Fishing Report for Southern Utah May 16, 2012

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BAKER RESERVOIR: (May 16) The reservoir was stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Anglers report fair to good fishing from float tubes. The fishing success is slower from the shore.

BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (May 16) All of the lakes, except Dougherty Basin, are now open to fishing. Access is good all the way to Barker Reservoir. The fishing is reported as good.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN LAKES: (May 16) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that access continues to improve and the lakes are being stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Kents Lake Road is open to just past Upper Kents Lake. Indian Creek Reservoir has also been stocked. Highway 153 in Beaver Canyon is under construction and there are road closures 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 the road closure schedule.

BEAVER RIVER, LOWER: (May 16) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that water is being released from Minersville Reservoir for irrigation, so flows in the lower Beaver River have increased. This improves fishing by giving trout more security so they aren't as wary. Anglers report good fishing with spinners. Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked.

BEAVER RIVER, UPPER: (May 16) Conservation officer Brent Farnsworth reports that flows in the Upper Beaver River have already peaked and are starting to decline. The water is clear and spring runoff has been light. Catchable rainbow trout are stocked throughout the summer and there are also good natural populations of trout the entire length of the river. Highway 153 in Beaver Canyon is under construction and there are road closures 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 the road closure schedule.

BOULDER MOUNTAIN: (May 16) All of the lakes on Boulder Mountain are now open to fishing. All of the lakes, except those on the Boulder Top, are accessible. Fishing is reported as good to hot in several lakes with bait, lures and flies.

CLEAR CREEK: (May 16) The stream is running high and muddy with runoff. Trout are absent from most of the drainage due to fires and flooding in recent years.

CORN CREEK: (May 16) There haven't been any recent reports on fishing conditions.

DUCK CREEK POND / ASPEN MIRROR LAKE: (May 16) Rainbow trout will be stocked by Memorial Day.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER IN KINGSTON CANYON: (May 16) Flow is maintaining at just above 100 cfs, but is fairly clear most of the time. Try fishing deep pools with streamers, San Juan worm, heavy spinners or nightcrawlers.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, BLACK CANYON: (May 16) Flows are a little high and murky from runoff. Circle Valley Anglers Fly Shop reports fair success with various nymph patterns. Prince nymphs have worked best, but stoneflies are also abundant and those patterns have been working well.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, UPPER: (May 16) Access is good and brown trout are abundant.

ENTERPRISE RESERVOIR, UPPER: (May 16) Anglers report fair to good fishing success from boat and shore. Ten-inch rainbows have been stocked in the lower reservoir.

FISH LAKE: (May 16) The ice is off and boats are launching. We haven't received any reports yet about lake trout fishing. Rainbows are stacked up in front of Twin Creeks and fishing has been good to excellent with flies and spinners. Expect some company as shore fishing opportunities are limited. Also, remember that Twin Creeks is closed to fishing. Night fishing for splake is fair to good. Try anchoring outside the weed line and jigging for splake. Lake trout are occasionally picked up with both methods.

FORSYTH RESERVOIR: (May 16) Spring fishing can be good for tigers and splake—try minnow-imitating lures and flies or frozen minnows. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa recently reported a good hatch of blue wing olives. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435-616-2319.

FREMONT RIVER: (May 16) Flow is a little high on the Fremont above Mill Meadow, but mostly clear. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports clear water in the Bicknell Bottoms and below Highway 12. There has been fair to good success with streamers in both sections. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435-616-2319.

GUNLOCK RESERVOIR: (May 16) The boat ramp is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bass fishing is starting to pick up. Look for lots of small and medium-size bass this year, as the population continues to grow and establish.

GUNNISON BEND RESERVOIR: (May 16) Fishing for catfish at Gunnison Bend and DMAD is improving and will only get better as water temperature increases. Nightcrawlers, cut bait, minnows and chicken liver are popular baits. White bass and crappie are abundant in both reservoirs and could provide good fishing if you can find schools.

IRON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (May 16) Catchable-size rainbow trout and catfish have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond.

