Fishing Report for Southeastern Utah April 27, 2012

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (April 27) Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports good fishing success in San Juan County. Anglers have been most successful at Blanding 3 and 4 using PowerBait or worms. Fishing is slow at Foy Reservoir and Monticello Lake, although it should improve once they are stocked with fish. Shumway says that the pike are biting well at Recapture Reservoir.

BENCHES POND: (April 27) On April 23, Conservation Officer Devin Christensen reported that there is some open water along the shoreline, although most of the pond remains under ice.

BOULGER RESERVOIR: (April 27) There was still an ice cap on April 23 except for a small ring of open water that circled the shoreline.

CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (April 27) In late March and early April, the DWR planted more than 300 rainbow trout that averaged 14 inches in length. On April 10, we planted 95 rainbow trout that averaged 19 inches in length.

CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (April 27) Conservation Officer Devin Christensen reports slow fishing. He watched two anglers fish a small stretch of open water with worms, and they failed to catch any fish.

ELECTRIC LAKE: (April 27) Conservation Officer Devin Christensen reported that the lake was entirely covered in ice on April 23.

FAIRVIEW LAKES: (April 27) Both lakes were still frozen as of April 23.

GIGLIOTTI POND: (April 20) Anglers report good fishing success using with worms, PowerBait, marshmallows and nymph fly patterns.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (April 27) The lake was entirely covered in ice on April 23.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (April 12) The reservoir is ice-free and has been good with chubs along the west shoreline near the Seely Creek inflow.

LA SAL MOUNTAINS: (April 27) In late March and early April, the DWR stocked 4,200 rainbow trout in Kens Lake. The trout averaged 10 inches in length. Conservation Officer TJ Robertson reports good fishing success. He recommends green, red, orange or yellow PowerBait. Fly anglers had best luck with small dry flies. Spincasters did well with gold and yellow spinners or spoons.

The mountain lakes are beginning to open. Officer Robertson reported limited angler success at Hidden Lake, but better fishing at Dons Lake. The best fly patterns were renegades and leeches. One angler had good luck with green and gold or bright orange Jakes lures. Robertson also visited the Rattlesnake ponds, where a party of anglers caught three fish per hour using nightcrawlers. On April 10, the Rattlesnake Ponds were stocked with more than 2,000 rainbows that averaged 10 inches in length.

LOWER FISH CREEK: (April 12) Tom Ogden fly fished on April 11 and caught one brown trout and one cutthroat near the confluence of the White River and Lower Fish Creek. He used floating line and a size 12 bead head hare's ear. He weighted the line with a split shot to get the fly down into the holes.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (April 27) Mike Keller and his son fished for four hours and caught 12 fish between them. They catch 15- to 16-inch tiger trout, cutthroat trout and some 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Anglers have had more success from the shore than from a boat. Try using lures like a silver and blue Kastmaster or a red and gold Thomas Buoyant. Conservation Officer Devin Christensen reported slow fishing success on April, but mentioned that you should try fishing worms with orange marshmallows. Sergeant Stacey Jones checked a lot of anglers on April 21, and reported spotty success. Those who had the best luck were using Jakes lures, or Rapalas with a red or pink underside. Jones says that roe sacs were effective, but that fishing success dropped off significantly by noon. Fly fisherman Tom Ogden reported good success using leeches, wooly buggers, soft hackle flies and nymphs. He used sink-tip line, or floating line with a sinker just above the fly.

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