Fishing Report for Southern Utah, March 01, 2012

BAKER RESERVOIR: (March 01) Anglers report slow to fair fishing. Rainbow trout, including some brood fish, were stocked recently. There is no ice on the reservoir. Winter is a good time to target brown trout with minnow-imitating lures and flies.

BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (March 01) Most of the lakes on Boulder Mountain are closed to fishing until April 21. Barker and Lower Barker reservoirs are open year round, but you should expect slow fishing.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN LAKES: (March 01) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that access to the Beaver Mountain lakes is limited. Puffer Lake is the only water that you can access with a wheeled vehicles. SR-153 is plowed to Puffer Lake throughout the winter. Ice conditions on most Beaver Mountain Lakes are still good. There have been some ice anglers on the lakes, with Kent's Lake and Puffer Lake receiving the most pressure. There are no recent reports of fishing success.

BEAVER RIVER, LOWER: (March 01) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that the river below Minersville Reservoir has been receiving fishing pressure almost daily. Minersville is full and spilling, so the water flows in the river are higher than normal for this time of year. Higher water flows should help anglers catch more fish. The fish have more cover so likely they aren't as wary.

BEAVER RIVER, UPPER: (March 01) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that the water 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 stretches. Fish are wary, though, so approach the stream very carefully.

BOULDER MOUNTAIN: (March 01) Most lakes on Boulder Mountain are closed to fishing until April 21. Check the current Utah Fishing Guidebook to find out which lakes are open year round. All of the lakes have safe ice, but access is limited by snow. Anglers are reporting fair to good fishing at the lakes that are open.

CLEAR CREEK: (March 01) The 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: (March 01) Winter fishing is difficult because of the ice and snow.

DUCK CREEK POND / ASPEN MIRROR LAKE: (March 01) Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake are closed to fishing until April 21.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER IN KINGSTON CANYON: (March 01) Releases from Otter Creek Reservoir have jumped up to 88 cubic fee per second, so expect a little cloudy water. Try to focus your fishing efforts on reaches of the river with a little gradient and riffle-pool sequences. A riffle-pool sequence is when the river alternates between shallower and deeper areas. Areas where the water moves slower 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: (March 01) Water flows are generally clear. Fly anglers report good fishing success using streamers.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, UPPER: (March 01) There is not much winter fishing pressure because of the poor access.

ENTERPRISE RESERVOIR, UPPER: (March 01) Both reservoirs should be almost completely ice-free. One angler reports good fishing success fly fishing from a float tube. Bait anglers have had good success fishing from the shore.

FISH LAKE: (March 01) The south end of the lake has 12 to 18 inches of ice, and there are 8 to 10 inches of ice north of the Fish Lake Lodge. For up-to-date road and ice conditions, please contact the lodge by calling 435–638-1000. Fishing success will vary depending on the area you fish. Near weeds in 10- to 15-feet of water, the action is fair to good for perch and fair for smaller trout. Try using jigs and ice flies tipped with mealworms, nightcrawlers or perch meat. Anglers report catching more rainbow trout than splake this year. The bite is often best before noon, but it can stay fair all day. Try moving out to 20- to 40-feet of water to target larger splake and rainbows. These fish may also be found suspended at the same depth over deeper water. You can find small lake trout, and an occasional large fish, in anywhere from 80 to 100 feet. For lake trout, use larger jigs tipped with pieces of perch, chub or sucker meat. You should also add a healthy dose of patience, though a fish finder can help you find the lake trout.

FORSYTH RESERVOIR: (March 01) The ice is 18 to 20 inches thick. Anglers report good fishing for perch in 10 to 15 feet of water. Most of the perch are small, though anglers are catching fish up to 11 inches. Trout fishing is slow, with an occasional good day. If you are targeting tiger trout and splake through the ice, try tipping jigs with cut bait (like sucker or chub meat) or pieces of minnows. Access to the reservoir is generally good. Remember: You cannot use perch meat for bait at Forsyth.

FREMONT RIVER: (March 01) There is little snow, so access above Mill Meadow is good. One angler reports fair fishing for small brown trout with beadhead nymphs. Water flows are low, so it's easy to spook the fish.

GUNLOCK RESERVOIR: (March 01) The boat ramp is closed until March. Visit www.stateparks.utah.gov/ for a current boat ramp schedule.

GUNNISON BEND RESERVOIR: (February 17) You won't find much ice or fishing pressure at Gunnison Bend and DMAD.

IRON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (March 01) Leigh Hill Reservoir should open within next few weeks.

