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ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (March 06) Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway says fishing is starting to pick up in San Juan County. The ice is off Recapture Reservoir and the bass and pike are both biting. Several boaters report good fishing. The water level is low, so a lot of structures are at the right depth for catching some nice fish. Shumway recommends fishing in four to 12 feet of water with tube jigs, crankbaits and gold spinners.
CARBON COUNTY COMMUNITY FISHING POND: (March 06) The ice is off and fishing ranges from good to excellent. The pond hasn't been stocked, but plenty of trout have carried over from winter. Tom Ogden reported good fishing using fly fishing gear. He recommends a size 8-12 wet fly, nymph or streamer with some flash because of the murky water. Lt. J Shirley checked two groups of anglers on March 1. Both groups had caught a lot of small rainbow trout using Jakes lures and PowerBait. During the last week in February, Joe Montoya caught 43 trout in 2.5 hours using nightcrawlers and salmon-colored PowerBait weighted with a bell sinker.
CLEVELAND RESERVOIR: (February 24) There haven't been many anglers at the reservoir because of the long, snowy hike from State Road 31. The reservoir is still completely iced over.
ELECTRIC LAKE: (February 24) The lake is still iced over and is covered with snow. There haven't been many anglers at the lake.
GIGLIOTTI POND: (February 24) The ice is off the pond, but we haven't received any recent reports from anglers.
HUNTINGTON NORTH RESERVOIR: (March 06) Ice fishing is over for the year. The reservoir was about 50 percent open water on March 5. There are no recent reports on fishing.
HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (February 24) Anglers report slow fishing. The ice is up to three feet thick in some areas, so you might need an auger extension. Snow and slush cover the ice, and the shoreline is still iced over.
JOES VALLEY RESERVOIR: (March 06) The ice fishing season is over, but shoreline fishing is readily available. The reservoir was 40 percent open water on March 5. Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black reported fair fishing with jigs baited with chub meat. The splake average around 15 inches.
On March 3, Spencer Durrant reported good fishing by casting Gulp! minnows onto the ice and pulling them into the water. Using that technique, Spencer caught several splake that were 17 inches or less. Later that day, he caught several cutthroat trout — including an 18-inch, two-pound fish — using a baited jig. His biggest catch of the day was a 21-inch, three-pound tiger trout.
On Feb. 26, Tom Ogden fished from a kick boat on the west side of the reservoir. In 4.5 hours, he caught four splake ranging from 13 to 16 inches. Ogden used medium sinking line with an assortment of colors and sizes of bead head crystal buggers and leeches.
LA SAL MOUNTAINS: (February 24) The ice is off at Ken's Lake, and the water level is extremely low. Fishing at the lake has been slow, which may be in part due to dam construction last year. The mountain lakes are hard to access because of mud and snow.
LOWER FISH CREEK: (February 24) There isn't much water flowing through the creek, and some fish are trapped in pools.
MILLSITE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (March 06) The reservoir is ice free. Conservation Officer James Thomas reported fair to good fishing from the shoreline or a boat. The most popular baits have been PowerBait or baited jigs.
SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: (March 06) There is still a solid ice sheet. Ice off at Scofield generally happens in late April. Most anglers report slow fishing, though a few have had better success.
On Feb. 24 and 25, conservation officers talked to 200 anglers at the reservoir. Most of the anglers had caught either few or no fish. The one party of anglers that had done well said they were using PowerBait and nightcrawlers in 10 feet of water.
During the last week in February, Carl Wood of Price reported good fishing in 10 feet of water using a white jig and a piece of nightcrawler. His rainbow trout averaged 12 inches and the cutthroat trout averaged 14 inches. He didn't catch any tiger trout.