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Fishing Report for Southern Utah Aug 31, 2012

BAKER RESERVOIR: (August 31) Fishing is slow because of the warm temperatures. Try fishing very early or very late in the day.

BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (August 31) Anglers report fair to good fishing for stocked rainbow trout at Barker and Lower Barker reservoirs, and slow to fair fishing at the other lakes.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN LAKES: (August 31) There was a partial fish kill this summer at Puffer Lake because of the low water and warm temperature, however conditions have improved and anglers are still catching fish. Conservation Officer Brent Farnsworth reports that Three Creeks Reservoir has been drained. All of the other lakes have been stocked with rainbow trout, and stocking will continue throughout the summer. Fishing is good on all of the lakes. Anderson Meadow Reservoir and Little Reservoir have the most consistent fishing, mainly for catchable-sized rainbow trout. Anglers have caught some larger brook and cutthroat trout at Middle Kents and Upper Kents lakes. Try fishing with lures and flies or natural baits or lures near the bottom to entice brook and cutthroat trout. Morning and evening are the most productive times to fish. Try a dry fly on the surface on a windless evening for good results. Most anglers are using PowerBait or nightcrawlers during the middle of the day. Anglers have caught a few 16-inch rainbow trout at La Baron Reservoir, so some of the trout must have overwintered in the lake.

Highway 153 in Beaver Canyon is under construction. The road above Mahogany Cove Campground is closed for the rest of the summer. Construction will hinder access to Puffer Lake. See the road closure schedule.

BEAVER RIVER, LOWER: (August 31) The water flows in the river are good because of the irrigation releases from Minersville Reservoir. One angler reports good fishing for rainbow trout using Rapalas. The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports good fishing for rainbow and brown trout on a variety of dry flies, including tan hoppers, elk hair caddis, X caddis, PMD sparkle duns, and ant and beetle imitations. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-267-1063.

BEAVER RIVER, UPPER: (August 31) The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports fast fishing for brown and rainbow trout using small Caddis and hopper imitations. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-267-1063.

Highway 153 in Beaver Canyon is under construction. The road above Mahogany Cove Campground is closed for the rest of the summer. Construction will hinder access to Puffer Lake. See the road closure schedule.

BOULDER MOUNTAIN: (August 31) Anglers report fair to good fishing across the mountain. The less-pressured lakes are producing the best fishing. Fishing will get even better in the next few weeks as water temperatures start to cool. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319.

CLEAR CREEK: (August 31) Trout are absent from most of the drainage because of fires and flooding in recent years.

CORN CREEK: (August 31) Flows are low and clear. Look for fair to good fishing with flies and spinners.

DUCK CREEK POND / ASPEN MIRROR LAKE: (August 31) Rainbow trout have been stocked. Fishing pressure has been very heavy this summer because of the poor fishing at Navajo Lake.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER IN KINGSTON CANYON: (August 31) The water flow has dropped below 130 cubic feet per second. The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports good success with a variety of fly patterns: yellow sally, caddis, and hoppers for dry flies; wooly buggers, prince nymph, hare's ear, midge, and caddis pupa imitations for sub-surface fishing. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-267-1063.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, BLACK CANYON: (August 31) The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports excellent fishing with a variety of flies. For dries, try hoppers, madam X, elk hair caddis, and X caddis. For sub-surface fishing, try prince nymph, pheasant tail, caddis pupa, woolly buggers and leech imitations. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-267-1063.

EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER, UPPER: (August 31) Brown trout are abundant. Look for fair to good fishing with streamers, hoppers, bead-head nymphs and spinners. Bait anglers should use natural baits like nightcrawlers and grasshoppers.

ENTERPRISE RESERVOIR, UPPER: (August 31) Anglers report good to excellent fishing from boats and shore for rainbow trout up to 15 inches. A few smallmouth bass are biting, too.

FISH LAKE: (August 31) Summer fishing appears to be at its peak. Trollers report good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout. Jigging for perch is producing fast fishing. The perch near the weeds are small; look for larger fish in deeper water. Jigging at depths of 60 feet along the east shore may help you catch some splake or a few small lake trout. As always, catching a large lake trout will require a lot of time and patience. Try trolling large plugs deep with a down rigger.

FORSYTH RESERVOIR: (August 31) The reservoir was recently drained for irrigation needs and the remaining water was chemically treated to remove illegally introduced yellow perch. The reservoir is filling, but tiger and splake trout will not be available for stocking until next year.

FREMONT RIVER: (August 31) Water flows from Johnson Reservoir have been shut off, so the upper Fremont is now being maintained by Mamoit Spring. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports good fishing with nymph patterns. Occasional caddis hatches also provide good action. The lower Fremont below Highway 12 is often murky, but when it clears up fishing can be very productive with streamers. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-616-2319.

GUNLOCK RESERVOIR: (August 31) 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. Crappie are also abundant.

GUNNISON BEND RESERVOIR: (August 31) Anglers report fast fishing for perch, white bass and channel catfish in DMAD, though most of the fish are small. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Expect slower fishing at Gunnison Bend.

IRON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (August 31) Catchable-sized rainbow trout and catfish have been stocked at Leigh Hill Reservoir (Lake at the Hills) and Parowan Pond.

JOHNSON RESERVOIR: (August 31) The water level remains relatively high and will go up now that the dam has been shut off. A few tiger muskies have been seen along the weed line and the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop reports that large streamers—like zonkers and double bunnies—have been producing some chases. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319.

