Fishing Report for Southeastern Utah, March 05, 2012

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (March 05) Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports that he hasn't seen an angler in San Juan County in three weeks; however, Blanding #4 is mostly open. Blanding #3 and Lloyds Lake are still iced up. Recapture Reservoir is mostly ice free.

ACADEMY MILL RESERVOIR: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

BLUE LAKE: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (March 05) The ice has melted and the gate will be opened on May 5, 2012.

CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (March 05) Two weeks ago, Lieutenant Carl Gramlich reported good fishing for 17 to 18-inch rainbow trout using white or green plastic jigs tipped with mealworms. Gramlich fished in 10 to 12 feet of water, and said that morning was definitely the best time to fish. Angling success turned off as the day progressed. Ice thickness ranged from 15 to 18 inches.

DUCK FORK RESERVOIR: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

FERRON RESERVOIR: (March 05) All fish were removed last fall. Restocking will not recur until early summer in 2012.

GIGLIOTTI POND: (March 05) On March 2, Conservation Officer Devin Christensen reported that the pond's ice was starting to melt. With warming weekend temperatures, the pond should be ice-free in a few days.

GOOSEBERRY RESERVOIR: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

GRASSY LAKE: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (March 05) The ice may be 8 to 11 inches thick at some locations and much thinner at others. Please use caution when venturing out to ice fish.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (March 05) The ice is extremely thick.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (March 05) Fisheries Biologist Dan Keller fished on February 18 and reported slow fishing. He caught a few splake, the largest measuring 16 inches. He caught a tiger trout as well. The best tackle was a green paddle bug tipped with chub meat. Dan said that afternoon fishing was better than the morning. There are no reports on ice thickness. Conservation Officer Ben Stearns reports very little fishing activity, suggesting poor angling success.

LA SAL MOUNTAINS: (March 05) Access to these high elevation waters is prohibited by snow.

MILLER FLAT RESERVOIR: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (March 05) Last week, Perry Bunderson fished the reservoir from a tube for three hours. He caught 11 fish. The upper half of the reservoir is open water. Conservation Officer Ben Stearns reports that anglers may cast bait from shore. Where ice persists, jigs and mealworms are effective.

State Park Manager Dan Richards reports 6 to 10 inches of ice in some areas and open water at others. The wind can change the location of the ice pack from one day to the next. Please be extra cautious.

Tom Ogden and Perry Bunderson recently fished open water from tubes and pontoon boats. The two men caught 45 fish in five hours. Among them were 30 rainbows, 10 cutthroats, 4 splake and 1 tiger trout. They ranged from 12 to16 inches long. The party used fast-sinking line with size 6 to 8 wooly buggers and leech patterns. The best colors were black/red, blue and green/pearl. Tom indicated that the reservoir was 70 percent ice-free.

PETES HOLE: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

POTTERS PONDS: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (March 05) On February 16, the catch-and-release tiger trout record was broken at Scofield Reservoir. The tiger trout measured 27 inches. On February 17, Trent Peery of Santaquin broke the state angling record for tiger trout when he pulled a 15.16-pound, 32.25-inch tiger through the ice. Its girth was 20 inches. After catching his record fish, Trent reported catching a 25 incher. Although general fishing conditions range from fair to good, large tigers and cutthroats are still being caught. The ice thickness is slightly less than two feet.

Please remember the slot limit. Violation of this regulation has been the cause of most citations at this waterbody. Refer to page 30 in the Utah Fishing Guidebook for Scofield's special regulations.

Conservation Officer Devin Christensen said the most successful bait has been a spoon, jig or lure, tipped with chub meat, nightcrawler or wax worm. The biggest fish have been caught with a spoon tipped with chub meat. Officers Christensen and Abbott fished on February 29 and caught 10 fish in four hours with a variety of tube jigs, lures and baits. Earlier in the month, JD caught a 22-incher on a white tube jig tipped with sucker meat. Devin interviewed an angler who caught a 23-inch cutthroat.

SOUP BOWL: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

WILLOW LAKE: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

WRIGLEY SPRINGS RESERVOIR: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow.

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