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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Ron Stewart
Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

Warnings: Several lakes in northeastern Utah may contain quagga and/or zebra mussels. Learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat.

Whirling disease was found in the northeastern region of the state. Please make sure you clean, dry and sterilize waders, livewells and other fishing gear before venturing to another water.

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
2014-10-29
Fair
You'll find fair fishing for rainbows from the bank and from a boat. Fishing has slowed for bass and yellow perch. Temperatures are beginning to cool down. The best fishing times vary, which is common in the fall. An angler recently reported faster fishing during a couple of hours in the middle of the morning. Trout are beginning to move up in the water column. Bass and perch are still in deeper water, so try fishing just above the bottom. Trout baits, such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or PowerBait, work well on the bottom. Also try fishing a few feet below the surface with a sinking fly, crankbait, jig or brightly colored spoon. Water levels are low, but you can still launch a boat from the ramp.
Brough Reservoir
2014-10-29
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for bass and trout. That should change with the colder weather moving in. 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
2014-10-29
Fair
The fishing has been slow to fair. Water levels are low, and weeds are growing along the shoreline, which makes it harder to bank fish. Browne was being drained for work on the dam. However, crews were able to inspect the problem areas, and the reservoir was not drained completely. Because of the problem with the dam, the daily bag limit has been increased to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-10-29
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing.
Calder Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing from tubes and from the bank. To limit catch-and-release mortality, be responsible, use stronger lines and bring fish in quickly. Keep their gills in the water at all times and make sure your hands are wet before handling them. Using rubber or silicon nets will prevent damage to scales and the fish's protective slime layer. Please park in the parking area and not on the ramp (inside the cattle guard); it will help others launch with fewer delays. 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
2014-10-29
Slow
The reservoir was restocked this summer with fingerling and catchable-sized rainbows, brown trout, tiger muskie and wipers.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-10-29
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
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout. Cooler fall temperatures are finally here, so it's no longer critical to fish early or late. Anglers are catching fish on deep-drifting worms or a worm-and-marshmallow combination that floats a few feet above the bottom. Fish are also taking some of the larger terrestrials off the surface. The Uintas have been getting some heavy rains.
East Park Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Fishing has been fair with flies and spoons. It's been a bit slower with baits, although some anglers have done well drifting worms. The water level is well below the ramp, which makes it difficult to launch a boat from a trailer. The Uintas have been getting some heavy rains.
Flaming Gorge
2014-10-29
Good
You'll find good to excellent fishing for many species right now.

Kokanee salmon: Closed — All kokanee caught from September 10 through November 30 must be immediately released. Sheep Creek, a tributary stream near Manila, is also closed to fishing.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report good results. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working from the shore and from boats. 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. Rainbows are also being caught when anglers are fishing for lake trout, kokanee and bass.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing. Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere, although most are now being taken in deeper water. 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 around 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 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: The bass are slowing down and going deeper. You may find smaller fish 20 feet down and larger fish are even deeper. Anglers are still catching a few. Try using darker, crayfish-colors in just about any kind of bass lure (including flies, grubs, worms, crankbaits and spoons). If they are not hitting, try going smaller and working your lure down close to the bottom.

Burbot: Fair to good fishing starts after sunset and continues until midnight. Start 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 30 feet down) to forage. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky 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 6 to 12 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
2014-10-29
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Both dry flies and top/bottom combinations are working well. Try a combination with a grasshopper or large terrestrial on top, followed by an emerger, scud, midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. Also, be prepared to switch techniques if a hatch begins in your area. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-10-29
Good
Anglers report good fishing using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp. Even thought the water is low, you can still launch a small boat.
Matt Warner
2014-10-29
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing, depending mostly on the depth, time of day and ability to stay out of the weeds. Blue-green algae is also present, which makes it harder to use lures. The best fishing reported this week was mid-morning and in the late afternoon or early evening hours. The water level is low (below the boat ramp), so launching boats can be difficult.
Moose Pond
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbows.
Pelican Lake
2014-10-29
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill. Bluegill are difficult to find, so try some of the deeper waters near the middle or west end. Pelican Lake has an overabundance of carp, so you can help the fishery by catching them or taking them with archery equipment. The waterfowl hunt started on Oct. 4, so now there are quite a few waterfowl hunters at the lake.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-10-29
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and bass. A few small walleye are also being taken. The best bank fishing has been near the dam — and in the east bay near the dam — during the early morning hours. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm and floating bait a couple of feet above the bottom. You may also want to try trolling or casting crankbaits and brightly colored spoons.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-10-29
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing.
Spirit Lake
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for stocked fish. Spirit has been restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout, so try small, brightly colored lures. Tamarak and Jessen are also being stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes. Anglers have reported fair to good fishing on other lakes in adjacent drainages.
Starvation Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report mixed fishing success for rainbows, bass, walleye and small yellow perch from the shoreline and from boats. The best times to fish are changing with the cooler weather. Anglers now report better fishing in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon hours. For trout, try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a worm and floating PowerBait from shore. Another option is to use deep-diving lures. For bass and walleye, go deep. Try casting into the rocky points, and bottom bouncing across the flats for walleye. Most of the walleye are small, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. Be careful of the afternoon winds, which can generate big waves very quickly. Improvements to the campgrounds and facilities — and the addition of a new 3-D archery range — have greatly improved the state park.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-10-29
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, and slow to fair fishing for bass and bluegill. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged sandbars, humps and rocks. Try fishing with trout baits and deep-diving lures. For bass, try fishing near rocky points, and for bluegill, focus on the flats or just off the dam in roughly 20 to 25 feet of water.

 

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