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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer-Selby

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.

Ice updates: All mountain lakes above 8,000 feet currently have fishable ice. Remember to drill test holes and to use caution. Some of the mountain lakes may be difficult to access throughout the season because of snowpack and locked gates.

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is currently 73 percent full, but will rise with the warmer weather. Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush during the week ahead. There may also be up to a foot of snow and a few inches of slush in places, which will make it difficult to walk. There is some open water near the dam. Please use extreme caution on the ice. Use small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with waxworms, perch eyes, and gulp minnows. (03-15-19)

Brough Reservoir

Good

Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush once the weather warms. Anglers report fish sitting at the top five feet of the water column. Fishing is good in the morning with pink jigs tipped with mealworms. There are still some thin soft spots, so please use extreme caution on and off the ice and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Browne Lake

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are still closed and locked for the winter. Please use extreme caution on and off of the ice and let us know if you have any success. (03-15-19)

Bullock Reservoir

Unstable ice

There have been no recent angling reports. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and drill test holes. Also, let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie through the ice. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. Submit any photos to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (03-15-19)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

Because of the extreme winter, we starting to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir and we anticipate a fish kill. We aren't currently sure about the extent of the kill. The roads are limited to snowmobile access only. The reservoir is capped with ice, but there may still be open water near the windmills in the middle. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and drill test holes. 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. (03-15-19)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Unstable ice

There are no recent angling reports. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. (03-15-19)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Slow

The gates are closed and you can only access the reservoir by snowmobiles. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. There are no recent angler reports. If you fish Currant Creek Reservoir, please email pictures and results to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (03-15-19)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are closed and locked for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. There are no recent angler reports. (03-15-19)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

All of the launches are iced-in and most of the reservoir is frozen. Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush once the weather warms. The roads will likely be muddy throughout the week, too.

Lake trout: Fishing is slow to fair for small lake trout while jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and 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 or chub meat. Small lake trout (less than 25 inches long) have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size of fish also makes for an excellent meal.

Kokanee salmon: Prior to freezing in, some anglers were launching boats at Lucerne and catching kokanee while trolling dodgers/squids in 10 to 15 feet of water under planer boards.

Rainbow trout: Some anglers are having success fishing open water from shore near the dam. Marabou jigs are very effective, in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Ice anglers report good fishing in 8 to 15 feet of water using small jigging spoons and jigs tipped with mealworm. Chartreuse and pink have been successful lure colors.

Smallmouth bass: We haven't received any recent reports. It's uncommon to catch bass in the winter.

Burbot: Fishing is good. Look for areas that weren't hit by the Burbot Bash crowd. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night. Use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip your lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (03-15-19)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average water flows are around 800 cfs. This decrease should make the river more accessible to fish and for wade fishing. See the current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. The crowds are gone, so now is a great time to fish the Green River. Try using small zebra midges and other midge dry flies. For nymphs, use some midge and small baetis patterns. Light- or dark-colored streamers should be useful during the water flow changes. Spin fishing is always good. Marabou or tube jigs in earth tones, white-and-chartreuse or ginger are good options in shallow or deep water. Rainbow- or brown-trout-patterned crankbaits and spoons also work well. Pinch down the barbs for a quick release. (03-15-19)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

There are no recent angler reports. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. The reservoir has fishable ice, but use extreme caution and drill test holes before accessing it. Before the last stocking, the reservoirs pH levels were very high. Because of the high level, we did not stock rainbow trout. You should expect to catch only bluegill and largemouth bass. (03-15-19)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

The gates are closed for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Matt Warner

Slow

With the extreme winter conditions these season, we have started to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir. We anticipate a fish kill, though we do not know the extent of the kill at this time. Access is limited to snowmobile access only. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice. (03-15-19)

Moose Pond

Slow

The pond has solid, fishable ice. We haven't received reports on fishing conditions or success. This is a great place to introduce anglers to ice fishing. Try using small jigs tipped with bait like mealworms, gulp minnows or PowerBait. Please use extreme caution on the ice, and always drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Pelican Lake

Slow

Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. There may be some open water in several locations on the north end. The lake was treated with rotenone on October 10 and 11, and few fish have been restocked. Bluegill were stocked after the treatments, but biologists do not recommend fishing for them. There are few fish compared to the size of the lake. If you catch one, please release it to help the population get a jump start. Thanks for your cooperation. (03-15-19)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing. The North Beach access to Red Fleet — off of Donkey Flatt Road — is closed until the snow can be cleared. The gate is closed, too. Please use caution if you attempt to drive to the gate, because you will likely get stuck. There are about 18 inches of ice in many locations. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. Rangers report about 10 inches of fishable ice with varying thin spots. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. (03-15-19)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

The gates are closed for the winter. Please use extreme caution if you access the ice, and drill test holes. Remember: the trout limit is 2, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (03-15-19)

Spirit Lake

Slow

The lake is only accessible by snowmobile. There are no recent angling reports. (03-15-19)

Starvation Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report good fishing for 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Bigger fish have been harder to catch. Be prepared for a receding shoreline and soft edges once the weather warms. The reservoir water level is increasing and is currently at 88 percent full. Please harvest small walleye to help balance the reservoir and produce healthier walleye populations. If you catch crappie, please release them to help the population establish. (03-15-19)

Steinaker Reservoir

Slow

Rangers report that the reservoir has had a complete fish kill. It's unlikely any fish survived. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice. Work on the dam will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2019. We hope to be begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (03-15-19)