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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Slow

Water levels are extremely low. Cooler water temperatures have improved trout fishing. Smallmouth bass have started to move into deeper water and are a bit sluggish, but still catchable. Trolling spoons and crankbaits in the mornings and evenings has been producing trout as well as fishing the bottom with floating baits. The boat ramp no longer reaches the waterline, and you cannot launch a boat at the reservoir. (10-03-18)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (10-03-18)

Browne Lake

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. Let us know if you have any success. (10-03-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing and a lot of vegetation. Please let us know if catch any tiger muskies. Remember, you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use good catch-and-release techniques and be aware of limits. (10-03-18)

Calder Reservoir

Hot

Anglers have had success catching active tiger trout and rainbow trout. The best method is fly fishing the outside of the weed edge using nymphs, like scuds and princes. 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. (10-03-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Good

Wiper fishing is steady, but slowing down with cooler overnight temperatures. Remember, you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use https://wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/tiger_muskie_tips.php good catch-and-release techniques and be aware of limits. (10-03-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

The moss around the edges is pretty thick, so plan ahead. Anglers report the best success with garlic PowerBait, worms and marshmallows, and fishing from a boat. (10-03-18)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent fishing reports, though anglers report good fishing in the higher mountain lakes for all trout species. Please let us know if you have any success. (10-03-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Sheep Creek from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of November.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 60–100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. High catch rates have been reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore and near Mustang Ridge. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Jig vertically with a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-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 or #3 Needlefish. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches are 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 small lake trout. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until November 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. You will need a boat to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, good shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones at 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too. Boat anglers will likely catch rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30–40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along the rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Anglers have reported high catch rates using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs mimicking crayfish — their primary forage — are also a good option. Try using earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 35–45 feet 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/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (10-03-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average water flow is 2,200 cfs and the temperature is in the mid 50s. See current releases from Flaming Gorge dam. To avoid the crowds, anglers should try fishing weekdays, early and late in the day, and on the lower sections of the river. Anglers are still catching some fish on the surface using big bugs like cicadas, hoppers and ants. Try using a hopper on top with a very small baetis nymph trailing 3 to four feet below. Spin fishing is 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. (10-03-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

The water is mossy and water levels are low. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs, like gulp minnows on small weighted jig heads. Anglers have also been successful fishing for crawdads on upper Montes Creek. (10-03-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

The water level is low. Over the summer, population surveys found good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, along with a few tiger trout and grayling. Try targeting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners. If you aren't successful, try changing your lures or using a different method. (10-03-18)

Matt Warner

Good

Anglers report good fishing for large rainbow trout. Try trout baits, like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits. Tip: when bottom fishing, use something to float your bait off the bottom roughly 18 to 24 inches. This will keep your worm above of the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier. Early mornings and evenings have been the best times to fish. Daytime fishing will improve as temperatures drop. (10-03-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

The pond is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active, but tough to catch! Try using a bubble or float to keep your lure or fly off the bottom and away from the weeds. Fly anglers will likely have the best results. (10-03-18)

Pelican Lake

Hot

The lake will be treated with rotenone on October 10–11, 2018. Limits have been liberalized, so you can keep 12 largemouth bass and there is no limit on bluegill. The reservoir will be closed from Oct 10 until Oct. 31. Information boards will be posted at all major access points, as well as orange signs indicating this closure at other locations around the lake. The water levels are extremely low, but the bass and bluegill fishing continues to be excellent on warm days. (10-03-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Good

Anglers report catching perch from shore in the shallow weed beds. The wipers and cutthroat have also been very 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. (10-03-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

Biologists report a lot of vegetation, so this might hinder shoreline anglers. Anglers will do better wading or fishing from a small boat or float tube. Fishing should be picking up as water temperatures start to drop, so get out and enjoy great fishing and beautiful fall weather. 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. Please let us know if you have any success. (10-03-18)

Spirit Lake

Good

Cooler temperatures have the trout more active. 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. (10-03-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Fair

Remember, you may not possess kokanee salmon until Dec. 1. The ranger dock is closed to public use. The reservoir water level is at 59 percent and dropping, with water temperatures hovering around 60 degrees. Be aware of increased debris in the lake with weather coming in this week. Biologists are encouraging anglers to plan campouts and target smaller walleye at the reservoir. Anglers are encouraged to harvest smaller walleye to help balance the fishery. Fly anglers recommend using fast-sinking lines and size 6-10 bead head flies in multiple colors. We recommend using the same technique from a boat (jighead and worm) and fish in the evening, after the sun goes down. If you catch crappie, consider voluntarily releasing them so this population can establish. (10-03-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

It is nearly impossible to access the shore due to deep mud and silt. Launch at your own risk from the ramp. The water levels are almost drawn down to dead pool. Anglers have been successful with a float tube. We urge anglers to make use of the resource and continue to harvest as many fish as possible before it's drained. There is no daily bag limit for any species: Largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020. (10-03-18)


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