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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
2016-02-04
Good
Be careful. The reservoir is filling, and the edges can have thin ice and open water. Also, ice near the inlet is not as thick and has an irregular pattern because of currents. Anglers have been fishing the northern bays and are catching perch and a few rainbows. Try either the top 10 feet or the bottom 10 if fishing for trout. Perch are mainly on the bottom, but there are schools of larger fish moving through, and they can be at any depth, including within a few feet of the surface. Try a small, brightly colored jig, jigging spoon or fly tipped with a worm, mealworm or soft artificial bait. Perch are plentiful but mostly small and have been found in greater numbers in the northern end of the reservoir, 25–30 feet deep. The presence of walleye in the reservoir has caused some concern for managers.
Brough Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The lake has a solid cap of ice. However, be careful. The reservoir is filling, and the edges have thin ice and open water. Access roads can be slippery. We haven't received any recent fishing reports.
Browne Lake
2016-02-04
Fair
Water levels are down, but fishing for brook trout through the ice should be fair to good. The area has received snow during the last couple of storms. Roads are closed.
Bullock Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The lake has a solid cap of ice. However, be careful. The reservoir is filling, and the edges have thin ice and open water. There's relatively easy access over snow-covered roads. There are some signs that anglers have been out fishing, but we haven't received any reports.
Calder Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
There's ice on the lake. Fishing is slow to fair with small plastics. No bait is allowed. The reservoir has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only. Bait and scented-salted lures and flies are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. Anglers were able to get in late last week, but current conditions are unclear. Notes: Trout Unlimited recently installed wind-generated aerators to keep the water oxygenated and save the fish. Please stay away from the area. Ice is eroding because of currents created by aerator bubbles. Drifts have closed the access road.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The reservoir is capped with several inches of ice. However, it is being filled, and there is a bit of thin ice and even open water along the edges. There are signs that anglers have been out on the ice, but we haven't received any recent reports on fishing success.
Crouse Reservoir
2016-02-04
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The reservoir is ice-capped. It is also filling, so the edges won't be as thick as the main ice. Fishing reports have ranged from slow to good. The main road to the dam is snow-covered, and the dirt roads around reservoir are closed.
East Park Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. The roads are closed, so you can only access the reservoir by snowmobile or skis. Try trout baits, like worms and artificial baits or tip a small lure or fly with a mealworm.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2016-02-04
Good
There's currently ice down to Lucerne, with six or more inches north of the Pipeline. Some anglers are venturing out near Lucerne, but check the ice carefully. Thickness varies. Ice is slowly forming down the reservoir with only Cedar Springs and Mustang Ridge boat launches still useable. Both of those ramps were snow-covered. Weekend snow created messy roads.

Kokanee: Expect slow fishing. Kokanee are rarely caught through the ice.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout fishing is good for 18- to 20-inch fish. Focus on shallow flats and points in 10 to 20 feet of water using small tubes and jigs tipped with mealworm. You may also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches), which were stocked last summer.

Lake trout: We've received reports of anglers catching fish all over the reservoir. Some of the better reports have come from further downlake near Buckboard, Brinegar Ferry Crossing (aka Squaw Hollow or Holmes Crossing) and south to Anvil and Lucerne. Fish main channel depths with jigging spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker or chub meat. Keep your smaller fish — removing them will help the fishery and provide some tasty treats.

Smallmouth bass: Water temperatures have sent bass to deeper water. Fishing has been slow.

Burbot: Recent reports indicate better fishing in the middle and southern portion of the reservoir. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth bass habitat) and depths of 10 to 40 feet. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water and move if you're not catching fish. As always, good lures are glow-n-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Thanks to all anglers who participated in the recent burbot tournaments; there are now thousands fewer burbot eating everything else.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2016-02-04
Good
Fishing is good with streamer/nymph trailer combos. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud or shrimp trailer. The fish are mainly taking the trailer, and the terrestrial is acting as an attractant and strike indicator. For nymphs and streamers, go deep along flow seams and along the shorelines. Try sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations followed by scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles or San Juan worms. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water. Several types of spoons and spinners will also entice fish. Information on flows can be found online.
Long Park Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
There haven't been any recent fishing reports, but ice fishing at Long Park is usually fair to good. The roads are closed and the area has received more snow. You can access the reservoir by skis or snowmobile only.
Matt Warner
2016-02-04
Good
The lake has fishable ice and anglers have been reporting good fishing. You can access the reservoir by skis or snowmobile only.
Moose Pond
2016-02-04
Fair
The pond has over a foot of ice. Anglers report fair to good fishing, mostly for stocked rainbows. Try tipping a small jig with meal worms or artificial bait. The bites have been light so set the hook. Remember, you are only in three to six feet of water.
Pelican Lake
2016-02-04
Good
Anglers still report good fishing for bluegill and bass. Try small brightly colored jigs and lures tipped with a mealworm or soft artificial baits. The reservoir is being filled so the edges have less ice than farther out. Anglers have broken through, so check the ice carefully.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2016-02-04
Fair
The rotenone treatment to remove all fish was completed in October. In November, hatcheries stocked it with eight-inch cutthroat and rainbow trout, and five-inch wipers. Division plans call for roughly one million walleye fry to be stocked by hatcheries next spring, in addition to more wipers and tiger trout (all top predators). Mountain whitefish, black crappie, yellow perch and fathead minnows (as prey species) will be stocked as they become available in 2016. The whitefish, crappie and perch are also catchable species and will supply faster fishing opportunities than the top predators. Colorado River cutthroat trout will continue to be stocked in Bush Creek (which flows into Red Fleet), so some of these fish and the natural reproducing brown trout found in Brush Creek should provide additional fishing opportunities.
Sheep Creek Lake
2016-02-04
Fair
Sheep Creek has ice, but we haven't heard any fishing reports from anglers. The area recently received snow and high winds. The access roads are closed.
Spirit Lake
2016-02-04
Good
The lake has ice, and it should be fair to good fishing. The area has received snow during the past few storms, so access can be hazardous, even with snow machines.
Starvation Reservoir
2016-02-04
Good
The lake is capped with ice eight to 15 inches deep. Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows and fair to excellent for yellow perch. Most of the perch reported are six to eight inches. Look for schools in relatively shallow waters, 10 to 15 feet, or in deeper waters, 20 to 45 feet. A few anglers report that perch, down deep, are larger, but they don't start hitting until near or after dark.
Steinaker Reservoir
2016-02-04
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and bluegill, and a few anglers have found bass. Worms and artificial baits are working, along with small jigs tipped with a meal or wax worm. Fish are mostly deep. Try looking for bluegill down around 25 to 35 feet. Anglers have reported early evening bites for bluegill. Trout have been active for periods throughout the day, and can be found on the bottom or in the top 15 feet of water.

 

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