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Otter Creek Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 25-Apr-16
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Conditions : OTTER CREEK RESERVOIR - The reservoir's capacity is at 79 percent and steadily rising. Fishing is starting to pick up for some anglers, but still remains inconsistent overall. The north end seems to be producing a little better. The water is a couple degrees warmer on that end, which may be helping increase trout feeding activity. Look for fishing success to continue improving. A fish population survey recently found many of the 16- to 18-inch rainbows that Otter Creek is famous for. These fish are in great shape and weigh two to three pounds. We also found a handful of four-pound wipers, with one pushing six pounds. Wipers have been a little hard to come by (for both anglers and our monitoring surveys) since we started stocking them in 2011. The fish caught in the survey were in great shape and are obviously doing well in the reservoir. It appears we just need to stock more. Anglers are noticing sores and spots on the skin of rainbow trout caught at Otter Creek. These are caused by parasites attacking the fish during times of high stress, particularly when the water is low and warm in late summer and early fall. Apparently, the parasites were a little worse last year, as they have persisted through the winter on some fish. Spawning stress may also be contributing to the parasites. The spots should disappear when conditions improve as the reservoir fills and rainbow trout finish spawning. The meat is safe to eat, as long as it is cooked properly.

Reported by: Utah D.W.R

Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • Cutthroat
  • Brook Trout
  • Kokanne
  • Rainbow Trout

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About: - Otter Creek flows between the Sevier plateau and the Parker Range, creating a long narrow lake in the valley. Year-round fishing and boating on the 3,120-acre reservoir are the park's featured activities.


Camping and picnicking units, modern rest rooms with hot showers, fish cleaning and sewage disposal stations, boat launching ramp and courtesy docks are available.

Directions: Travel east 11 miles on State Route 62 from the junction of US 89 and State Route 62. Where State Route 62 turns north, continue east for one-half mile on State Route 22.

ANTIMONY CREEK, Garfield County. This clear, cold-water stream is located southeast of Otter Creek Reservoir and the town of Antimony. The fishable portion is located on the Dixie National Forest. It is accessible by dirt road from the mouth of the canyon for several miles and then becomes accessible by foot trail along most of its length. It is populated primarily with wild rainbow trout, although the lower section contains some brown trout.

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