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.

Keep your limits: Warm air and water temperatures can be lethal for fish this time of year. We ask that anglers consider harvesting their limits of fish. If you're fishing at a water with special regulations, keep fish in the water and release them as quickly as possible. If you're catching and releasing fish, please fish early mornings and late evenings to ensure the best chance of fish survival.

Reminder: Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon (statewide) from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30.

Big Sandwash Reservoir


As of Nov. 6, water levels were still extremely low. Rainbow trout fishing has improved. Water levels have been slowly increasing, so you should be able to launch a boat at the reservoir within the next couple of weeks. (11-06-18)

Brough Reservoir


There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Statewide regulations now apply at Brough. You no longer need to use artificial flies and lures only. (11-06-18)

Browne Lake


There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Please let us know if you're catching fish here. (11-06-18)

Bullock Reservoir


Anglers report very slow fishing. Please let us know if you are catching any tiger muskie. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use proper catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. (11-06-18)

Calder Reservoir


As of Nov. 6, anglers reported very active trout and low fishing pressure. Try using shallow-diving baits in rainbow trout colors. 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. (11-06-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir


Trout fishing should begin to improve with continued cooler temperatures. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use proper catch-and-release techniques. (11-06-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir


As of Nov. 6, the moss around the edges was dying because of the cooler temperatures. Anglers who fished from boats report excellent trout fishing using PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. (11-06-18)

East Park Reservoir


There haven't been any recent reports for East Park, although anglers report good fishing in the higher mountain lakes for all trout species. The gates are currently open. Please let us know if you have any success. (11-06-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir


Please keep in mind that Sheep Creek (the physical creek) from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. The fishing at Flaming Gorge varies, depending on which species you're targeting.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing for small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near the 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-in-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout (shorter than 25 inches) have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will affect the trophy lake trout (less food to grow big fish). Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size class of fish is also a tasty meal for the dinner table.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until Nov. 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. 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. Marabou jigs are very effective, especially in earth tones and quarter-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at depths of 20 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slowing down with the recent drop in temperatures. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are usually a good option.

Burbot: There haven't been many reports from anglers, but catch rates should improve now that water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50s. Typically, the highest catch rates are found near Firehole Boat Launch in late October to early November. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night. Try 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 of inches from the bottom. (11-06-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam


The average flow is holding steady at 1,500 cfs. (Check on current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam.) The crowds are gone and now is great time to fish the Green River. Anglers are having good success using small beatis nymphs and dry flies, zebra midges and small ants. Streamer fishing has also picked up in light and dark color patterns. Spin fishing is always good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white/chartreuse and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits also work well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (11-06-18)

Little Montes Reservoir


Water levels are very low, and the reservoir is still mossy. Bubbles or bobbers are effective. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs for bluegill. Upper Montes Creek Reservoir has been emptied, which resulted in a total fish kill. Be aware of pheasant releases and hunting near the reservoir through the month of November. (11-06-18)

Long Park Reservoir


Water levels are low. You can catch active trout using jigs, spoons and spinners along the shoreline. If you aren't successful, change your lures and try something different. (11-06-18)

Matt Warner


As of Nov. 6, anglers reported slower fishing for large rainbow trout. Try trout baits (like worms or artificial baits), flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. Tip: When you're bottom fishing, use something to float your bait about 18 to 24 inches off the bottom. This will keep your worm or bait above the mud and weeds where the fish will have an easier time finding it. Fishing has been best throughout the middle of the day. (11-06-18)

Moose Pond


As of Nov. 6, the trout were very active. Try using small spinners and PowerBait during the mid- to late-afternoon hours. (11-06-18)

Pelican Lake


REMINDER: A rotenone treatment occurred on Oct. 10–11. The reservoir is open, but fish have not been stocked yet. (11-06-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir


Water levels are low, but trout fishing has been good from shore. (11-06-18)

Sheep Creek Lake


Try wading or fishing from a small boat or float tube. Fishing should improve as the water cools down. Remember that the trout limit is two fish, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout that are 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (11-06-18)

Spirit Lake


With recent cooler temperatures, trout are more active during the mid- to late-afternoon hours. Try fly fishing 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 lures in a different color. (11-06-18)

Starvation Reservoir


REMINDER: Anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10–Nov. 30. As of Nov. 6, the ranger dock was closed to public use. Rangers report that trout fishing has improved with the cooler temperatures. The reservoir's water level is holding at 64 percent, and water temperatures are hovering around 58°F. Please harvest small walleye to help balance the fishery and ensure healthier walleye populations. Also, if you catch crappie, we encourage you to voluntarily release them so their population can get better established in the reservoir. (11-06-18)

Steinaker Reservoir


Shore access is scattered and nearly impossible because of the deep mud and silt. There is less than five square acres of open water, which equates to about 400 acre feet. Although the water is at deadpool, many fish are still alive. We encourage the public to harvest as many fish as possible. 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 Dec. 31, 2018. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019, and we hope to begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (11-06-18)