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Early January fishing report for southeastern Utah waters

By Sun Advocate

Please remember to purchase a 2003 fishing license for any fishing trips after Jan. 1. These licenses can be purchased at any Division of Wildlife Resources office or at licensed permit dealers throughout the state.
Children under 14 may fish without a license and take a full bag and possession limit of fish. Anyone over the age of 14 however, must be in possession of a 2003 fishing permit before hitting any Utah waterway during the new year.
•Abajo and Blue Mountains. Conservation officer Randall Scheetz reports that there is no safe ice in San Juan County.
•Cleveland Reservoir. The reservoir is frozen but has not been popular among ice anglers.
•Electric Lake. The lake remains partially frozen. No report on angling success.
•Huntington Creek. The creek is mostly frozen, except where the current is strong.
The first mile below Electric Lake dam is probably the best place to fish. From Flood and Engineer’s Canyon upstream to the dam, only artificial flies may be used. The limit is two fish.
•Huntington North Reservoir. The reservoir is mostly frozen, but is still unsafe for ice fishermen.
•Huntington Reservoir (near the top of Huntington Canyon). The reservoir is frozen with 15 or more inches of ice. Good fishing continues with a variety of ice fishing tackle.
•Joes Valley Reservoir. The reservoir is frozen with several inches of ice. Conservation officer Kip Draper warns ice anglers to stay off the ice for a few more weeks.
The limit is two trout. No more than one trout may be over 22 inches. All trout 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released.
•Millsite Reservoir. The reservoir remains mostly open. No report on angling success.
•Scofield Reservoir. The reservoir continues to offer good fishing, especially at sunrise or shortly thereafter. By noon, the wind makes fishing very uncomfortable.
Most ice anglers are fishing the south end of the lake near the east side where the ice is up to 10 inches thick.
Conservation officer Stacey Taggart suggests using small, shiny lead head jigs. She recommends that anglers tip the hook with a piece of meal worm.
Fisheries biologist Justin Hart has had luck with small white or silver jigs. Many of the trout are eight to 10 inches, although a fair number range from 18 to 22 inches.
•Straight Canyon. For the most part, the creek is covered with ice. No report.

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