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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report catching perch in about 40 feet of water. There may also be up to a foot of snow and a few inches of slush in places, which can make walking difficult. Please use extreme caution on the ice. Use small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with wax worms, perch eyes and Gulp! minnows. (02-12-19)

Brough Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good fishing in the morning hours. They're using pink jigs tipped with mealworms. There are still some thin, soft spots on the ice, so please use extreme caution and drill test holes. Anglers report catching decent-sized rainbows in the 14- to 17-inch range. Statewide regulations are in effect at the reservoir (see Daily Limits on page 18 of the Utah Fishing Guidebook). (02-12-19)

Browne Lake

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are now closed and locked for the winter season. Please use extreme caution on and off of the ice, and let us know if you catch any fish. (02-12-19)

Bullock Reservoir

Unstable ice

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice and remember to drill test holes. Also, let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie through the ice. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. Submit any photos to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (02-12-19)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

The roads are limited to snowmobile access only. The reservoir is capped with ice, but there may still be open water near the windmills in the middle. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice and remember to 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. (02-12-19)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Unstable ice

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice and remember to drill test holes. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. (02-12-19)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Slow

The gates may be closed, with access limited to snowmobiles only. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. If you fish the reservoir, please email pictures and results to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice and be sure to drill test holes. (02-12-19)

East Park Reservoir

Slow

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are closed and locked for the winter season. We haven't received any recent angling reports. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice and be sure to drill test holes. (02-12-19)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is ice covered down through Sheep Creek Bay, and there's open water in the main channel from Rawlins Draw down through Antelope Flat, and near the dam. The latest reports indicate boats cannot launch at Lucerne or Antelope Flat. Linwood Bay is also ice covered. Cedar Springs launch is snow covered, and the Mustang Ridge launch has been icing in on cold, calm nights. Ice at Firehole is reportedly as thick as 18 inches, while lower lake ice like Buckboard, Brinegar Ferry Crossing, Anvil Draw and Sheep Creek Bay is between 8 and 10 inches.

Lake trout: Anglers report slow to fair fishing for small lake trout while jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near 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. 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 lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Prior to freezing in, some anglers were launching boats at Lucerne and catching kokanee while trolling dodgers/squids shallow (10 to 15 feet) under planer boards.

Rainbow trout: Some anglers are having success fishing open water from shore near the dam and Mustang Ridge. Marabou jigs are effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Ice anglers report good fishing in 8 to 15 feet of water using small jigging spoons and jigs tipped with mealworm. Chartreuse and pink are successful lure colors.

Smallmouth bass: There haven't been any recent reports.

Burbot: Fishing is good, but look for areas that weren't hit by the recent Burbot Bash crowd. 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 or Flutter spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (02-13-19)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

The average flow is 2,000 cfs and the temperature is 36F. Double peak flow operations are in effect, starting at 3,000 cfs in the morning, dropping to 1,100 cfs midday and increasing back to 3,000 cfs in the evening (see current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam). The crowds are gone and now is great time to fish the Green River. Try using small zebra midges and other midge dry flies for the best results. Continue to nymph with some midge and small baetis patterns. Streamers in varying light and dark colors should be useful during these flow changes. Spin fishing is always 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. (02-13-19)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The reservoir has fishable ice, so use extreme caution and remember to drill test holes. Before the last planned fish stocking, the reservoir's pH levels were very high, so rainbow trout were not stocked into the water. Anglers can expect to catch bluegill and largemouth bass. (02-12-19)

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

The gates are closed for the winter season. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice and be sure to drill test holes. (02-12-19)

Matt Warner

Slow

Recent storms have limited access to snowmobiles only. Snow drifts across the road throughout the day, which decreases accessibility. The last angler report recommended using vibrant pink and green Ratfinkees, jigging spoons and paddlebugs tipped with mealworms in 15 to 20 feet of water. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice. (02-12-19)

Moose Pond

Slow

The pond has solid, fishable ice. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing conditions or success. This is a great place to introduce new ice anglers to the sport. Try using small jigs tipped with bait (e.g., mealworms, Gulp! minnows or PowerBait). Please use extreme caution on the ice and always drill test holes. (02-12-19)

Pelican Lake

Slow

REMINDER: A rotenone treatment occurred in October 2018, and few fish have been stocked. Biologists report 12 to 15 inches of ice at the main boat ramp, with some open water in several locations on the north end. Bluegill were recently stocked in the reservoir, but we do not recommend fishing for them yet because the numbers of fish are minimal compared to the lake size. Our biologists are asking anglers to voluntarily use catch-and-release techniques for now in order to allow the population to establish. (02-12-19)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Fair

The North Beach access to Red Fleet (off of Donkey Flat Road) is closed until the snow can be cleared. The gate is closed. Please use caution if you attempt to drive to the gate or you will get stuck. There are about 18 inches of ice in many locations. Rangers ask that you please use extreme caution when accessing any fishable ice and be sure to drill test holes (some areas have just recently capped). Anglers report good fishing near the dam for crappie, perch and wipers. (02-12-19)

Sheep Creek Lake

Fair

The gates are closed for the winter season. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice and always drill test holes. The trout limit is two fish, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (02-12-19)

Spirit Lake

Slow

Right now, the lake is only accessible by snowmobile. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (02-12-19)

Starvation Reservoir

Fair

Rangers report ice ranging from 7 to 17 inches thick. Anglers report good catch rates for 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Bigger fish have been harder to catch. The reservoir's water level is holding at 80 percent. Anglers are encouraged to harvest small walleye to help balance the fishery out and produce healthier walleye populations. Also, if you catch crappie, please consider voluntarily releasing them so the population can become established. (02-12-19)

Steinaker Reservoir

Slow

Biologists report extremely low oxygen levels in the remaining pools, and are anticipating a complete fish kill within the next week. Fishing is slow, and the fish are lethargic because of lack of oxygen. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice, especially near the large holes flagged with pink flagging tape. The reservoir has returned to statewide regulations, so the bluegill limit is 50 fish. (See Daily Limits on page 18 of the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more details.) Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2019, but we hope to be begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (02-13-19)


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