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Southeastern Utah Fishing Report

By Sun Advocate

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (June 21) Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports that rainbow trout fishing has improved at local reservoirs. Foy and Monticello have been fishing well with dry flies and a clear bobber. Bait anglers have had good luck with marshmallows or PowerBait. Largemouth bass have been hitting on tube jigs at Blanding #3. The pike bite has been good at Recapture Reservoir. Gold lures have provoked good bass action there.
CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (June 14) The pond was stocked on June 10. Fishing is good. Try using nightcrawlers and PowerBait in sparkle rainbow, chartreuse or lemon twist. The Free Fishing Day community event on June 8 was very successful in terms of how many people attended and how many fish they caught.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (June 28) On June 26, Tom Ogden flyfished from a kick boat from 3:30-5:30 p.m. In those two hours, he caught 11 rainbow trout that ranged from 11-17 inches long. Tom used size 4 sinking line and a variety of wet flies, including size 6 beadhead woolly buggers and soft-hackle flies and size 4 olive leeches. Tom indicated that seven of the trout were 16-17 inches long and were obviously holdover fish from 2012.
DUCK FORK RESERVOIR: (June 28) On June 22, Tom Ogden flyfished from a kick boat for five hours. He caught four tigers and 14 cutthroats. All trout ranged in size from 13-18 inches. Tom used fast-sinking line and beadhead woolly buggers, leeches and soft-hackle flies. Most fish were caught in 15-24 feet of water near the bottom.
ELECTRIC LAKE: (June 28) The best fishing occurs in the early morning or evening. Aquatics Technician Tyrel Mills recommends a Jakes lure in gold or silver. Redside shiners are also effective and can be caught in minnow traps at the lake. Sportfish Biologist Calvin Black recommends using dog food to bait the trap. On June 24, Tom Ogden flyfished for 5.5 hours and caught five cutthroats and three tigers, all ranging from 15-17 inches. He used fast-sinking line and soft-hackle flies, woolly buggers, leeches or Canada blood leeches – all with beadheads.
FAIRVIEW LAKES: (June 28) Chet Andersen, board member of the Cottonwood-Gooseberry Irrigation Company, reports that remodeling of the dam at Fairview lakes is scheduled to begin on July 1. The dam is made of earth and needs to be strengthened. Complete dewatering is expected by July 18.
FERRON RESERVOIR: (June 21) The reservoir was recently stocked and anglers report good fishing with baits, lures and flies. Worms, Jakes lures and nymphs have been especially effective.
GIGLIOTTI POND: (June 28) Fishing has been good or very good in the past few weeks. The best baits have been PowerBait with glitter (in chartreuse or rainbow), nightcrawlers or both of these baits. The best artificial flies have been mosquito and woolly bugger patterns.
HUNTINGTON CREEK: (June 28) The Seeley Fire – and the subsequent flooding and erosion – killed all fish in the creek. The creek will not be restocked this year.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (June 21) Fishing for wipers and bass has been fair with jigs and silver spoons. Fish early in the day to avoid the disturbance from other water recreationalists
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (June 28) On June 26, Tom Ogden flyfished from a kick boat on the upper end from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. During that time, he caught 40 tiger trout, ranging from 12-17 inches. He used size 4 sinking line with a beadhead woolly bugger or soft-hackle fly. He also used a size 4 beadhead olive leech. Tom fished in 15-25 feet of water, and most fish were caught near the bottom. Tom talked to two anglers from Sanpete County. They had their limits of trout by noon. The pair had been trolling with pop gear and a worm.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (June 28) On June 25, JD and a partner fished for eight hours. During that time, they caught three tiger muskies that ranged from 24-35 inches. They were caught on the west side and in the middle of the reservoir, using a silver Jakes or Kastmaster. They also caught 20 splake along the rock wall on the east side. They first located a school with a fish finder, and then jigged with tube jigs, tipped with chub meat. Most splake were 14-15 inches long.
LOWER FISH CREEK: (June 14) Walt Maldonado reported good fishing with black leech or wooly bugger patterns in black or olive green. He suggests drifting the fly through undercut banks.
LOWER GREEN RIVER: (June 14) Walt Maldonado reported great catfishing near the town of Green River. He recommends using chicken livers, nightcrawlers or commercial catfish baits. The best locations have been above Swasey’s Beach and south of town in Little Valley. Try dropping your line in backwaters or eddies for best results.
MILLER FLAT RESERVOIR: (June 14) The reservoir was stocked this past week. Expect good fishing for the 8- to 10-inch stocked rainbow trout.
POTTERS PONDS: (June 14) On June 2, each pond was stocked with 900 10-inch rainbow trout. Expect good fishing with artificial flies, baits and spinners.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (June 28) On June 28, Tom Ogden flyfished on the west side from 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. He fished in water that was about 15 feet deep. In that time period, he caught two small rainbows and nine cutthroats, one of which weighed three pounds, 10 ounces. The rest of the cutts ranged from 11-13 inches. Along with the trout, he caught 32 chubs. Tom fished with size 2 sinking line and used size 6 beadhead soft-hackle flies.

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