Southeastern Utah fishing report for mid-April
|Hunter Maldonado, 15, of Green River gets a big kick out of fishing off of the boat.|
Abajo Mountains. Good fishing is expected at Foy Reservoir. Fishing at Lloyd's Lake ranges from fair to good. Blanding number three and number four offer good fishing with baits or spinners.Recapture Reservoir remains slow.
Boulger Reservoir. Last weekend, the reservoir was mostly ice covered. No report on angling success.
Cleveland Reservoir. The ice has receded from the shoreline and bank fishing is available. Dedicated Hunter Mike Mills described fishing as good last weekend. He indicated that a worm tipped with PowerBait was the best bait.
Electric Lake. Thin ice covers the lake with open water on the north end. Try open-water angling elsewhere.
Gooseberry Reservoir. The reservoir was ice covered last weekend. No report since that time.
Huntington Creek. In the fly-only zone, fishing has been good with beadhead prince or zebra tail nymphs or with stoneflies. Bait fishing has been fair below the forks.
Huntington North State Park. No report. The water level is extremely low.
Mammoth Reservoir. The ice is very soft and slushy and may not be safe. No report on angling success. Try fishing elsewhere until the shoreline opens up. Closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. As of June 7, using motorboats with 10 horsepower or more will be prohibited.
Joes Valley Reservoir. Last weekend, an angler on DWR's fishing forum reported trolling a shad rap and catching a 21-inch splake. Aquatics Biologist Justin Hart recommends a whole chub or a three inch curlytail grub on a quarter ounce jighead, tipped with chub meat. April and May have traditionally the best months to fish Joes Valley for trophy-size splake. A couple of 11 pounders were caught in 2006. Special regulations apply. Please refer to the 2007 fishing guide.
Lake Powell. Officers J. Shirley and Casey McVay who checked anglers in the Bullfrog area reported that striper fishing was very good. Anglers were catching them at most traditional places with usual baits. Bass fishing was fair. Walleye fishing was fair to good in the Good Hope Bay area.
Lasal Mountains. Hidden Lake is now accessible. DWR Aquatics Biologist Darek Elverud reported good fishing with nymphs and streamers. Rainbows range from eight to 11 inches.
Lower Fish Creek. Try dark-colored beadhead nymphs, fished near the bottom.
Scofield Reservoir. The ice is off and fishing has been great. Last weekend, Tom Ogden fished the west side from a float tube.He said that any wet fly pattern would probably work as long as it was fished on the bottom. He tried a variety of number eight wooly buggers and leeches with good success. Most of his fish ranged from 13-19 inches.
Lieutenant Carl Gramlich reported several successful fishing forays.He recommends a silver Mepp's for spincasters or wooly buggers for fly fishermen.
Paul Petrucka of Salt Lake City reported catching a mess of fish with an olive wooly bugger.
Conservation Officer Chris Pugliese called fishing "fantastic" last weekend. He said bait fishermen were catching limits on egg sacks.
Aquatics Biologist Mike Slater did well with "a green midge fly with some flash to it." He saw a number of fishing parties taking limits of trout with egg sacks.
After a creel survey, dedicated hunter Mike Mills reported that he found eggs and cheese to be the best baits and Panther Martins or Jake's Spin-a-Lures to be the best spinners.