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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Alex Hansen

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
2016-12-09
Good
Fishing is good for rainbow trout. Anglers report good catch rates. Ice is beginning to form, but most of the reservoir — including the boat ramp — is still open water. Anglers should try trolling spoons, popgear or crankbaits. Spincasting and baitfishing with PowerBait should also produce fish.
Brough Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
The water level is low for maintenance, which makes it difficult to launch a boat. The reservoir was ice free on Dec. 7, but that will likely change soon.
Browne Lake
2016-12-09
Slow
Fishing is very slow. The access roads were open on Dec. 3. There are about five inches of ice on the lake.
Bullock Reservoir
2016-12-09
Slow
Ice has begun to form on Bullock, but some of the lake is still ice free. There are no recent fishing reports.
Calder Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
The reservoir was partially covered with ice on Nov. 29. Some anglers reported fair fishing for healthy 16-inch rainbow trout before the ice formed.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
The reservoir is ice free and there is plenty of open water. There are no recent fishing reports.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
There was no ice on Dec. 5, but that may change quickly. As long as there is open water, try trolling spoons or chankbaits and drifting traditional trout baits off the bottom. Shore anglers should try floating their baits two to three feet above the sinker with floating bait or a marshmallow.
East Park Reservoir
2016-12-09
Fair
The reservoir is icing up, but we haven't had any reports about whether the ice is safe and fishable yet.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2016-12-09
Good
Fishing is good overall. The water temperature is in the mid-40s. Here are reports for specific fish species:

Kokanee Salmon: Fishing for Kokanee opened again on Dec. 1, but there are no recent fishing reports.

Rainbow Trout: Fishing is fair to good along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. You may also want to try using marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points along the length of the canyon region of the reservoir. Try trolling in depths of 10 to 20 feet using pop gear and a worm, spoon or even a small crankbait. Pinch down the barbs for a quick release.

Lake Trout: Fishing is good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout while jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near steep drop-offs and main channel points. You should be able to easily locate fish because they are suspended above the bottom. If you locate a good concentration of lake trout, try dropping a white or watermelon tube jig or jigging spoon tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well. When trolling, stay at speeds of 1.6-1.8 mph and try lures like a Rocky Mountain Tackle Tequila Sunrise Viper spoon, a Northland Forage Minnows Rainbow Trout spoon or a Rapala rainbow trout crankbait. You can catch lake trout near the surface and along the shore. Use planer boards to get the lure away from your boat. Remember: Linwood Bay is closed to fishing from official sunset to sunrise until Saturday, Dec. 10.

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing slows in the winter once the water temperature reaches the 40s. At or below that point, smallmouth are extremely difficult to catch.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Fishing should improve now that the water temperature has dropped. Ice is starting to form up-lake. Anglers report up to four inches of ice near Firehole Marina and good fishing. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water. You'll find the best fishing at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs or Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation close to the bottom. Try fishing in open water in Linwood Bay and north into Wyoming where burbot densities are greatest. Remember: Linwood Bay is closed to fishing from official sunset to sunrise until Saturday, Dec. 10.
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam
2016-12-09
Good
Fishing is good, but few anglers are on the river. Streamer fishing has been good, epecially on cloudy days and when the water is high. Nymph fishing has also been good using scuds, soft hackles, midges or egg patterns. Try to mix it up by using a dry dropper with a large terrestrial as an indicator and a nymph or egg trailing two to five feet below. Spin fishing is almost always good. Try fishing in shallow or deep water using marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earthtone colors. Also try using crankbaits in deeper water. Brightly colored spoons and spinners may also entice fish. Pinch down on the barbs for a quick release. See current water flows from Flaming Gorge Dam.
Long Park Reservoir
2016-12-09
Good
On Dec. 3, the gate was closed at Sheep Creek Park. This limits access to the reservoir to anglers who are willing to hike in, or use a snow machine or something similar.
Matt Warner
2016-12-09
Good
Fishing is good. The reservoir was partially covered with ice on Dec. 4.
Moose Pond
2016-12-09
Unstable ice
Fishing is fair for small rainbow trout using small ice flies tipped with half a mealworm. There were about four inches of ice on Dec. 3.
Pelican Lake
2016-12-09
Slow
Ice is beginning to form around the edges. If the cold weather continues, there should be safe, fishable ice before too long.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2016-12-09
Slow
A recent population survey found that all of the stocked species are doing well. Expect great fishing in the future, but slow fishing this week.
Sheep Creek Lake
2016-12-09
Fair
There are no recent fishing reports. Safe, fishable ice should form in the near future.
Spirit Lake
2016-12-09
Good
On Dec. 3, the gate was closed at Sheep Creek Park. This limits access to the reservoir to anglers who are willing to hike in, or use a snow machine or something similar.
Starvation Reservoir
2016-12-09
Slow
Shore anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout using PowerBait. Boat fishing has been slow. Fly anglers report fair fishing from tubes using medium sinking lines with beadhead wooly buggers and soft hackle flies.
Steinaker Reservoir
2016-12-09
Good
Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout and bluegill. Shore anglers should try using worms and artificial baits. Bait anglers should try using crankbaits, spoons and popgear. Fish off the rocks and dam in depths around 30 feet to locate the schools of bluegill. Once you locate a school, try jigging vertically with a worm-tipped jig.

 

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