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BENCHES POND: There's about 12 inches of snow over the ice, which is eight inches thick. According to Todd Munford, the best fishing occurs about 35 yards south of the dam with a green jighead, tipped with a nightcrawler.

BOULGER RESERVOIR: Access is limited to snow machines. Expect a cover of snow over the ice. Todd Munford recommends a jig, tipped with a nightcrawler or salmon egg.

ELECTRIC LAKE: Todd Munford suggests trying the north end, where there's some open water. Try a gold Jakes or Rooster Tail spinner.

FAIRVIEW LAKES: The lakes are frozen with a cover of slush and snow. Todd suggests fishing on the north end in 8 to 10 feet of water. Use Swedish pimples, tipped with a nightcrawler.

HUNTINGTON CREEK: Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen recommends throwing worms or salmon eggs into the few spots of open water along the creek. Tom Ogden says that the creek will fish well with fly tackle along open water stretches. Trout will be in holes, where you need to concentrate. The best patterns will be a hares ear, Montana nymph or San Juan worm in sizes 12 to 14. Tom says it's important to drift your fly through holes several times before giving up. Some holes will contain a lot of fish, and once you start picking them up, you will often get several fish from the same hole. The bite will be light, so you have to watch carefully or risk missing them. Todd Munford says that fly-fishing below the dam is often good. On nice days, Todd uses a #18 Griffith's gnat on the surface. Brown trout range from 10 to 14 inches.

HUNTINGTON NORTH STATE PARK: State Park Manager Dan Richards reports three to four inches of ice on the lake, but no ice fishing activity.

HUNTINGTON RESERVOIR: (also known as Mammoth Reservoir) The ice is 10 to 14 inches thick with a cover of slush and snow. Take a snow shovel along. Aquatics Manager Paul Birdsey asserts that December is always the best month to ice-fish this reservoir. The ice isn't too thick and the catch rate is typically high. Earlier this month, Huntington resident Kevin Phillips hauled a six-pound tiger trout through the ice. A trout that size is uncommon. Most tigers range from 12 to 18 inches. Reports of good fishing have come in the whole month of December. The best tackle seems to be an ice fly tipped with bait, such as redside shiner, wax worm, mealworm or nightcrawler. Todd Munford has enjoyed good fishing. He recommends fishing the north end with a Swedish pimple, tipped with a wax worm or nightcrawler. Todd says that the tigers are often found on the bottom or four to five cranks up from the bottom.

JOE'S VALLEY RESERVOIR: Conservation Officer Casey Mickelsen has checked anglers at Joe's Valley since it reopened. Their success was only marginal. Casey recommends chub meat from the east shoreline. Aquatics Program Manager Paul Birdsey indicates that the reservoir generally freezes in January and the catch rate is high for weeks thereafter.

LAKE POWELL: Visit http://www.wayneswords.com for the fishing report, provided by Wayne Gustaveson, DWR project leader.

MILLSITE RESERVOIR: As of Dec. 17, the shoreline was iced over for about 200 yards out. Fishing is not recommended until complete ice over and a minimum of three inches of ice forms.

SAN JUAN COUNTY: Sergeant J. Shirley reports that Lloyd's Lake, Monticello and Foy Reservoir are all frozen. Access will be difficult, except by snow machine. Sgt. Shirley doesn't know how thick the ice is. Extreme caution is recommended. J. reports that shoreline anglers have done very well at Blanding #4 with baits, where he has checked some large tiger trout.

SCOFIELD RESERVOIR: A week ago, State Park Manager Dan Richards reported the ice to be about six to eight inches thick. He indicates that anglers have begun using ATVs and snowmobiles on the reservoir. While fishing himself, Dan iced several rainbows near the Madsen Bay boat ramp, using light green jigs tipped with a nightcrawler. Scofield State Park is hosting a fishing tournament on December 29. Interested anglers are urged to call (435) 687-2491 for registration details.

During the week, Lt. Carl Gramlich fished the south end in nine feet of water using a chartreuse jighead below a silver or chartreuse attractor. He baited the hook with a worm. In three hours, Carl and his friend limited out with eight trout apiece. Carl didn't start getting hits until about 9 a.m. and found the fastest fishing later in the morning. Lt. Gramlich recommends moving around to find deeper water, if you aren't getting hits.

Heidi and Casey Olsen in company with Officer Mike Milburn fished last week. They caught an average of one fish per hour. Heidi beat them all. She iced two 20-inch trout, each weighing three to four pounds. Heidi used a small jig or ice fly under an attractant and tipped the hook with minnow meat. She fished about a foot off the bottom in 14 to 15 feet of water. Officer Milburn noted that fishing was better in the morning.

Austin Christensen emailed the Division to say that he fished last Saturday. In a four-hour period, he and his buddy creeled seven fish. All but one was over 12 inches. They used wax worms on a variety of ice flies or jigs. Best colors were a combination of orange, red and yellow. They fished in 20 feet of water and about a foot off the bottom.

STRAIGHT CANYON: Tom Ogden says that Straight Canyon will fish well from the dam down to where the creek freezes. Trout will be in holes and you need to drift a fly through the hole several times to attract their attention. The best patterns will be prince nymph, hares ear and ugly. Winter fly sizes need to be smaller. Tom recommends 14 to 18.
 
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