KOLOB RESERVOIR: (August 31) Bait fishing is allowed until September 8. Fly and lure anglers report fair to good fishing. The trout limit is two. You must release all trout between 15 and 22 inches immediately.

KOOSHAREM RESERVOIR: (August 31) The water level is very low and there is little fishing pressure.

LOWER BOWNS RESERVOIR: (August 31) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports fast fishing with brown woolly buggers and leech patterns. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-616-2319.

MAMMOTH CREEK: (August 31) The Circle Valley Anglers fly shop reports good fishing with a variety of flies, including hoppers, yellow stimulators, San Juan worms and popular nymph patterns. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-267-1063.

MILL MEADOW RESERVOIR: (August 31) With the draining of Forsyth, Mill Meadow Reservoir is nearly full. Mill Meadow will be drained over the next two months, however, so that the dam can be repaired. Consequently, the trout limit has been raised to eight for the remainder of the year. The perch limit is 50. The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports good fishing for brown and rainbow trout near the inlets using renegades, olive wooly buggers, zug bugs and pheasant tails. Evening is the best time to fish. Perch fishing is also good. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-616-2319.

MINERSVILLE RESERVOIR: (August 31) The water level has dropped significantly and there is a fairly heavy algae bloom. Fishing, however, is still fair to good for some anglers. Trolling is producing slow to fair success. Fly anglers have had fair to good success using heavily weighted flies that drop quickly below the algae at the surface. Fishing the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water is key. Take extra care when you handle fish during the summer because of the warm water temperatures. Smallmouth bass fishing is good and some anglers are catching large bass. 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're using plastics, make sure they are unscented and unsalted.

MONROE MOUNTAIN LAKES: (August 31) The Box Creek reservoirs and the north end lakes have been stocked with rainbow trout. There was a partial fish kill this summer at Big Lake because of the warm water temperature. Conditions, however, have improved and anglers are still catching a few fish. No fish kills have been observed in Deep Lake or Annabella Reservoir

NAVAJO LAKE: (August 31) Highway 14 in Cedar Canyon is now open, though there are some short delays due to ongoing construction. The lake level is low, so the trout limit has been doubled for the remainder of the year in anticipation of fish losses. There are plans in place to patch the breach before the end of September in an attempt to save a portion of the fish population. Fishing is slow.

NEWCASTLE RESERVOIR: (August 31) Trout fishing is good to excellent with bait and lures. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair to good. Wiper fishing is generally slow, with the best success for those who fish at night.

OTTER CREEK RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (August 31) Fishing is fair to good. Morning is the best time for shore anglers, who report catching small and medium-sized rainbow trout using PowerBait. Trollers are using heavy tackle to catch larger fish in deeper water. Anglers report fair to good fishing for smallmouth bass. We have received several reports of trout with sores, spots or other skin conditions. When the water gets warm in the summer, trout get stressed and are more susceptible to attack by a variety of parasites. These conditions will go away when the water cools in the fall. The fish are still edible if the meat is properly cooked.

PANGUITCH LAKE: (August 31) Fishing pressure has been high, especially with so many anglers avoiding Navajo Lake. Trollers report slow to fair fishing for small- and medium-sized cutthroat trout. Shore and boat bait fishing is slow to fair for rainbow trout. Remember that you must release all cutthroat and tiger trout between 15 and 22 inches.

PARAGONAH RESERVOIR: (August 31) Fly anglers report good fishing. Try trolling using small, flashy lures.

PINE LAKE: (August 31) There haven't been any recent angler reports, but summer fishing is usually fair to good for stocked rainbows.

PIUTE RESERVOIR: (August 31) The water level continues to drop with irrigation releases. Anglers report good smallmouth bass fishing. Trout fishing is slow. The trout population is struggling because of the high density of Utah chubs.

QUAIL LAKE: (August 31) The boat ramp is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bass fishing is fair. Try fishing early and late in the day to avoid the heat and the waterskiing traffic.

SAND HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (August 31) Bass fishing is good to excellent using most any technique. Try fishing early and late in the day to avoid the heat and the waterskiing traffic. Quagga mussels are present in Sand Hollow, so plan on extra time to have your boat washed before leaving the reservoir.

SEVIER RIVER IN MARYSVALE CANYON: (August 31) Releases from Piute Reservoir are over 300 cubic feet per second, making fishing difficult.

THOUSAND LAKE MOUNTAIN: (August 31) The Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop in Loa reports that the best fishing is at Morrell with prince nymphs and pheasant tails. Meeks and Floating Island have produced fewer but bigger fish on mohair leech patterns. For up-to-date conditions and fishing reports, call the shop at 435-616-2319.

TROPIC RESERVOIR: (August 31) Anglers report fair to good fishing for stocked rainbow trout. Shore anglers are doing well with PowerBait. Anglers in small boats have found good fishing trolling small lures.

WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHERIES: (August 31) Summer is a good time to target bass and bluegill. Fish a small jig tipped with a nightcrawler under a bobber.

WIDE HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (August 31) The water level is below 50 percent. A few anglers have been catching small bass up to 12 inches in length.

YANKEE MEADOW RESERVOIR: (August 31) Rainbow trout have been stocked and anglers report fair fishing. Fly anglers can find good success for rainbow trout and an occasional cutthroat from a float tube. There is heavy fishing pressure on the weekend.

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