Southeastern Utah Fishing Report
CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (April 25) Fishing should be good. Over Easter weekend, anglers recommended using worms.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (April 25) On April 21, Conservation Officer James Thomas reported that there were two feet of open water along the shoreline, but the water is freezing overnight.
ELECTRIC LAKE: (April 25) Fishing is slow. There is two feet of open water along the shoreline on the north side. The area around the mine pumps is encircled with open water.
GIGLIOTTI POND: (April 25) Fishing was fast over Easter weekend for anglers using worms.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (April 25) Anglers are catching a few fish, but the catch rate is generally slow.
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (April 25) Conservation Officer James Thomas reported that the reservoir was completely covered in ice over Easter weekend. Fishing is slow and there aren't many anglers out fishing.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (April 25) On April 22, one angler reported good fishing using PowerBait along the shoreline. Since ice-off, though, most anglers have reported slow to fair fishing. Using fishing techniques that work for rainbow trout may slow down your fishing. For splake and cutthroat trout, try using chub meat or even whole chubs. Tube jigs, Berkley Gulp, spoons, spinners, crankbaits or nightcrawlers are usually more effective than PowerBait.
On April 21, Tom Ogden fly fished the southwest part of the reservoir from a kick boat. In six hours, he caught six trout and four chubs. All of the fish were under 14 inches in length. Tom used a size 8 bead head soft hackle fly, a size 4 bead head olive leech and a size 4 bead head crystal bugger.
LOWER FISH CREEK: (April 25) On April 22, one angler reported good fishing using spinners.
MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 25) Conservation Officer James Thomas reported good fishing over Easter weekend. The most successful anglers floated PowerBait or inflated worms off the bottom. Bert Barney of Price reported fair to good fishing using worms and white marshmallows in a crappie rig. He fished in the rocks at the dam and had bites throughout the day. His mostly caught rainbow trout, with a few cutthroats in the mix. All of the fish were in the 12- to 13-inch range.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (April 25) The ice pack continues to recede, and conditions are changing daily. The north and south sides of the reservoir and the dam cove are all open water. Some of the shorelines are stacked with pack ice, while others are ice-free.
In the past week or so, fishing has been disappointing compared to the expected fish-catching frenzy that usually happens at ice-off. It could be that anglers are using baits and presentations that are better suited for rainbow trout than tiger or cutthroat trout. Unfortunately, there are far fewer rainbows in the reservoir than there used to be. The niche occupied by rainbow trout has been filled by Utah chubs. Scofield anglers should consider stocking their tackle box with a variety of baits, jigs, lures and crankbaits. You may have more success if you try different rigs and different presentations. If one spot is a bust, try moving up or down the shoreline or across the reservoir. One side can yield a very different catch rate than the other.
On April 22, Mike Keller and his friends reported good chub fishing.
During Easter weekend, conservation officers reported slow fishing for anglers using commercial cheese baits. Anglers who used nightcrawlers, salmon eggs or chub meat did better, but success was inconsistant. Conservation Officer James Thomas interviewed anglers on April 20, and one party of anglers did better with chub meat than any other. Also on April 20, Kathy Jo Martinez and her fiancÃ© Justin caught 20 trout in 1.5 hours at the angler's access on the west side. They fished off the bottom with nightcrawlers, salmon eggs and chub meat. Kathy and Justin mostly caught cutthroat trout, with two tiger and one rainbow trout in the mix. In contrast, J Shirley's family fished the same area on April 21 and they only caught a single rainbow trout in two hours using nightcrawlers and PowerBait.
On April 17, Tom Ogden fly fished from a kick boat on the southeast end. In five hours, he caught one tiger and eight cutthroat trout, all of which were 12 to 15 inches long. Tom fished his flies near the bottom in six feet of water and used slow sinking line with size 4 crystal buggers or size 6 bead head olive leeches.