ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (April 29) All San Juan County waters are open. On March 29, Blanding #3 was stocked with more than 1,500 eight-inch rainbow trout. On the same day, Blanding #4 was stocked with more than 2,000 eight-inch rainbows. On April 13, Lloyds Lake was stocked with nearly 4,000 eight-inch rainbow trout. The Dry Wash pond has been improved, deepened and stocked this spring with eight- to nine-inch rainbow trout. Fishing for pike and bass at Recapture Reservoir is improving as the water temperature rises. Calvin Black, aquatics biologist, suggests fishing with weedless swimbaits in shallow weedy areas.
BENCHES POND: (April 29) Colder temperatures and frequent storms have delayed the spring thaw. The pond remains under ice.
BLUE LAKE: (April 29) The pond will be inaccessible until June or July.
BOULGER RESERVOIR: (April 29) The pond remains under an ice cap and blanket of snow, but it’s accessible on-foot.
CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (April 29) The pond was stocked April 26 with about 350 rainbows that averaged 9.5 inches. The two previous stockings occurred in early April and mid-March. Angler success has been good since ice-off. Anglers are catching trout by using salmon eggs, worms, PowerBait, lures and artificial flies.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (April 29) The reservoir is still covered with ice, but the ice has been thinning — especially around the shoreline. The snowy hike to and from the water’s edge keeps a lot of anglers from fishing here in winter months.
COLORADO RIVER: (April 22) There is no current fishing report.
DUCK FORK RESERVOIR: (April 29) The U.S. Forest Service locked the access gate to prevent unnecessary damage to public roads.
ELECTRIC LAKE: (April 29) The boat ramp is accessible by foot. You’ll find fishable open water on the north end around the boat ramp, especially in the general vicinity of the mine water discharge pipe. On the south end at the dam, there’s about a foot of open water that circles the shoreline, but there’s still no opportunity for shoreline fishing.
EMERALD LAKE: (April 29) This pond won’t be accessible until early July.
FAIRVIEW LAKES: (April 29) The lake remains under ice and is accessible only by snow machine.
FERRON RESERVOIR: (April 29) The U.S. Forest Service locked the access gate to prevent unnecessary damage to forest roads and resources. The area will reopen once everything dries out.
GIGLIOTTI POND: (April 29) Fishing has been good since ice-off. The pond was restocked (for the second time) on April 11 with 10-inch rainbow trout. The first stocking occurred a month earlier with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout. Try worms, PowerBait, salmon eggs, spoons and spinners.
GOOSEBERRY RESERVOIR: (April 29) Once the snow begins to melt, the U.S. Forest will lock the access gate to prevent damage to forest roads.
GRASSY LAKE: (April 29) Snow and snowdrifts are blocking access to the lake.
HUNTINGTON CREEK: (April 29) The best fishing is within one mile of the dam. You won’t find many fish below South Hughes Canyon because of last year’s flash floods. Fly-fishing has been fair below the dam. Anglers are hooking into brown trout up to 17 inches. Good fly choices include leeches, woolly buggers, prince nymphs, stoneflies, beadhead uglies, caddis larvae, hare’s ear and serendipity. Trout were planted in the campground at the Forks of the Huntington last fall. Anglers might find limited numbers of seven- to eight-inch trout in the campground and up the left fork.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (April 29) The reservoir was stocked with nearly 1,000 nine- to ten-inch rainbow trout earlier this week. This was the second stocking so far this spring. The first stocking took place on March 18 with 1,000 nine-inch rainbows. Anglers are catching wipers up to five pounds with crankbaits. Wipers can also be hooked with jigs, gulp minnows, rattle traps and Rapalas. Fishing at daybreak has been best.
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (April 29) This reservoir, also known as Mammoth Reservoir, remains under ice and snow. On April 26, Conservation Officer James Thomas reported a solid ice sheet with no open water. Frequent snowstorms during the past week have deepened the snow pack.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (April 29) Creel Survey Technician Mike Ault reports that most of the tiger trout and splake being caught are found along the west shoreline between Littles Creek and the boat ramp. Most anglers are practicing catching and releasing fish, so solid information on the range of fish length is difficult to pin down. Hearsay reports suggest that a few anglers have been catching tiger trout up to eight pounds using whole chubs as bait. Splake fishing is expected to improve as spring advances and the water temperatures rise. Splake are commonly hooked with gold Jakes or Kastmaster lures. Good tiger muskie fishing might still be a month away.
