Southeastern Utah Fishing Report

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Photo courtesy of Bud Jenkins - 49.5 in. Tiger Muskie that weighed in at 32 pounds from Joe's Valley

Information compiled by Morgan Jacobsen

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Abajo Mountains – Good

In the past month, Monticello Lake, Lloyds Lake and Blanding Reservoir Nos. 3 and 4 have all been stocked with more than 1,000 rainbow trout, each averaging about 10 inches long. (06-15-18)

Benches Pond – Fair

Fishing is fair at Benches Pond, but conditions are better early in the morning or later in the evening. The pond was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout in May. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners. Garlic PowerBait has worked especially well. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest officein Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Boulger Reservoir – Fair

Fishing is fair in the afternoon, but conditions are better early in the morning or later in the evening. This waterbody was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout in the month of May. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Carbon County Community Fishing Pond – Good

The Carbon County Community Fishing Pond has been stocked with about 3,000 fish this year, with the most recent stocking on May 15. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. (06-15-18)

Cleveland Reservoir – Good

The fishing for rainbow trout has been good at Cleveland Reservoir, especially if you can get out on a float tube. If you’re using fly tackle, try using a medium sinking line with a plum leech, a black/orange woolly bugger or a brown/green/pearl crystal bugger, all with a beadhead. Most of the fish have been caught in 10 to 20 feet of water, well within casting distance from the shore. Cleveland Reservoir was stocked with about 5,000 rainbow trout near the end of May. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire, so you’ll have to access Cleveland Reservoir from Miller Flat Road, coming in from the west. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Duck Fork Reservoir – Fair

Anglers are catching tiger trout that range from 14 to 18 inches long. The best time to fish is before noon. Try using beadhead soft-hackle flies in black/red/blue and black/green/pearl color combinations. (06-15-18)

Electric Lake – Fair

Try trolling with pop gear or dodgers to catch kokanee salmon at Electric Lake. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Fairview Lakes – Good

The lakes were stocked with about 7,000 rainbow trout on May 18. To catch them, try using worms, PowerBait or spinners. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Ferron Reservoir – Fair

Anglers have caught rainbow and cutthroat trout using beadhead soft-hackle flies in black/red/blue and black/green/pearl color combinations. A recent gill net survey yielded some large brook trout (some as long as 18 inches). Ferron Reservoir was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout on June 4. (06-15-18)

Gigliotti Pond – Good

The pond has been stocked with about 2,100 fish this year, with the most recent stocking on May 15. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. (06-15-18)

Gooseberry Reservoir – Good

The reservoir was stocked with 2,500 rainbow trout on May 29. To catch them, try using worms, PowerBait or spinners. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Grassy Lake – Good

The water level is returning to normal levels. Anglers have had success catching tiger trout using white jigs and spinners. (06-15-18)

Huntington Creek – Closed

Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Huntington Game Farm Pond – Good

Try using worms or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. Small flies may work well for bluegill. The pond was stocked with 500 rainbow trout on May 15. (06-15-18)

Huntington North Reservoir – Good

Anglers are now catching wipers at Huntington North Reservoir, as well as rainbow trout. They’ve had success using a size 6 beadhead crystal bugger in brown/green/pearl colors. Fishing was best near the boat ramp. (06-15-18)

Huntington Reservoir – Good

The fishing has improved at Huntington Reservoir. You’ll have the most success if you can get out on a boat or a float tube. With fly tackle, anglers have been successful using size 6 and 8 beadhead green-tinsel leeches, brown/green/pearl crystal buggers, and plum leeches with a purple tail. The tiger trout have been between 13 and 19 inches long. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest officein Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Joes Valley Reservoir – Fair

Fishing has been fair at Joes Valley Reservoir. Try using jigs tipped with chub meat or crankbaits to catch trout and tiger muskies here. Anglers have also had some luck catching cutthroat trout using size 4 beadhead crystal buggers in black/silver and black/red/blue color combinations on fast-sinking fly line. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond – Good

The pond has been stocked with about 2,500 fish this year, with the most recent stocking on May 15. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here. (06-15-18)

La Sal Mountains – Good

Kens Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond (as well as many other lakes in the La Sal Mountains) have been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout that are about 10 inches long. (06-15-18)

Lower Fish Creek – Good

Fishing below the dam at Scofield Reservoir is good if you’re trying to catch chubs. Try using worms or soft-hackle flies here. (06-15-18)

Miller Flat Reservoir – Fair

Miller Flat Reservoir is accessible, but only if you approach Miller Flat Road from the west. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Millsite Reservoir & State Park – Fair

The water level at Millsite Reservoir is still low, but it has risen by about 10 feet since the ice thawed. There isn’t enough water to launch a boat. The daily limit of 16 fish has also been extended for another year at Millsite. Anglers have had success using leeches and crystal buggers. (06-06-18)

Petes Hole – Good

Petes Hole was stocked with 800 rainbow trout on May 24. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners. (06-15-18)

Potters Ponds – Fair

Potters Ponds and other areas along the Miller Flat Road are now open and accessible. Both ponds were stocked with about 1,000 rainbow trout on May 24. (06-15-18)

Right Fork of Huntington Creek – Fair

Try using soft-hackle flies or renegades to catch brown trout in Huntington Creek. (06-06-18)

Scofield Reservoir – Good

Anglers are catching mostly cutthroat trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait, spinners and soft-hackle flies in tan/green/pearl or midnight fire. Try fishing in the dam cove or along the western shore, including the Walk-in Access portion. Anglers have also been catching cutthroat trout using white or pearl sparkle tube jigs tipped with chub meat. Yellow garlic PowerBait has worked well for rainbow trout. Scofield Reservoir was stocked with 12,000 eight-inch cutthroat trout on April 18. Forest supervisors have closed Highway 31 from the Huntington Power Plant to the Miller Flat Road due to the Trail Mountain Fire. Other road closures may be in effect. Contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest office in Price for more information. (06-15-18)

Soup Bowl – Good

Soup Bowl was stocked with 350 rainbow trout on May 24. To catch them, try using worms, PowerBait or spinners. (06-15-18)

Straight Canyon Creek – Good

Anglers have had success catching brown trout using soft-hackle flies in Straight Canyon Creek. Anglers may catch more fish near the Joes Valley Dam, but the larger brown trout are further downstream. (06-15-18)

Willow Lake – Good

Willow Lake is now accessible. A recent gill-net survey yielded some healthy tiger trout. To catch them, try using spinners or tube jigs. (06-15-18)

Wrigley Springs Reservoir – Good

If you’re fishing for trout, try using worms, PowerBait or spinners. (06-15-18)

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