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Old 05-24-2015   #1
Kanab, Utah
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Fishing Desolation Canyon

We have a permit to run Deso in mid-July. Can anyone please comment on certain places to try, what type of lure's/fly's to bring, if the fishing is good ect. Thank you...

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Old 05-24-2015   #2
Lake City, Colorado
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Loaded with catfish. Everywhere the water is wet. any kind of bait

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Old 05-24-2015   #3
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My understanding is that catfish is really the only thing to go for. I could be totally wrong about this though.
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Cat fish caught on a hook made from a beer can pop top, tied to a long stick with dental floss and baited with summer sausage will entertain the kiddos for hours.

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Old 05-24-2015   #5
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Fish the feeder creeks-

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Old 05-25-2015   #6
montrose, Colorado
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I know there are trout in Rock Creek, but I've never fished it.

As far as the river goes, catfish reign supreme. At times, the catfishing can be really easy, great for kids. While targeting the catfish, you may hook into a big fat carp or some roundtail chubs. The roundtails must be released as they are a protected species.

It is also theoretically possible to catch a smallmouth bass, walleye, or pikeminnow, but you are not likely to have much luck targeting them. As per Utah fishing regulations, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and a few other species may not be returned alive to the Green River if caught. Of course, pikeminnow are a federal endangered species and must be released immediately back into the river if you are lucky enough to catch one.
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Old 05-25-2015   #7
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Rock creek.

I have fly fished Rock creek several times and had good luck. The fishing is very tight however with lots of overhanging branches. Last year I spied a bunch of beaver ponds about 1.5-2 miles up but couldn't find a route into them with the time I had left. Looked like the spot if you can get through the surrounding thicket.
On a previous trip I found a deep pool 1/2 mile in and hooked a 19' trout until the line wrapped a log and it broke off. Definitely worth bringing a rod.
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Old 05-26-2015   #8
Kanab, Utah
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Thanks to everyone that replied. We will wet a line and see what happens.
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Old 05-27-2015   #9
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The catfish rise consistently during hatches and I have been curious to try fly fishing them. You see them gulping on the surface from Jack Creek to at least Three Canyon in the mornings and evenings. We normally fish for them in the big eddies once a trip and make blackened fish tacos; wouldn't eat them more than that on a trip due to health concerns. The channel catfish population in the canyon is way too large and most of them will be tiny little buggers so you will likely need to max out your daily limit for a meal or have multiple licensed fisherman.

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Old 05-31-2015   #10
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I've caught lots of catfish on safety pins tied to dental floss clove hitched around a small stick to use for weight and just throwing the stick 10 feet out. You don't really even need to bait the safety pin - they'll hit the flash.

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