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Northeast Region Fishing Report

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is currently 98% full. Ice off is a great time to fish the reservoir. The water temperature is very cold still, making catch rates slower. The reservoir has been stocked recently with rainbow trout. (04-19-19)

Brough Reservoir

Fair

Ice off is a great time to fish this reservoir, though it is very full from the winter's runoff. This has made launching boats longer than 18 feet very difficult. You may also encounter very muddy roads leading to the reservoir. Anglers have been successful catching rainbow trout. (04-19-19)

Browne Lake

Unstable ice

There have been no recent angling reports. (04-19-19)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

There have been no recent angling reports. Also, let us know if you are successful at catching any tiger muskie. REMINDER: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. Submit any photos to tonyakieffer@utah.gov. (04-19-19)

Calder Reservoir

Unstable ice

The roads are limited to snowmobile access only. We anticipate the snow to melt enough to get to the reservoir within the next two weeks. The reservoir is capped with ice, but there may still be open water near the windmills in the middle. With the extreme winter conditions these season, we have started to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir. We anticipate a fish kill, though we do not know the extent of the kill at this time. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto 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. (04-19-19)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Slow

There have been no recent angling reports. Reminder: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use care and good catch-and-release techniques. (04-19-19)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report being able to access the reservoir at the dam with 4 wheel drive vehicles. Anglers recommend using white and green tube jigs, tipped with bait, in 15-20 feet of water. Fish will be very lethargic this time of year. If you fish it, please email me pictures and results at tonyakieffer@utah.gov. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. (04-19-19)

East Park Reservoir

Unstable ice

The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are closed and still locked for the winter season. We haven't received any recent angling reports. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. (04-19-19)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

The ice has deteriorated and currently the reservoir is open from the Dam up to Hideout Canyon, in Sheep Creek Bay, and also from Lucerne up to Brinegar's Ferry Crossing. The cut thru in Sheep Creek is still iced in, but could open any day. In Utah, all of the launch ramps are open and accessible. Be aware of large floating ice sheets further north.

The Mac Attack Fishing Derby is scheduled for April 26-28, 2019. For more information, go to http://www.flaminggorgecountry.com/. Help keep Flaming Gorge a trophy fishery!

The Flaming Gorge Fishing Derby is also scheduled for May 18 & 19, 2019. It's only a month away! Go to flaminggorgefishderby.com or call 435-784-3483 for more information. Get registered for another great tournament!

Lake trout: Very few reports. Lake trout can be caught shallow this time of year, while casting jigs along the shoreline or trolling lures close to the surface. Also try looking for fish in 50-70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and if located, vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Small lake trout less 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 less than 25-inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing been exceptional this spring. Watch for large schools of suspended fish along the main channel of the reservoir and in the backs of canyons. Jig small spoons like 1/4 ounce Northland Buckshots, Kastmasters, Thomas Cyclones in chartreuse, pink, silver, or gold and tip with Gulp maggots, corn or meal worm. Even try adding a dodger a couple feet above your spoon. You can also troll dodgers/squids through the schools. Typically kokanee salmon will be close to the surface in the spring where plankton is most abundant. If you're not graphing fish, trolling the surface at 10-15 feet using planer boards or long set-backs (150ft or more) can also be productive.

Rainbow trout: Slower than usual. Try casting jigs like 1/4 ounce marabous in earth tones, along the shoreline. Many of the fish caught last weekend were very close to the shore. Also check the backs of canyons especially where streams are present.

Smallmouth bass: Few reports but will become more active as surface temperatures increase, especially late in the day. Try reaction lures like jerk baits and swim baits.

Burbot: Few reports but usually good fishing. 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 or Flutter spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (04-19-19)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Average flow is 950 cfs (stable) and temperature is 39F. Please go to https://www.usbr.gov/rsvrWater/rsv40Day.html?siteid=917&reservoirtype=Reservoir for current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Nymphing has been productive using small midge and baetis patterns (18-22), scuds and San Juan worms. Midges will hatch most of the day, and blue winged olive hatches will occur early in the afternoon. Try using size 16-22 midge and BWO dries. Streamers in olive or black have been effective early or late in the day, and on cloudy days. Spin fishing has been good to excellent. 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. (04-19-19)

Little Montes Reservoir

Slow

There have been no recent angler reports. Water levels are increasing and the reservoir should be full by the end of May. Anglers can expect to catch only bluegill and largemouth bass. (04-19-19)

Long Park Reservoir

Unstable ice

The gates are still closed for the winter season. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. (04-19-19)

Matt Warner

Unstable ice

Access to the reservoir is still limited to snowmobile only. With the extreme winter conditions these season, we have started to see low oxygen levels in the reservoir. We anticipate a fish kill, though we do not know the extent of the kill. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice. (04-19-19)

Moose Pond

Unstable ice

There have been no recent angling reports. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. (04-19-19)

Pelican Lake

Slow

Reminder: A rotenone treatment occurred on October 10 and 11, 2018, and there has been few fish re-stocked. Bluegill were stocked in the reservoir after the treatments, but biologists do not recommend fishing for them, as the numbers of fish are minimal compared to the lake size. They are asking anglers to practice catch and release, in order to allow the population to get a jumpstart. They also want to extend a warm thanks for your cooperation. (04-19-19)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report fair fishing for small crappie and wipers near the dam. Once water temperatures reach above 55 degrees, the fishing catch rates will increase. The reservoir is currently 46% full. (04-19-19)

Sheep Creek Lake

Unstable ice

The gates are still closed for the winter season, but should be open before Memorial Day weekend. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when entering onto the ice, and drill test holes. Reminder the trout limit is 2, and only 1 may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (04-19-19)

Spirit Lake

Unstable ice

The lake is only accessible by snowmobile. There have been no recent angling reports. (04-19-19)

Starvation Reservoir

Good

Shoreline anglers have been very successful fishing for rainbow trout. They are coming up to spawn on the sandy gravel near the shore, so expect good success rates. The reservoir water level is increasing at 84 percent. Anglers are being 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. (04-19-19)

Steinaker Reservoir

Closed

Rangers have reported the reservoir has undergone a complete fish kill, with little to no survival. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice. Work on the dam will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2019 — we hope to be begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (04-19-19)


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