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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
2015-05-20
Fair
Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout. Anglers are also catching a few browns, bass and yellow perch. The water level is almost full.
Brough Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers, but fishing is usually fair to good in the spring. 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
2015-05-20
Fair
The last report was fair fishing, and then the area started getting rain and snow making access to the lake a muddy mess.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent fishing reports from anglers, but fishing is usually fair to good in the early spring. The reservoir is full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing. The water level remains low. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Calder. You must use flies and lures only — bait and scented-salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports from anglers, but fishing is usually fair to good in the early spring. The reservoir is almost full.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-05-20
Closed
Water levels are extremely low.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
Prior to the last set of storms, anglers reported slow to good fishing for tiger trout and rainbow trout. You can access the reservoir to the dam. The area has been receiving rain and snow.
East Park Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
The ice is off and fishing is fair to good, but accessibility changes quickly. The area has new snow and the melt has made the roads muddy.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
Utah and Wyoming ramps got some snow, but they are ice-free, so boats can be launched. Reservoir levels have held up well and they are even letting some water out in preparation for spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing is fair to excellent. The rainy weather seems to increase anglers success. A variety of lures will work, including (but not limited to): Cripplures, Needlefish, RMT Viper spoons and dodgers with squids. Lures with pink or orange are always a good choice. Canyon seems to be a week or two behind, but we're hearing some reports of good fishing there as well.

Rainbow trout: Anglers report good to excellent rainbow fishing in Utah and Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits (along with common trout baits such as worms) are working from shore and boats. Anglers report seeing small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some bays. Some anglers fishing deep for lake trout are catching rainbow trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing from boats. Fish can be anywhere, though most are still being taken in deeper waters. If you mark a group, try holding position and drop a vertical presentation, such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 3-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. You could also try trolling through or just above the school, usually 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Slow, shallow trolls along slopping banks can be an excellent technique in the spring; it's one of the few times regular trolling without specialized deep-water equipment can be used. Deep trolling, right on the bottom, with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially for those going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass: Anglers report slow fishing. The bass are deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is fair to good from boats, and a few have been caught from the bank. Pick your fishing spots in the late afternoon so you can see your area and where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Boat anglers can start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower after sunset and as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep waters (about 75 feet); however, they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallow waters to forage. Some will follow channels or rocky flats and come into waters less than 10 feet deep. Try fishing along the rocky shores, points, cliffs and the old channels. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it. Use something that glows, such as spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows and jigging spoons, and tip it with bait (we recommend cut bait like sucker meat or minnows). A worm-and-marshmallow combo placed about three to six inches above the weight has worked recetly. Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. 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
2015-05-20
Good
The water levels have been ramped up for the imitation spring floods. Cicadas and other terrestrials are supplying good surface action — try as a combo with a scud or shrimp trailer. Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. There could be other hatches going, so match the hatch as it occurs. Anglers using lures are also catching fish. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors. During the recent electro-fishing, biologists measured and released big, healthy trout. They also removed several flies (hooks).
Long Park Reservoir
2015-05-20
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports, but the ice is off the reservoir. Expect the roads to be muddy.
Matt Warner
2015-05-20
Good
Fishing is good, but storms have shut down access. Try worms, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits.
Moose Pond
2015-05-20
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. The pond has not been stocked yet this spring.
Pelican Lake
2015-05-20
Good
Anglers report fair to excellent fishing. Recent rain, winds and cold nights might slow fishing down some, but a couple days of warmer weather will attract the bass and bluegill back to the shallows. Bluegills are moving into the warmer shallows and are now reachable from shore. With the shallow waters warming up, now is a good time to target carp. Removal of carp by archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality and the growth of the bass and bluegill. The lake is full. A tagged carp contest started May 1, 2015. Contact Sportsman's Warehouse in Vernal for details.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
The reservoir is ice free and the ramp is accessible. Fishing for rainbows was good, up until the storms. A few anglers reported good bass fishing and one angler reported slow walleye fishing. The water level remains low.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-05-20
Fair
One angler reported fair fishing. The roads in the area are now open, but recent rain has made them muddy.
Spirit Lake
2015-05-20
Fair
The last gate was recently opened, so you can now access the forest, but we haven't received any reports on fishing or if anyone can actually get to the lake. The area received more snow in the last set of storms. 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 high-elevation lakes. They will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
Most reports are of good fishing for rainbows and some walleye, though most anglers were chased off by high winds and stormy weather. Baits were working well, especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye. For walleye, keep it on the bottom or cast deep into the rocks. Most of the walleye are small or in the 24-inch range and you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-05-20
Good
Anglers report fair to excellent rainbow fishing from shore and boats. Bass moved back into the shallows prior to being shut down again by the storms. After a few warm days, the bass will return to the shallows and this time, likely followed by the bluegill. Worms and artificial baits are working well from shore while crankbaits and brightly colored spoons are producing for boaters. Some fish are along the surface while most appear to be deep, with many in the 30- to 40-foot range. The water level is low, so watch for rocks and sandbars.

 

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