Fishing Report for Southern Utah April 20, 2012

BAKER RESERVOIR: (April 20) The reservoir was stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Anglers report slow to fair fishing success. A recent population survey found good numbers of quality-sized brown trout weighing up to four or five pounds. Spring is a good time to target brown trout with minnow-imitating lures and flies, or frozen minnows.

BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (April 20) All lakes on Boulder Mountain open to fishing on Saturday, April 21, but access is still difficult.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN LAKES: (April 20) Little Reservoir will be stocked soon, but holdover trout will provide fishing opportunity until then. Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that access to the Beaver Mountain lakes is limited. The road to Little Reservoir is now accessible to vehicles, but snowdrifts still limit access to the upper lakes. Highway 153 in Beaver Canyon is under construction and road closures have begun above Mahogany Cove Campground. Construction will continue throughout the summer and will hinder access to Puffer Lake and Three Creeks Reservoir—even when the snow melts. (See scheduled road closures.)

BEAVER RIVER, LOWER: (April 20) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports fair fishing success in the Beaver River below Minersville Reservoir. Water flows are low, but irrigation flows will increase in the next few weeks. The spillway pool below Minersville Reservoir dam is getting daily fishing pressure, but fishing success has declined.

BEAVER RIVER, UPPER: (April 20) The ice is gone from most of the river and the water is running low and clear. Runoff, however, can start at any time. The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports fair fishing success on stonefly nymph patterns. The Fishlake National Forest has announced that road construction will start on April 15 on a section of Highway 153 past the Kent's Lake turnoff. See scheduled road closures.

BOULDER MOUNTAIN: (April 20) All of the lakes on Boulder Mountain will open to fishing on Saturday, April 21. The snow is beginning to melt at lower elevations, though the north slopes still have large amounts of snow. Some of the lower elevation lakes should be accessible soon.

CLEAR CREEK: (April 20) 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 20) Duck Creek Pond, Duck Creek and Aspen Mirror Lake will open to fishing on Saturday, April 21.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER IN KINGSTON CANYON: (April 20) The water flow has dropped to 100 cubic feet per second, but you should still expect some cloudy water. Try fishing deep pools with streamers, San Juan worm, heavy spinners or nightcrawlers.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, BLACK CANYON: (April 20) Water flows are a little high and the water is murky from runoff. The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports fair fishing success with various nymph patterns. Prince nymphs have worked best. Stonefly patterns—stoneflies are also abundant—have also been working well.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, UPPER: (April 20) Access to the river is good and brown trout are abundant.

ENTERPRISE RESERVOIR, UPPER: (April 20) Anglers are report fair to good success fly fishing from a float tube or bait fishing from the shore. Ten-inch rainbow trout have been stocked in the lower reservoir.

FISH LAKE: (April 20) The ice is coming off Fish Lake. There is more than 100 feet of open water around much of the lake. Boats are not allowed on the lake until every last bit of ice is gone. For up to date ice and road conditions, call the Fish Lake Lodge at 435–638-1000. Rainbow trout are stacked up in front of Twin Creeks and fishing success has been fair with flies. Expect some company because shore fishing opportunities are limited. Remember: Twin Creeks is closed to fishing. Night fishing for splake should pick up soon.

FORSYTH RESERVOIR: (April 20) The ice is off and the reservoir is full. Ice-off fishing can be good for tiger trout and splake. Try using minnow-imitating lures and flies, or frozen minnows. For up to date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435–616-2319.

FREMONT RIVER: (April 20) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports that access to the Upper Fremont River is good. You can now take State Road 25 from Mill Meadow Reservoir to Fish Lake. Fishing success is fair to good above Mill Meadow Reservoir. The last couple of years, this stretch of river has experienced anchor ice, which forces fish to move upstream, closer to the springs, or downstream to the reservoir. As the fish move back up stream, the best fishing has been closer to the reservoir. The river is at an optimal flow right now. The best flies have been pheasant tail nymphs in size 14 and 12. You can access UM Creek through Water Flat. The flows are the creek are low. For up to date conditions and fishing reports, call the fly shop at 435–616-2319.

GUNLOCK RESERVOIR: (April 20) Starting April 20, the boat ramp will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bass fishing should start picking up in the next few weeks, once the water temperature approaches 60 degrees. Look for lots of small- and medium-sized bass this year as the population continues to grow and establish.

GUNNISON BEND RESERVOIR: (April 05) There haven't been any recent reports on fishing.

IRON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (April 20) Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond.

JOHNSON RESERVOIR: (April 20) The ice is coming off and access to the reservoir is good. For up to date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435–616-2319.

KOLOB RESERVOIR: (April 20) Kolob is closed to bait fishing until May 19. Conservation officer Chris Schulze reports that Kolob is now accessible from Virgin. You will need a four wheel drive vehicle for a few days, however, because of last weekend's storm. The ice is starting to come off and should be gone within a couple of weeks. The reservoir has a two trout limit, and you must immediately release all trout between 15 and 22 inches.

