Fishing Report for Southern Utah June 15, 2012
BAKER RESERVOIR: (June 15) Fishing has slowed with the warmer temperatures. Try fishing very early or very late in the day.
BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (June 15) Anglers report fair to good fishing at Barker and Lower Barker for stocked rainbows. You'll find slow to fair fishing at the other lakes. Remember that Dougherty Basin Lake is closed to fishing until July 14.
BEAVER MOUNTAIN LAKES: (June 15) All lakes are accessible and have been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Fishing should be fair to good with popular techniques. Three Creeks Reservoir has already been drained. 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. Visit the U.S. Forest Service website for the area to see the road closure schedule.
BEAVER RIVER, LOWER: (June 15) 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-sized rainbow trout have been stocked.
BEAVER RIVER, UPPER: (June 15) Conservation Officer Brent Farnsworth reports that catchable rainbow trout will be stocked throughout the summer. There are also good natural populations of trout the entire length of the river. 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. Visit the U.S. Forest Service website for the area to see the road closure schedule.
BOULDER MOUNTAIN: (June 15) It has been reported that the Lost Lake fire has burned through Coleman Reservoir and the Bulberry lakes. The Donkey road remains closed as crews attempt to put out the fire. All other lakes, including those on the Boulder Top, are accessible. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports good fishing success with nymphs at Fish Creek Lake and with leech patterns in the Row lakes area.
CLEAR CREEK: (June 15) Trout are absent from most of the drainage because of fires and flooding in recent years.
CORN CREEK: (June 15) Flows are low and clear. You should find fair to good fishing with flies and spinners.
DUCK CREEK POND / ASPEN MIRROR LAKE: (June 15) Rainbow trout have been stocked.
EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER IN KINGSTON CANYON: (June 15) The flow is up to 150 cfs, which can make fishing a little difficult.
EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, BLACK CANYON: (June 15) Look for fair to good fishing with streamers, bead head nymphs and spinners.
EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, UPPER: (June 15) Brown trout are abundant. You can find fair to good fishing with streamers, bead head nymphs and spinners.
ENTERPRISE RESERVOIR, UPPER: (June 15) Anglers report good to excellent fishing (from boats and the shoreline) for rainbows up to 15 inches as well as a few smallmouth bass. Ten-inch rainbows have been stocked in the lower reservoir.
FISH LAKE: (June 15) Anglers report good fishing, whether they are trolling for rainbows or jigging for splake and perch. As always, lake trout require a lot of time and patience. Try trolling large plugs in deep water with a downrigger.
FORSYTH RESERVOIR: (June 15) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports good success for tigers with damselfly nymph patterns. When fish are rising, use adult damselfly patterns for some exciting surface action. Call the shop at 435–616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
FREMONT RIVER: (June 15) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports that releases from Johnson Reservoir have produced slower fishing in the upper Fremont. Flows are clear below Torrey, however, and you can find good caddis and stonefly hatches. Call the shop at 435–616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
GUNLOCK RESERVOIR: (June 15) The boat ramp is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bass fishing is fair to good. Look for lots of small and medium-sized bass this year as the population continues to grow and establish.
GUNNISON BEND RESERVOIR: (June 15) Fishing for catfish at Gunnison Bend and DMAD should be fair to good through the summer. 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. Gunnison Bend is taking part in Cabela's Fish for Millions tagged fish contest. Visit www.cabelas.com to register for the contest.
IRON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (June 15) Catchable-size rainbow trout and catfish have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond.
JOHNSON RESERVOIR: (June 15) Tiger muskie should get a little more active as the water temperature increases; however, wind has made for tough fishing conditions lately. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa at 435–616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
KOLOB RESERVOIR: (June 15) Bait fishing is now allowed until just after Labor Day. Fishing has been fair to good for fly anglers from the shoreline. The trout limit is two fish, and you must immediately release all trout between 15 and 22 inches.
KOOSHAREM RESERVOIR: (June 15) A recent fish population survey found that chubs are very abundant. There are good numbers of rainbows and cutthroats, but fishing has been generally slow. To target large cutthroat trout, try minnow-imitating flies and lures or frozen minnows.
LOWER BOWNS RESERVOIR: (June 15) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports fast fishing with woolly buggers and nymphs.
MAMMOTH CREEK: (June 15) Runoff has subsided, and popular summer stream techniques should produce some fish.
MILL MEADOW RESERVOIR: (June 15) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports good fishing during evening midge hatches with any small nymph or dry. There haven't been any recent reports on perch fishing, but it should be fair to good with popular techniques.
