UT: Fishing Report DWR Northeastern Region February 10, 2012

BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (February 10) There are no new reports
on fishing conditions at the reservoir. The lake is frozen with at
least 18 inches in the place we checked. Only a few anglers have
used it judging by the number of holes. The reservoir is accessible
from the boat ramp and from a new public access point on the
northeast corner.

BROUGH RESERVOIR: (February 10) There are no new reports on
fishing conditions. The lake looks frozen but ice conditions
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: (February 10) Anglers report fair to good fishing
on the lake. The Ashley National Forest has 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: (February 10) The reservoir appears frozen,
but ice conditions are unknown. Check the ice carefully before
venturing out.

CALDER RESERVOIR: (February 10) Fishing has been good
considering the no-bait regulation, which has made the catch rate a
bit slower than other reservoirs. Try using jigs and lures that
glow as the thickness of the ice and snow has made the depths quite
dark. 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: (February 10) The reservoir has ice, but
there are no reports on fishing conditions. Check the ice carefully
before venturing out.

CROUSE RESERVOIR: (February 10) There are signs of anglers
fishing the reservoir, but no contacts so catch rates are unknown.
The roads are open and mostly clear or packed snow.

CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (February 10) The last few reports
stated good fishing with easily accessible roads. Anglers caught
three species: rainbows, cutthroat and tiger trout. Anglers are
fishing near the dam in over 50 feet of water but said most of the
fish were within the 15 to 25-foot range. Glow and brightly colored
jigging spoons and jigs tipped with a mealworm were the hot gear.
They reported solid ice conditions where they were fishing. When
they went in, the southern road was open with easy drive in access.
No reports yet on the road conditions since the last set of
snowstorms.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (February 10) Ice covers the reservoir.
Check the ice carefully before venturing out.

FLAMING GORGE: (February 10) The Gorge has fishable ice in the
northern arms but no safe ice in Utah. There have been some reports
of new ice forming below the arms as far south as the pipeline.
Reports on ice conditions are sketchy, but one angler reported five
inches of new ice. Anglers also report good to excellent results
for open-water fishing for the trout species from both shore and
boats. Test the ice before venturing out.

Lake trout: Lake trout fishing has been good to excellent with
anglers finding fish almost everywhere. Ice anglers fishing the
northern arms are doing well for the pups. In Utah, 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 close to the
surface 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, which is
expected during the winter. 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.

Note: be careful on the ice this year as most of the lake did
not freeze. Between the winds and irregular freezing patterns, ice
conditions can change rapidly from one spot to the next. Ice
thickness ranges from thin ice to roughly two feet. There are also
numerous pressure ridges and some of these have reopened near
anglers even though the surrounding ice was six or more inches
thick.

Anglers are catching burbot through the ice in the northern arms
and from shore and boats below the confluence and into Utah. Some
fish are over eight pounds. Fishing started slow this year but has
continued to improve over the last few weeks. Try fishing for a few
hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points and cliffs
near the main channel. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in
the deeper waters, and become more active during the twilight hours
when they move into the shallows to forage. 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 (cut bait like sucker
meat). Place your lure 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 can use up to six lines through
the ice. So far, there doesn’t seem to be much of pattern as to
jigging technique, some nights dead sticking works best and other
nights active jigging brings in the most fish. You’ll help the
Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible.
There is no limit on burbot.

GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (February 10) Anglers are
mostly using winter presentations; however, there have been a few
hatches on the warmer days. Try 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. Watch for hatches as they can occur on the warmer
days. 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: (February 10) Ice covers the reservoir.
Check the ice carefully before venturing out. Roads are closed at
the gates and the area has received snow during the last few
storms. Access is now by skis and snowmobile.

MATT WARNER: (February 10) Fishing has been good to excellent
using jigs and spoons that glow or are brightly colored. Try using
smaller presentations, as the fish will be pickier. Tip the lure
with bait such as a meal worm or night crawler. The road was
accessible last week by branching off the Jones Hole Road at the
coral. This road has been kept open by anglers breaking through the
drifts. Due to the last few storms, high clearance vehicles are a
must.

MOOSE POND: (February 10) Ice covers the pond and ice anglers
have done well, though now the fishing has slowed. Try a small jig
or ice fly tipped with a meal or wax worm.

PELICAN LAKE: (February 10) The fishing shut down seems to have
broken. We’ve had several reports of 25-fish-days over the last two
weeks. It is not as fast as in years past, but the catch has been
steady. Anglers are also reporting more bass in the catch than
normal. Not many anglers have been fishing it because of the shut
down the first few weeks of January. Most of the anglers have
fished the north and east sides.

RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (February 10) Anglers report good fishing
for rainbows near the dam and the boat ramp. We’ve even heard from
a couple of anglers who targeted and caught walleye and a couple
that found bluegill near the dam. From the boat ramp parking lot it
looks like the reservoir is completely frozen, however there is an
open area near the dam and there could easily be other areas with
unsafe ice. There is also a ring around the bank where there is new
ice as the reservoir is being filled and the thicker ice is being
pulled away from the shore. Last week’s snow may also be covering
thinner ice so proceed with caution and check the ice carefully
before venturing out.

SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (February 10) There are no recent fishing
reports. Ice covers the lake, but ice 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, so access is now by skis and snowmobiles.

SPIRIT LAKE: (February 10) The ice is fishable and conditions
should be fair to good. The roads are closed so access is now by
skis and snow machines. Check the ice carefully before venturing
out.

STARVATION RESERVOIR: (February 10) Anglers report slow to
excellent fishing for rainbows and yellow perch and fair fishing
for browns; however, there are numerous areas with open water and
they are growing in size. Anglers fishing Rabbit Gulch last weekend
reported good fishing but the open water area was getting larger as
they fished. Besides Rabbit Gulch, there are areas of open water in
the middle, in Indian Bay and in front of the main boat ramp and
campground. In many other areas, including north east of the
bridge, the ice is turning blue-grey, which is a sign that it’s
deteriorating. The safest ice is likely southwest of the bridge and
near the dam; however, the reservoir is getting filled and the
older, thicker ice is being pulled away from the shoreline. Ice
conditions in most areas aren’t absolute, so proceed with caution
and check the ice carefully before venturing out.

STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (February 10) Angler’s reports were mixed.
Some reported good fishing while others thought it was slow. We are
seeing more browns on the ice this year. The two areas of open
water near the north end are now one. Anglers who have been out on
the ice near the boat ramp and close to the dam reported eight or
more inches. Ice conditions will vary and it is likely the unsafe
areas are expanding, so proceed with caution. The reservoir is also
being filled so there is an edge of thinner new ice, which formed
as the older thicker ice was lifted up and pulled away from the
shoreline.

 

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