UT: Fishing Report DWR Northeastern Region January 12, 2012
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BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (January 12) There are no new reports on
fishing conditions at the reservoir. The lake looks frozen but ice
conditions 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 12) Anglers have been out on the
reservoir but there are no reports on conditions. 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
BROWNE LAKE: (January 12) 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
BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (January 12) Anglers have been out on the ice
but there are no contacts or reports on fishing conditions. Check
the ice carefully before venturing out.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (January 12) Ice covers the reservoir with 12
or more inches of thickness. Fishing has been good considering the
no-bait regulation, which has 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 12) The reservoir has ice, but
there are no contacts or reports on fishing conditions. Check the
ice carefully before venturing out.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (January 12) Ice covers the entire reservoir.
The ice close to the ramp is over 12 inches thick. 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 12) There are very few reports
from anglers, but the couple we heard from reported good fishing
(for cutthroat and tiger) on eight or more inches of ice. The
southern road remains open with an inch or two of packed snow near
the dam. Due to warm weather, the snow may now be gone. Ice
conditions aren’t absolute so proceed with caution and check it
carefully before venturing out.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (January 12) Ice covers the reservoir.
Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
FLAMING GORGE: (January 12) Ice in the northern arms can be up
to 18 inches thick; however, no safe ice has been reported below
the confluence or in Utah. There is good open-water fishing for
rainbows and lake trout from the shore and boats. We have also
heard of anglers doing well when they target burbot from boats.
Lake trout: Lake trout fishing has been good to excellent with
anglers finding fish almost everywhere: shore, boats and through
the ice. Anglers fishing the shore for rainbows in 15 to 20 feet of
water have also caught lake trout. Schools of pups have been
reported from near the surface to 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 anything about kokanee, which is the
pattern for Flaming Gorge in the winter. 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
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
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 and 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 25 to 28.
GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (January 12) 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
LONG PARK RESERVOIR: (January 12) 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 so access is now by skies and snowmobile.
MATT WARNER: (January 12) Ice covers the reservoir. The thickest
ice is close to the main boat ramp. Fishing reports range from good
to excellent. Try brightly colored jigs or jigging spoons tipped
with a mealworm. Access is questionable. A couple of big drifts
blocked anglers trying to access Matt Warner from Calder two weeks
ago; however, we did receive reports from anglers fishing it this
weekend so either someone broke through the eastern drifts or the
other road is open.
MOOSE POND: (January 12) Ice covers the pond. Ice anglers report
doing well. Try using a small jig or ice fly tipped with a meal or
PELICAN LAKE: (January 12) Fishing was steady until two weeks
ago when it shut down. Reports indicate the west side has been a
bit better fishing while traditionally the east shore is faster.
The lake is frozen and most areas have well over a foot of ice.
Most of the lake was frozen during a period marked with severe
winds so the surface ice has numerous small cracks and some
impressive force fractures leaving long piles of ice up to a foot
or two tall.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (January 12) The ice is just forming. As of
the weekend, there were still areas of open water. Ice conditions
are mixed and not absolute so proceed with caution and check it
carefully before venturing out. Anglers report good fishing for
rainbows. At least one angler caught walleye through the ice this
SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (January 12) 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 roads snow-covered and a bit icy. Access is now by
skies and snowmobiles.
SPIRIT LAKE: (January 12) The ice is fishable. Our only report
this winter was good fishing. The roads are closed so access is now
by skies and snow machines. Check the ice carefully before
STARVATION RESERVOIR: (January 12) Anglers report good to
excellent fishing for rainbows and yellow perch and fair for
browns. The ice froze in irregular patterns so the 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 12) There is ice forming on most
of the reservoir. There are still some extensive areas of open
water. Some anglers fishing near the dam and out from the boat ramp
have reported good fishing for rainbows. They have also iced a few
nice brown trout. Ice conditions are questionable and unstable in
most areas, so proceed with caution and check the ice carefully
before venturing out. The ice fishing tournament, scheduled for
January 21, has been postponed until February 18 due to the