DWR releases results of Scofield Reservoir fishing survey

March 27, 2006 - DWR releases results of Scofield Reservoir fishing survey

SCOFIELD - A survey of anglers at Scofield Reservoir has revealed some interesting information about Utah's second most popular fishing lake.

Conducted by the Division of Wildlife from December 2004 to November 2005, the survey will provide fishery managers with important data that will guide them in setting stocking rates and management strategies at the central Utah reservoir.

Scofield Reservoir is second only to Strawberry Reservoir in its popularity among those who like to fish lakes in Utah.

Situated on the Wasatch Plateau, Scofield is about one hour from Provo, and it attracts a lot of anglers from Utah County. In fact, 70 percent of all anglers come from the Wasatch Front. Surprisingly, only 17 percent come from nearby Carbon County, with another three percent trickling in from Emery County.

During the year-long study, Scofield anglers were interviewed eight times each month. The DWR interviewer collected information about the type of fishing being done, the length of time anglers fished, how many fish they caught and the size of the fish they took. Once the data were analyzed, some interesting results surfaced:

Fish grow fast

The DWR stocks Scofield Reservoir each year with 450,000 fingerling (3-inch) and 150,000 sub-catchable (six-inch) rainbow trout. These fish grow fast in Scofield's nutrient-rich water. Cutthroat trout continue to reproduce naturally, spawning in tributary streams. The cutthroat fry hatch and grow in Pondtown, Bear, Mud and Upper Fish creeks and then find their way to the reservoir as they mature.

Tiger Trout, a new game fish, made its debut at Scofield in September 2005. For the first time, the DWR planted 100,000 5-inch tiger trout. Tiger trout are the sterile hybrids of brook and brown trout. Because no energy goes into spawning, tigers grow big fast. Renowned for their beauty and their fighting ability, the tiger infusion will turn up the "fun factor" at Scofield. By summer 2006, the fast-growing tigers will be pan-size or better.