That's to bad, I like that little res.
rutlips said:I have been really interested in this thread and have been both amused and confused by the comments made in reference to the recent posting of most of the public access at the reservoir. I am one of those rare anglers that really enjoy fishing at Koosharem. It is close to where I live.so I can make a quick trip after work plus I can go to Koosharem and not have to spend as much money on gas. Also Koosharem is a relatively unknown fishing jewel in southern Utah. Most people usually just pass on by on there way to other more popular fisheries in the area. Which is fine by me by the way. It can grow fish as fast as Otter Creek, also it has many different species of trout to chase. In one day I have caught Brook, Splake, Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brown, and Utah Chub. I also believe it has Tiger trout. I have attached a picture of a Cutty I caught this fall. When I saw that the shore access had been posted I had a few questions about where we would be able to fish, launch are boats, and if the DWR would continue stocking the lake. I decided to message the DWR here is their reply
" We stopped by Koosharem Res to confirm that this spot was posted. It appears that the most popular boat launch site has been posted by the rightful land owner. Also, the Piute tribe has posted their section on the north end as a fee area. We looked into the land ownership and found that the only public land at the reservoir is a small piece of BLM where the bathroom is located. In addition, it looks like another small section of private south of there remains unposted. If you stay away from the signs you should be okay. You can also try calling the phone numbers on the signs and try talking to the land owner.
Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of property owners in this situation. We have no plans to change our stocking as long as some public access remains at the reservoir."
It looks like fishing at Koosharem will now be strictly a small boat or tube reservoir. Most of the shore line access is posted.
So in reality not a lot has changed. Koosharem has always been a real hard place to fish from shore. It has shallow and mossy shore lines. Which is one of the reasons there is not much fishing pressure. It is unfortunate however that we are losing a place to fish.
As for launching boats this will now be harder but I still think it will be possible. I know I will be able to launch my 14' boat by the restrooms during higher water. Also I am sure that will get easier there with more and more people doing it. Most of the time I use my 8' portable boat with an electric motor on Koosharem so even with the posted areas I will still be able to access the reservoir with out a problem.
Ice fishing we will have to walk a little further. The good thing about Koosharem is it's cold and the ice gets thick making snowmobiles and ATV's useable.
By no means do I think the DWR should discontinue stocking this reservoir as long as we have some access to it.
Any way that's my two cents whatever that's worth.
Pretty sure it doesn't. It's not a stream. The land that is covered by a reservoir is usually still owned by the entity that owned it prior to the impoundment of the reservoir, and still controls it as the level of the reservoir rises or drops. Scofield has the same issue on the west side. Utah Lake as well.How does high water mark relate to this with the over turning of the Law?
Seems like when the chub population is low the fishing can be good. My wife has caught a 5lb and 4 lb bow there, I have caught many 2 to 3 pounders. We usually would fish right where they have closed it,My question is how in the world does anyone catch anything at Koosharem? I'm all ears, as all my attempts have left me with one catch at the lake: a freshwater clam on a Blue Fox spinner.
When and why did they do that? I'm really interested in your explanation of the "why" they did it more than when. If you say it's for gill net surveys they weren't in boats so don't give me that answer.Still looking for sympathy?
This is a non-issue to me....the whole reservoir is still accessible by watercraft. And, FWIW, the DWR launched their boat with ease just recently from the public access area....
PBH,as you are so many times and especially regarding this topic, your wrong.thread get's locked at BFT, so a new one started over here?
non-issue. Remember, this is only 1 corner of the lake shoreline. There is still public access to the lake.
Since a copy-and-paste has already been employed here, I'll do another copy-and-paste:
Access is access. The public still has this access. It is open to the public. For a fee. Just like every state park in this state.1BandMan said:From the north end of the lake the Piute tribe is now charging $10 entrance fee from the north inlet south to the crappers.
Again, this section HAS ALWAYS been private. Forever. That has not changed. The only thing that has changed is that the current owner has decided to post this land and restrict it's use. That sucks for us. But it does not mean that we cannot access the reservoir! We still can.1BandMan said:From there south is the new wildlife preserve/club to the dam
When and where did the DWR launch their boat(s)??? I really want to know. The reason? I think your making stuff up as you go and I would like to know why.Iband...I still live in Monroe. And, almost every year, I enjoy fishing Koosharem. Next year, this year, whatever...those posted signs won't change anything. I will drive up on the public access point, carry my pontoon down to the water, and fish whatever part of the reservoir I wish.
I think you are making a mountain out of a molehill....as long as it has free access, i will launch my pontoon boat and fish it. And, because it is still open--entirely--to the public, it should be stocked by the DWR and public money. I am not sure how you can argue that....