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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing for smallmouth bass and perch from the shoreline. For bass, fish the edges of the weed beds with a Rapala floater, senko worm or rattle lure. You may also want to try tipping jigs with nightcrawlers. (06-07-18)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

There have been no recent angler reports. On January 1, 2017, the special regulations changed from requiring artificial flies only to following the regular statewide regulations. (06-07-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

Fishing should be slow, but we haven't received any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskie. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that are less than 40 inches in length. Be careful when you catch and release tiger muskies. (06-07-18)

Calder Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good fishing using leech patterns for decent-sized trout from the shore or a float tube. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You may only use flies and lures only; bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (06-07-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report very slow fishing. You may have some success targeting tiger muskie using bass jigs. Trout fishing has been extremely slow. Remember: You must release any tiger muskie that are less than 40 inches in length. Be careful when you catch and release tiger muskies. (06-07-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is free of ice and anglers are catching decent-sized trout. Anglers have caught good-sized brown trout in the stream over the last 2 weeks. Anglers recommend casting from the shore with sinking, trout-pattern Rapalas. (06-07-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good overall.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair from a boat, especially as you head further uplake. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 60 feet of water near the main channel points and ridges. Recently, anglers have reported high catch rates in the Pipeline area and near Buckboard. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Try vertically jigging a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits, like Sebile Vibrato, can also work really well. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target the aggressive small lake trout. Some anglers report catching small lake trout while casting jigs and crankbaits close to shore, early and late in the day. Small lake trout, less than 25 inches, have become overabundant. This is causing increased competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout fishing at the Gorge because there is less food available to grow big fish. Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout under 25 inches. This size of fish makes is exceptional on the table.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is unseasonably good. Anglers are catching kokanee while trolling in depths of 25 to 45 feet on dodgers and pink squids. If you find a large concentration, you can also catch them by vertically jigging small spoons, like the P-Line Kokanator, tipped with Gulp maggots. Anglers report catching kokanee on the Utah side of the reservoir at Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Jarvies Bay and near the dam.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout were stocked reservoir-wide during the last week of May. Expect excellent fishing for rainbows from the shoreline or boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, 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. Cicadas have been found throughout the lower reservoir, and some anglers have done remarkably well fly fishing cicada patterns. Marabou jigs are also very effective, in earth tones at a 1/4-ounce weight. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent now that water temperatures are in the mid-60s. Try reaction baits like Xraps or Husky Jerks. Earth-tone-colored jigs that mimic crayfish, bass' primary forage, are also a good option. Top water fishing provides the most entertainment, especially early and late in the day. Expect higher catch rates lower in the reservoir near the dam.

Burbot: There are no recent reports. Try targeting burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip your lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (06-07-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average water flow is decreasing at a daily rate of 400 cfs and will until it hits an average release of 1,800 cfs on June 8. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Dry fly fishing has been fair to good. The blue-winged olive hatches have tapered off, but cicadas have been reported from river miles two through five. Anglers who are catching fish on the surface have been using big bugs. like cicadas, hoppers and ants. With the higher water flows, nymphing has been most productive using small zebra midges, baetis, San Juan worms and scuds. Try a dry dropper with a cicada up high and a wet fly below. Olive or black streamers have also been effective early or late in the day. Spin fishing has been 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 and medium-sized silver spoons and spinners have also worked well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (06-07-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir water level is rising, but anglers are still catching bluegill. Try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs. (06-07-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

A recent population survey found good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, along with a few tiger trout and grayling. Most of the fish were consuming chironomids, sow bugs and zooplankton, and the larger fish were also consuming smaller fish. With the rising water level, try targeting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners. (06-07-18)

Matt Warner

Good

Anglers report good fishing for fish in the 18- to 21-inch range. A recent gillnet survey found good numbers of rainbow trout in this same size class. Fly anglers are doing best with nymph or egg patterns.

Matt Warner is one of three locations that are a part of the Fishing with the Fox contest ends on August 15. If you catch a fish tagged with a blue tag marked WIN 2018, please email tonyakieffer@utah.gov for help registering your tagged fish. (06-07-18)

Moose Pond

Good

The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active. The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a Free Fishing Day event from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. on June 9. Also, Moose Pond is one of three locations that are a part of the Fishing with the Fox contest ends on August 15. If you catch a fish tagged with a blue tag marked WIN 2018, please email tonyakieffer@utah.gov for help registering your tagged fish. (06-07-18)

Pelican Lake

Hot

Bass fishing has been excellent on warm days, and will only get better as it gets warmer. Tube jigs on weighted beadheads tipped with earthworms have worked great this week. You may also want to try throwing bass jigs near the weeds beds. Carp have started to spawn, so you may want to try bowfishing. The lake is scheduled to be treated in the fall, so limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. The fishing pier will not be put in the lake this year because it has suffered significant structural damage and is unsafe. (06-07-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Good

Fishing is improving. Anglers are still catching 21-inch wipers. The wipers are feasting on black crappie, so try getting your jigs to mimic smaller panfish. For perch or walleye, try fishing a jighead and worm in about 10 to 15 feet of water. (06-07-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good fishing for walleye in the early morning and late evening with glow in the dark jigheads, curlytail lures and nightcrawlers. Try fishing shallow, sloping shorelines with rock and some vegetation. Make sure to set the hook when you feel a bump, as it could be a fish. Smallmouth fishing has also picked up along the rocky edges. Biologists have been conducting surveys and have found high densities of smaller walleye. Please keep these small walleye to help balance the fishery and produce healthier walleye populations. If you catch a crappie, please release it to help the crappie population become established in the reservoir. (06-07-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

Shoreline anglers report great fishing for bluegill with worms or neon tube jigs and weighted jigheads. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent during the warmer parts of the day — especially near the rocky edges and the dock. There is a Bluegill Fishing Tournament happening on Free Fishing Day, June 9, from 7 a.m.—2 p.m. You can register for the tournament online.

The Division recently issued an emergency change that liberalizes limits at Steinaker. There is no longer a daily bag limit for any species, including largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout, and bluegill. The reservoir is currently at 45-47 percent full. Steinaker will be drained to dead pool by September 1 because of a construction contract. The boat ramp will most likely be unusable by mid- to late-July. The emergenct change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. Work on the dam will begin in late fall and continue throughout the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (06-07-18)


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