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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
2015-01-23
Fair
The east side and northern bays have about six to eight inches of fishable ice. The west side has some unsafe ice. The reservoir is being filled, which is also thinning the ice along the edges. Anglers report a steady catch of rainbows and small perch. Try using small, light-colored jigs tipped with a piece of worm or mealworm. Plain hooks or jig heads tipped with bait are also working, especially white or yellow with big eyes. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
Brough Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
There haven't been any new reports from anglers. The ice is five to eight inches thick. Check the ice carefully before venturing out. There are special catch-and-release regulations at the reservoir. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-01-23
Fair
The lake is now covered with ice and starting to fill. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing conditions.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The surface is now covered with new ice, and other lakes in the area have five to eight inches. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but fishing was slow before the ice thickened. Check the ice carefully before going out.
Calder Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The ice is now about eight to 12 inches deep. Anglers report slow fishing. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The reservoir has ice, but its thickness and condition are unknown. Check any ice carefully before venturing out.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
Water levels are extremely low. Most of the remaining water has been pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing near the dam and fair to good fishing near the inlet. They are catching rainbows, tigers and a few cutts. The ice is roughly eight to 12 inches thick, but it can be thinner in places. Check any ice carefully before venturing out, especially near the inlet. Warmer flows will undermine the ice, creating thin areas. As anglers can testify, the flows can hollow out the ice fairly quickly, sometimes within 30 minutes.
East Park Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The reservoir is ice-covered, and fishing is fair. The road was unblocked last Saturday, and there were signs of people driving in. However, there were also some drifts, so most vehicles will have a difficult time getting to the reservoir. Other folks are using snowmobiles on the same road. The Uintas have received snow at higher elevations.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
Deteriorating ice conditions and warm weather in the forecast have forced the cancellation of the 2015 Burbot Bash. You will only find ice in the uppermost reaches of Flaming Gorge, starting immediately above Buckboard Marina in Wyoming. Currently, eight out of ten boat launches are usable and many anglers are fishing from boats. Only the Firehole and Buckboard launches are closed by ice formation.

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

Rainbow trout: A few anglers have reported fair to good fishing in Utah and in Wyoming from a boat or through the ice. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working well from the shore, through the ice or from a boat. We've received 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 catching rainbows in deep water when they're out fishing for lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing in areas where there is safe ice or while fishing near the ice in boats. Fish can be anywhere, although most are still being taken in deeper waters. If you mark a group, try holding position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 3-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. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially for those going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries. Linwood Bay is now open.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. The bass are deep and will stay there until the water warms up.

Burbot: The 2015 Burbot Bash has been cancelled because of deteriorating ice conditions. Currently, fishing is slow to good through the ice and from boats. Ice conditions are changing rapidly, so check the ice carefully and don't run your machines on ice you haven't checked. Burbot are breeding, so now is a good time to target them. Try picking a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters (approximately 20 feet down) to forage. Some will follow channels and move into water that is 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 just about anything that glows (including spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about four to six inches above the weight. 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
2015-01-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter streamer/bottom combination. Streamers are usually a fish imitation followed by a scud or egg. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-01-23
Good
There haven't been any recent reports, but you'll likely find some ice. (Other reservoirs in the area have frozen.) Check ice conditions carefully before venturing out. Before the reservoir froze, anglers reported good fishing using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2015-01-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing and 10 inches of ice. The reservoir was accessible by four-wheel drive late last week. Try a mealworm or a piece of a nightcrawler from a bare hook or small jig. Smaller, light-colored offerings seem to be working the best.
Moose Pond
2015-01-23
Fair
The pond is covered with ice, and anglers report fair to good fishing. The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout during the summer.
Pelican Lake
2015-01-23
Fair
Anglers report a wide range of fishing success, from slow to excellent for bass and bluegill. It seems to be spotty fishing — good one day, and slow the next. Look for the deeper areas or areas that might have a deeper channel. The lake has about eight inches of ice.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The reservoir has six to eight inches of ice. Some anglers have been out and report fair to good fishing. They're mostly catching rainbows. Check the ice carefully. The reservoir is filling, which weakens the ice along the edges.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-01-23
Slow
The lake should be covered with ice, but please check any ice carefully before venturing out. There are no new fishing reports. The roads in the area are closed for the winter.
Spirit Lake
2015-01-23
Fair
The lake is covered with fishable ice. You can access the lake by skis or snowmobile, but the roads are closed. Spirit Lake was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout this 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 two or three years to reach catchable sizes. This high-elevation area is receiving snow.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
A few anglers risked the ice, and some reported fair to good fishing for rainbows and walleye. Please keep in mind that the ice is irregular and unstable in many areas. (Last week, anglers reported fishing in open water.) Most of the best fishing reports suggest fishing during the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours. Try using small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with bait — like worms, mealworms or cut bait. Try a larger presentation for walleye. Most of the walleye are small and you can help the fishery by taking them home.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-01-23
Good
The surface is covered with ice. We've heard varying reports of ice thickness, ranging from about six to eight inches. Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and browns. We haven't heard much on bluegill, but there was one report that the fishing really turned on right at sunset. The bluegill were in 25 to 35 feet of water and right on the bottom. The reservoir is filling, so there is thin ice along the shoreline. Cross one at a time and check the ice carefully.

 

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