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Current Fishing Reports

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Southern Region Fishing Report

Baker Reservoir

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (10-11-18)

Barker Reservoirs (North Creek Lakes)

Fair

Fishing is fair to good. See the Boulder Mountain report for techniques and tackle. (10-11-18)

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked in all the usual lakes. Fishing is slow to fair but should improve with cooling weather and water temperature. (10-11-18)

Beaver River, Lower

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. (10-11-18)

Beaver River, Upper

Fair

Small brown and rainbow trout are abundant and can be caught with small spinners and flies. (10-11-18)

Boulder Mountain

Good

Fall provides some of the best fishing of the year as the water cools down and fish get more aggressive. Fair to good fishing can be found across the mountain. Spin fishers should try marabou jigs, tube jigs, Gulp minnows, spinners, Jake's and Kastmasters. Focus on natural baits like nightcrawlers or cut bait (this is especially effective for large tigers and splake). Fly anglers should bring an assortment of streamers, terrestrials, beadhead nymphs and your favorite dry patterns. Most Boulder lakes are full of freshwater shrimp, so scuds are a must in your fly box. (10-11-18)

Clear Creek

Good

Bonneville cutthroat trout are abundant throughout Clear Creek and its tributaries. Anglers report good to excellent fishing with dry flies and nymphs. (10-11-18)

Corn Creek

Fair

Catchable-sized tiger trout have been stocked in Corn, Chalk and Oak creeks. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (10-11-18)

Duck Creek Pond / Aspen Mirror Lake

Slow

Fishing has been slow lately, and anglers are catching more chubs than trout. (10-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River in Kingston Canyon

Good

Irrigation releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have ended and flow is down to 20 cfs — perfect for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (10-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Black Canyon

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. Call the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop at 435-577-2168 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (10-11-18)

East Fork Sevier River, Upper

Fair

The East Fork and most of its tributaries upstream of Tropic Reservoir have abundant brown, rainbow, and brook trout and can provide some great fishing opportunities with flies, lures and natural baits. 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 3-4 years. (10-11-18)

Enterprise Reservoir, Upper

Fair

Water levels are fairly low in both reservoirs. The water level is well below the boat ramp at the upper reservoir so only small boats can be launched. Smallmouth bass are active and can be caught on curly-tail grubs or Ned rigs. (10-11-18)

Fish Lake

Good

Harvest of kokanee salmon is closed through Nov 30. There are a lot of red kokanee running up Twin Creek and cruising through the marinas, making for a great viewing opportunity. Please look, but don't disturb the spawning fish. Fall is a great time to hit Fish Lake as trout get more active and there are less crowds. Rainbow trout are being caught trolling with popgear or Rapalas. Perch fishing is still providing fast action. Anchor just outside the weedline in 10-15 feet and fish with small jigs tipped with nightcrawler. Remember that there is no limit on perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest all the perch that you catch. You can also try jigging in 40 to 80 feet for splake, tiger, and larger rainbow trout. Call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (10-11-18)

Forsyth Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has mostly filled after being drawn fairly low earlier in the summer. It appears that a fair amount of trout survived the low water, though fishing is still slow right now. (10-11-18)

Fremont River

Fair

Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (10-11-18)

Gunlock Reservoir

Good

Visit Gunlock State Park website for boat ramp hours. Largemouth bass fishing has been fair to good for fish up to two pounds. A few crappie have also been caught recently. The fish re-stocked after the 2015 treatment to remove smallmouth bass have experienced exceptional spawning and growth. Look for conditions to continue at Gunlock over the next year. (10-11-18)

Gunnison Bend Reservoir

Good

Largemouth bass, white bass and channel catfish are all active and providing fair to good fishing. Anglers report good success with small jigs in green and yellow tipped with nightcrawler and one-inch perch pattern swim baits. (10-11-18)

Iron County Community Fisheries

Fair

Rainbow trout have been stocked at Lake at the Hills in Cedar City. (10-11-18)

Johnson Reservoir

Slow

Water level has dropped with irrigation releases and the water is murky. Slow fishing and not much fishing pressure. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (10-11-18)

