Saturday, April 6, 2013

Upper Enterprise Reservoir Gill Net Survey

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I am spending my time working, helping to supervise a tree planting contract and earning a little much needed overtime pay.  I'm out in the mountains hiking each day, so I will not complain!  Due to the long hours and spending my spare time this week on pinewood derby cars, baseball practice, and homework, I readily welcome another gill netting report from Mike Hadley, fisheries biologist with the southern region of the Utah DWR.  The Enterprise reservoirs look like a great destination according to his report.  Check out the report, and a few amazing photos of some of the fish sampled.  As always, thanks Mike for the report, and for contributing this information to our readers.  Now let's hear from Mike:

Upper Enterprise Reservoir Trend Net Survey – April 3, 2013

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and US Forest Service personnel observed lots of fat, healthy rainbow trout during a trend net survey at Upper Enterprise Reservoir in southwest Utah. Most rainbows were between 12 and 14 inches, but a number of 15- to 16-inch fish were also caught. The largest trout we saw measured 20 inches and weighed 3 pounds – a real treat at Enterprise. We also found several smallmouth bass, including two bruisers that weighed in at 3.2 and 4.4 pounds. Shore fishing for trout is very good right now with any technique and should remain fair to good throughout the year. Look for bass fishing to pick up in May.

Dixie National Forest fish biologist Mike Golden shows off a 20-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout caught and released during the trend net survey at Upper Enterprise Reservoir on April 3, 2013.

Dixie National Forest wildlife biologist Devin Johnson (left) and fish biologist Mike Golden (right) show off 3- and 4-pound smallmouth bass caught and released during the trend net survey at Upper Enterprise Reservoir on April 3, 2013.