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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Unstable ice

On Jan. 18, the reservoir had some open water, but the ice that can be accessed is reportedly to be 8 to nine inches thick. Anglers are using planks to access the ice from the open sections of shoreline, especially near the Sportsman's Access. We advise anglers to use extreme caution when accessing these conditions. Drill test holes and check the thickness of ice before venturing long distances. Anglers report excellent fishing in 30 feet of water using Hali ice-fishing jigs tipped with mealworms. (01-18-18)

Brough Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 13, Brough had ice, but there is open water on the edges. Please use extreme caution and drill test holes. There have been no recent angler reports. Last year, regulations changed at the reservoir, and you are no longer restricted to artificial fly use only. Utah's regular statewide regulations now apply to fishing at Brough. Please see the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (01-18-18)

Browne Lake

Slow

As of Jan. 18, there were no new angler reports. Please use extreme caution on the ice. (01-18-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 18, there were no recent angler reports. Please use extreme caution on any ice. Please let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie through the ice. (01-18-18)

Calder Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 18, there were no recent angler reports. Please use extreme caution on any ice. On Jan. 5, the western portion of the reservoir was frozen and had close to nine inches of good, fishable ice. There was open water east of the windmills near the aerators. You must use flies and lures only at Calder; bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (01-18-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Unstable ice

There are no recent angler reports. Please use extreme caution on any ice, and drill test holes. Most of the tiger muskies in Cottonwood have not yet reached 40 inches in length, so please remember to use recommended catch-and-release techniques. (01-18-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 11, biologists reported that fishing was slow. Some anglers are having good success catching rainbow trout near the dam. There's still open water near the middle, and all access points have good ice. There was about 10 inches of ice by the dam and about six inches on the north side. Please use extreme caution on any ice. We advise against using snowmobiles on the ice at this time. For rainbow trout, try using green or white tube jigs tipped with mealworms or wax worms. (01-18-18)

East Park Reservoir

Good

As of Jan. 14, biologists reported that the reservoir was low, but still accessible via 4wd vehicle. The ice is 16 inches solid. The rainbow and brook trout being caught are feisty and good-sized and they will come through in waves, so be on alert. Please continue to use extreme caution on the ice. Tip all ice jigs with mealworms for the best success. (01-18-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir's elevation is 6,029 feet and descending and the temperature is 42 degrees F. As of Jan. 18, anglers reported 12 inches of ice near Firehole, with seven inches of cloudy ice near Sage Creek. Anglers report about four inches of thin ice near the Confluence, so continue to use extreme caution. Buckboard had reports of the ramp being frozen in, but any wind may open it back up.

Kokanee Salmon: Fishing for kokanee reopened Dec. 1.

Rainbow Trout: Fishing is good. Now that water temperatures have cooled, trout are active along the shoreline. Casting jigs and spoons and retrieving with the occasional jig and pause is most effective. Watch your line during the pause, as many of the hits will come as the lure drops through the water column. Good lures are 1/4 ounce marabou jigs in earth tones and spoons in silver, copper and chartreuse. If fishing from shore, cast the lure in a 45-degree angle from shore, and let the lure drop 10 to 15 feet before retrieving. Trolling 10 to 20 feet deep and 1.5-2 mph with pop gear, spinners and small spoons has also been effective. Let the lure out 100 to 150 feet before attaching the line to the downrigger or inline weight. The longer set back will help decrease spooking of shallow fish. Lake trout may also be caught using these same tactics.

Lake Trout: Fishing is good. The lake trout are active and hungry. Anglers are consistently catching smaller lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows, and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. Vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) on a 3/8-ounce head tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well. Some lake trout are being caught while casting jigs and spoons along the shoreline (see rainbow trout), and longline trolling shallow running crankbaits like Rapala Shad Raps and Xraps.

Smallmouth Bass: Fishing is slow. Now that water temperatures have dropped into the 40s, bass fishing has slowed down, and it will be considerably difficult to catch them during the winter months. Try using jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Some recent reports indicate fishing success but it's been rather slow this year. The best activity has been at night. Boaters can target 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 the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Hot spots are uplake of Buckboard near the Confluence/Lost Dog and Firehole boat launch. (01-18-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Fair

Flows are currently 2,850 cfs and water temperature is 42 degrees F. Flows can change daily, so check for current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam before you visit. Fly anglers are having success closer to the shoreline using small zebra midges in sizes 16-22, and blue winged olive nymphs in sizes 20-24. (01-18-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Closed

The reservoir was drained for final repairs to the outlet gate. Construction will began in October and should be done soon. We will begin to refill the lake as soon as the repairs are complete. DWR biologists are also looking for Eagle Scouts or community members to build fish habitat structures over the next few months. We want to install these while the lake is empty. If interested please contact sportfish biologist, Natalie Boren, at 435-219-2644. (01-18-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Matt Warner

Fair

On Jan. 5, anglers had reported a good eight to nine inches of solid ice. The fishing was slow, so expect to move around until you find them. Try tipping your ice lures with wax worms and/or mealworms. Without snow, the top layer is very slick, but this has left good access on all roads. Please continue to use extreme caution on all ice. (01-18-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

The pond is iced over, and anglers are having success catching rainbow trout. Try using ratfinkees or small ice flies tipped with mealworms. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Pelican Lake

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 16, anglers reported five to six inches of slick, solid ice and open water in the middle. Anglers have discovered some hotspots in the ice where it's only two inches thick. The fishing has been slow, but try moving around until you find the fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. Please continue to use extreme caution on the ice and drill test holes as you enter. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. (01-18-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Unstable ice

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Spirit Lake

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. (01-18-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Slow

On Jan. 18, anglers reported no ice on the reservoir and slow fishing from the shoreline. Biologists are encouraging anglers to harvest their limits of 10- to 14-inch walleye to help thin out the walleye population and to help the yellow perch population. If you catch crappy, consider voluntarily releasing them to help establish the population. (01-18-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of Jan. 18, the reservoir was mostly covered with ice, with some open water spots during the day. Anglers report seven inches of ice from the boat ramp to the dam, but we advise using extreme caution and drilling test holes as you venture out. There are still no limits in place as there are still lots of fish in the lake. The Division issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. 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. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. We have been told that boaters will be able to launch through the 2018 summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October 2018, with no storage water in Steinaker for all of 2019.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. (01-18-18)


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