JOHNSON RESERVOIR: (March 01) Access to the reservoir is poor, so there is little winter fishing opportunity.

KOLOB RESERVOIR: (March 01) There is generally very little ice fishing pressure due to poor access. Kolob Reservoir is closed to bait fishing until May 19. Kolob has other special regulations. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

KOOSHAREM RESERVOIR: (March 01) The ice is safe but there has not been much fishing pressure lately. If you're targeting cutthroat trout, try tipping jigs with cut bait (like sucker or chub meat) or pieces of minnows.

LOWER BOWNS RESERVOIR: (March 01) Access to the reservoir is poor, so there is not much winter fishing pressure.

MAMMOTH CREEK: (March 01) The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports fair fishing success with disco midge, prince nymph and large leech patterns.

MILL MEADOW RESERVOIR: (March 01) The reservoir was not drained last year as planned. There is little snow, so access is good. The ice is safe, but the edges can get soft because of the rising water level so use caution. Anglers report good to excellent fishing for both trout and perch. Anglers report finding the best success on the west shore in 15 to 20 feet of water.

MINERSVILLE RESERVOIR: (March 01) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that Minersville Reservoir is full and spilling. Almost all the ice came off the reservoir last weekend. Now, there is just a small patch of ice near the inlet. Fishing pressure has been increasing, especially on warm days. A few anglers have launched boats, but most are fishing from the shore with fly rods. Fishing success has improved over the last week or so. You should find the best fishing on sunny days during the early afternoon as water temperatures increases. Try using wooly buggers, nymph patterns and zonkers. You may also want to try trolling or fishing from the shore with lures.

MONROE MOUNTAIN LAKES: (March 01) Access is poor, so there is not much winter fishing pressure.

NAVAJO LAKE: (March 01) Highway 14 in Cedar Canyon has been closed because of a landslide. The highway will be plowed from US-89 to the Navajo Lake turnoff, but access beyond there is by snowmobile or hiking. There is little fishing pressure in the winter because of the poor access, but fishing for splake should be good if you can get there.

NEWCASTLE RESERVOIR: (March 01) Most of the reservoir has open water. One angler reports fair success fishing for rainbow trout in the open water with a wooly bugger. Bait fishing is slow.

OTTER CREEK RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (March 01) The reservoir is ice free. Anglers report good success fishing with flies and lures from shore.

PANGUITCH LAKE: (March 01) The ice is 16 to 18 inches thick with some slush. Anglers report that fishing success has improved recently for rainbow trout and a few cutthroat trout. Try using small jigs tipped with mealworms before noon. Panguitch Lake has special regulations, including a slot limit. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

PARAGONAH RESERVOIR: (March 01) Anglers report good to excellent fishing. The recent snow has made it more difficult to access the reservoir.

PINE LAKE: (March 01) The lake should have safe ice, but access is difficult.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: (March 01) The reservoir is ice free. Based on reports from Otter Creek, the ice-off fishing could be good.

QUAIL LAKE: (March 01) Rainbow trout have been stocked and should provide fair to good fishing. Visit www.stateparks.utah.gov/ for the current boat ramp schedule.

SAND HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (March 01) Bass activity slows down during winter, so anglers need to adjust their fishing techniques. The key to coldwater bass fishing is slowing down your presentation or dead-sticking. Plastics like senkos, swimbaits, hula grubs and drop-shots are all effective with the right presentation. A dropshot rig is a popular cold weather technique because of its naturally slow presentation. Concentrate on fishing in 20 to 30 feet of water. 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 you leave the reservoir.

SEVIER RIVER IN MARYSVALE CANYON: (March 01) Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased and are now over 200 cubic feet per second. Fishing will be difficult.

THOUSAND LAKE MOUNTAIN: (March 01) Elkhorn Road from Forsyth Reservoir is impassable because of snow. You can access Solomon Basin from I-70 in Emery County, but the snow is making it difficult to access most of the other lakes. One angler reports fair to good fishing success at Meeks Lake and Morell Pond.

TROPIC RESERVOIR: (March 01) There is not much winter fishing pressure because it's difficult to access the reservoir.

WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (March 01) All of the ponds have been stocked regularly since November, so fishing should be fair. Check out a new pond at the Sullivan Virgin River Park on 300 East in Washington.

WIDE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (March 01) Most of the ice is off, but we don't have any recent fishing reports. More rainbow trout will be stocked in mid-March.

YANKEE MEADOW RESERVOIR: (March 01) Anglers report fair to good fishing success, but it's difficult to access the reservoir because of the recent snow.

 

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