Monday, April 19, 2010

Southeastern Region Fishing Report

Two boys cleaning up at the end of their ice fishing trip to Scofield Reservoir.
Photo by Brent Stettler
ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (April 16) Sergeant J. Shirley reports that Recapture Reservoir, Blanding #3 and Blanding #4 are all open water. Loyds Lake, Monticello Lake and Foy Reservoir are either frozen or inaccessible.

GIGLIOTTI POND: (April 16) Two weeks ago, this Helper area pond was stocked with retired brood trout, which are using for spawning purposes, from the Eagan Hatchery. These trout averaged about a pound in size—although some two pound fish were among those planted. Try a variety of spinners and baits until you find a winner.

HUNTINGTON GAME FARM POND: (April 16) This pond, located at the Division's Huntington Game Bird Farm, was stocked with 1,000 catchable-sized (8- to 10-inch) rainbow trout on April 15. So fishing should be good." Huntington Reservoir,Brent Stettler,Slow,"The ice is still too thick to penetrate.

HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (April 16) The reservoir is ice-free. Aquatics Program Manager Paul Birdsey encourages anglers to fish along the rocky face of the dam when the water temperature is over 50. Once the water hits that temperature, largemouth bass will be vulnerable to plastic baits. As the water temperature climbs, the weedy north end should provide good bass fishing with spinnerbaits.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (April 15) The ice remains too thick to penetrate.

JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (April 16) The ice is weak and beginning to recede from the shoreline. That means that ice fishing season is over. It may be a week before shoreline fishing becomes productive.

LA SAL MOUNTAINS: (April 16) Conservation Officer TJ Robertson reports slow fishing at Kens Lake, despite the recent trout stocking.

MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 16) This reservoir is ice-free. Aquatics Technician Randall Stilson spoke with an angler who found fast fishing anchoring 75 feet from the dam and using a black marabou jig. The angler mostly caught 14- to 15-inch cutthroat trout. Another angler reported good fishing trolling with a red and silver Triple Teaser. His biggest fish was a two pound cutthroat.

On April 8, Tom Ogden flyfished from a tube and caught 14 trout, ranging from 12 to 16 inches. Tom caught the fish within casting distance from shore in 6 to 14 feet of water with a medium sink line and a size 8 beadhead black and green tinsel soft hackle fly.

Lieutenant Carl Gramlich fished Millsite last weekend and reported slow fishing from a boat and the bank. Gramlich spoke to an angler who caught a three pound fish on the north shore by the dame the day before. Gramlich recommends baits for best results.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (April 16) On April 10, Desert Lake Superintendent Roy Marchant reports good success for tiger trout, cutthroats and rainbows. He caught a number of cutthroat and tiger trout ranging from 14 to 20 inches. The rainbows averaged 12 inches. Most fish were taken from the bottom. Marchant used a chartreuse jighead tipped with minnows. He fished in the dam cove and estimated the ice was 30 inches thick. He best action was between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The ice pack remains thick, except at the inlet. Water is not being released. The lake is filling only slightly, but that is still causing the edges to soften and leading to some open water.

One angler reported fast fishing. He said he had so many hits that he couldn't keep both of his poles in the water at the same time. Another angler reported fast fishing on April 11.

Scofield has special regulations. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

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