Early July southeastern Utah fishing report
Fishing at all reservoirs, lakes and creeks will be slow during the heat of the day. The best times to fish will be at dawn or dusk. Just like people, fish slow down during the hotter hours. During July and August, trout retreat to deeper water, which is colder and holds more oxygen. Fishing from a boat will be more successful during the summer months.
â¢Benches/Boulger Reservoirs. Both ponds have produced good fishing for stocked rainbow and albino trout. Anglers are having success with a variety of PowerBait colors.
â¢Duck Fork Reservoir. Tom Ogden and his wife fished last week and reported good fishing for 10 to 17 inch tiger trout. They used a variety of flies and lures successfully. Trout seemed to concentrate around the edges. A gold Jake's Spin-a-Lure with red dots proved to be the most effective lure. Tom's best flies were a size 10 green scud, a size 10 green-and-black woolly bugger, and a size 10 multi-colored woolly bugger in black, purple and red. Special regulations include artificial flies and lures only. This reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. The tiger trout limit is two fish.
â¢Electric Lake. A week ago, Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen reported that fishing was "hot" in the tributaries with almost any bait, fly or lure. Cutthroats and tigers range from 13-24 inches, with the majority at the low end of the scale.
â¢Ferron Reservoir. Randall Stilson reports that the catch rate has picked up quite a bit, with trout ranging from 10-15 inches. The best bait for rainbow trout is green PowerBait. Nightcrawlers are recommended for cutts and brookies.
â¢Gooseberry Reservoir. Todd Munford of King's Outdoor World reported fair to good fishing from shore, where the best baits are nightcrawlers or PowerBait in rainbow or orange. Baitcasters should fish just east of the campground or along the dam side of the reservoir. Fly fishing was very good with wet flies on sinking line. Try fast-stripping a red crystal bugger in the channel.
â¢Grassy Lake. Fishing was good with a variety of baits. Try a Jake's lure, nightcrawler or PowerBait.
â¢Huntington Creek. A number 10 beadhead Montana is recommended for fly fishermen. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait are recommended for baitcasters below the fly-only zone. Trout consist mostly of 11- to 14-inch browns.
â¢Mammoth Reservoir. Todd Munford reports that the best fishing will be in the very early morning with a straight nightcrawler, three feet of leader and a full bubble. Todd suggests that the crawler be moved slightly every once in a while to entice strikes. Furthermore, Todd says that fly fishing is fair with a black woolly bugger or dark purple leech. Huntington Reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings.
â¢Huntington North State Park. State Park Manager Dan Richards reports improving bass fishing on the north end of the lake. Richards has received reports of three- to five-pound bass being caught. Dan recommends spinnerbaits or jigs. Water sports dominate the reservoir during daylight hours, so you'll find the best fishing in the early morning or late evening.
â¢Joes Valley Reservoir. Fishing is slow. Randall Stilson recommends bank fishing on rocky points along the east shoreline or on points near the marina on the west side. Chubs or chub meat is the best bait. At this reservoir, all trout from 15-22 inches must be immediately released. The trout limit is two fish, with only one over 22 inches.
â¢Lasal Mountains. At Hidden Lake, fishing is still good with most colors of PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms. Fly fishermen have done best in the early mornings. At Dons Lake, fishing was fair for brook trout and a few nice tigers. Fishing was great at Medicine Lake! This water was stocked two weeks ago, but the catch has included both stocked and carryover fish from 12-15 inches. Trout are taking almost any baits or artificial flies. Sergeant J. Shirley fished the lake with a Jake's lure and caught seven fish in 15 minutes. Fishing was good at Dark Canyon, which was also stocked two weeks ago. Baitcasters should try worms and salmon eggs. Fly fishermen should try mayfly or small grasshopper imitations. Fishing at Oowah has ranged from good to excellent with all types of bait. Small spinners have worked well near the dam, especially when cast into brush at the inlet side of the lake. The catch has included both stocked fish and carryovers. At Warner Lake, fishing was good for morning and evening anglers, with slower conditions during daytime hours. Small spinners have been working well, as have the usual assortment of baits. Campground hosts ask that anglers not clean their fish or leave fish parts in the lake.
â¢Millsite State Park. State Park Manager Dan Richards reports that fishing has picked up. He recommends using PowerBait from the bank or trolling with a spoon from a boat.
â¢Petes Hole. "Fishing is good with just about anything you throw at them," says Randall Stilson.
â¢Potters Ponds. Fishing is slow for daytime anglers. Try to fish at first light for best success. A few rainbows and albinos tip the scale at a pound or more. The best end tackle is orange PowerBait or a gold spinner. Campers are urged to keep their surroundings clean. Every summer, a bear visits the campsite, looking for leftovers. Remember that a fed bear is a dead bear.
â¢Scofield Reservoir. On June 28, DWR law enforcement officers conducted a checkpoint near Scofield Reservoir. Based on checkpoint data, Lieutenant Carl Gramlich indicated that boat fishing was very good, while shoreline fishing was very slow. Lt. Gramlich recommends boat fishing for July anglers. If you don't have access to a boat, be at the water's edge at dawn during the coming weekend. Randall Stilson said that the boaters he interviewed caught their fish with nightcrawlers or rainbow PowerBait, while at anchor. Tributaries are closed to fishing until July 12. The trout limit at Scofield is eight fish.
â¢Willow Lake. Randall Stilson reports slow fishing and suggests using nightcrawlers or rainbow PowerBait for trout that get up to 15 or 16 inches.
â¢Wrigley Springs Reservoir.Fishing was slow for 10 to 14 inch trout. Randall Stilson suggests trying a nightcrawler, followed by rainbow PowerBait, if the crawler doesn't produce fish.