JOHNSON RESERVOIR: (May 16) Access is good and the ice is off. Tiger musky should get a little more active as the water temperature increases. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435-616-2319.

KOLOB RESERVOIR: (May 16) Kolob will open to bait fishing on Saturday, May 19. Fishing has been fair to good for fly anglers from shore. The trout limit is two and all trout between 15 and 22 inches must be immediately released.

KOOSHAREM RESERVOIR: (May 16) A recent fish population survey found that chubs are very abundant. There are good numbers of rainbows and cutthroat, but fishing has been generally slow. To target large cutthroat, try minnow-imitating flies and lures or frozen minnows.

LOWER BOWNS RESERVOIR: (May 16) Access is good and fishing is often fast for smaller rainbows.

MAMMOTH CREEK: (May 16) Flows are a little high with runoff, but that should be ending soon.

MILL MEADOW RESERVOIR: (May 16) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports fair to good fishing for browns with wooly buggers and pheasant tail nymphs. Spinners have also been producing. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435-616-2319.

MINERSVILLE RESERVOIR: (May 16) Conservation officer Brent Farsnworth reports that water levels at Minersville Reservoir have started to drop, but are still high. Trolling is starting to improve as trout head for deeper water. Midge hatches should produce some good evening surface action on dry flies this summer. Most trout are under the 22-inch size restriction, but are in better condition than they have been for several years. Smallmouth bass fishing is improving and some large bass are biting.

MONROE MOUNTAIN LAKES: (May 16) Access is starting to open up to the Box Creek reservoirs, and they will be stocked soon.

NAVAJO LAKE: (May 16) Highway 14 in Cedar Canyon remains closed due to the landslide. Cedar Breaks is now open to facilitate access on the mountain. The ice is now off Navajo and the lake is accessible. The lake level is very low due to a poor snowpack and the breach in the dike. The trout limit has been doubled for the remainder of the year in anticipation of losses of fish later in the fall. Fishing for splake and rainbow trout is reported as fair to good.

NEWCASTLE RESERVOIR: (May 16) Fishing is fair with all techniques. Wiper fishing should improve soon.

OTTER CREEK RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (May 16) Shore fishing is still fair but trout are starting to move back into open water, so look for trolling success to improve. The reservoir is full and flooded brush is severely reducing the amount of shoreline that can be fished. Try wading or using a float tube.

PANGUITCH LAKE: (May 16) Fishing is slow to fair. 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. If you're using bait, fish 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 immediately.

PARAGONAH RESERVOIR: (May 16) Fly anglers report good fishing success. The tributaries are closed to fishing until July to protect spawning fish.

PINE LAKE: (May 16) The ice is off and access is good. Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: (May 16) A recent survey found rainbows ranging from 10 to 18 inches. Numbers are not great due to the high density of chubs in the reservoir. Fishing will be tough this year as trout continue to struggle. Look for smallmouth bass to get active as the water warms in the next few weeks.

QUAIL LAKE: (May 16) The boat ramp is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Trout fishing is slowing down with warming water. Bass fishing continues to improve as the water temperature warms.

SAND HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (May 16) Bass fishing is getting better 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: (May 16) Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to nearly 500 cfs, making fishing difficult.

THOUSAND LAKE MOUNTAIN: (May 16) Access is good to Solomon Basin as well as Deep Creek Lake. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports good to excellent success with nymphs and leech patterns as well as good success with bait. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435-616-2319

TROPIC RESERVOIR: (May 16) Catchable-size rainbows have been stocked and are providing good fishing with all of the popular techniques. A few browns and brook trout are biting, too.

WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (May 16) Trout fishing is slowing down as the water starts to warm up. Now is a good time to target bass and bluegill. Fish a small jig tipped with a nightcrawler under a bobber.

WIDE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (May 16) A recent fish survey found that 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 report good fishing 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.

YANKEE MEADOW RESERVOIR: (May 16) The weekday road closures for construction are scheduled to end on May 23. Fishing success is reported as fair to good.

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