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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
2015-03-18
Fair
The lake is nearly ice free. Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout; anglers are also catching a few brown trout. Be on the lookout for floating branches. The ramp is clear and boats are using it. The water level is full or close to full.
Brough Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
We haven't had any recent reports, but fishing is usually fair to good at ice off. The reservoir is close to full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-03-18
Unstable ice
The lake is covered with ice. We haven't received any recent reports on ice or fishing conditions. The roads are still gated and the area received some snow. Browne was drained so crews could work on the dam. However, it was not drained completely as they were able to inspect the problem areas.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
The winds and warm weather have cleared the ice so now and the reservoir is open water. The area did get snow, but it's now melting and leaving a muddy mess. The reservoir is full or close to full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
The lake is partially frozen with large areas of open, fishable water. Anglers report fair to good fishing. The roads are dry. The water level is low, but the snow melt will help. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-03-18
Slow
The reservoir is ice free and almost full. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-03-18
Closed
Water levels are extremely low. Last year, most of the remaining water was pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
We don't have any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions, so check ice carefully before venturing out. Older fishing reports were for fair to good fishing near the dam for a couple species of trout. Fishing was better near the inlet, but the ice in this is likely unsafe because the stream undermines it.
East Park Reservoir
2015-03-18
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions. Older reports indicate that ice is covering the reservoir and fishing is fair. The Uintas have been getting snow at higher elevations.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
Utah's boat ramps and most of Wyoming's boat ramps are ice free, so you can launch a boat. The water levels have held up well. Some water is being released in preparation for the spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: Anglers fair to good fishing in Utah and in Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working well from the shore 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, mostly from 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. Slow, shallow trolling along the sloping banks can be an excellent springtime technique. Spring is one of the few times you can troll without specialized deep-water equipment. 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.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow because the bass are deep.

Burbot: Fishing is fair to good from a boat. There likely isn't any safe ice left. 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 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 three 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
2015-03-18
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Try a winter streamer/bottom combination. Streamers are usually a fish imitation (such as a sculpin) followed by a scud or egg. You may also want to try using lures. Try using crankbaits, spinners, spoons or jigs colored in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver or gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
There are no new reports, but you should expect ice. Check the ice conditions carefully before you venture out. Try using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2015-03-18
Fair
The lake is partially frozen with large areas of open, fishable water. Anglers report fair to good fishing. The roads are dry.
Moose Pond
2015-03-18
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions.
Pelican Lake
2015-03-18
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. That may change soon as bass were seen moving into the shallows. Bluegill are still deep. With the shallow waters warming up, it will be a good time to target carp. Removal of carp by archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality and the growth of the bass and bluegill, especially now that it's pre-spawning time. The water levels look good, and the lake is mostly full.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
The reservoir is open water and the ramp is accessible. Fishing for rainbows is fair to good. We haven't received any reports on the walleye, though several boats were observed targeting the fish. The water level remains low, but the drainage area got some snow, which will help.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-03-18
Slow
The lake is covered with ice. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing. The roads in the area are closed for the winter. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
Spirit Lake
2015-03-18
Fair
The lake has fishable ice. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the lake. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. The two- to three-inch fingerlings that were flown into these upper lakes will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
Anglers report good fishing for rainbows and walleye. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 24-inch range and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The water level is almost full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-03-18
Good
The reservoir is ice free and anglers are reporting fair to good fishing from shore and boats. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore while crankbaits and brightly colored spoons are producing for boaters. Some fish can be found along the surface while most appear to be deep, down in the 40-foot range. The water level remains low, so watch for rocks and sandbars.

 

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