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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Slow

As of April 18, the boat dock had been put back in for boaters and anglers. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (04-19-18)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports. On January 1, 2017, the regulations changed from artificial fly only to the regular statewide regulations. (04-19-18)

Browne Lake

Slow

As of April 18, the Forest Service gates were still closed, and that will limit your access. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (04-19-18)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

As of April 18, all ice is off the reservoir. We haven't received any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskies. (04-19-18)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

As of April 18, biologists let us know complete ice off should happen soon. We haven't received any recent fishing reports. Remember: bait is not allowed at Calder Reservoir. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (04-20-18)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Slow

Remember: you must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (04-19-18)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Unstable ice

As of April 9, ice conditions were still variable. Expect ice off within the next two weeks. Please use extreme caution on any ice. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (04-19-18)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

As of April 18, the Forest Service gates were still closed, and that will limit your access. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (04-19-18)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is currently ice-free with all launches are operable. The Flaming Gorge Fishing Derby is scheduled for May 19 and 20, 2018. To register, visit flaminggorgefishderby.com or call 435-784-3483 for more information.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair from a boat. Anglers are catching some small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Try to vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows or a #3 Needlefish to target aggressive young lake trout. Gulp minnows and blade baits, like the Sebile Vibrato, can also work really well.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is unseasonably good. Anglers are catching kokanee while trolling in 10–30 feet of water on dodgers and pink squids. Use planer boards to troll shallower water and get the offering away from the boat. You may graph schools deeper in the middle of the day. If you do, use downriggers or lead-core line to troll for the deeper fish. When the fish are in a large concentration, some anglers have successfully caught them while vertically jigging small spoons tipped with Gulp maggots.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is excellent from the shoreline or a boat. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir, however, there is 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. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinner, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Anglers who are trolling should try small spoons or pop gear 10–20 feet under the surface at 1.5–2 mph.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow for the occasional smallmouth and it will be until the water warms into the 50s. Try using earth tone-colored jigs that mimic crayfish — their primary forage.

Burbot: Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10–40 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. (04-20-18)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Water flows are stable at 1,700 cfs from sunrise to 4 p.m. They can change daily, so check current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Dry fly fishing is fair to good. Blue-winged olive hatches are best from 1–4 p.m. on calm, cloudy days near Little Hole. Nymphing works well using midge, mayfly, caddis and scud patterns. Anglers are catching some large fish while stripping large streamers or casting jigs close to shore. Olive and brown colors are working best. Spin fishing is excellent. 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 been working really well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (04-20-18)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is about a quarter full. Biologists estimate it will fill completely within the next five weeks or more. Biologists expect to start restocking fish in June. (04-19-18)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

As of April 18, the Forest Service gates were still closed, and that will limit your access. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (04-19-18)

Matt Warner

Good

As of April 18, biologists report good fishing for 16- to 20-inch rainbows. Try using small fly presentations, as well as the traditional Jake's lure. (04-19-18)

Moose Pond

Slow

As of April 18, the pond was still half frozen and experiencing ice off conditions. Try using a Jake's lure or garlic flavored PowerBait for hungry, active trout. (04-19-18)

Pelican Lake

Fair

As of April 18, the bass fishing has been excellent on warm days, and will only get better as it gets warmer. Try fishing in the later afternoon. Carp will spawn soon, so you should consider trying your hand at bowfishing. Because of a treatment that is currently scheduled for fall 2018, limits have been liberalized. The largemouth bass limit is now 12 and there is no limit on bluegill. (04-19-18)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Slow

As of April 18, biologists report that fish are more active, so try fishing a jighead and worm for perch and/or walleye in about 10 to 15 feet of water. Once water temperatures hit 50 degrees, expect wipers to become more active. (04-19-18)

Sheep Creek Lake

Slow

As of April 18, the Forest Service gates were still closed, and that will limit your access. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (04-19-18)

Spirit Lake

Slow

As of April 18, the Forest Service gates were still closed, and that will limit your access. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (04-19-18)

Starvation Reservoir

Good

As of April 18, biologists report that the walleye are starting to spawn, so walleye fishing will begin pick up. Kokanee fishing has been extremely slow. The water temperature is hovering around 48 degrees and the visibility in the water is about four feet. The reservoir is full and spilling. Biologists have been conducting surveys and found high densities of smaller walleye. Please keep these small walleye to help us balance the fishery and produce healthier walleye populations. Also, if you catch crappie, please release them to help the crappie population get established in the reservoir. (04-19-18)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

As of April 18, shoreline anglers reported great fishing for rainbow trout with worms, Jake's lures, and traditional PowerBait. Boating anglers report a little bit slower fishing. The Division has issued an emergency change that liberalizes limits at Steinaker. 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. 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. Boaters should be able to launch through the summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October. We also expect there to be no storage water in Steinaker during all of 2019. Work on the dam will begin in late fall 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 restoring of the fishery in 2020. (04-19-18)


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