UT: Fishing Report DWR Southern Region January 6, 2012

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BAKER RESERVOIR: (January 06) There isn’t any ice. Winter is a good
time to target brown trout with minnow-imitating lures and
flies.

BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (January 06) Most lakes
on Boulder Mountain are closed to fishing until April 21. Barker
and Lower Barker reservoirs are open year round.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN LAKES: (January 06) Conservation Officer Brent
Farnsworth reports that access to the Beaver Mountain lakes is
limited this time of year. Because there hasn’t been much snow,
most lakes are still accessible to four-wheel drive vehicles. Near
the higher lakes, drifting snow makes driving conditions more
difficult. All lakes are frozen, and anglers have been out on the
ice. Kent’s Lake and Puffer Lake are receiving the most pressure.
There haven’t been any recent reports of success.

BEAVER RIVER, LOWER: (January 06) Conservation Officer Brent
Farnsworth reports that water is not being released from
Minersville Reservoir, so flows are low. Use caution when
approaching the stream so you don’t spook the fish. Drifting a
nightcrawler through the current usually produces trout this time
of year. Surface ice could make fishing difficult at any time.

BEAVER RIVER, UPPER: (January 06) Conservation Officer Brent
Farnsworth reports that flows are low and clear. There is a lot of
anchor ice, especially in the upper stretches. The lower stretches
(near the mouth of Beaver Canyon) have some fishable areas. The
fish are wary, so use stealth when approaching the stream.

BOULDER MOUNTAIN: (January 06) Most lakes on Boulder Mountain
are closed to fishing until April 21. Check the current Utah
Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are open year round. All lakes
now have safe ice, but they might be difficult to access because of
snow.

CLEAR CREEK: (January 06) Summer storms caused major flooding in
Clear Creek and its tributaries this year. Trout appear to be
absent from most of the drainage.

CORN CREEK: (January 06) Winter fishing is difficult due to ice
and snow.

DUCK CREEK POND / ASPEN MIRROR LAKE: (January 06) Duck Creek
Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake are closed to fishing until
April 21.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER IN KINGSTON CANYON: (January 06) Mild
weather and increased water releases from Otter Creek Reservoir are
keeping the river ice-free. Although the flow has increased, the
river is still fishable. Focus your fishing efforts on areas with a
little gradient and riffle-pool sequences. Slow-moving runs have
less oxygen in the winter and fewer fish. The Circle Valley Anglers
fly shop recommends egg patterns, small midges and large
streamers.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, BLACK CANYON: (January 06) Spring inflow
keeps Black Canyon mostly ice-free in the winter. The river has
been a little murky, so the Circle Valley Anglers fly shop
recommends larger streamer patterns. The key to success is to
quickly get the fly deep in the current.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, UPPER: (January 06) There isn’t much
winter fishing pressure due to poor access.

ENTERPRISE RESERVOIR, UPPER: (January 06) Access is excellent,
and there’s very little snow in the area. Most of the reservoir has
six or seven inches of ice, but there is a little open water in one
of the western arms. Mild temperatures have produced soft edges and
left some standing water on top of the ice. Please use caution on
the ice.

FISH LAKE: (January 06) Seven inches of ice cover much of the
southern end of the lake, almost up to the lodge. Calm nights
should help cap the rest of the lake, but use caution. There is
little snow in the area, so access is good. Contact the Fish Lake
Lodge (435-638-1000) for up-to-date road and ice conditions.
Fishing success has varied from slow to good, depending on the day
and technique. For perch and small trout, fish in 15-25 feet of
water with jigs and ice flies tipped with mealworms, nightcrawlers
or perch meat. Move out to 35-40 feet to target larger splake and
rainbows. You can also find these fish suspended at the same depth
over deep water. Small lake trout-and the occasional large fish-can
be can found anywhere from 50 to 90 feet. For lake trout, use
larger jigs tipped with pieces of perch, chub or sucker meat and
add a healthy dose of patience. A fish finder can be invaluable in
finding lake trout.

FORSYTH RESERVOIR: (January 06) There is little snow, so access
is good. Ice thickness ranges from six to 10 inches. When you’re
targeting tigers and splake through the ice, tip your jigs with cut
bait (sucker or chub meat) or pieces of minnows. Perch fishing
could be fair to good this year. Remember that it is illegal to use
perch as bait at Forsyth.

FREMONT RIVER: (January 06) The road above Mill Meadow Reservoir
is not plowed during the winter.

GUNLOCK RESERVOIR: (January 06) The boat ramp is closed until
March. Visit www.stateparks.utah.gov for the most current boat ramp
schedule.

GUNNISON BEND RESERVOIR: (January 06) There haven’t been any
recent reports. The reservoir is unlikely to have safe ice with the
recent mild weather.

IRON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (January 06) Leigh Hill
Reservoir is closed for the winter.

JOHNSON RESERVOIR: (January 06) Because of poor access, there
isn’t much winter fishing opportunity.

