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Southeastern Utah Fishing Report

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ABAJO MOUNTAINS No recent report. Last week, fishing at Monticello Lake was slow to fair. Worms were the best bait. Fishing at Foy Reservoir was good, where most trout were caught on worms, PowerBait and small spinners. Lloyd's Lake was slow. Fishing was poor at Recapture Reservoir.

BENCHES RESERVOIR Fishing has ranged from fair to good. Better success occurs at dawn and dusk. Rainbow trout are 10-12 inches long. Anglers have been using PowerBait, worms, or a fly and bubble. Good PowerBait colors have been green, yellow, or rainbow sparkle. Fly fishermen have done well with a brown leech pattern.

BLUE LAKE (by Grassy Lake) Fishing ranges between poor and good, depending on time of day and angler experience.

BOULGER RESERVOIR Fishing success has ranged between fair and good. Try a straight nightcrawler fished with a full bubble, or cast silver spoons off the dam. Fly fishermen might try either an olive leech or crystal bugger with sinking line. Other popular baits include salmon eggs or PowerBait in orange or yellow colors. The tributary is closed until July 9.

CLEVELAND RESERVOIR Fishing has been fair with a worm and slip sinker. Anglers trolling from a boat have had luck with Mepp's spinners or Roostertails. A good cheese bait has been Zeke's Sierra gold in yellow or orange.

DUCK FORK RESERVOIR Fishing continues to be very good. Tiger trout range between 5 and 20 inches with an average of 14-15 inches. Best fishing occurs in the early morning or just before dark. The best lure continues to be a gold Jake's Spin-a-Lure. Good fly patterns include the renegade, mosquito, and green wooly bugger. Special regulations apply. Artificial flies and lures only. Closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. The tiger trout limit is two fish. Tributaries are closed until July 9.

ELECTRIC LAKE Fishing success has been sporadic. Cutthroats range generally between 12 and 16 inches. Good bait choices include a dead redside shiner or minnow fished in front of a full bubble, or a nightcrawler/salmon egg combination. A good lure has been a brown and black marabou jig near the inlet. Good fly patterns include red crystal buggers or red leeches. Tributaries are closed to fishing until July 9 to protect spawning cutthroat trout.


FERRON RESERVOIR Fishing continues to be poor to fair. One fly fisherman had luck with a green sparkle leech. A bait fisherman did well with green PowerBait. One float tuber had luck with a tube jig. Brook trout are most commonly caught. They range between 12-13 inches. Tributaries are closed until July 9 to protect spawning trout.

GIGLIOTTI POND No recent report. Last week, fishing was good to excellent for anglers using silver Jake's Spin-a-Lures or common baits.

GOOSEBERRY RESERVOIR The reservoir has been stocked. Last week, fishing was been best near the campground with nightcrawlers for cuts and chartreuse or spring green PowerBait for rainbows. Another good bait choice was salmon eggs. Fly fishermen had luck with brown leeches. Fishing success was variable, depending on the day and skill of the angler. Tributaries are closed to fishing until July 9.

GRASSY LAKE Fishing has been fair. Worms have been the best bait. Trout average 10-12 inches.

HUNTINGTON CREEK Fly fishermen have had good luck with a #10 Montana nymph or #10-12 red San Juan worm. Other good patterns include a #18 Griffith's gnat, #16 para Adams, or #16 blue-winged olive pattern. Bait fishermen have had fair success with worms on the right fork. The water flow below the forks remains high and fast.

HUNTINGTON GAME FARM POND No recent report. Stocking occurred just before Memorial Day. Anglers must walk the quarter mile from the locked gate to the pond.


HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR (on the Wasatch Plateau, Sanpete County) Fishing has been good for experienced anglers, using straight nightcrawlers, dead minnows or Rapalas. Please remember it is illegal to use live fish as bait. Some tiger trout are as long as 18 inches and weigh as much as 2 pounds. Good lure choices include a gold Jake's Spin-a-Lure or tan Rooster Tail. Fly fishermen have had success with a brown leech or crystal bugger. Special regulations apply. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings. Tributaries are closed until July 9 to protect spawning cutthroat trout.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR The new boat ramp is open. Several 8-11 pound splake were creeled during June. During a gill-netting survey, aquatics biologists captured eight splake between 6-9 pounds and a good number in the 2-5 pound range plus plenty of small ones. Dead chubs or chub meat have been the best baits. Special regulations apply. The limit is two trout, only one over 22 inches. All trout between 15-22 inches must be immediately released.

LASAL MOUNTAINS Fishing continues to be slow to fair at Clark's Lake. Anglers might try wooly worms, silver spoons or worms. Fishing continues to be fair at Ken's Lake, where most trout are being caught with PowerBait or worms. A few largemouth bass have been caught on worms and small spinners. Warner Lake is accessible, although fishing has been slow. Fishing has been good at Oowah with salmon eggs or black and silver Jake's Spin-a-Lures. Angling at Hidden and Don's lakes has been slow. Good bait choices include orange PowerBait or salmon eggs. Good spinners have been gold Jake's or Mepp's lures. Dark Canyon and Blue lakes are now accessible, although surrounded by snow. Fishing has been rather slow for 12 inch trout, hooked with worms. The road to Medicine Lake remains impassable. Fishing at the pond by the Miner's Basin trailhead has been fair with brook trout being caught on small silver spoons and spinners.

LOWER FISH CREEK Access from U.S. Highway 6 is now open, and there's a good volume of water flowing in the creek. Angler Tom Ogden recommends #10 Montana nymphs or #10-12 San Juan worms.

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