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Fishing report for Southeastern Utah

Walt Yule, 80, of American Fork holds up the rainbow trout he recently caught at Scofield Reservoir on Feb. 25.

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: Tommi Budd fished recently at Blanding #4 and caught only one rainbow in four hours of angling. The other parties at the reservoir had equally poor luck. The ice is gone from Blanding #4. The ice is rotten on Blanding #3. Recapture Reservoir features plenty of open water.

ELECTRIC LAKE: On February 24, Ron Sorensen of Mount Pleasant fished the lake and reported catching 35-40 cutthroats, 12 tiger trout and one rainbow. His most effective end tackle was a rainbow-colored Lil Tuff Guy jig, tipped with chub meat. Second best was a two-inch, pearl-colored, tube jig, tipped with chub meat.

A week earlier, Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen reported good fishing just off the dam. Anglers were fishing on the bottom with a small green jig, tipped with a worm. Others were using a worm by itself.

Be prepared for water, slush and softening ice.

HUNTINGTON CREEK: On February 26, Tom Ogden fished below the forks. In two hours, he caught 20 small, pan-size trout. Tom used floating line, leader with a split shot sinker clamped about 12 inches above a fly and finally a size 12 bead head Montana nymph.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR (MAMMOTH): No recent report. In the past few weeks, fishing has been slow. Most anglers have been using jigs, tipped with minnow or chub meat. Limited parking, deep snow and thick ice combine to present an angler with unusually challenging conditions.

HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: On February 23, State Park Manager Dan Richards reported slow fishing and slushy ice. The shoreline has opened up. The ice fishing season is over until next winter.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: On BigFishTackle.com, a party of five anglers reported fishing on February 21. Nine fish were caught during the course of the day. The biggest was a 2.6 lbs. splake. The best tackle proved to be a pearl jig, tipped with either a meal worm or chub meat.

Another party of three fished a day earlier and said the bite was best from 4 p.m. until dark. They ended up catching 48 trout. Most were in the 13-15 inch range with a few going 15-17 inches. They had best success by jigging just off the bottom with green jig heads and chub meat.

In the past week, angler Ron Sorensen of Mount Pleasant was presented a certificate, attesting that he broke the catch-and-release record with a 27-inch splake he caught at Joes Valley Reservoir in January 2009.

LAKE POWELL: Wayne Gustaveson, DWR project leader, is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to fish Lake Powell. Please visit his website at: http://www.wayneswords.com for the latest fishing report.

LASAL MOUNTAINS: Mountain reservoir access is still closed, although Kens Lake is seeing some angler pressure, says Conservation Officer Tj Robertson. At Kens Lake, the brown trout are biting on spoons, Rooster tails or Jakes Spin-a-Lures. Rainbow trout are being taken with a mixture of green and orange PowerBait and nightcrawlers. One angler reported good success with yellow PowerBait, tipped with a small meal worm.

LOWER FISH CREEK: Scofield Reservoir’s outflow has been cut to less than 2 cfs, which has dewatered the creek. The few surviving trout are trapped in pools. Angler Jeff Anthony reported seeing only two pools that held any fish in three miles of stream length below the dam.

MILLSITE RESERVOIR: Ice fishing is over for the year, due to hazardous ice conditions.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: Although a few fishermen continue to catch fish and report fair or even good fishing, most anglers rate fishing as slow.

On BigFishTackle.com, "IceAndFly" reported fishing on February 28 and icing 22 trout. He said he missed a bunch of other fish, too. He described his setup as an FWB glow white jighead, tipped with a crawler. He fished on the west side in eight feet of water.

STRAIGHT CANYON: The best fishing will be had with fly fishing tackle, floating line, a small split sinker and a #12 bead head Montana pattern.




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