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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
2015-08-28
Fair
Fishing is fair. The warm water temperatures and decreasing water level have pushed brown and rainbow trout into deeper water. Try trolling deeper water in the morning and evening. There are a lot of perch in the north end of the Reservoir. Smallmouth bass are also doing well. For smallmouth, try casting into the rocks with single tail jigs or crawfish patterns. Wildlife managers are concerned about the presence of walleye in the reservoir. Please keep your limit of walleye.
Brough Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
There are no recent fishing reports, but expect fair fishing. Fishing is usually slow to fair in late summer, and then improves as the water cools. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough Reservoir. You may only use flies and lures; baits and scented (or salted) lures and flies are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-08-28
Fair
The water level is low for maintenance, but that is making it hard to launch a boat. Fishing should fair to good for brook trout from the shore or a float tube.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Shoreline vegetation is causing some issues for anglers fishing from the bank. Fishing should be better from a float tube.
Calder Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing. The water level remains low. Calder has special catch-and-release regulations. You may only use flies and lures; baits and scented (or salted) lures and flies are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for a mix of fish, including rainbows, bass and tiger muskies. The statewide daily limit for tiger muskie is one fish over 40 inches; all others must be released immediately. Tiger muskies are sensitive to mishandling, so bring them in quickly, but not by horsing. Try to keep the fish from expending too much energy; keep their gills in the water as you handle them and release as quickly as possible.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-08-28
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing from boats, but slow fishing from the shore because of the aquatic vegetation. Try trolling in deeper water or drifting traditional trout baits. Stream fishing for brown trout is good. Anglers report that grasshopper patterns are working well. To increase your fly-fishing success, try rigging a dropper under a grasshopper or stimulator.
East Park Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Fishing has been slow to fair, but it varies greatly from one day to the next. Try using trout baits (like worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly-colored spoons and crankbaits. If you're bottom fishing, use something to float your bait about 18–24 inches off the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds so it's easier for the fish to find. The water level is still high.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-08-28
Good
Fishing has been good at Flaming Gorge. The surface water temperature ranges from 70 to 72°F.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is still much slower than it was in June. Larger three- to four-year-old fish are now preparing to spawn. The spawning kokanee will take on a new look — turning red and developing hooked noses — but they'll also migrate towards the spawning areas and stop foraging for food all together. Most of the fish were concentrated in small areas along the main channel in 45 to 60 feet of water and measured 12 to 14 inches in length. Remember, mortality rates on released fish increase as water temperatures rise, so we encourage you to keep your limits of small kokanee. If you're not harvesting, please use single, barbless hooks, minimize handling, and use nets with rubber coating. A variety of lures are working well. Try using pink, purple and orange colored lures, including dodger and squid combinations, #2 Needlefish, Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoons and Triple Teazers. You should shorten the leader between the dodger and squid to about 10 inches. Use orange colors during low light or cloudy periods. If you're trolling, vary your speed between 1.6 and 2.0 mph.

Rainbow trout: Anglers are catching rainbows while trolling for kokanee or fishing deep water for bass. If you're trolling, try using small spoons tipped with bait and moving at about 1.6 to 1.8 mph. Most of the rainbow trout are in 40 to 60 feet of water in habitat ranging from main channel points to all the backs of canyons. You can easily catch rainbows while casting towards shore with Marabou or tube jigs in earthtone colors. If you fish in deeper water, you can catch both larger bass and rainbow trout. Both species spend time in colder water looking for crayfish to eat. Shore anglers can always catch rainbow trout by fishing with worms or PowerBait on the bottom.

Lake trout: Fishing is improving. You can find schools of smaller lake trout along the main channel in 50 to 100 feet of water. These smaller lake trout are numerous and aggressive at times, and they can be fun to catch and eat. When you find a school, you have two options. Option one: drop a white tube jig or a jigging spoon (like a Northland Buckshot) tipped with a small chunk of sucker meat. Be ready, though, the bites can be quick! Option two: troll small spoons or crankbaits immediately above the school at 1.4 to 1.8 mph using lures like Flatfish, Rapalas or wobble spoons (like Northland Forage Minnows) in silver or chartreuse.

