Most Utah lakes have been stocked with rainbow trout, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Near Moab, Kens Lake and Rattlesnake Ranch Pond have both been stocked with several thousand rainbow trout that are more than nine inches long.
In the past month, Monticello Lake in the Abajo Mountains, Lloyds Lake and Blanding Reservoir Nos. 3 and 4 have all been stocked with more than 1,000 rainbow trout, each averaging about 10 inches long.
In Price, the Carbon County Community Fishing Pond has been stocked with about 3,000 fish this year, with the most recent stocking on May 15. Wildlife officials recommend using nightcrawlers or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout there.
In Emery County, the fishing for rainbow trout has been good at Cleveland Reservoir, especially if you can get out on a float tube, officials say. If you’re using fly tackle, try using a medium sinking line with a plum leech, a black/orange woolly bugger or a brown/green/pearl crystal bugger, all with a beadhead. Most of the fish have been caught in 10 to 20 feet of water, well within casting distance from the shore. Cleveland Reservoir was stocked with about 5,000 rainbow trout near the end of May. And at Ferron Reservoir, anglers have caught rainbow and cutthroat trout using beadhead soft-hackle flies in black/red/blue and black/green/pearl color combinations. A recent gill net survey yielded some large brook trout (some as long as 18 inches). Ferron Reservoir was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout on June 4.
Fishing has been fair at Joes Valley Reservoir. Try using jigs tipped with chub meat or crankbaits to catch trout and tiger muskies here. Anglers have also had some luck catching cutthroat trout using size 4 beadhead crystal buggers in black/silver and black/red/blue color combinations on fast-sinking fly line.
At the Knight-Ideal Community Fishing Pond, the pond has been stocked with about 2,500 fish this year, with the most recent stocking on May 15. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait to catch rainbow trout here.
At Scofield Reservoir, anglers are catching mostly cutthroat trout from the shore using worms, PowerBait, spinners and soft-hackle flies in tan/green/pearl or midnight fire. Try fishing in the dam cove or along the western shore, officials say, including the walk-in access portion. Anglers have also been catching cutthroat trout using white or pearl sparkle tube jigs tipped with chub meat. Yellow garlic PowerBait has worked well for rainbow trout. Scofield Reservoir was stocked with 12,000 eight-inch cutthroat trout on April 18. A recent gill-net survey produced several large tiger and cutthroat trout, as well as two tiger muskies that were 19 inches long. All these fish were found to be feeding on chubs between two and six inches long.