At 6 a.m. on Nov. 1, Joes Valley Reservoir will be closed to fishing until Dec. 14. Once the reservoir reopens to fishing, the trout limit will be two, of which only one can be over 22 inches. All trout 15-22 inches must be immediately released. This amendment to the 2002 Fishing Proclamation was made to protect the large adult splake, which come into shallow water during the new closed period. We need protection for those large splake as well as those between 15-22 inches to help control the Utah chub population. The growth and survivability of trout at Joes Valley Reservoir has decreased as chub numbers have increased.
Abajo Mountains.Foy Reservoir continues to provide good fishing with baits and lures. Lures in the morning and evening are recommended. There is no fishing opportunity at Monticello Reservoir now that the dam, outlet and spillway are under construction. Repair work will be completed in early October. The lake will not be restocked until 2003. Fishing is fair with baits and lures at Blanding #3. Recapture Reservoir offers fair trout fishing with baits and lures. At Recapture, the daily bag and possession limit has been doubled for all game fish until November 1st. The daily bag and possession limits for all game fish have also been doubled at Lloyds Lake until Nov. 1, due to low water conditions and expected loss of fish. Angling success has been fair.
Benches Pond. This pond was stocked for the last time this year just before Labor Day.
Cleveland Reservoir. The daily bag limit is eight fish until Nov. 1. Fly fishermen have had good luck from float tubes using size eight black beadhead leech patterns. The water level is holding.
Duck Fork Reservoir. Current fishing regulations, which allow anglers to harvest 16 fish using any legal bait, will end Oct. 1. Beginning Oct. 1, harvest of cutthroat trout will be prohibited and anglers will be required to use artificial flies or lures.
Electric Lake. Due to drought, anglers may now take a limit of eight fish using any legal bait. Fishing remains excellent at Electric Lake. The power company reports that the lake may become empty in March unless they are able to drill some wells to pump water into the lake.
Ferron Reservoir. Fly fishing is excellent for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout along the shoreline of Ferron Reservoir with a caddis pupa or a small, tan, sparkle wooly bugger. Anglers are encouraged to harvest brook trout.
Gigliotti Pond. A few people are fishing, but there are currently no fish to catch! Fish will be restocked after the pond completely refills and it is confirmed that the leaks have been fixed. That will probably occur in early October. Kudos to Nielson Construction, ECDC Environmental, Utah Department of Transportation, Castle County Bass Masters, and Baroid Industrial Drilling Products for their assistance in fixing the leaks and making other improvements to the pond. Construction of a restroom is anticipated to begin in October, with funding and service donations from the Carbon County Restaurant Tax Commission, Helper City, and the Price River Water Improvement District..
Huntington Reservoir.The water level is holding. Fly-fishing has been excellent for tiger trout up to 18 inches, using a size eight black beadhead leech pattern. The fish are deep and near the lake bottom. A float tube is recommended about 100 yards in front of the dam at a depth of 16-22 feet. Release of tiger trout is encouraged so that fish can grow larger. Any brown trout caught should be harvested. The reservoir is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout and trout with cutthroat markings.
Joe's Valley Reservoir.Beginning on Nov. 1, fishing regulations will change at Joes Valley Reservoir. The reservoir will be closed to fishing from 6 a.m. on Nov. 1 until Dec. 14. When the reservoir reopens to fishing, the trout limit will be two. No more than one trout may be over 22 inches. All trout 15-22 inches must be immediately released. This regulation change will protect the large spawning splake which are very vulnerable in November and early December. In addition, we need to save the splake from 15-22 inches which can help control the chub population.
Lake Powell. The Lake Powell fishing report home page is: http://www.wayneswords.com.DWR Biologist and Project Leader, Wayne Gustaveson, updates fishing conditions at this website weekly. He provides detailed information on locations, tackle and techniques for each species in the lake. In 2002, an unlimited number of striped bass may be kept. The smallmouth bass limit is 20, and the largemouth bass limit is five.
Lasal Mountains.Kens Lake is very low. The daily bag limit has been doubled for all game fish until Nov. 1. Fishing has been fair to good at many LaSal Mountain lakes.
Lower Fish Creek. Flows are low to moderate with some color due to recent rains. From the railroad bridge approximately one mile below the Scofield Reservoir dam downstream to the confluence with the White River, only artificial flies and lures may be used.
Pete's Hole. Fair to good fishing is expected, since stocking occurred two weeks ago. Olive wooly buggers and Jake's Spin-a-Lures have been effective. The daily bag and possession limit is four trout.
Potter's Ponds.Both ponds were stocked with 1,500 catchable-size rainbow trout before Labor Day. Good fishing is expected.
Price River. No recent report. Flows are somewhat colored from recent storm runoff. Recommended fly patterns include the Hare's Ear or Double Ugly.
Scofield Reservoir. Fishing was excellent this past weekend. Some anglers were taking home limits of good-sized fish. Worms and PowerBait are recommended.
Wrigley Springs Reservoir.The highly alkaline water has been diluted from recent storms, giving the trout some relief. Good fishing continues to be reported.