UT: Fishing Report DWR Northeastern Region January 06, 2012

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BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (January 06) There are no recent reports
on fishing conditions at the reservoir. The lake looks frozen but
ice conditions are unknown. Check the ice carefully before
venturing out. The reservoir is accessible from the boat ramp and
from a new public access point on the northeast corner.

BROUGH RESERVOIR: (January 06) The lake looks frozen but ice
conditions are unknown. Check the ice carefully before venturing
out. 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.

BROWNE LAKE: (January 06) Ice covers the lake and the last
report was fair to good fishing. The Ashley National Forest closed
the roads at the lower gates and the region has received snow
during the last few storms. Access is now by skis and
snowmobiles.

BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (January 06) The reservoir looks frozen, but
ice conditions are unknown. Check the ice carefully before
venturing out.

CALDER RESERVOIR: (January 06) The reservoir is ice-covered with
eight or more inches of thickness; however, it froze in an uneven
pattern. Fishing has been good considering the no-bait regulation,
which has made the catch rate a bit slower than other reservoirs.
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.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR: (January 06) The reservoir has ice, but
the conditions and thickness are unknown. Check the ice carefully
before venturing out.

CROUSE RESERVOIR: (January 06) Ice covers the entire reservoir.
The ice close to the ramp is about 10 inches thick; however, it
froze in an uneven pattern. There were signs of anglers fishing the
reservoir but no contacts so the catch rates are unknown. As of
last weekend, the roads were open and mostly clear or packed
snow.

CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 06) There are very few reports
from anglers, but a few said fishing was good for cutthroat and
tiger trout. There are reports that ice is eight inches thick. The
southern road remains open with an inch or two of packed snow near
the dam. The snow may be gone now, due to warm weather. Ice
conditions aren’t absolute so proceed with caution and check it
carefully before venturing out.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (January 06) Ice covers the reservoir.
Check the ice carefully before venturing out.

FLAMING GORGE: (January 06) Ice is forming in the northern arms
but there isn’t safe ice in Utah yet. Open-water fishing for trout
is good from the shore and boats.

Lake trout: Lake trout fishing has been good to excellent with
anglers finding fish almost everywhere. Anglers fishing the shore
for rainbows in 15 to 20 feet of water have also caught lake trout.
Schools of pups have been reported down around 60 to 100 feet. If
you can find a school, the hits will be fast but light. A good line
(fluorocarbon or braid) helps you feel the strike and get a good
hook-set when jigging. You can help the Flaming Gorge fishery by
harvesting a limit of smaller lake trout. The limit is eight fish,
with one over 28 inches.

Kokanee salmon: Not hearing much about kokanee. Water
temperatures have cooled down so fish could be anywhere. Although
the DWR has stocked millions of kokanee over the last few years,
the population remains low due to predation by lake trout and
burbot. Anglers need to harvest small lake trout and burbot to
reduce their impact on kokanee.

Rainbow trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing from the
shoreline and from boats (casting and trolling). A boat is
essential to access most of the reservoir; however, there is shore
fishing near the visitor center (by the dam) and by the boat ramps.
Fish can be anywhere including close to shore. Look for schools
near cliffs, points and submerged ridges in about 10 to 60 feet of
water.

Smallmouth bass: Bass fishing has been slow. It’s mostly over
until next summer; however, an angler caught one a few weeks ago at
70 feet while jigging for lake trout.

Burbot: We’ve had several reports of anglers catching burbot
through the ice in the northern arms from shore and boats in Utah.
Some of these fish are over eight pounds. Try fishing for a few
hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points and cliffs
near the main channel. Burbot hit during the day, but they become
more active during the twilight hours. Fish the bottom or just
slightly above it in depths from 10 to 50 feet. Use just about
anything that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnow
jigs) and tip it with some type of bait. Place your baits close to
the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch
a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. You’ll
help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as
possible. There is no limit on burbot. The 2012 Burbot Bash has
been scheduled for January 25th to the 28th.

GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (January 06) Anglers have
shifted over to their winter presentations and many are using a
double rig with a large fish imitation with a scud, shrimp or
imitation salmon egg trailer. Often the fish are attracted to the
larger presentation and then hit the smaller. On windy days,
anglers who use lures have been more successful because it’s easier
to cast. Try Rapalas (floating, countdown and husky jerk),
spinners, spoons, black, brown or olive marabou jigs and plastic
jigs.

LONG PARK RESERVOIR: (January 06) Ice covers the reservoir.
Check the ice carefully before venturing out. The roads are closed
at the gates and the area has received snow during the last few
storms. Access is now by skies and snowmobile.

MATT WARNER: (January 06) Ice covers the reservoir. The thickest
ice is close to the main boat ramp. Fishing started off slow but
once the spot was discovered, the fishing was good using brightly
colored jigs tipped with a mealworm. Access is questionable. A
couple of big drifts blocked anglers trying to access Matt Warner
from Calder over the weekend; however, we did receive a report that
the other road was open a couple of days earlier.

MOOSE POND: (January 06) Ice covers the pond. Ice anglers have
done well. Try using a small jig or ice fly tipped with a meal or
wax worm.

PELICAN LAKE: (January 06) Fishing was steady until last
Thursday when it shut down. Reports indicate the west side has been
a bit better fishing while traditionally the east shore is faster.
In response, the fishing clinic for January 7 will move from the
east side to the main boat ramp in the southwest corner of the
lake. The ice is frozen and most areas have 8 to 12 inches of
thickness; however, there are areas beyond the reeds where the lake
froze in uneven patterns. Most of the lake was frozen during a
period marked with severe winds. This left cloudy ice, numerous
small cracks, some impressive force fractures, ice heaves and long
piles of ice up to a foot or two tall.

RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (January 06) The ice is just forming. There
were still large areas of open water as of the weekend. Ice
conditions are unstable and aren’t absolute, so proceed with
caution and check the ice carefully before venturing out.

SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (January 06) There are no recent reports. Ice
covers the lake but conditions aren’t absolute, so proceed with
caution and check the ice carefully before venturing out. The gates
are closed and the roads snow-covered and a bit icy. Access is now
by skies and snowmobiles.

SPIRIT LAKE: (January 06) The ice is fishable and it should be
fair to good fishing. The roads are closed so access is now by
skies and snow machines. Check the ice carefully before venturing
out.

STARVATION RESERVOIR: (January 06) Anglers report good to
excellent fishing for rainbows and yellow perch and fair for
browns. The ice froze in irregular patterns so thickness varies
considerably and can change from safe to unsafe in one or two
steps. As ice safety is questionable and ice conditions in most
areas aren’t absolute, proceed with caution and check the ice
carefully before venturing out.

STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (January 06) There is ice forming on most
of the reservoir. There are still some extensive areas of open
water. The ice conditions are unstable and most areas are likely
unsafe, so proceed with caution and check the ice carefully before
venturing out.

 

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