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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart

Cleaning fish: Biologists now believe the disposal of fish parts, especially the head and skeleton, is one of the primary reasons whirling disease has spread to new waters. To avoid moving whirling disease and other undesired organisms, you should clean fish at home and send the parts to a landfill. If that isn't possible, please clean the fish and bury the parts at least 100 yards away from the water's edge. Do not move fish or fish parts from one water to another.

Waterbody Report
Big Sandwash Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows and a few browns. Water levels are high (the reservoir is nearly full), and there are some dead trees and branches floating on the surface. Watch out for floating debris if you are boating.
Brough Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing in spring. The reservoir is full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-04-20
Fair
The last report we received indicated that the ice was almost off, but we haven't heard anything on the fishing conditions. These higher mountain lakes usually have fair to good just after ice-off. The road gates are open.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing at Bullock in the early spring. The reservoir is nearly full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-04-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. Just after ice off, there were some dead fish found along the banks. The lake likely suffered a minor winterkill. The water level remains low. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you will usually find fair to good fishing at Cottonwood in the early spring. The reservoir is almost full.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-04-20
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
The ice is off and anglers report slow to good fishing for tigers and rainbows. Access is to the dam. The area received some snow in the last set of storms.
East Park Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
The area still has melting snow, which has made the roads muddy. The ice is off and fishing is fair, but some other reservoirs in the area had a partial refreeze over the weekend.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-04-20
Good
The Utah and Wyoming ramps are ice-free, so you can now launch boats. Reservoir levels have held up well over the winter, and water managers are even letting some of the water out in preparation for spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing reopened on Nov. 30, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing in Utah and in Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits (along with common trout baits, such as worms) are working from the shore and from boats. We've heard reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Anglers are also catching rainbows while fishing deep water for lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing from boats. Fish can be anywhere, although most are still being caught in deeper waters. If you find a group, try holding your position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or a three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also try trolling through (or just above) the school, usually 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Slow, shallow trolls along sloping banks can be an excellent technique in the spring. It's one of the few times of year that you can just troll without specialized deep-water equipment. Deep trolling, right on the bottom, with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing has been slow because the bass are still deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is fair to good from boats, and a few burbot have been caught from the bank. Pick your spots in the late afternoon, so you can see the area and where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Boat anglers can start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water. Move shallower after sunset and as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep waters (around 75 feet); however, they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallow waters to forage. Some will follow channels or rocky flats and venture into water that's less than 10 feet deep. Try fishing along the rocky shores, points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use something that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat or minnows, is recommended.) Worms with a marshmallow placed about three to six inches above the weight have worked recently. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2015-04-20
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Spring hatches are common: mayflies (BWOs), midges, ants and crickets. Match the hatch as a dry fly or try a larger dry fly (such as a cricket) with an emerger (such as a mayfly or midge) or scud for a trailer. Winter streamer/bottom combinations are also working. Streamers are usually a fish-imitation (such as a sculpin) followed by a scud or egg. Anglers using lures are also successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
There haven't been any new reports, but the ice is off most reservoirs at the same elevation.
Matt Warner
2015-04-20
Good
Fishing has been good since the ice came off. There were a few dead fish found along the bank, but biologist believe they were likely due to winter angling loss. Try trout baits, like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits.
Moose Pond
2015-04-20
Slow
The pond is ice free and fishing is slow. The water has not yet been stocked.
Pelican Lake
2015-04-20
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing. With recent temperature fluctuations, fishing success changes daily. A few consecutive days of warm weather will bring the bass back into the shallow water. Bluegill are still deep. With the shallow waters warming up, it's a good time to target carp. Removal of carp before they spawn (by either archery or fishing tackle) will help the water quality. Better water quality will help both the bass and bluegill populations. Water levels look good; the lake is mostly full.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-04-20
Good
There's open water across the reservoir, and the ramp is accessible. Fishing for rainbows was good, up until the last storm. We haven't received any reports on walleye. The water remains low.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-04-20
Fair
One angler reported fair fishing. The roads in the area have opened.
Spirit Lake
2015-04-20
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, and the road to the lake remains closed. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take a few years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-04-20
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for rainbows and walleyes, although most anglers were chased off by recent high winds. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleyes. If you're walleye fishing, keep your bait/lure on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleyes are small or in the 24-inch range, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-04-20
Good
Anglers report fair to excellent rainbow fishing from shore and from boats. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore, while crankbaits and brightly colored spoons are producing for boaters. Some fish are near the surface, while most appear to be deep (about 30 to 40 feet down). The water level remains low, so watch for rocks and sandbars.

 

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