KOLOB RESERVOIR: (January 06) Kolob is closed to bait fishing
until May 19. According to recent reports, there is not much snow
and you can reach the reservoir in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
There is generally very little ice-fishing pressure due to poor
access. The trout limit is two fish, and you must immediately
release all trout between 15 and 22 inches.

KOOSHAREM RESERVOIR: (January 06) The ice is 10 to 12 inches
thick. There has been a lot more fishing pressure this ice season
than we normally see, and fishing success really slowed down last
weekend. Move away from the areas that have seen the most pressure.
To target cutthroat, tip your jigs with cut bait (sucker or chub
meat) or pieces of minnows.

LOWER BOWNS RESERVOIR: (January 06) There isn’t much winter
fishing pressure due to poor access.

MAMMOTH CREEK: (January 06) The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop
reports fair success with disco midge, prince nymph and large leech
patterns.

MILL MEADOW RESERVOIR: (January 06) There is little snow, so
access is good. The ice is 6 to 10 inches thick. Fishing is fair
for perch and trout. Some anglers have found better success by
walking across to the west shore. The reservoir was not drained
this year, as planned, so the ice fishing will again be good.

MINERSVILLE RESERVOIR: (January 06) Conservation Officer Brent
Farnsworth reports that the reservoir is only about four feet below
full pool. There is ice cover on the entire lake, but many places
are thin and weak. There have been a few ice anglers on the
thickest ice. The ice is about four inches in the thickest spots.
The lake is rising daily, so the ice around the shoreline is
especially thin. Success has been slow for the few anglers who
ventured onto the ice. Use caution when fishing this lake at this
time.

MONROE MOUNTAIN LAKES: (January 06) There isn’t much winter
fishing pressure due to poor access.

NAVAJO LAKE: (January 06) Highway 14 in Cedar Canyon has been
closed because of a landslide. The highway will be plowed from U.S.
89 to the Navajo Lake turnoff, but you’ll need to snowmobile or
hike to access areas beyond that point. There is little fishing
pressure in the winter due to poor access, but the splake fishing
should be good if you can reach the lake.

NEWCASTLE RESERVOIR: (January 06) The ice is about six inches
thick near the dam, but the upper lake has open water. Continued
mild temperatures could destabilize the ice. There’s no fishing
pressure.

OTTER CREEK RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (January 06) There is no
snow in the area, so access is good. The ice is 8 to 10 inches
thick. Watch out for soft edges in the afternoon. Fishing is
generally fair for rainbows, and anglers are catching quality-sized
fish that are in good condition. Anglers are reporting success at a
variety of times and depths, with a variety of techniques. The key
is to keep changing any of these variables until you find something
that works. Don’t hesitate to go much deeper than you normally
would at Otter Creek-one angler reported good success at 20
feet.

PANGUITCH LAKE: (January 06) There is little snow in the area,
so access is good. The ice is 8 to 10 inches thick. Fishing has
been generally slow. To improve success, get away from areas that
have seen a lot of pressure. Don’t hesitate to fish out in the
middle of the lake, especially if that’s the only place you can
find that has hole-free ice. Keep changing your location, depth,
technique and bait until you find something that works. All
cutthroat and tiger trout between 15 and 22 inches must be
released.

PARAGONAH RESERVOIR: (January 06) Access is good, and there’s
little snow in the area. Anglers report good to excellent
fishing.

PINE LAKE: (January 06) The lake may have safe ice, but access
is difficult.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: (January 06) The reservoir is full and has very
little ice. Shore fishing might be worth a try until it ices
over.

QUAIL LAKE: (January 06) Visit www.stateparks.utah.gov for the
current boat ramp schedule. Rainbow trout have been stocked and
should provide fair to good fishing.

SAND HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (January 06) Bass activity slows down
during the winter, so you must adjust your fishing techniques. The
primary key to coldwater bass fishing is to slow down the
presentation, even employing dead-sticking, if necessary. A variety
of plastics, including senkos, swimbaits, hula grubs and
drop-shots, are all effective with the right presentation. A
drop-shot rig is one of the more popular cold-weather techniques,
due to its natural slow presentation. Concentrate on deeper water
at 20 to 30 feet. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits can also be effective
during the warmest part of the day. Quagga mussels are present in
Sand Hollow, so plan extra time to have your boat washed before
leaving.

SEVIER RIVER IN MARYSVALE CANYON: (January 06) Water is being
released from Piute Reservoir, and the high flows are making it
difficult to fish.

THOUSAND LAKE MOUNTAIN: (January 06) The Elkhorn Road from
Forsyth Reservoir is impassable due to snow. Solomon Basin is
accessible from I-70 in Emery County. Snow makes it difficult to
access most other lakes. One angler reports good success at Meek’s
Lake, but slow fishing at Floating Island.

TROPIC RESERVOIR: (January 06) There isn’t much winter fishing
pressure due to poor access.

WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (January 06) All of the
ponds have been stocked regularly since November. You might also
want to check out the new pond, which is located at Sullivan Virgin
River Park on 300 East in Washington.

WIDE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (January 06) The ice is thin.

YANKEE MEADOW RESERVOIR: (January 06) The reservoir may have
safe ice, but access is difficult.

 

 

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