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Southern Region Fishing Report

Baker Reservoir

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers have reported mixed results. Bait and fly anglers have done fair to good, while trolling has not been productive. Some large brown trout are present and are more readily caught during the colder months. (01-11-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. The Willow Bottom reservoirs are closed to fishing until April 2018. All of the other lakes are open. (01-11-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Slow

Ice conditions are currently unknown. Access should be more difficult after the current storm. (01-11-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

The water flow is low and clear, so tread lightly to avoid spooking fish. There are good numbers of rainbow trout that are biting well on wooly buggers. Expect surface ice in the morning. (01-11-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Slow

Anchor ice makes fishing difficult in the winter. (01-11-18)

Boulder Mountain

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Some of the Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2018, so 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. (01-11-18)

Clear Creek

Fair

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 15 inches. (01-11-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Fair

Duck Creek Pond is mostly ice-free. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Fair

The water flow is under 20 cfs. Some surface ice forms on cold mornings, but there is still plenty of open water to fish. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Black Canyon usually remains ice-free in the winter because of water inflow from a spring. The slow-moving runs have less oxygen in winter, so target stretches with fast-moving water in between deep pools. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

Access is good because there is little 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 to four years. (01-11-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Slow

Unsafe ice reported on both the upper and lower reservoir. (01-11-18)

Fish Lake

Slow

The lake has some thin ice, but there are large patches of open water as well. It is no longer possible to launch boats. Call Fish Lake Resorts at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is full and spilling. The rising water level and warm weather have deteriorated ice to unsafe conditions. Fishing open water may be a better option here. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Fremont River

Good

The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports good fishing with hare's ear nymphs. Call the shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Fair

The boat ramp is closed until March, but it is possible to launch kayaks and float tubes from the shore. Gunlock Reservoir was treated with rotenone in 2015 to remove illegally introduced smallmouth bass, which 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 action. (01-11-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Unstable ice

The ice is unsafe. (01-11-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Slow

Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is closed for the winter because of thin ice. (01-11-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Fair

There has been safe ice near the dam and fishing for perch has been fair to good in 12 to 13 feet. Access may be more difficult after the current storm, however. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Ice has continued to deteriorate and there is a lot of open water. Kolob is closed to bait fishing until May 2018. Remember that the limit allows harvest of two trout under 15 inches or over 22 inches; all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be released. (01-11-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The ice is six to eight inches with some open water on the east side. Fishing has been slow, but there is an opportunity to catch a large fish if you put in some time. (01-11-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

Access may be more difficult after the current storm. Anglers report that there are eight inches of ice on the southwest end with fair fishing for rainbow trout and a few tiger trout. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

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. Surface ice is forming on lower Mammoth Creek, Asay Creek and the upper Sevier River on cold mornings. (01-11-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

The water level is rising and the ice edges on the north end are deteriorating. The rest of the reservoir is open water. Fishing in the open water has been more successful anyway. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice. (01-11-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Slow

Access is typically limited during winter months. (01-11-18)

Navajo Lake

Slow

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Most of the lake has eight inches of ice, though there is a patch of open water in the middle of the lake. Fishing has been slow to fair. (01-11-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is mostly capped with unsafe ice. (01-11-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Unstable ice

Ice conditions have deteriorated significantly. There is a lot of open water, and there are large cracks and soft edges. (01-11-18)

Panguitch Lake

Slow

The east end from Bear Paw beach to the dam has ice, the middle of the lake is open water, and the west end has thin ice. The ice on the east end has been mostly safe, but use caution and stay away from the edges of open water. Because anglers have been packed in tightly on the safe ice, fishing has slowed down. Open water fishing may be more productive right now. (01-11-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports on access or ice. Most, if not all, of the rainbow trout were lost to flooding after the Brian Head fire. 13,000 seven-inch tiger trout were stocked at the end of November and will hopefully provide some fishing opportunity. (01-11-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

Access should be possible, but the ice conditions are unknown. (01-11-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir was nearly drained again in 2017. Suckers are still abundant, despite the repeated draining in recent years. Trout numbers are very low right now. (01-11-18)

Quail Lake

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked and provide good fishing from the shore or a boat. See the Sand Hollow report for cold weather bass fishing tips. (01-11-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Bass activity slows down as the water cools in the winter, but anglers still catch a few nice fish during the colder months each year. The keys are to fish deep (20 to 30 feet) and use a slow presentation. Finesse baits like Senkos, dropshot rigs, and shaky heads are very conducive to a slow presentation. Slow-rolling spinnerbaits can also be very effective. (01-11-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to 100 cfs as water is sent down to Yuba Reservoir. This flow is still fishable and should keep surface ice from forming. (01-11-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. Prior to the storm, anglers reported good ice conditions and fishing for the Solomon Basin lakes. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (01-11-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Fair

Access is still good because there is little snow. There are nine inches of ice. (01-11-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Good

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all ponds and should provide fair to good fishing. (01-11-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent reports, but the reservoir is mostly ice-free. 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 next spring. (01-11-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Access should be more difficult after the current storm. There are four to five inches of ice. Fishing is slow to fair. (01-11-18)


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