Kolob Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has been mostly drained and will be treated with rotenone on October 15 and 16 to remove illegally stocked yellow perch, green sunfish and bluegill. The reservoir will be closed to public access from October 14 to November 1. Trout will be re-stocked as early as possible in spring 2019. (10-11-18)

Koosharem Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has been completely drained for irrigation use. (10-11-18)

Lower Bowns Reservoir

Fair

Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (10-11-18)

Mammoth Creek

Fair

Be aware that private land in Hatch Meadow has been posted closed to trespassing, so Mammoth Creek is not accessible there. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners and flashy lures can produce well. (10-11-18)

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Fair

Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (10-11-18)

Minersville Reservoir

Fair

Trout fishing is fair. Trout have moved away from shorelines so boat and float tubes are producing better results. Try trolling streamers on sinking line or behind a bubble on spinning gear. Surface action on midges is common on calm mornings and evenings. Wipers are getting more active, with best fishing at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth bass are also active and providing fair to good success. (10-11-18)

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked at the Box Creek reservoirs and north end lakes (Big, Deep, Anabella). (10-11-18)

Navajo Lake

Fair

Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows using PowerBait from boats. Water level is fairly low and weeds are thick, making shore fishing tough. Look for splake to start getting more active with cooling water temperature, though they are often tough to catch while attempting to spawn. (10-11-18)

Newcastle Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout during early morning and late evening using nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth and wipers are also being picked up. (10-11-18)

Otter Creek Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The reservoir has dropped to 13 percent of capacity, but irrigation releases have ended so the level is slowly rising. Look for fishing to improve as the water cools and the reservoir fills. (10-11-18)

Panguitch Lake

Slow

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department has issued a Danger/Closure order for recreation at Panguitch Lake due to elevated levels of toxins produced by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). Learn more about the algal bloom at the lake. (10-11-18)

Paragonah Reservoir

Slow

We conducted a netting survey this spring to assess potential loss of fish after last year's flooding following the Brian Head Fire. We found that rainbow trout density has been significantly reduced, though a handful have survived and have experienced favorable growth and condition. In addition, 13,000 tiger trout stocked last fall have survived very well and have grown to 12 to 14 inches. Look for fishing success to improve as the water cools. Tiger trout could provide some exciting action this fall. (10-11-18)

Pine Lake

Fair

We haven't received any reports from anglers recently, but look for fishing success to improve as the water cools down. (10-11-18)

Piute Reservoir

Slow

The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is down to 3 percent capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout available. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, making boat launching very difficult. (10-11-18)

Quail Lake

Fair

Bass fishing is fair to good. Check the Sand Hollow report for techniques. (10-11-18)

Sand Hollow Reservoir

Fair

Largemouth bass are starting to move up to the shallows as the water cools. Smaller bass are providing fast action on Ned rigs. Some bigger bass are also found shallow, but most are still holding in the deeper water. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Texas-rigged soft plastics are all good choices. (10-11-18)

Sevier River in Marysvale Canyon

Fair

Releases from Piute Reservoir are holding steady at 32 cfs, providing ideal flows for fishing. Brown trout get aggressive in the fall as they prepare to spawn. Streamers, egg patterns, spinners, and flashy lures can produce well. (10-11-18)

Thousand Lake Mountain

Fair

Fishing is fair for rainbow trout at Round Lake. Anglers reports fast fishing for brook trout at Neffs Reservoir. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (10-11-18)

Tropic Reservoir

Slow

The water level is very low. (10-11-18)

Washington County Community Fisheries

Fair

Bass and bluegill can provide fair to good fishing through the summer. Trout stocking will begin in November. (10-11-18)

Wide Hollow Reservoir

Fair

The water level remains below 25 percent and the boat dock has been pulled. The end of the boat ramp is still under water, however, and launching is possible. Fishing is fair for largemouth bass and bluegill. We began introducing black crappie in 2017 in order to establish a new population for anglers to target. If you catch any crappie, we request that you release them so that they can spawn. (10-11-18)

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fair

We conducted a netting survey this spring and found abundant rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout. It appears that no fish were lost to fire effects and the lack of fishing pressure in 2017 created a bonus stockpile of fish to be caught this year. Look for improved fishing as the water cools down. Fishing deep with marabou jigs, wooly buggers, Gulp minnows, and nightcrawlers can be particularly effective for brook trout. (10-11-18)


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