Most larger fish have moved back into the reservoir now that the spawn is over. Best times to fish are early morning and evening.
•Willow Reservoir. Fishing success has been fair.
•Wrigley Springs Reservoir. Fishing continues to be good with a fly and bubble or Jake’s Spin-a-Lure.

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