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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
2015-06-24
Fair
Fishing has been fair to good for rainbows, bass and yellow perch. Anglers have also caught a few nice browns. Bass and yellow perch have moved into shallower water with the warmer weather. Rainbow and brown trout are moving into deeper, so you'll find the most success fishing early mornings and evenings. The reservoir is still close to full.
Brough Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers; however, you'll usually find fair to good fishing this time of year. The reservoir is full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-06-24
Fair
The last report was of fair fishing. The roads should be dry.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing, mostly for bass and a few rainbows. The reservoir is full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers reported fair to good fishing. The water level remains low. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented/salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for a mix of fish, including rainbow trout and tiger muskie. The reservoir is full. Remember that the statewide rule for tiger muskie is one fish over 40 inches — all others must be released immediately. These big fish are quite sensitive to mishandling, so bring them in quickly but not by horsing. Try to keep them from expending too much energy and keep their gills in the water as you handle them. Be sure to release as quickly as possible.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-06-24
Slow
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers report slow to good fishing for tigers and rainbows. Try trout baits like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. The roads are drying out.
East Park Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
Anglers report slow to good fishing. It varies from day to day. Try trout baits like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. The reservoir is full and the roads are dry.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-06-24
Good
Fishing has been fair to hot depending on locations and species. Here's a look at each species.

Kokanee: Kokanee fishing has recently slowed because of the rapidly increasing reservoir surface elevation. Flaming Gorge is currently at 6,032 feet and has been rising almost three inches a day. The surface temperature has also climbed to 66¬–72°F. As a result, kokanee are being caught deeper in the water column, around 40 feet. The depth and location can change quickly, so watch the fish finder and put your lure where the fish are. Many of the kokanee biting are in the 2.5 to 3-pound range. Remember, mortality rates on released fish increase as water temperatures rise, so we encourage you to keep your limits of small kokanee. A variety of lures will work, including #2 Needlefish, Rocky Mountain Tackle (RMT) Viper spoons and a variety of dodger/squid combos. Pink and orange colors are working best. Troll at around 1.6 and 2.2 miles per hour.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is red hot, and so is the quality of the fish biting. Because of abundant cicadas in the lower reservoir, the top water action has been exceptional. Fly anglers should tie on a cicada pattern, and spin anglers can try small top waters like the Storm Hopper Popper. Top water fishing is a riot and very productive when fish become accustomed to looking up for food. Anglers often catch rainbows while trolling for kokanee, casting jigs (marabous, curly tails, tubes) near shore or soaking a nightcrawler or PowerBait along the bottom. Anglers report good to excellent results. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits along with common trout baits (such as worms) and fly fishing (cicada hatch) are working from the shore and from boats. Small schools are cruising the shoreline, and anglers have found good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Rainbows are also being caught in deep water, where anglers are targeting lake trout.

Lake trout: Fishing has been slow, but it's picking up in the Canyon region of the reservoir. Fishing for smaller lake trout has been red hot just south of Buckboard, WY. The most effective way to catch lake trout is to find concentrations along main channel points and breaks, and vertically jig with jigging spoons, tube jigs or Gulp minnows. Jiggers should try white, three-inch tube jigs tipped with a small chunk of sucker meat. Anglers can also troll with spoons, flatfish or similar crankbaits in chartreuse, white or rainbow trout colors. Most lake trout are 50–100 feet deep, but can also be caught in shallower waters earlier or later in the day. Successful trolling speeds are around 1.6–1.8 miles per hour. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is great! Once again, cicadas are abundant in the lower portion of the reservoir, so the top water action has been great. Smallmouth bass are coming off the spawn, so you can expect bass to be eagerly searching for food to build up their reserves after all that hard work. Smallmouth bass are a great because of their aggressive and opportunistic nature. Bounce 1/4-inch jigs in earth tone colors along the bottom, pop a top water across the surface near shore or drop shot a four-inch worm in the shallows. Regardless of the method, you're likely going to catch a lot of bass, along with a few bonus rainbow trout.

Burbot: Though there haven't been many reports, some anglers say the burbot fishing is good. Burbot are most abundant in the uppermost reaches of the reservoir in Wyoming, so anglers should start their search there. They are predominantly a nighttime fishery and prefer cooler water and rocky main channel structure. Start fishing at dusk and target depths greater than 30 feet. Use 3/8- 1/2-ounce glow lures, like Yamamoto grubs in luminous white or Northland Buckshot spoons in glow, tipped with sucker or chub meat. Burbot are not nearly as active or aggressive during the summer months, so jig lures slowly and close to the bottom, and move if you're not catching fish. 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
2015-06-24
Good
Fishing is good to excellent. Cicadas have been more widespread in the two to three miles immediately below the dam. Dry dropper rigs are working well, with a cicada on top and a scud, zebra midge or nymph below. Caddis hatches are becoming more abundant in the lower portion of A-section and some yellow sallies have been sighted as well. Terrestrials like ants, crickets and hoppers are a variation from the norm, which is always a good option during peak season. Spin anglers should try small marabou jigs, spoons or crankbaits in deeper water and runs. Currently the river is flowing at an average of 1,700 cubic feet per second, and peaking at 2,160 cubic feet per second between 2–8 p.m. You can check flows online.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-06-24
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports. The roads should be drying out.
Matt Warner
2015-06-24
Good
Most reports are of fair to good fishing. Try trout baits (like worms) or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier.
Moose Pond
2015-06-24
Good
Most anglers report good fishing. The pond was recently stocked. Try trout baits, like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier.
Pelican Lake
2015-06-24
Good
Anglers are visiting the lake, and most report fair to excellent success. Bluegill have joined the bass in the warmer shallows and are now reachable from shore. Now is a good time to target carp. Removal of carp by archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality, which will help the growth of the bass and bluegill. A tagged-carp contest started May 1 and will run until August 1. We tagged 30 carp for the contest. The tags are red and located on the left side of the dorsal fin. If you catch a tagged carp, take it to the Vernal Sportsman's Warehouse to receive a prize. Water levels look good, and the lake is full.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-06-24
Good
Fishing has been good for rainbows and bass. We are also hearing reports that bluegill are moving into the shallows and supplying some fast fishing. We received a single report of slow walleye fishing. If you're fishing for bluegill, think small: jigs, spoons or small baits. For bass, much the same as bluegill, just larger. For trout, try baits, like worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. The water level is rising and back to normal as a result of spring rain.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-06-24
Fair
We received one report of fair fishing. The roads in the area should be dry.
Spirit Lake
2015-06-24
Good
A few early anglers reported fair to good fishing. For trout, try baits like worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits. When bottom fishing, use a marshmallow or floating bait to float your bait roughly 18–24 inches from the bottom. This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last 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 about two to three years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-06-24
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing during the cooler hours for rainbows, bass and walleye. Most anglers were chased off by high winds in the afternoons. The hot weather has moved the trout into a summer pattern. You'll find better success during the cooler hours. Baits are working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, deep-diving crankbaits and spoons for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye and bass. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 20- to 23-inch range, and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-06-24
Good
Anglers report fair to excellent fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill from shore and boats. Bass and bluegill have moved back into the shallows. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore while crankbaits, brightly-colored spoons and crayfish-colored jigs are producing for shore anglers and boaters. Fish can be anywhere from the surface to depths in the 30- to 40-foot range. The hot weather has initiated a summer pattern where the trout move deeper and are mostly active in the cooler hours of early morning and evenings. The water level has come up but still remains low enough to expose rocks and sandbars.

 

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