Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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.\

Big Sandwash Reservoir


Anglers are catching smallmouth bass using twin-tailed grubs. (05-18-18)

Brough Reservoir


We haven't received any recent angler reports. On January 1, 2017, the regulations changed from artificial fly only to the regular statewide regulations. (05-18-18)

Browne Lake


The Forest Service gates were recently opened and the lake is currently at full pool. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (05-18-18)

Bullock Reservoir


We haven't received any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskies. You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (05-18-18)

Calder Reservoir


Anglers report good catch rates for decent-sized trout from shore and float tube using leech patterns. 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. (05-18-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir


Anglers are catching tiger muskies on bass jigs. You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. Trout fishing is extremely slow. (05-18-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir


The reservoir is ice free and anglers are catching decent-sized trout. The stream fishing has provided some decent-sized brown trout in the last two weeks. Anglers are having success casting from shore with sinking Rapalas in trout patterns. (05-18-18)

East Park Reservoir


The Forest Service gates have been opened, but the roads are extremely slick and muddy. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (05-18-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir


Water temperatures are hovering around 55 degrees.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair from a boat. Anglers are catching some small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Try to vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work well. If trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target small lake trout.

Kokanee salmon: The fishing is unseasonably good fishing and most are biting while anglers troll in 10 to 30 feet of water on dodgers and squids (hot pink) near Anvil and Wildhorse. Use planer boards to troll shallow and get the offering away from the boat. You may graph schools deeper in the middle of the day and have to use downriggers or lead core line to troll for deeper fish. If you find a large concentration, some anglers are catching them while vertically jigging small spoons tipped with Gulp maggots.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good from the shoreline and from boats in depths from 5 to 20 feet of water. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir; however, there is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline, especially in the backs of canyons, near inflows and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones (orange, green, tan) and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. If you're trolling, try using small spoons or pop gear 10 to 20 feet of water at 1.5 to 2 mph.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow, but the bass are getting more active now that water has warmed into the 50s. Try reaction baits like Xraps or Husky Jerks. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage, are also a good option.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (05-18-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam


Water flows are fluctuating between 1,600 to 3,700 cfs. They can change daily, so check current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. The timing of the spring high flow release is highly variable, but predicted to start around May 27 and last 14 days. The river has been unseasonably busy. Expect fewer anglers early and late in the day, on weekdays and in upper A-section (Spillway) or lower B-section (Brown's Park). Dry fly fishing is fair. Blue-winged olive hatches are best from 1 to 4 p.m. on calm, cloudy days near Little Hole. Although the hatches may be good, fish may still feed sub-surface. Nymphing has been most productive using small zebra midge and baetis patterns. Spin fishing is good, especially when the flows are high (after 10 a.m.). Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits and medium sized silver spoons and spinners have also been working well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (05-18-18)

Little Montes Reservoir


The reservoir water level is slowly rising and anglers are catching bluegill that were recently stocked. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs. (05-18-18)

Long Park Reservoir


The Forest Service gates are open, but the roads are still muddy from recent snowfall. We haven't received any recent fishing reports, but it's typically a good location for spring rainbow trout fishing. (05-18-18)

Matt Warner


Anglers report good fishing. Most of the fish caught are in the 18- to 21-inch range. Recent gillnet surveys show good numbers of rainbow trout in this same size class. Most were feeding on chironomids, but some included sow bugs, scuds, worms, eggs and shiners. Fly anglers are doing best with nymph or egg patterns. Also, Matt Warner is one of three locations for the Fishing With The Fox contest that starts Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. You may catch tagged fish now. If you catch one with a blue 'WIN 2018' tag, email for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (05-18-18)

Moose Pond


The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout from Utah hatcheries. The Forest Service is hosting a Free Fishing Day event from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on June 9. Also, Moose Pond is one of three locations for the Fishing With The Fox contest that starts Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. If you catch a fish with a blue, 'WIN 2018' tag, email for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (05-18-18)

Pelican Lake


The bass fishing is excellent on warm days, and will only get better. Try fishing in the late afternoon. Carp have started to spawn, so now is a good time to try your hand at bowfishing. Because of a treatment that is currently scheduled for fall 2018, limits have been liberalized. The largemouth bass limit is now 12 and there is no limit on bluegill. (05-18-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir


Fishing has started to pick up. Anglers report catching 21-inch wipers. They are feasting on black crappie, so try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. For perch and/or walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water. (05-18-18)

Sheep Creek Lake


We haven't received any recent angler reports. (05-18-18)

Spirit Lake


The lake is inaccessible because of melting snowpack. (05-18-18)

Starvation Reservoir


Walleye fishing should be picking up. Kokanee fishing has been extremely slow. The water temperature is hovering in the mid 50s and the visibility is about four feet. The reservoir is full and spilling. Biologists have been conducting surveys and have found high densities of smaller walleye. We encourage anglers to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery and produce healthier walleye populations. Also, if anglers catch crappie, we are asking them to please voluntarily release them so this population of crappie can get established in the reservoir. (05-18-18)

Steinaker Reservoir


Shore anglers have been extremely successful fishing for rainbow trout with worms, Jake's lures and traditional PowerBait. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent during the warmer parts of the day. There's Bluegill Fishing Tournament happening on June9, which is Free Fishing Day in Utah. To learn more, and to register, visit the Eventbrite signup page. There is no daily bag limit for any species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. Boaters should be able to launch through the summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October. We also expect there to be no storage water in Steinaker during all of 2019. Work on the dam will begin in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoring of the fishery in 2020. (05-18-18)