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Southeastern Region fishing report

By Sun Advocate

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond
Good -For the third time this spring, the pond has been stocked with rainbows that averaged over nine inches. Earlier this month we stocked 55 11-inch wipers. You can catch wipers with silver spinners. Fishing for rainbow trout has been good since the winter thaw. In the past few weeks, anglers have reported great fishing. Recently, the best trout bait has been worms. PowerBait, salmon eggs and artificial lures and flies work well too.
Cleveland Reservoir
Fair -The reservoir is completely ice free. Angler reports range from slow to hot. Weather systems moving through the area play a big role in success. Rainbows are typically large 16–20 inches and weigh two to four pounds. Tube jigs and gold spoons work well.
Electric Lake
Fair -The lake is ice free and the road to the boat ramp is dry. Angler access is good on the north and south ends of the lake. The best bait is a redside shiner that inhabits the lake. Chub meat, worms, jigs, tube jigs and spoons can also be effective.
Gigliotti Pond
Good -Fishing is good in the morning and evening. Try worms, PowerBait or salmon eggs. Some anglers have had good success with a variety of spinners and spoons. The pond should be restocked before the holiday weekend. The pond had already been stocked twice this spring, so the fish population will be more than adequate for a lot of fishing pressure during the upcoming weekend.
Huntington Creek
Fair -The best fishing is within a mile of the dam. You won’t find many fish below South Hughes Canyon because of last year’s flash floods. Fly fishing success is fair to good. Anglers have hooked into brown trout up to 17 inches in the fly-only zone. Good fly choices include leeches, woolly buggers, prince nymphs, stoneflies, beadhead uglies, caddis larvae, hare’s ear and the serendipity. Last year, 770 seven-inch cutthroat trout were stocked at the Forks of the Huntington campground, so anglers may find some of these planters in that vicinity or further up the left fork.
Huntington North Reservoir
Fair -Anglers report fair fishing for 16- to 19-inch rainbow trout. Fly anglers should use size 6–8 beadhead olive or brown woolly buggers. Anglers hoping to catch wipers should try crankbaits, rattle traps, jigs, tube jigs and spoons. The reservoir holds a fair number of four- to six-pound wipers according to recent survey results by the fisheries staff. So far this spring, we’ve stocked the reservoir twice with nine- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Try fishing at daylight for the best results.
Huntington Reservoir
Fair -Huntington — also known as Mammoth Reservoir — offers plenty of shoreline fishing opportunities. The reservoir may be entirely ice free by the holiday weekend. Tube jigs, curly tail jigs, streamers, gold spoons and Jakes Spin-a-lures have been effective. One angler recommended a sow bug imitation after seeing trout pick up live bugs near the shoreline. Fishing success has ranged from slow to hot, depending on weather conditions and other factors.
Joes Valley Reservoir
Fair -Anglers report fair fishing for splake averaging 16–17 inches and two pounds. Shoreline anglers favor the west side in the general vicinity of the Seeley Creek tributary. Tube jigs, curly tail jigs, chub meat and whole chubs are common baits. Rapalas, Kastmasters and Jakes lures are popular as well.
Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond
Good -June 11 is Free Fishing Day and the Division of Wildlife Resources will provide rods, reels, bait and instruction for anyone who wishes to fish from 8–11 a.m. The pond has been stocked three times this spring and anglers continue to report good fishing success with a variety of baits and lures.
Lower Green River
Fair -Catfish fishing is slow to hot, depending on the location, water flow and time of day. Chicken liver or commercial catfish baits work the best. Night fishing is often productive. Anglers are catching fish in the 12- to18-inch range.
Millsite Reservoir & State Park
Fair- State Park Manager Jonathan Hunt noted that Ferron Creek is running high and according to local anglers, that slows down the catch rate. Despite the high runoff, Jonathan said anglers have done fairly well from shore with worms or PowerBait. Trout up to 17 inches have been caught in May.
Potters Ponds
Fair -The ponds are accessible, but spring stocking hasn’t happened yet.
Price River
Slow -The water level is better now that water is being released from Scofield Reservoir. Because of winter dewatering of lower Fish Creek, anglers should expect to find more and bigger trout in the larger pools along the river.
Scofield Reservoir
Slow -The reservoir is ice free. You can launch a boat at the Madsen Bay or Mountain View units. On May 3, the reservoir was stocked with 12,000 eight-inch cutthroat trout. Fishing has been slow during the month of May. Nets from the gillnet survey earlier this month included tiger trout up to 21 inches and cutthroat trout up to six pounds. Cutthroat trout are the most abundant trout species at the reservoir and are readily caught with chub meat, spoons, spinners or even whole chubs. Commercial cheese baits are not effective.

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