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Southeastern Utah Fishing Report

By Sun Advocate

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (September 13) Conservation officer Dennis Shumway reports slow fishing across San Juan County because of the low water levels, high air and water temperatures and aquatic moss.
BENCHES POND: (September 13) Kathy Jo Martinez reported fair to good fishing last weekend. Try using nightcrawlers or salmon eggs.
BLUE LAKE: (September 09) This small pond adjacent to Grassy Lake offers excellent fishing for tiger trout up to 15 inches. Kathy Jo Martinez fished last weekend and reported explosive action using live grasshoppers as bait.
BOULGER RESERVOIR: (September 13) Last weekend, aquatics manager Justin Hart fished with his two sons. Justin said that they hooked so many 10- to 13-inch rainbow trout so quickly that his boys grew tired of the repetition. They used a gold and red Mepps spinner. Kathy Jo Martinez also fished at the reservoir last weekend. She report good fishing – especially with chartreuse PowerBait.
CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (September 09) The pond was stocked with 1,000 11-inch rainbow trout on Aug. 27. Try fishing in the early morning for best results.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (September 05) Fishing is slow from a boat or the bank. However, on Sept. 2, Tom and Steve Ogden fly fished from kick boats from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and caught 16 rainbow trout and one 6-inch cutthroat trout. The rainbows ranged from 12 to 16 inches in length. Tom and Steve used wooly buggers, soft hackle flies and leeches. All of the flies had bead heads and were fished from sinking line.
ELECTRIC LAKE: (September 13) Fishing is slow, but aquatics biologist Nate Owens interviewed one angler reported good fishing using redside shiners from the bank.
GIGLIOTTI POND: (September 13) The pond was stocked with more than 1,000 11-inch rainbow trout on Aug. 27. Expect good fishing using a variety of baits, lures or artificial flies.
GOOSEBERRY RESERVOIR: (September 13) Last weekend, aquatics manager Justin Hart and his boys reported good fishing using gold and red Mepps spinners. The Harts caught rainbow and cutthroat trout ranging from 10 to 13 inches in length. The reservoir was stocked with 1,250 9-inch rainbow trout on Sept. 5.
GRASSY LAKE: (September 09) Both Andy Urbanik and Kathy Jo Martinez fished the lake last weekend and reported good fishing for rainbow and tiger trout. Most anglers do well with a variety of baits, flies and lures. Try using PowerBait, nightcrawlers or Jakes lures.
HUNTINGTON CREEK: (September 09) The entire creek is devoid of fish because of the Seeley fire. There have been multiple flash floods and landslides since the fire that have make the creek environment toxic for fish. Fish will not be stocked until the watershed revegetates and stabilizes.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (September 13) Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fished from kick boats on Sept. 9 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. They used fast sinking line and a variety of fly patterns, the best of which was a bead head leech in olive and yellow. Tom and Perry caught six chubs and two 13-inch wipers in 4.5 hours.
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (September 05) Fishing is slow from the shoreline. Anglers who are fishing from watercraft have done better. Spincasters have done fairly well with popgear and worms. On Aug. 30, Tom and Steve Ogden fly fished from kick boats from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and caught 33 tiger trout, ranging from 7 to 18 inches in length. They used sinking line and size 6 to 8 bead head soft hackle flies. Tom recommends letting out 50 to 60 feet of line and pumping the rod periodically while trolling.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (September 09) Conservation Officer JD Abbott recommends trolling or casting Jakes Spin-a-lures or Kastmasters. He suggests varying the depth of your lure and speed of your retrieve until the strikes become more consistent.
Andy Urbanik reports fluctuating splake fishing. The rocky east side has been especially productive. Anglers generally have better success by fishing with chub meat from a boat in deeper water.
On Aug. 27, the reservoir was stocked with 3,000 3-inch tiger muskies. Some tiger muskie are now approaching the 40-inch minimum length required for harvest. A few may have reportedly met that minimum.
LA SAL MOUNTAINS: (September 09) Conservation Officer TJ Robertson reported good fishing at Oowah. He suggests using PowerBait, Jakes lures or Roostertails.
LOWER FISH CREEK: (September 09) Kathy Jo Martinez reports good fishing for brown trout ranging from 12 to 15 inches. She has had good luck using wooly buggers, black gnats and moth imitations.
MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (September 13) On Sept. 8, Tom Ogden fished from a kick boat along the dam for 1.5 hours and caught only three trout. When he moved to the upper reaches of the reservoir he caught 32 trout in 3.5 hours, including splake, cutthroat and rainbow trout. The fish were all 12 to 16 inches in length. Tom fished in 6 to 12 feet of water using fast-sinking line and leech, blood leech or soft hackle fly patterns with size 4 or 6 hooks – and all with bead heads.
PETES HOLE: (September 09) Anglers report good to excellent fishing using a variety of baits, lures and flies.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (September 13) Last weekend, Kathy Jo Martinez and her family reported fair fishing along the shoreline using chub meat as bait.
SOUP BOWL: (September 09) Fishing is good for smaller-sized, 8- to 12-inch trout. Worms and PowerBait have been popular.

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