Fishing Report for Southern Utah April 5, 2012
BAKER RESERVOIR: (April 05) Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing is slow to fair. A recent survey found good numbers of quality-sized brown trout from 4 to five pounds. Early spring is a good time to target browns with minnow-imitating lures and flies or frozen minnows.
BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (April 05) Most lakes on Boulder Mountain are closed to fishing until April 21. Barker and Lower Barker reservoirs are open year round. Access is still difficult.
BEAVER MOUNTAIN LAKES: (April 05) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that access to the lakes on Beaver Mountain is limited this time of year. Puffer Lake is the only water accessible by wheeled vehicles. SR-153 is plowed to Puffer Lake throughout the winter. The ice is beginning to deteriorate on the lower elevation lakes so use caution if venturing onto the ice. There have been some ice fishermen on the lakes, with Kent's Lake and Puffer Lake receiving the most pressure. There haven't been any reports on success.
BEAVER RIVER, LOWER: (April 05) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that the river below Minersville Reservoir has been receiving fishing pressure almost daily. Anglers report catching mostly rainbows with an occasional brown trout in the mix. Minersville Reservoir is full and spilling, so flows in the river are higher than normal for this time of year. The water is clear and the fish are wary, so approach the stream with stealth.
BEAVER RIVER, UPPER: (April 05) 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 stretches and more areas are opening up as the weather warms. Fish are wary, so use stealth when approaching the stream.
BOULDER MOUNTAIN: (April 05) 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. The snow is beginning to melt at lower elevations though the north slopes still have large amounts of snow reported.
CLEAR CREEK: (April 05) Summer storms caused major flooding in Clear Creek and its tributaries last year. Trout appear to be absent from most of the drainage.
CORN CREEK: (April 05) Winter fishing is difficult due to ice and snow.
DUCK CREEK POND / ASPEN MIRROR LAKE: (April 05) Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake are closed to fishing until April 21.
EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER IN KINGSTON CANYON: (April 05) Otter Creek Reservoir is full and flow in Kingston Canyon is between 130 and 140 cfs, so expect some turbid water.
EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, BLACK CANYON: (April 05) Water is being released from Tropic Reservoir and flows are high and murky.
EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, UPPER: (April 05) There haven't been any recent reports on snow or access.
ENTERPRISE RESERVOIR, UPPER: (April 05) Both reservoirs are ice-free. Anglers are reporting fair to good success fly fishing from a float tube, as well as bait fishing from shore. Ten-inch rainbows have been stocked in the lower reservoir.
FISH LAKE: (April 05) Reports are in that the ice on the north end is disappearing and the south end is soft and unsafe. The rest of the ice should come off quickly. Remember that boats are not allowed on the lake until every last bit of ice is gone. Look for night fishing for splake to pick up soon.
FORSYTH RESERVOIR: (April 05) Ice is starting to open up around the inlets and springs and should come off in the next couple of weeks. Ice off fishing can be good for tigers and splake—try minnow-imitating lures and flies or frozen minnows.
FREMONT RIVER: (April 05) There haven't been any recent reports on fishing.
GUNLOCK RESERVOIR: (April 05) Visit the state parks site for the current boat ramp schedule.
GUNNISON BEND RESERVOIR: (April 05) There haven't been any recent reports on fishing.
IRON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (April 05) Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) is now open to fishing and catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked there, as well as at Parowan Pond.
JOHNSON RESERVOIR: (April 05) There has been little winter fishing opportunity due to poor access.
KOLOB RESERVOIR: (April 05) Kolob is closed to bait fishing until May 19. Conservation officer Chris Schulze reports that Kolob is now accessible from Virgin. The reservoir is still mostly iced over, but some spots are starting to open up. Look for the ice to come off within the next couple of weeks. The trout limit is 2 and all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be immediately released.
KOOSHAREM RESERVOIR: (April 05) The ice is off Koosharem. When targeting large cutthroat, try minnow-imitating flies and lures or frozen minnows.
LOWER BOWNS RESERVOIR: (April 05) There haven't been any recent reports on fishing.
