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Early July fishing report for southeastern Utah

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Alan Green with some small mouth bass.

•Abajo Mountains. At Blanding #3, orange marshmallows are the recommended bait. However, spinners seem to be more productive. These include the Jake's Spin-A-Lure, Panther Martin, and Dare Devil. At Blanding number four reservoir, try PowerBait or white marshmallows if you throw baits. The best lures are the Jake's Spin-A-Lure and Panther Martin. At Foy Lake, most kinds of baits have been effective. The best fly pattern has been the mosquito. At Recapture Reservoir, silver spinners are the ticket for pike. Shoreline angling remains slow. Spincasters at Lloyds Lake have been using Panther Martin lures. Bait fishermen, using marshmallows, have had fair success. Try strawberry marshmallows at Monticello Lake.

•Benches Reservoir. Yellow PowerBait has been effective. Fly fishermen should try a number 12 black wooly worm or small Adam's. Tributaries opened to fishing on July 8.

•Boulger Reservoir. Todd Munford recommends fishing from a tube, and slow trolling an olive or brown leech pattern on sinking line. Shoreline fishermen should try a full bubble, three feet of leader and a straight nightcrawler. One spincaster had good luck with a gold Panther Martin spinner. Tributaries opened to fishing on July 8.

•Cleveland Reservoir. Dedicated hunter Daniel Campbell reported good bait fishing with a nightcrawler, and good fly fishing with a number 16 elk hair caddis. Float tubers had the best luck last weekend. Rainbow or lemon twist PowerBait should also be considered. The west side seems to offer the best fishing. Rainbow trout average 1-1.5 lbs.

•Duck Ford Reservoir. Fishing has been good, especially at the dam. Fly fishermen have done well with lime green damsel patterns on sinking line. Small red and green spinners took some good tiger trout last weekend. Special regulations apply for the reservoir. Artificial lures and flies only. Closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. Tributaries opened to fishing on July 8.

•Electric Lake. Conservation Officer Chris Rhea indicated that some nice cutthroats were being caught on worms. Aquatics Biologist Justin Hart recommends minnow imitations, spinners, crankbaits, spoons or dead shiners. Justin recommends catching shiners with a cast net or baited minnow trap. Trout range from 12-14 inches. The boat ramp is open. Tributaries opened to fishing on July 8.

•Ferron Reservoir. Dedicated hunter Robert Johnson reported good fishing at Ferron. Anglers were doing well with worms and green PowerBait. Green Roostertails and small spinners were also effective. Float tubers did well with prince nymphs and hares ears. Tributaries open to fishing on July 8th. Four brook trout may be taken in addition to the normal limit of four trout.

•Gigliotti Pond. Fishing success has been widely variable. Casey Olson fished the pond and reported the fishing as "hot." Live grasshoppers have been an effective bait, and can be caught around the pond. This year, anglers don't have to release bass or bluegill, which may be harvested along with trout. A total of four fish may be taken in aggregate.

•Gooseberry Reservoir. Fishing success continues to be widely sporadic, varying from poor to good. One float tuber did well at dusk with a number 18 black midge. One baitcaster did well in the evening with a worm and bubble. Todd Munford recommends the west shore near the campground as offering the best fishing. He suggests nightcrawlers or rainbow PowerBait. Fly fishermen should fish from a pontoon boat with sinking line and a brown leech or damsel nymph pattern. Trout range up to 17 inches.

•Grassy Lake. Good fishing has been reported for anglers using worms or PowerBait in chartreuse or rainbow colors. Green garlic cheese has also been effective.

•Huntington Creek. Conservation Officer Jay Topham reported excellent fishing on the left fork with beadhead nymphs on sinking line. Fly fishing has been good in the fly-only zone with San Juan worms, elk hair caddis, or beadhead prince nymphs. Fishing was slow below the forks this past weekend. Due to the occurrence of whirling disease, anglers are urged to prevent its spread to other drainages by removing all mud and aquatic plants from your waders, boots, shoes, and fishing gear before departing from the fishing location. Whirling disease does not affect the edibility or flavor of a trout. The disease cannot be passed on to humans.

