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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Fair

Water levels are low. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and perch from the shoreline and the east side of the reservoir. Anglers report extremely slow trout fishing. (08-14-18)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (08-14-18)

Browne Lake

Slow

We haven't received any recent reports. Please let us know if you have any success. (08-14-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing and a lot of vegetation. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskie. Remember that you must release any tiger muskie that haven't reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. (08-14-18)

Calder Reservoir

Good

On Aug. 10, anglers reported good fly fishing with nymph patterns from a float tube. They caught big rainbows, tiger trout and cutthroat that averaged 19 inches. Biologists recommend fishing past the weed line. We may start seeing blue-green algae blooms this time of year. If you see anything that looks suspicious, or come across any dead fish, please contact the Division's Vernal office. 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. (08-14-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Good

Wiper fishing continues to be fast, especially in the evening. Remember, must release any tiger muskie that haven't reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. Trout fishing has been extremely slow. (08-14-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

Fish surveys this past week showed very large tiger trout, lots of rainbow trout and smaller cutthroat. The moss around the edges is getting pretty thick, so plan ahead for your fishing trip. Anglers report the best success with garlic PowerBait, worms and marshmallows. (08-14-18)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports, but anglers do report good fishing in the higher mountain lakes for all trout species. Please let us know if you have any success. (08-14-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Reminder: Sheep Creek is closed to all fishing August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of November.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing and anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling and jigging in 70 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. High catch rates were recently reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore. You might find fish above the bottom using a fish finder. 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. If you're trolling and you want to target small, aggressive lake trout, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and a number three Needlefish. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches 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 class of fish makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is good from 30 to 60 feet with downriggers. Colors and lures have become more variable as well. Pink is the go-to color this season, but recent reports of good catch rates have come on multi-colored, green, white and even spinner blades in brass. Successful reports from the Utah side of the reservoir have recently come from Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Kingfisher Island near the rope swing, North Skull Creek, Jarvies Bay and near Mustang Ridge. Kokanee salmon are susceptible to higher mortality because of warm water and air temperatures, and now that water temperatures are above 70 degrees, anglers should minimize catch and release. Remember, you may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30, statewide.

Rainbow trout: 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. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline, especially in the backs of canyons, near inflows and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Marabou jigs are effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs work well, too. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Recently high catch rates have been reported using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with three- to four-inch dark, curly tails or worms on 1/8 jig head. Jigs mimicking crayfish — their primary forage — are also a good option. Use earth tone colors.

Burbot: We haven't received many reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 ftee of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures, like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (08-14-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average flow is 2,000 cfs and the temperature is 60 degrees. These lower flows have made the banks very fishable this season. Be sure to check current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. To avoid the crowds, anglers should fish weekdays, early and late in the day or on the lower sections of the river. With the hot temperatures, angler should try fishing mornings and evenings, unless there is good cloud cover. Dry fly fishing has been excellent, so keep ants, beetles and hoppers in your boxes. Yellow sally and caddis hatches have been thick and the fish are responding to both emergers and dries. PMDs also work well and some fish are selecting those amongst the hordes of caddis and sallies. Anglers are still catching some fish on the surface using big bugs like cicadas, hoppers and ants. Nymphing is working well when anglers use small zebra midges, stone flies, San Juan worms and scuds. Streamers in olive or black are effective early or late in the day. Dry dropper fishing has stayed consistent throughout the summer. Spin fishing is good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits have also worked well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (08-14-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report active bluegill around the docks. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs, like gulp minnows on small, weighted jig heads. Anglers are also having success fishing for crawdads on upper Montes Creek. Remember, you need a fishing license to take crawdads, and they need to be harvested at the lake if you're keeping them. It is unlawful to transport live crayfish away from the water where captured. A person possessing a valid Utah fishing or combination license may take crayfish for personal, noncommercial purposes during the open fishing season set for the given body of water. (08-14-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

Water levels are low in the reservoir. Over the summer, fish surveys showed good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, along with a few tiger trout and grayling. Most fish were consuming chironomids, sow bugs and zooplankton, but larger fish were also consuming smaller fish. Try targeting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners, and if you aren't successful, try changing your lures. (08-14-18)

Matt Warner

Good

On July 20, we received reports of a blue-green algae bloom. The Department of Environmental Quality reports varying levels of toxins in the water. Warning signs have been issued by Tri-County Health Department and have been posted around the lake. These blooms may result in potential fish kills and water that contains toxins that could affect animals and humans. If you come across dead fish, please report it to the Division's Vernal office. The public is advised to stay out of the water, and if you come into contact with the water, make sure to wash the exposed areas with clean water. Anglers reported good fishing for rainbow trout last week, but catch rates may decrease over the coming weeks. The Fishing with the Fox tagged fish contest ends Aug. 15 and Matt Warner is one of three spots where you can catch tagged fish. If you catch a tagged fish, register it online. (08-14-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

The pond is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active, but tough to catch! Fly anglers might have the best results. The Fishing with the Fox tagged fish contest ends Aug. 15 and Moose Pond is one of three spots where you can catch tagged fish. If you catch a tagged fish, register it online. (08-14-18)

Pelican Lake

Hot

The water levels are extremely low, but the bass and bluegill fishing continues to be excellent on warm days. Anglers reported catching very large catfish a couple weeks ago. Try throwing bass jigs along the weeds beds, or fish the outskirts of the high vegetation on the east side. Because of a treatment scheduled for October of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass, and no limit on bluegill. (08-14-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Good

Anglers report catching perch from shore in shallow weed beds. The wipers and cutthroat have also been active. If you fish from a boat, you may have success fishing for the crappie and walleye. Try getting jigs to mimic smaller panfish. For perch and walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water. (08-14-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

Biologists report a lot of vegetation, so this may hinder shoreline anglers. Remember that the trout limit is two, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. We haven't received any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success. (08-14-18)

Spirit Lake

Good

Anglers are catching high numbers of tiger trout from 12 to 14 inches. Fish were mostly consuming chironomids and sow bugs. Try fly fishing nymphs (prince or sow bug) early and late in the day. Spin casters should try small spoons (Jake's) and spinners (Panther Martins). If you are getting follows but no hits, try changing the color. (08-14-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Hot

The reservoir water level is at 73 percent and dropping, with water temperatures hovering around 68 degrees. Anglers are reporting some of the best fishing of the year for all species! Biologists are encouraging anglers to plan campouts at the reservoir and to target the smaller walleye. We recommend using the same technique as from a boat (jighead and worm) and just fish in the evening and after the sun goes down. We encourage anglers to harvest these small walleye to help balance the fishery and produce healthier populations. Try using bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers if you're targeting walleye. For smallmouth bass, fish the rock edges. Biologists have been conducting surveys and have found high densities of smaller walleye. If you catch crappie, consider voluntarily releasing them so this population can become established. Remember, anglers may not possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30. (08-14-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

The waters levels are extremely low and dropping daily. Steinaker will be drained to dead pool by Sept. 1, per construction contract. We urge anglers to make use of the resource and continue to harvest as many fish as possible before dead pool occurs. There is no daily bag limit for any species. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. Work on the dam will commence in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020. (08-14-18)


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