MAMMOTH CREEK: (April 05) There haven't been any recent reports on fishing. Flows and turbidity can increase at any time due to snowmelt.
MILL MEADOW RESERVOIR: (April 05) The ice should be about off. Try casting lures and flies near the inlets for hungry browns.
MINERSVILLE RESERVOIR: (April 05) Minersville Reservoir is full and spilling. The fishing pressure has been increasing, especially on warm days. Anglers are fishing from shore, float tubes and boats. Fishing can vary, but is generally fair to good. Success has been reported on nymphs, streamers, marabou jigs, crankbaits and lures.
MONROE MOUNTAIN LAKES: (April 05) Poor access has kept fishing pressure low.
NAVAJO LAKE: (April 05) Highway 14 in Cedar Canyon has been closed due to a landslide. From the east, the highway is plowed to Duck Creek, but may have snowdrifts further to the west. Poor access has kept fishing pressure low, but fishing for splake should be good if you can get there.
NEWCASTLE RESERVOIR: (April 05) A recent fish survey found abundant rainbow trout ranging from ten to eighteen inches. Additional rainbows have been stocked. Fishing is fair with all techniques. Wiper fishing should improve as water temperature gets closer to 60 degrees, possibly by the end of April.
OTTER CREEK RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 05) Anglers report good success fishing flies and lures from shore. Bait fishing has also improved. The reservoir is full, so flooded brush is severely reducing the amount of shoreline that can be fished. Try wading or using a float tube. Trollers are also catching some fish, though they tend to be smaller as most of the bigger fish have headed for the shallows.
PANGUITCH LAKE: (April 05) The ice is just about gone. This is a great time to target large cutthroat and tigers as they cruise the shallows. Try casting minnow-imitating lures and flies. For bait, use frozen minnows or pieces of chub or sucker meat. Fish bait actively—moving it occasionally and setting the hook as soon as you feel a bite—to avoid deep-hooking. Remember that all cutthroat and tigers between 15 and 22 inches must be released.
PARAGONAH RESERVOIR: (April 05) The ice should be coming off soon, but there haven't been any recent reports on access.
PINE LAKE: (April 05) There haven't been any recent fishing reports, but the ice should be coming off soon.
PIUTE RESERVOIR: (April 05) The reservoir is full and spilling. Piute is getting much less pressure than Otter Creek, so no fishing reports have been received.
QUAIL LAKE: (April 05) Visit the state parks site for the current boat ramp schedule. Trout fishing has been slow to fair. The water temperature is in the low 50s. A few bass have been caught at 30 to 40 feet.
SAND HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (April 05) Recent warm temperatures have kick-started bass into activity. Some fish have been seen building spawning beds in the shallows, though most are just cruising. Bass fishing is picking up in both shallow and deep water with most any technique. Quagga mussels are present in Sand Hollow, so plan extra time to have your boat washed before leaving.
SEVIER RIVER IN MARYSVALE CANYON: (April 05) Releases from Piute Reservoir backed off to 200 cfs, but this is still high enough to make fishing difficult.
THOUSAND LAKE MOUNTAIN: (April 05) The Elkhorn Road from Forsyth Reservoir is impassable due to snow. Solomon Basin is accessible from I-70 in Emery County. The snow makes accessing most other lakes difficult.
TROPIC RESERVOIR: (April 05) There haven't been any recent fishing reports, but the ice should be coming off soon.
WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (April 05) All ponds have been stocked regularly since November. Check out a new pond at the Sullivan Virgin River Park on 300 East in Washington.
WIDE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (April 05) A recent fish survey found that rainbows stocked last year have grown to 16–18 inches in length and 2–3 pounds in weight. Anglers are finding fair success with lures and bait from the dam. Fly anglers should use a float tube to access flooded brush and drag streamers near the bottom in between the trees. More 10-inch rainbows will be stocked soon.
YANKEE MEADOW RESERVOIR: (April 05) Fishing can be fair to good, but you'll need a snowmobile to reach the reservoir.