KOOSHAREM RESERVOIR: (April 20) The ice is off Koosharem. Fishing success should be fair. To target large cutthroat, try minnow-imitating flies and lures or frozen minnows.

LOWER BOWNS RESERVOIR: (April 20) The reservoir is accessible but anglers report slow fishing success.

MAMMOTH CREEK: (April 20) There are no recent fishing reports. Water flows and the cloudiness of the water can increase at any time because of the melting snow.

MILL MEADOW RESERVOIR: (April 20) The ice is off and the reservoir is full. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports good fishing success for brown trout using wooly buggers and pheasant tail nymphs. For up to date conditions and fishing reports, call the fly shop at 435–616-2319.

MINERSVILLE RESERVOIR: (April 20) Conservation officer Brent Farsnworth reports that the reservoir is full, but will start dropping as irrigation water is released. This spring has produced some of the best fly fishing from the shore in several years. This has increased the interest in the reservoir among fly anglers, so weekends are seeing high fishing pressure. A few boats have launched, but most anglers are fly fishing from the shore. Fishing success ranges from fair to good, depending on the day. Fly fishing from shore be good for another week or two, but will decline once the water warms and fish move into deeper water. Try using wooly buggers, zonkers, midges, and other nymph patterns. You should also have success fishing with lures, either trolling or casting, from the shore. Anglers have caught a few smallmouth bass, but the water is still too cold for bass to be very active. Bass fishing should improve in May.

MONROE MOUNTAIN LAKES: (April 20) There are no recent fishing reports. The Box Creek reservoirs should be accessible soon.

NAVAJO LAKE: (April 20) Highway 14 in Cedar Canyon is closed because of a landslide. The highway from the east is plowed to Duck Creek, but there may be snow drifts further to the west. Fishing for splake should be good, if you can get there. (There is little fishing pressure in the winter due because of the poor access.)

NEWCASTLE RESERVOIR: (April 20) A recent fish population survey found abundant rainbow trout ranging from 10 to 18 inches. Additional rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers report fair fishing success using any technique. Wiper fishing should improve once the water temperature gets closer to 60 degrees. That will likely happen in May.

OTTER CREEK RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 20) Anglers report good success fishing using flies and lures from the shore. Bait fishing has also improved. The reservoir is full, so flooded brush is severely reducing the amount of shoreline that you can fish. Try wading or using a floattube. Trollers are also catching some fish, though they tend to be smaller. Most of the bigger fish have headed for the shallows.

PANGUITCH LAKE: (April 20) The ice is off. We received some fishing reports during the storm, so fishing was slow. Fishing should be improving, however. This is a great time to target large cutthroat and tiger trout as they cruise the shallows. Try casting minnow-imitating lures and flies. For bait, use frozen minnows or pieces of chub or sucker meat. Move your bait occasionally and set the hook as soon as you feel a bite to avoid deep-hooking. Remember: You must release all cutthroat and tiger trout between 15 and 22 inches.

PARAGONAH RESERVOIR: (April 20) The ice is off and access is good. The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports good fly fishing using small egg-sucking leeches. Remember: The tributaries are closed to fishing until July to protect spawning fish.

PINE LAKE: (April 20) The ice is off and access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: (April 20) A recent population survey found rainbow trout ranging from 10 to 18 inches. The population numbers are not great, however, because of the high density of chubs. Fishing will be tough this year as trout continue to struggle. Smallmouth bass will get active as the water warms in May.

QUAIL LAKE: (April 20) Starting April 20, the boat ramp will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Trout fishing has been fair, but will slow down once the weather warms. The water temperature average is in the mid-50s. Most bass are being caught deep, but a few may start moving into the shallows soon.

SAND HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (April 20) The recent warm temperatures have kick-started bass activity. Some fish have been 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 you leave.

SEVIER RIVER IN MARYSVALE CANYON: (April 20) The water releases from Piute Reservoir have dropped to 150 cubic feet per second, but this is still high enough to make fishing difficult.

THOUSAND LAKE MOUNTAIN: (April 20) Solomon Basin is now accessible from Forsyth Reservoir. There are a couple of snow drifts, though, so you'll still need a four wheel drive vehicle. Anglers report good fishing success. For up to date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435–616-2319 .

TROPIC RESERVOIR: (April 20) The ice is off and access is good. Catchable-sized rainbow trout have been stocked. Anglers report good fishing success using any popular technique for the stocked trout. Anglers are also catching a few brown and brook trout.

WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (April 20) Trout fishing should be fair to good for a few more weeks until the water starts to warm up.

WIDE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (April 20) A recent fish population survey found that the rainbows stocked last year have grown to 16 to 18 inches in length and two to three pounds in weight. More 10-inch rainbows have also been stocked. Anglers are finding fair fishing success from the dam with lures and bait. Fly anglers should use a floattube to access the flooded brush and then drag streamers near the bottom in between the trees.

YANKEE MEADOW RESERVOIR: (April 20) The ice is coming off, however, the Dixie National Forest is working on the road and there will be temporary road closures for at least a few weeks. (See scheduled road closures.)

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