KNIGHT-IDEAL COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (April 29) This Wellington pond was stocked for the third time this spring with about 1,000 nine- to ten-inch rainbow trout earlier this week. The pond was stocked two weeks earlier with 500 ten-inch rainbows. Anglers report good fishing with worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs. A new concrete pier with a safety rail has been installed and is open for use. This will offer those in wheelchairs the opportunity to fish directly over the water. There are concrete sidewalks, picnic tables, a porta-potty and a gravel parking area for visitor convenience.
LA SAL MOUNTAINS: (April 29) Most La Sal Mountain lakes remain inaccessible because of snow and mud. Recent rainfall has compounded the problem. Hidden Lake and Dons Lake have just recently opened up but will still be muddy for a while. Both ponds have been fishing well, according to Conservation Officer Adam Wallerstein. Situated at the base of the mountain, Kens Lake was stocked with nearly 3,000 eight-inch rainbow trout on March 29. Wallerstein recommends chartreuse PowerBait for trout and small crankbaits for bass.
LOWER FISH CREEK: (April 29) There’s water being released from Scofield Reservoir. The largest trout overwintered in deep pools miles below the reservoir. According to anglers and hikers, the size of brown trout increases with the distance from the dam.
LOWER GREEN RIVER: (April 22) One angler recently reported good fishing with chicken livers, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Most catfish measure around 10 to 12 inches. During Melon Days in mid-September, however, anglers caught one 7-pound and two 5-pound catfish.
MAY DAY POND: (April 22) Fishing is good using worms and PowerBait.
MILLER FLAT RESERVOIR: (April 22) In the spring, the U.S. Forest Service closes road access to prevent damage to roads and forest resources. The gates are reopened after the roads dry up.
MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 29) According to Conservation Officer James Thomas, fishing has slowed down. This has been a departure from the favorable catch rate that has made this water popular since ice-off. Frequent storms over Emery County during the past week may have contributed to the drop in catch rate. Fish won’t be planted this year. Hatcheries will not stock Millsite this year in anticipation of the dam renovation in 2017.
PETES HOLE: (April 29) Snow and snowdrifts are preventing access.
PRICE RIVER: (April 22) The water level is better now that water is being released from Scofield Reservoir. Because of overwinter dewatering of lower Fish Creek, anglers will find more and bigger trout in the larger pools along the river.
RIGHT FORK OF HUNTINGTON CREEK: (April 29) The creek’s trout population has been minimized by flash floods in the drainage during 2015. Limited stocking has taken place, but planters have struggled from the effects of flash flooding. Full restoration of the fishery won’t be possible until the drainage is fully revegetated.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (April 29) The reservoir is ice free. You can launch boats and fish from the shore at all public beachfronts. Anglers are catching big trout using whole chubs skewered with large bait hooks and fished on the bottom. The larger the bait, the larger the potential catch. The downside is that the bigger the bait, the lower the catch rate. Small pieces of chubs, worms and salmon eggs attract smaller trout, as well as chubs. Scofield is a good fishery for fishing mentors, parents and grandparents that want fast action for youngsters, who don’t care if they are catching a trout or chub. On April 22, Jackson Harrison reported slow fishing. After fishing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., he had caught one rainbow. Although he tried many lures and baits, he caught the trout using PowerBait.
SOUP BOWL: (April 29) Snow and snowdrifts are blocking access.
STRAIGHT CANYON CREEK: (April 22) Fishing is good for brown trout up to 20 inches. Try fishing with nymphs.
WILLOW LAKE: (April 29) Road access is closed until the mountain dries up and road damage can be averted.
WRIGLEY SPRINGS RESERVOIR: (April 29) This reservoir is inaccessible. The U.S. Forest Service has locked the access gate to prevent road damage.