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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Fair

Water levels are extremely low. You cannot launch a boat at the reservoir. The water level is rising, but it is still one foot below the concrete boat ramp. Cooler water temperatures have improved trout fishing. (10-17-18)

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 very slow. Let us know if you catch any tiger muskie. Remember: you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use good catch-and-release techniques and be aware of limits. (10-17-18)

Calder Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report that the fishing has slowed, but they are still averaging catch rates of one to two fish per hour. The average fish are 18–19 inches in length. 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. (10-17-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Fair

Trout fishing should improve with this week's cooler weather. Wiper fishing is steady, but slowing because of the cooler overnight temperatures. Remember: you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. (10-17-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

The moss around the edges is pretty thick, but dying in the cooler temperatures. Anglers report excellent trout fishing using PowerBait, worms and marshmallows or when fishing from a boat. (10-17-18)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

There have received no recent angler reports, though anglers report good fishing in the higher mountain lakes for all trout species. The gates are currently open. Please let us know if you have any success. (10-17-18)

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 for the kokanee salmon spawn.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing for small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. 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 20–40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slowing down because of the recent drop in temperatures. Jigs mimicking crayfish — their primary forage — are usually a good option.

Burbot: There are few angler reports, but fishing will improve now that the water temperatures are in the mid- to upper-50s. Typically, the highest catch rates are near the Firehole Boat Launch from late October to early November. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20–40 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 the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (10-17-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average water flow is 1,500 cfs and the temperature is 53°F. See current releases from Flaming Gorge dam. The crowds have left, so now is a great time to fish the Green River. Anglers are still catching fish on the surface using big bugs like cicadas, hoppers or ants. Nymphing is most productive using small zebra midges, stone flies, San Juan worms or scuds. Double up your chances with a dry dropper. For example, place a hopper on top with a nymph trailing three to four feet below. Black or olive streamers have been effective early or late in the day. Spin fishing has also been 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. (10-17-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

The water is still mossy and levels are very low. You will want to use bubbles or bobbers. For bluegill, try using nightcrawlers and panfish jigs. Upper Montes Creek reservoir has been emptied, which resulted in a total fish kill. There will be some pheasant releases and pheasant hunting this fall near the reservoir. (10-17-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

The water level is low. You can catch active trout using jigs, spoons and spinners along the shoreline. If you aren't successful, try changing your lures or using a different method. (10-17-18)

Matt Warner

Fair

Anglers report slow fishing for large rainbow trout. Try trout baits, like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly-colored spoons or crankbaits. Tip: when you're bottom fishing, try to use something to float your bait 18 to 24 inches off the bottom. This will keep your worm above of the mud and weeds, which will make it easier for the fish to find it. Fishing has been best during the middle of the day. (10-17-18)

Moose Pond

Fair

Trout are very active. Try using spinners and PowerBait from mid- to late-afternoon. (10-17-18)

Pelican Lake

Closed

The lake was treated with rotenone last week. The reservoir will be closed until Nov. 1, 2018. (10-17-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Good

The water levels are low. The cooler temperatures have slowed down fishing for perch, crappie and wipers. Try fishing for cutthroat from the shoreline. (10-17-18)

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. Remember that the trout limit is two, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. You must immediately release any cutthroat trout that are 22 inches or smaller. (10-17-18)

Spirit Lake

Good

The trout are more active from mid- to late-afternoon because of the cooler temperatures. 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. (10-17-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Fair

Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon until Dec. 1. Rangers report that trout fishing has improved with the cooler temperatures. The reservoir water level is holding at 59 percent. The water temperature is hovering around 60°F. Please harvest smaller walleye to help balance the fishery and encourage healthier walleye populations. If you catch crappie, please release them so that the population can become established in the reservoir. The ranger dock is closed to public use. (10-17-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

Shore access is scattered and nearly impossible because of the deep mud and silt. There are about five square acres of open water, which equates to about 400 acre feet. Anglers have been successful with float tubes when they can access the water. Though the water is at deadpool, many fish are still alive. We encourage the public to harvest as many fish as possible. There is no daily bag limit for any species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and 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 trout or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019, and we hope to be begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (10-17-18)


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