Thursday, April 4, 2013

Minersville Gill Netting Results

Mike Hadley is at it again!  I have been waiting for a couple of months now for the ice to break so we could again here Mike's reports on fish conditions in southern Utah waters.  This week he sends us a report of Minersville Reservoir, and we will have a report of Enterprise Reservoir to post soon.  It looks like this spring fishing will be good for Minersville.  Check out his report:



During the annual trend net survey at Minersville Reservoir near Beaver, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists observed lots of healthy rainbow trout from 12 to 20 inches. The largest rainbow caught measured 24 inches and weighed 5.5 lbs. We also saw a few nice smallmouth bass and a couple small wipers. Fishing for rainbow trout from shore is good to excellent right now with nymphs and streamers. Trout fishing remained good throughout the summer last year – this year could be just as good. Look for bass and wiper fishing to pick up in May and June.

What a great lake t visit to catch a unique variety of fish!  It is good to see Minersville again producing big fish and providing excellent fishing opportunities!  Take a look at these photos from the sampling, and stay tuned as tomorrow night we feature the results of Enterprise Reservoir.

Natalie Brewster-Wilson, Southern Region Office Manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, shows off a 24-inch, 5.5-pound rainbow trout caught and released during the annual trend net survey at Minersville Reservoir on April 2, 2013.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources fish biologist Mike Hadley holds a couple 3-pound smallmouth bass caught and released during the annual trend net survey at Minersville Reservoir on April 2, 2013.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources intern Jens Swensen shows off a couple 13- and 14-inch wipers caught during the annual trend net survey at Minersville Reservoir on April 2, 2013.