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Southern Region Fishing Report

Baker Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is full and catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers report mixed fishing success. (04-06-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Access is limited by snow and mud. The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 21 and Dougherty Basin is closed until July 14. All of the other lakes are open to fishing year round. (04-06-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is limited by snow. (04-06-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

The water flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking fish. (04-06-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Access is limited by snow. Some of the Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 21. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you go fishing to make sure the lake you are fishing is open. Lakes are listed individually in the Rules for Specific Waters" section." (04-06-18)

Clear Creek

Fair

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. You can find good fishing as long as the water flows are clear. Look for runoff to begin soon. (04-06-18)

Corn Creek

Slow

The gates have been closed at Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. (04-06-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Duck Creek Pond is ice-free. Parking is limited because of snow. (04-06-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

The water flow is under 20 cfs. Flows are a little murky, but are still fishable. Early spring is a great time to fish the river before irrigation flows increase. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (04-06-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Water flows are increasing and getting murky with low-elevation snow melt. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (04-06-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

Access is limited by snow. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non-native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until cutthroat trout are established in three or four years. (04-06-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

The lower reservoir is mostly full, while the upper is about half full. The water level is still below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir, so you can only launch small boats. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir. Fishing is slow to fair. (04-06-18)

Fish Lake

Fair

Although the 2018 Fish Lake Perch Tournament was cancelled, you still have a chance to win a prize. If you catch a tagged perch take it to the Lakeside Marina Store and you will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the end of the summer. Ice conditions can change daily because of the variable weather. We recommend calling Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go out to check on conditions. The ice is starting to soften, so use caution. (04-06-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Fair

The ice is coming off quickly and one windy day could make the rest disappear. Fishing is fair to good in the open water. Shore anglers are catching tiger and splake trout on nighcrawlers, jigs and Gulp minnows. Fly anglers are catching tiger trout on streamers from pontoons. Anglers catch most fish near the bottom. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (04-06-18)

Fremont River

Good

The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good success on the upper Fremont with hare's ears and baetis nymphs. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (04-06-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is open during daylight hours on weekends. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for open hours. Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass. These bass pose a serious threat to native fish in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. We have begun re-stocking largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Small largemouth bass (up to 10 inches) are now abundant and can provide some fun fishing. (04-06-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Fair

Largemouth bass are becoming more active with the rising water level and temperature. (04-06-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is open and fishing is fair for stocked trout. (04-06-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports on access or ice conditions. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (04-06-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

Access is limited by snow. There are no recent reports on fishing. Kolob is closed to bait fishing until May 19. Remember that you can harvest a total of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches. You must release all trout between 15–22 inches. (04-06-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The ice is off. Fishing has been slow, but you can catch a large fish if you put in some time. Spring is one of the best times to fish at Koosharem. (04-06-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

The ice is off. You may need four-wheel-drive and high clearance to get through the mud and snowdrifts. There are no recent reports on fishing. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (04-06-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible from there. Water flows are murky in lower Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River because of low-elevation snow melt. (04-06-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The ice is coming off and there is a lot of open water to fish, especially at the inlets. Fair to good fishing reported for rainbow and brown trout in the open water. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (04-06-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been slow to fair — because trout have been focused on spawning — but seems to be picking up. Anglers have caught some very nice-sized fish recently. Midges and nymphs have been producing better than streamers. We conducted our annual fish population survey recently and found good numbers of rainbow trout from 16 to 22 inches. These larger fish are in great condition and are very fat. The rainbows stocked last fall also experienced good survival. The results are encouraging, despite the poor water level in recent years. Utah chub numbers have been severely reduced by wipers. This is reducing competition with trout and leading to better growth and survival. (04-06-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is typically limited during the winter. The Box Creek reservoirs may be accessible some time in the next few weeks. (04-06-18)

Navajo Lake

Slow

Access is limited to snowmobile. The lake is completely capped with ice, though you should use caution because the lake froze unevenly this year. (04-06-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow. That is likely because the healthy trout isn't hungry and is focused on spawning. Look for fishing to improve as the water temperatures warm in the next month. We conducted a fish population survey and found great results for rainbow trout. The rainbows stocked last fall are abundant and have grown up to 10 to 12 inches. We also found a fair number of larger rainbows, up to 20 inches. These fish are in great condition and seem to be growing well — despite the low water levels in recent years. (04-06-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir is filling and is up to 82 percent of capacity. Fishing for trout has been slow to fair because of the cold water temperature and the fish focusing on spawning. Look for fishing to pick up over the next week or so as the water starts to warm and rainbow trout start to feed after the spawn. Anglers experience the highest catch rates of the year during April, so plan your trip soon. (04-06-18)

Panguitch Lake

Good

The ice broke up and blew off during the last week. Don't fret over missing ice-off, however, because we typically see good fishing for at least a month after the ice disappears. In fact, the big fish seem to get a little more active as the water starts to warm. Fishing is fair to good. Rainbow trout are feeding fairly actively, so you can readily catch them using a fly or bait. You can catch cutthroat and tiger trout using tube jigs and swim baits tipped with cut bait. (04-06-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports on access, but you may be able to reach the reservoir soon. Use caution because the road is often very muddy in early spring. We suspect that most, if not all, of the rainbow trout were lost to flooding after the Brian Head fire. We will conduct a netting survey this month to fully evaluate the loss. 13,000 7-inch tiger trout were stocked last November and will hopefully provide some fishing opportunity. (04-06-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

Access is good and the ice is off. The water is very clear and trout are actively cruising the shoreline. (04-06-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was nearly drained in 2017, but is currently filling. Suckers are still abundant, despite the repeated draining in recent years. Rainbow trout were stocked last fall, but we don't know how well they have survived or grown. (04-06-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and are providing good fishing from the shore or a boat. Look for bass activity to pick up in April. (04-06-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Spring fishing at Sand Hollow is always a rollercoaster ride because of the variable weather. When the weather warms the water to 60°F mark, the bass start to get active at depths of 10 to 20 feet. Anglers have seen a few bass moving into the shallows, but the mass migration really hasn't started yet. Fishing has been good to excellent during these warm periods. It's still best to use cold water techniques — spinnerbaits, finesse baits like Senkos, drop shot rigs and shaky heads — with a slow presentation. Cold fronts and storms shut everything down while the water temperature drops and bass close their mouths. It usually takes two or three warms days in a row to get the temperature back up and the bass active again. Watch the weather report and plan accordingly. (04-06-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Water releases from Piute Reservoir have ended for now, making the flow easier to fish. The water is a little murky but not unfishable. Anglers report fair to good fishing. (04-06-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

Solomon Basin lakes are typically accessible from Emery County with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (04-06-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Access is limited by snow. (04-06-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all of the ponds and should provide fair to good fishing. Some excess brood rainbow trout have also been stocked. (04-06-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is filling. Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, please release them so that they can spawn this spring. (04-06-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir should be accessible within the next few weeks. Use caution because the snowdrifts on this road can be deceptively deep. (04-06-18)


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