Smallmouth bass: The warmer water has sent larger bass to deeper waters, but anglers are still catching good numbers of smaller bass in the shallows. Focus on using traditional smallmouth baits, like crawfish-pattern crankbaits or plastics. Retrieving these and other baits (like single tail jigs) on or near the bottom should produce good results.

Burbot: Although there haven't been many reports, some anglers say the burbot fishing is good. Burbot are most abundant in the uppermost reaches of the reservoir in Wyoming, so anglers should start their search there. They are predominantly a nighttime species and prefer cooler water and rocky main channel structure. Start fishing at dusk and target depths greater than 30 feet. Use 3/8- to 1/2-ounce glow lures, like Yamamoto grubs in luminous white or Northland Buckshot spoons in glow, tipped with sucker or chub meat. Burbot are not nearly as active or aggressive during the summer months, so jig lures slowly and close to the bottom, and move if you're not catching fish.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2015-08-28
Good
Dry fly fishing is fair to good. Fishing is even better with streamers, nymphs and emergers. Try using terrestrial patterns along the bank like ants, crickets or hoppers. You may also want to try trico or caddis pattern, or doubling up some flies to double your chances. For nymphs and streamers, try fishing deep along flow seams with scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles, San Juan worms or any two to three fly combination of the above. Set your hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. In shallow or deeper water, you should also try using marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors. In deeper water, using crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or X-Raps should also work. Several types of spoons and spinners will also entice fish. Currently the river is flowing at an average of 1,700 cubic feet per second and peaking at 2,160 cubic feet per second between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. You can check flows online.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Fishing is best during the morning and evening. Try trolling deeper waters or drifting traditional trout baits. You can still launch a boat.
Matt Warner
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. Try using worms, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find. The boat launch is muddy, which is making it difficult to launch without a 4x4 with good mud tires.
Moose Pond
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report good fishing, but it changes with the weather. Try using worms, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find.
Pelican Lake
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for bass and bluegill, depending on the time of day and the weather. Carp fishing is good too. Catching carp with archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality and help the bass and bluegill grow. The water level is good.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-08-28
Good
Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout and bass. Bluegill fishing is good, and can even be hot if you can locate a school. Walleye fishing is slow, but anglers are occasionally catching a larger fish. For bluegill, use small jigs, spoons or baits. For bass, try the same things you would for bluegill, but larger. For trout, you'll want to try worms, mealworms, salmon eggs, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-08-28
Fair
Fishing is fair for nice-sized cutthroat trout using wet flies. Bank fishing is difficult because of the vegetation, so try wading or from fishing a small boat or floattube. The best fishing is during the morning and evening.
Spirit Lake
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. For trout, try using worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits. You should also try flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When you're fishing the bottom, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds and make it easier for the fish to find. Spirit was stocked 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 in 2013, so they should now be reaching catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-08-28
Fair
Walleye fishing has improved. Anglers report good walleye fishing, especially for smaller fish. The hot weather has moved the trout into a summer pattern, so the best fishing will be in the cooler hours. Baits are working well—especially from the shore. Try using smaller, deep-diving crankbaits and spoons for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye and bass. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 20- to 23-inch range, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-08-28
Good
Anglers report good fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill, whether they're fishing from shore or in boats. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore, while crankbaits, brightly colored spoons and crayfish-colored jigs are producing for shore anglers and boaters. The fish can be anywhere from the surface to depths of about 30 to 40 feet. The hot weather has initiated a summer pattern where the trout move deeper and are mostly active in the cooler hours (early mornings and evenings). The water level has risen but it's still low enough to expose rocks and sandbars.

 

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