•Mammoth Reservoir. Fishing has been fair, but varies widely. We recommend that bait fishermen use a straight nightcrawler just off the bottom. Spincasters should try a silver Jake's Spin-A-Lure. Fly fishermen have had good luck with dark leeches or wooly buggers. Closed to the possession of cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings. Tributaries opened to fishing on July 8.

•Joes Valley Reservoir. Fishing success has slowed down. Aquatics Biologist Justin Hart recommends that anglers fish points around inlets such as Lowry Water and Seeley Creek. The preferred bait for large splake continues to be dead chubs and chub meat. A 14 lb. splake was caught two weeks ago in 25 feet of water. The trout limit is two. Only one may be over 22 inches. All trout between 15-22 inches must be immediately released.

DWR fisheries biologists have finished netting Utah chubs for the year. More than 20,000 pounds of chubs have been removed from the reservoir to make room for more trout. Please don't use live minnows as bait. That's how Joes Valley got the chub problem in the first place.

•Lake Powell. Please notice that the weekly fishing report website has changed. The Lake Powell fishing report home page is now: At this new website address, Aquatics Biologist and Lake Powell Project Leader, Wayne Gustaveson provides all the information you could possibly need for a successful fishing trip.

•Lasal Mountains. Dedicated hunter Travis Clark surveyed anglers this past weekend and provided this fishing report. Fishing was fair at Medicine Lake, where a few fish were caught on pink or green PowerBait or worms. Dark Canyon offered excellent fishing with orange or red PowerBait or worms just off the bottom. A mosquito and bubble worked well for fly fishermen. Spincasters had good luck with an orange and silver spoon. Fishing was good at Oowah with worms and red PowerBait. The best spinners were black and gold Panther Martins or silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures. Fly fishermen did well with black gnat patterns. Fishing at Warner was only fair. Most fish were caught on worms off the bottom or with orange PowerBait. Fishing conditions were good at Hidden Lake. We recommend using worms and pink PowerBait just off the bottom. A silver Jake's Spin-A-Lure was also picking up a few fish as was a silver Kastmaster. Few fishermen were observed at Don's Lake, which has been slow. One angler picked up a few trout with worms.

•Lower Fish Creek. Scofield park ranger Jerry Jones had good luck fishing with a size 20 Adam's. Just below the dam, a good bait is a cicada insect, which can be caught along the bank. Good fly patterns include a beadhead hares ear, beadhead prince nymph, wooly bugger or elk hair caddis. Most trout range between 15-18 inches.

•Marys Lake. Try nightcrawlers or a Krocodile lure for the rainbow trout.

•Millers Flat Reservoir. Fishing has been fair to good. Bait fishermen should try orange or green PowerBait floated just off the bottom. Fly fishermen might try a number eight black leech with a gold rib.

•Millsite State Park. Fishing was excellent over the weekend. Spincasting was good with Roostertails or a Jake's Spin-A-Lure. Red and white spinners also perform well. Top baits were worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs. Float tubers had luck with prince nymphs and wooly buggers on sinking line.

•Petes Hole. Conservation Officer Jay Topham reported good fishing with nightcrawlers from a float tube. One fly fishermen did well with a brown wooly bugger. Rainbow trout range from 10-14 inches.

•Potters Ponds. Fishing has been best from a float tube with spinners or artificial flies.

•Scofield Reservoir. Conservation Officer Chris Rhea reported slow to fair fishing. From shore, fish were being caught on salmon eggs or PowerBait. Dedicated hunter Daniel Campbell described fishing as good when he visited the reservoir. He indicated that yellow PowerBait or an orange marshmallow performed well. All tributaries opened to fishing on July 8.

•Soup Bowl. Nightcrawlers and rainbow PowerBait are recommended.

•Willow Lake. Over the weekend, fishing was sporadic, ranging from poor to excellent. Some bait fishermen reported good luck with PowerBait, fished just off the bottom. Good lures included Roostertails and red/white lures with spinner blades. Fly fishermen did well with beadhead prince nymphs and beadhead brown wooly buggers. Most tiger trout go up to 14 inches, although Robert Johnson reported one 4.5 lb. tiger trout being taken.

•Wrigley Springs. Fishing has been fair to good. Worms and PowerBait have been effective baits. The top spinner has been a green Roostertail, although many types produced fish last weekend. Fly fishermen had success with damsel nymphs and hares ears. Trout have averaged 14-16 inches.

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