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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
2014-04-16
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout from the bank and boats. The reservoir is full and the boat ramp is easily accessible.
Brough Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Fishing is good for rainbow trout. There should also be a few nice brown trout, but there weren't any caught the day we visited the reservoir. The reservoir is currently full. There are special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but our last reports were of fair fishing. The gates are closed and the area has had some high winds and recent snow.
Bullock Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any new reports from anglers, but fishing is usually fair to good in the spring.
Calder Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The ice is gone and the roads to the reservoir are mostly dry. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2014-04-16
Closed
Cottonwood Reservoir was treated on Sept. 26 to remove carp.
Crouse Reservoir
2014-04-16
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports. The ice is gone and the water level has come up from last year. The water level was extremely low going into winter, so if there were any fish left at the end of last summer, it's likely there was a complete winterkill. The roads to the reservoir are dry.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2014-04-16
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports. Ice conditions are unknown, but with the warm weather and high winds, the ice is likely deteriorating. The road to the dam is usually plowed, but you should expect some snow and ice as a result of recent storms.
East Park Reservoir
2014-04-16
Unstable ice
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but fishing should be fair to good. Ice conditions are unknown; check it carefully before venturing out.
Flaming Gorge
2014-04-16
Good
The Utah portion is ice free, but be on the lookout for floating debris.

Kokanee salmon: If you can locate a school, kokanee fishing is good. Schools are deep, so try jigging with a small jigging spoon.

Rainbow trout: Most anglers report good fishing. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits work well from the shore and boats. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline. Fishing is good off rocky points and in the backs of some of the bays.

Lake trout: Lake trout fishing is fair to good. Schools, small groups and singles can be found anywhere. If you mark a group, try holding position and then drop a vertical presentation, like 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. You could also try trolling through or just above the school and along the shorelines as the fish cruise for food. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Anglers can continue to help the Flaming Gorge fishery (kokanee, rainbows and lake trout) by harvesting a limit of small lake trout, which are tasty and abundant in the reservoir.

Smallmouth bass: There haven't been any recent reports. The bass are still deep.

Burbot: Try fishing at sunset along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in the deeper waters; however, they become more active during the twilight hours when they move into the shallows to forage. If you're fishing from the shore or from a boat, fish the bottom, or just slightly above it, in depths from 10 to 50 feet. Use just about anything that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnow, jigging spoons) and tip it with some type of bait (cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended). Place your lure within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after recharging and dropping a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery (including kokanee) by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot, and in Utah they must be killed; they cannot be returned alive.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown trout and rainbow trout. Try a combination with a streamer (woolly bugger, sculpin, etc.) or a larger terrestrial, followed by a scud, midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. The hatches are starting, so watch and be prepared to switch techniques if there's a hatch in your area. Anglers using lures have also been successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but other lakes in the area still have ice. The gates are closed.
Matt Warner
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers reported good fishing earlier this week. The lake is ice free. The water level is low, so launching boats could be difficult. The roads to the area are mostly dry, but there are some muddy spots.
Moose Pond
2014-04-16
Fair
Ice off fishing is fair. The ice is likely all gone.
Pelican Lake
2014-04-16
Slow
Because of high winds and cold weather, fishing has been slow. With the recent warm weather, fishing should start to pick up soon.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Fishing is good for rainbow trout. The ice is off. Boats were able to get on in the mornings, but pulled out because of afternoon winds.
Sheep Creek Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. The lake has ice and the roads are gated. The area recently received snow.
Spirit Lake
2014-04-16
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports, but we do know the lake has ice. The lake was treated in September and restocked with roughly 5,000 tiger trout in early October. More fish are scheduled to be stocked this spring. Eventually, the lake and some nearby waterbodies will be restocked with Colorado River cutthroat trout, the only trout native to the area. The success of this treatment is a critical part of a management strategy to keep Colorado River cutthroat trout off of the endangered species list.
Starvation Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, browns and walleye from the shore and boats. The reservoir is full, so boaters should be on the lookout for floating logs and other debris. Use caution during afternoon winds; they can generate large waves quickly.
Steinaker Reservoir
2014-04-16
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing between windstorms. The reservoir is quite low, so watch for submerged humps and rocks. You'll find ducks, loons, geese and other waterbirds in the shallows.

 

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