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Southeastern Utah Fishing Report

By Sun Advocate

BOULGER RESERVOIR: (July 12) Fishing is good with rainbow-sparkle PowerBait, worms or a combination of both. For best results, fish during the cool of the morning or evening.
CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (July 12) On July 3, Lt. J Shirley took his daughter and her friend fishing. Shirley reported excellent fishing. They caught 10 rainbow trout in 45 minutes using rainbow PowerBait and small silver Jakes. Because of high summer temperatures and an absence of shade, it’s always best to fish in the early morning or late evening. Target deeper waters and suspend your bait just off the bottom. You can also try a worm and marshmallow or a worm with PowerBait. Chartreuse or rainbow sparkle are the best PowerBait colors.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (July 12) On July 3, Tom Ogden and his partner fly-fished in kick boats from 2:15-3:30 p.m. and caught three rainbow and one cutthroat trout, all in the 15- to 17-inch range. They used fast-sinking line and bead head wooly buggers, leeches or soft hackle flies. Tom fished in 15 to 30 feet of water. He was beyond casting distance from the shore. Tom urges anglers to fish from a watercraft in deeper water. Bank anglers won’t have much success.
ELECTRIC LAKE: (July 12) Fishing is fair, with early morning or evening being the best time to fish. Aquatics Technician Tyrel Mills recommends a gold or silver Jakes lure. Redside shiners are also effective bait. You can catch them in minnow traps at the lake using dog food as bait.
FAIRVIEW LAKES: (July 12) Because of a dam repair project, the lakes will be drained before the end of July. The daily bag and possession limits have been doubled to eight trout. The change in bag and possession limits will remain in effect until January 1, 2014.
FERRON CREEK: (July 12) Fishing is good below the reservoir using mosquito or nymph patterns.
FERRON RESERVOIR: (July 12) Fishing is fair to good for anglers using worms and PowerBait or worms with marshmallows. For best results, fish during the cool of the day.
GIGLIOTTI POND: (July 12) Fishing is good. The best baits have been chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait with sparkles, nightcrawlers or a combination of both. The best artificial flies have been mosquito and wooly bugger patterns.
GRASSY LAKE: (July 12) Fishing is usually good at this higher-elevation pond in July using a variety of baits, lures and artificial flies.
HUNTINGTON GAME FARM POND: (July 03) Restocking occurred in May, but there hasn’t been much fishing pressure. Fishing should be fair to good if you’re out on the water near sunrise.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (July 12) Summer water sports and recreational boaters dominate the reservoir throughout the summer months. Anglers should fish at dawn and then travel to higher elevations during the day and in the evening.
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (July 12) On July 3, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly-fished from kick boats at the upper end of the reseroivr from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. They caught 41 tiger trout, ranging from 12 to 17 inches, using fast-sinking line and bead head wooly buggers, leeches or soft hackle flies. The fish were in 15 to 25 feet of water, and none of the fish were within casting distance from shore. Tom talked to a husband and wife who had fished from shore and had not had any bites. Shoreline anglers will be at a distinct disadvantage at this time of year, unless they fish at dawn. As the morning advances, fish retreat to deeper water. This reservoir is also known as Mammoth Reservoir.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (July 12) On June 28, Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black fished the reservoir from a boat. He recommends fishing around the rocks near the shoreline for tiger muskies. Because of the size of these fish and the clarity of the water, you can see them hiding behind structure. Black suggests working crankbaits in front of the muskies to provoke a strike. For splake, Black recommends fishing from a boat in 40 to 50 feet of water using tube jigs tipped with chub meat.
LOWER FISH CREEK: (July 12) On July 9, Walt Maldonado reported good fishing with a Panther Martin spinner. The best color pattern had a yellow body with red spots and a gold blade. Fly anglers should try using a green wooly bugger drifted under over-hanging banks.
MILLER FLAT RESERVOIR: (July 12) You’ll find the best fishing along the dam. Try using worms or PowerBait.
MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 12) On July 7, Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson fly-fished from kick boats in the upper part of the reservoir from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They caught nine rainbow, eight cutthroat and two splake trout; all in the 14- to 17-inch size range. Tom and Perry used fast-sinking line with size 6 bead head wooly buggers and leprechauns. Tom watched several other anglers trolling or fishing from anchored boats. None appeared to be catching fish.
PETES HOLE: (July 12) Traditionally, fishing is good during the summer using baits, lures or artificial flies. Carry an assortment, just in case.
POTTERS PONDS: (July 12) The ponds are well stocked. Try fishing at dawn or near dark for the best fishing. Artificial flies that match the hatch are usually productive.
RIGHT FORK OF HUNTINGTON CREEK: (July 12) The creek hasn’t had fish since the Seeley Fire last year, and won’t be restocked until next year at the earliest.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (July 12) On July 5, Tom Ogden fly-fished on the east side from 1-3 p.m. He caught two tiger trout, five cutthroat trout and six chubs. All of the trout were 13 inches long. The chubs were about the same size. Tom used #2 sinking line and size 6 bead head soft hackle flies or wooly buggers.
In general, fishing is slow from the shore during the summer. If possible, fish from a boat and target deep water or use a graph to locate schools of fish. The islands are traditionally good places to anchor and fish from the bottom. The algal bloom can be a problem for those trolling in the shallower areas of the reservoir. Chub meat remains the bait of choice. for tiger and cutthroat trout. Rainbow trout can be caught with worms or PowerBait. Spincasters should start with a gold Jakes, and then switch to silver. If that doesn’t work, try Kastmasters, then Triple Teasers or Panther Martins.
Scofield Reservoir has special regulations, including a slot limit. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
SOUP BOWL: (July 12) Try using traditional baits, then move on to artificial flies if the baits fail. Spincasters will have to reel in quickly to avoid hooking aquatic vegetation.
STRAIGHT CANYON CREEK: (July 12) Fly anglers have the best luck in deeper hole and nearby runs.
WILLOW LAKE: (July 12) Fishing is good. Be sure to fish in the early morning for best results.
WRIGLEY SPRINGS RESERVOIR: (July 12) Fishing is fair. Try fishing early or late in the day with worms or PowerBait.

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