MINERSVILLE RESERVOIR: (June 15) Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout (up to five pounds) and smallmouth bass (up to four pounds). Although most rainbows have moved out of the shallows, a few big fish have been found chasing crayfish and chubs in some of the bigger, deeper coves. Trollers are doing well with minnow-imitating crankbaits. Fly anglers should drag streamers on sinking line and watch for midge hatches in the morning and evening. A couple of cold nights last week pushed smallmouth bass off of their spawning beds, but warmer weather this week should get them active again and you may see a few fish head back to the beds. For bass, try casting lipless crankbaits or crayfish-imitating plastics around rocky shorelines, points and coves. You've got a good chance of picking up some nice trout with these tactics as well. If you are using plastics, make sure they are unscented and unsalted.
MONROE MOUNTAIN LAKES: (June 15) Access is good to all of the lakes on the mountain. The Box Creek reservoirs and the north end lakes have been stocked with rainbows. Remember that Manning Meadow Reservoir is closed to fishing until July 14.
NAVAJO LAKE: (June 15) Highway 14 in Cedar Canyon is closed on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for road construction, but it is open on weekends and throughout the night. The lake level at Navajo continues to drop due to the breach in the dike. The trout limit has been doubled for the remainder of the year in anticipation of fish loss later in the fall. Anglers report slow fishing for splake and rainbow trout. Most anglers are targeting rainbows with PowerBait. For splake, use pieces of chub meat. (You can easily catch chub in the lake with a piece of nightcrawler on a small hook.)
NEWCASTLE RESERVOIR: (June 15) Trout fishing is good with bait and lures. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good. There haven't been any reports from anglers who caught wipers.
OTTER CREEK RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (June 15) Southern Utah Hunt and Fish.com reports that fishing at Otter Creek is fair to good, depending on the weather. Warm temperatures are pushing the fish from the shallows, and trolling is now more effective. Water releases have dropped the lake level a bit, which is good news for shore anglers who are looking for access to the lake. PowerBait, nightcrawlers and spinners have all been paying off. For trolling, try spoons and flatfish. Watch for windy conditions daily. Smallmouth bass are also getting more active and are providing fair to good action.
PANGUITCH LAKE: (June 15) Fishing is spotty, but there have been a few reports of good success. Many trout will be moving deeper with the warmer water temperatures, although shore fishing can be fair throughout the summer. Some anglers have found success by casting flies from float tubes. Trolling and bait fishing from boats are also popular methods in the summer. Remember that all cutthroats and tigers between 15 and 22 inches must be released.
PARAGONAH RESERVOIR: (June 15) Fly anglers report good fishing. Remember that the tributaries are closed to fishing until July to protect spawning fish. Paragonah Reservoir is taking part in Cabela's Fish for Millions tagged fish contest. Visit www.cabelas.com to register for the contest.
PINE LAKE: (June 15) Southern Utah Hunt and Fish.com reports that at Pine Lake, you will find very fast fishing for rainbow trout and an occasional cutthroat. Most fish are small (recently stocked) but you may catch larger fish (14–16 inches) now and then. Some anglers have reported catching three-pound fish. Flies are very effective on calm-water days, while spinners and PowerBait are both good from boats and the shoreline.
PIUTE RESERVOIR: (June 15) Anglers report good smallmouth bass fishing. The trout population is struggling (because of the high density of Utah chubs), and trout fishing is slow.
QUAIL LAKE: (June 15) The boat ramp is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Warmer water temperatures mean slower trout fishing and improved bass fishing.
SAND HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (June 15) Bass fishing is good to excellent with almost any technique. Quagga mussels are present in Sand Hollow, so plan extra time to have your boat washed before leaving. Sand Hollow Reservoir is taking part in Cabela's Fish for Millions tagged fish contest. Visit www.cabelas.com to register for the contest.
SEVIER RIVER IN MARYSVALE CANYON: (June 15) Releases from Piute Reservoir have increased to over 500 cfs, which has made fishing difficult.
THOUSAND LAKE MOUNTAIN: (June 15) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports good to excellent fishing at several lakes. Damselflies are hatching in the Solomon Basin lakes and at Round Lake. Use damselfly nymph patterns in the mossy areas of the lake for nice rainbows and cutthroats. Some nice brook trout have been caught at Deep Creek Lake with leech patterns. Call the shop at 435–616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports.
TROPIC RESERVOIR: (June 15) Catchable-sized rainbows have been stocked and are providing good fishing with all popular techniques. Anglers are also catching a few brown and brook trout.
WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (June 15) Trout fishing is slowing down as the water warms 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: (June 15) Southern Utah Hunt and Fish.com reports that fishing has slowed over the last couple of weeks, but reports of fish weighing three to four pounds continue to come in. Additional fish were stocked nearly a month ago, and water levels are still fairly good. Anglers have also reported catching a couple of small bass. PowerBait and spinners continue to be good options. Fishing is best in the upper end from a boat.
YANKEE MEADOW RESERVOIR: (June 15) Rainbow trout have been stocked, and anglers report fair fishing. Fly anglers can find good success for rainbows and an occasional cutthroat from float tubes. Fishing pressure is heavy on the weekends.