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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
2015-03-04
Unstable ice
The lake has an ice cap on the east side, and open water on the west side. The cap is deteriorating and unsafe. The boat ramp is still closed because of ice. The water level is close to full.
Brough Reservoir
2015-03-04
Fair
The recent winds took the ice off the reservoir. We don't have any new fishing reports, but fishing is usually fair to good at ice off. The reservoir is close to full. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Browne Lake
2015-03-04
Fair
The lake is covered with ice. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing conditions. The roads are still gated and the area got some snow.
Bullock Reservoir
2015-03-04
Unstable ice
The surface has been freezing at night and thawing during the day. The reservoir is mostly covered with new ice. There is open water near the inlet, in the middle of the reservoir and along parts of the shoreline. The reservoir is almost full.
Calder Reservoir
2015-03-04
Slow
The lake is covered with ice and a thin layer snow. The ice thickness recently went from ten inches to six. Anglers report slow fishing. Reservoir water levels are low, but the area did get some snow recently, so you can expect muddy roads. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Cottonwood Reservoir
2015-03-04
Slow
The reservoir is ice free, but the wind has created ice formations on the shoreline vegetation and rocks by whipping up water that freezes on the bank. This ice can be several inches thick in the shaded areas. We haven't received any reports from anglers. The reservoir is almost full.
Crouse Reservoir
2015-03-04
Slow
Water levels are extremely low. Last year, most of the remaining water was pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.
Currant Creek Reservoir
2015-03-04
Good
Anglers report fair to good fishing near the dam for a couple species of trout. Better fishing was reported near the inlet, but you should be very cautious and avoid getting too close to the inlet. The stream is undermining the ice in this area. As some anglers have experienced, conditions can change quickly, especially when the currents melt the ice from below. We haven't received any recent reports on ice conditions. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
East Park Reservoir
2015-03-04
Fair
We haven't received any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions. Older reports indicate that ice is covering the reservoir and fishing is fair. The Uintas have been getting snow at higher elevations.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
2015-03-04
Good
Utah's boat ramps and most of Wyoming's boat ramps are ice free, so you can launch a boat. The water levels have held up well. Some water is being released in preparation for the spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

Kokanee salmon: There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: Anglers fair to good fishing in Utah and in Wyoming. Spoons, jigs and crankbaits, along with common trout baits such as worms, are working well from the shore, through the ice or from a boat. We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays. Anglers are catching rainbows in deep water when they're out fishing for lake trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing, mostly from boats. Fish can be anywhere, although 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. Also try trolling through or just above the school, usually 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. 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: Fishing is slow because the bass are deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate fishing is fair to good from boats and slower up the northern arms. Try picking a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark. Be sure to take lights to find your way back. Start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters to forage. Some will follow channels and move into water that is 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 just about anything that glows (including spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about three to six inches above the weight. 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
2015-03-04
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Try a winter streamer/bottom combination. Streamers are usually a fish imitation (such as a sculpin) followed by a scud or egg. Anglers who use lures are also successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.
Long Park Reservoir
2015-03-04
Good
There are no new reports, but you should expect ice. Check the ice conditions carefully before you venture out. Try using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp.
Matt Warner
2015-03-04
Good
The ice is starting to melt. There is some thin ice near the shoreline and the cap has dropped from around 12 inches to six. Roads are a combination of snow, ice, slush and mud. It is generally accessible in the morning when everything is frozen. As the ice and snow thaw during the day, the roads can get extremely muddy, so try going out early. Try a mealworm or a piece of a nightcrawler from a bare hook or small jig. Smaller, light-colored offerings seem to be working the best. The area received very little snow. That made is so that anglers cold drive up to the reservoir all winter, but it also means that the water level will likely be low.
Moose Pond
2015-03-04
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions. The last report was of slow fishing. The pond is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout during the summer.
Pelican Lake
2015-03-04
Slow
High winds cleared the lake of its ice cap, so you can now launch a boat. Anglers were out last week, prior to the storms, but we haven't heard how the fishing was. The water level looks good — the lake is almost full.
Red Fleet Reservoir
2015-03-04
Fair
The reservoir is mostly ice free, but there are likely a few ice sheets remaining. The ramp is open and much of the area close to the ramp is open water. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing. The water level remains low, but the drainage area got a few inches of snow, which will help.
Sheep Creek Lake
2015-03-04
Slow
The lake is covered with ice, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The roads in the area are closed for the winter. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
Spirit Lake
2015-03-04
Fair
The lake has fishable ice, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the lake. 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 upper lakes, so they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes.
Starvation Reservoir
2015-03-04
Good
Before the most recent storms hit, we'd heard reports of good fishing for rainbows and walleye. The winds removed the ice but have left floating logs and other debris, so slow down and boat safely. Baits seem to be working better than lures or flies, especially from the shore. Try smaller, slow-moving presentations for rainbows and a larger presentation for walleye. Most of the walleye are small, but you can help the fishery by taking them home. The reservoir is almost full.
Steinaker Reservoir
2015-03-04
Fair
The reservoir is now open water. Strong winds cleared the ice. The high winds and snow also kept the anglers off the reservoir, so we don't have any recent reports. The water level is still low.

 

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