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 report fair fishing for smallmouth bass and perch from the shoreline, and perch on the east side of the reservoir. For bass, fish the edges of the weed beds with a Rapala floater, senko worm or rattle lure. You should also try tipping jigs with nightcrawlers. (07-13-18)

Brough Reservoir


There are no recent fishing reports. Brough no longer has an artificial-fly only regulations and instead now follows the statewide regulations. (07-13-18)

Bullock Reservoir


There are no recent fishing reports. Please let us know if catch any tiger muskie. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (07-13-18)

Calder Reservoir


Anglers recently reported good catch rates for rainbow trout up to 18 inches. Biologists recommend that fly anglers try using scud and midge patterns, and dry fly hoppers and cicadas close to shore. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You may only use flies and lures, and bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (07-13-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir


Wiper fishing is fast on the top water in the evening and at dusk. Trout fishing has been extremely slow. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (07-13-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir


Anglers are catching decent-sized rainbow and tiger trout with garlic PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. (07-13-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir


Fishing at Flaming Gorge has been good.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 70 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Recently, anglers reported high catch rates from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try targeting aggressive pups with spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout, less than 25-inches, have become overabundant. This is causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component because there will be less food to grow big fish. Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout less than 25 inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing has been spotty, but it can be good when you are at the right spot. Effective colors and lures have become more variable. Pink has been a go-to color this season, but recent reports recommend green, white and even brass spinner blades. On the Utah side of the reservoir, anglers report success at Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Kingfisher Island near the rope swing, North Skull Creek, Jarvies Bay and near Mustang Ridge. Kokanee salmon are susceptible to higher mortality because of warm water and air temperatures. Now that water temperatures are above 70°F, anglers should minimize catch and release.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout were stocked reservoir-wide during the last week of May. Expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. You can, however, shore fish 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 in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights have been very effective. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along the rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Recently, anglers have reported high catch rates using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs that mimic crayfish, their primary forage, are also a good option. Use earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 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 the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (07-13-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam


The average water flow is 2,200 cfs and the temperature is 58°F. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam.

To avoid the crowds, anglers should try to fish weekdays, early and late in the day or the lower sections of the river. Dry fly fishing has been excellent. Yellow sally and caddis hatches have been thick and the fish are responding to both emergers and dries. PMDs are also good and some fish are selecting those amongst the hordes of caddis and sallies. Anglers are still catching some fish on the surface using big bugs like cicadas, hoppers and ants. Nymphing has productive as well using small zebra midges, stone flies, San Juan worms and scuds. Streamers in olive or black have been effective early or late in the day. Spin fishing has been good. 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 have also worked well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (07-13-18)

Little Montes Reservoir


Anglers report active bluegill around the docks. The water levels are very low and mossy. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs, like gulp minnows on small weighted jig heads. Anglers also report success fishing for crawdads on upper Montes Creek. Reminders: you need a fishing license to catch crawdads. You must also harvested them at the lake if you are going to eat them. It is unlawful to transport live crayfish. (07-13-18)

Long Park Reservoir


A recent population survey found good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, along with a few tiger trout and grayling. Most of the fish were consuming chironomids, sow bugs and zooplankton. The larger fish were also consuming smaller fish. Try targetting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners. (07-13-18)

Matt Warner


Anglers report good fishing using trout baits like PowerBait or worms. Fly anglers are doing well, too. Most of the fish are in the 18- to 21-inch range. With the warmer weather, we may start seeing blue-green algal blooms. These blooms may cause low oxygen levels, resulting in potential fish kills and water that contains toxins for animals and humans. If you see anything like this, please report call and report it to us. Also, Matt Warner is one of three locations included in the Fishing With The Fox contest that started Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. Catch a fish with a blue tag that says DWR WIN FISHING WITH THE FOX and register it online, or email for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (07-13-18)

Moose Pond


The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active, but tough to catch! Fly anglers may find the best fishing. Also, Moose Pond is one of three locations included in the Fishing With The Fox contest that started Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. Catch a fish with a blue tag that says DWR WIN FISHING WITH THE FOX and register it online, or email for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (07-13-18)

Pelican Lake


Bass fishing is excellent on warm days. You may want to try throwing bass jigs along the weeds beds. The fishing pier is old and damaged, so we won't be putting it in this year. Carp have been very active, so you may try you hand at bowfishing. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. (07-13-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir


Fishing is good. Anglers report catching perch from shore in the shallow weed beds. Wipers and cutthroat have also been very active. If you fish from a boat, you may also catch crappie and walleye. Try getting jigs that mimic smaller panfish. For perch or walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in 10 to 15 feet of water. (07-13-18)

Sheep Creek Lake


Biologists report a lot of vegetation, which may hinder shoreline anglers. (07-13-18)

Spirit Lake


Anglers are catching high numbers of 12- to 24-inch tiger trout. The tigers were mostly consuming chironomids and sow bugs. Try fly fishing with nymphs (Prince or sow bug) early and late in the day. Spincasters should try small spoons (Jake's) and spinners (Panther Martins). If you are getting follows but no hits, try changing the color. (07-13-18)

Starvation Reservoir


Anglers are having the best success for walleye in the early morning and late evenings fishing with glow-in-the-dark jigheads, curlytail lures and nightcrawlers. Anglers should fish shallow, sloping shorelines with rock and some vegetation, and make sure to set the hook when you feel a bump. Smallmouth fishing has also picked up along the rocky edges. Biologists have been conducting surveys and have found high densities of smaller walleye. Anglers are being encouraged to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery and produce healthier walleye populations. Biologists are also asking anglers to voluntarily release crappie to help establish the population. (07-13-18)

Steinaker Reservoir


The water levels are extremely low and dropping daily. We anticipate that you will only be able to use the boat ramp for two more weeks. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent during the warmer parts of the day, especially near the rocky edges and the dock. Remember, there is no daily bag limit for any species at Steinaker: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout and bluegill. The reservoir is currently 45 to 47 percent full. This is about 20 percent less than what the Water Conservancy predicted in their draw down schedule for this time of year. Steinaker will be drained to dead pool by Sept. 1, per construction contract. This means the boat ramp will most likely be unusable by mid to late July. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2018. Work on the dam will commence in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020. (07-13-18)