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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Unstable ice

Water levels are currently at 26 percent. Because the reservoir is filling quickly, the water's edge isn't freezing solid. Ice anglers report about four to five inches of fishable ice, but getting on and off the ice could be dangerous. Please extreme caution on the ice. Anglers are having the best success for perch off the main boat ramp in 20 feet of water using small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with bait, perch eyes and gulp minnows. If you park at the Sportsman's Access, be prepared for a walk to the shoreline, and use caution crossing the mud, especially if it thaws midday. (12-12-18)

Brough Reservoir

Unstable ice

We haven't received any reports on ice thickness or fishing success. Please extreme caution on and off the ice, and drill test holes. (12-12-18)

Browne Lake

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are now closed and locked for the season. Biologists report the lake has eight to ten inches of ice in most areas. Fishing for rainbow trout and brook trout is reportedly slow. Try targeting depths 10 to 20 feet using small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with bait. Please use extreme on and off of the ice. (12-12-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Unstable ice

Biologists report open water near the canal, with thin ice in some spots. Please use extreme caution when entering the ice, and drill test holes. Let us know if you catch any tiger muskies through the ice. Remember, you must release any tiger muskies smaller than 40 inches. Please use good catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. Send fish photos to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (12-12-18)

Calder Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is capped with ice, but there is still open water near the windmills in the middle. Please use extreme caution when entering the ice, and drill test holes. 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. (12-12-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Fair

There is unsafe ice on the edges, and it melts throughout the day. The water district is working to fill the reservoir, so the ice isn't freezing solid. You may have some success with shoreline fishing still. Remember, you must release any tiger muskies that are smaller than 40 inches. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. (12-12-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is capped with ice, but we're unsure of the thickness. If you fish here, please email tonyakieffer@utah.gov with a report. Use extreme caution when entering the ice, and drill test holes. (12-12-18)

East Park Reservoir

Fair

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are closed and locked for the season. The reservoir is capped with ice, but we're unsure of the thickness. Please use extreme caution when entering the ice, and drill test holes. (12-12-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

There's ice from Lost Dog (Confluence) up to Firehole. The ice at Firehole is reportedly six to seven inches thick. Lost Dog recently capped, so the ice is still marginal and not fishable.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing for small lake trout trolling or jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near the main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and 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, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 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 small lake trout. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: We haven't received any recent angler reports.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. There is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work, too. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons, spinners and crankbaits trolled at 10 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: We haven't received any recent angler reports.

Burbot: Fishing should start to pick up now that water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40s and ice is forming uplake. 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 or chub meat, recharge theglow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (12-12-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average flow is 2,000 cfs and the temperature is 43 degrees F. The crowds are gone and now is great time to fish the Green River. Double peak flow operations are taking place in December, but a day of stable flows will take place on December 16 — this could help angler success. Check for current releases from Flaming Gorge dam. Nymphing and egg patterns have been most productive using small zebra midges, San Juan worms and scuds. Some midge and small BWO hatches have been reported and anglers have had success using those patterns. Streamers in olive or black have been effective early or late in the day, or during flow changes. Spin fishing has 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 and spoons also work well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (12-12-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has capped with fishable ice, so use extreme caution, and drill test holes before entering. Before the last stocking, the reservoirs pH levels were very high, and as a result, rainbow trout were not stocked into the water. Anglers can expect to catch bluegill or largemouth bass. (12-12-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Unstable ice

The gates are still open and roads accessible via 4-wheel drive, but that could change with another snowstorm. The ice is currently 8 to 10 inches thick. Fishing success has been variable for rainbow trout, brook trout and the occasional arctic grayling. Biologists recommend targeting fish in 15- to 20-foot depths using small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with mealworm. Watch the fish finder, as some fish are being caught suspended in the water column. Please use extreme caution when entering the ice, and drill test holes. (12-12-18)

Matt Warner

Hot

The reservoir is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicle and has 12 inches of solid ice. Anglers report fast fishing in the morning for rainbow trout and the occasional tiger trout. Try using vibrant-colored pink and green ratfinkes, jigging spoons and paddlebugs tipped with mealworm in 15 to 20 feet of water. Please use extreme caution when entering onto the ice. (12-12-18)

Moose Pond

Slow

The pond has more than four inches of ice in most areas. We haven't received any recent fishing reports. Biologists haven't seen ice holes drilled in the past few days, so competition is slim. Try using small jigs tipped with bait like mealworms, gulp minnows or PowerBait. Please use extreme caution on the ice, and drill test holes. (12-12-18)

Pelican Lake

Unstable ice

Fish haven't been stocked since the rotenone treatment in October. The reservoir is almost completely capped with ice, with some open water on the north end. Waterfowl hunters need to use extreme caution on the ice. (12-12-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir is at 40 percent full and is not completely capped yet. Please use extreme caution when entering onto any fishable ice, and drill test holes. We haven't received any recent angling reports. (12-12-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Fair

Biologists report the reservoir has eight to ten inches of ice in most areas. Please use extreme caution when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. Remember, 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. (12-12-18)

Spirit Lake

Fair

Biologists report the reservoir has nine inches of ice in most areas. Please use extreme caution when entering the ice, and drill test holes. Road access could become limited via vehicle with storms. (12-12-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is still ice free. Rangers report that trout fishing has picked up with the cooler temperatures. The reservoir water level is increasing slowly at 70 percent, with water temperatures hovering in the mid 40s. Anglers are encouraged to harvest small walleye to help balance the fishery and produce healthier populations. Also, if you catch crappie, we are asking that you voluntarily release them to help establish the population in the reservoir. (12-12-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Unstable ice

Small pockets of water have about four inches of ice. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice. Shore access is scattered and may become nearly impossible when the mud and silt thaw during the day. There is less than five square acres of open water, which equates to about 400 acre feet. Though the water is at dead pool, many fish are still alive. We are now asking the public to harvest the fish, but consider leaving some for possible carryover during the winter season. Biologists are hopeful that some fish will survive and help repopulate the water once the project is complete. Currently, 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. (12-12-18)


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