Fishing Report for Northeastern Utah April 2, 2012
BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (March 30) The ice is off and fishing should be fair to good.
BROUGH RESERVOIR: (March 30) The lake ice is gone. We've had reports of fair to good fishing for rainbows. We're seeing a few browns though most of the catches are rainbows between 13 and 20 inches. 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: (March 30) There are no new reports. The lake should still have ice and fishing should be fair to good. Ashley National Forest has closed the roads at the lower gates, and the region has received snow during the last few storms. You may need skis and snowmobiles to reach the lake.
BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (March 30) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The ice is gone.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (March 30) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but the road is accessible. Check ice carefully before venturing out. Fishing has been fair to good, considering the no-bait regulation, which makes the catch rate a bit slower than other reservoirs. Try using jigs and lures that glow; 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: (March 30) The ice is gone, and there haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (March 30) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but fishing should be fair to good. The road is accessible. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (March 30) Check the ice carefully before venturing out. The last few reports were of good fishing. On the snow-packed, icy roads, four-wheel drive (with good clearance and traction) is essential and you might not make it all the way to the dam. Anglers reported catching four species: rainbow, cutthroat, brook and tiger trout. Anglers have been fishing near the dam (in 25–50 feet of water) but said most of the fish were within the 15- to 25-foot range. Some anglers fished the north end with good results; however, the ice in the inlet bay is rotten and unsafe, so this area should be avoided. Glow and brightly colored jigging spoons and jigs tipped with a mealworm were the hot gear.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (March 30) Ice covers the reservoir. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
FLAMING GORGE: (March 30) Anglers are reporting good results for open-water fishing in Utah and north up in the main channel for the trout species from both shore and boats. Those staying out around sunset have caught burbot. Utah boat ramps were clear of snow and ice as of Wednesday.
Lake trout: Lake trout fishing has been good to excellent — anglers are finding fish almost everywhere. Anglers have caught lake trout while fishing from the shore for rainbows in 15 to 20 feet of water. Schools of smaller lake trout (also called pups) have been reported at depths ranging from the surface to 100 feet down. A good line, either fluorocarbon or braid, can help 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: We're hearing some good reports on fishing for kokanee. The schools are deep, around 50 to 60 feet, which is expected and will change. As the water warms a bit more, they will move towards the surface. 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 visitors 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.
Burbot: The last reports were of anglers catching burbot from shore and boats. Some fish are over eight pounds. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in the deeper waters; however, they 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 is recommended). Place your lure close to the bottom, within inches, and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. Anglers are now limited to the summer regulations on poles: one with the fishing license or two with a two-pole permit. 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: (March 30) Anglers are mostly using winter presentations, but there have been a few hatches on some of 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. 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: (March 30) 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. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the area.
MATT WARNER: (March 30) There haven't been any recent reports, but the ice looks good from a distance. The last report from an angler said you could get close to the reservoir but may have to walk around the last drift or two. Fishing has been good to excellent using glow or brightly-colored jigs and spoons. Try using smaller presentations because the fish will be picky. Tip the lure with bait (mealworm or nightcrawler).
MOOSE POND: (March 30) Ice covers the pond and few anglers are fishing it. Try a small jig or ice fly tipped with a mealworm or wax worm.
PELICAN LAKE: (March 30) The ice is gone, and a few anglers have been out on the water. Fishing has been fair and getting better. Bluegill and bass are biting—quite a few of the fish are larger bass. Watch the weather—high winds are common at Pelican.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (March 30) The high winds have cleaned the ice off the lake, so we are now looking at open water. Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows. Ice off is usually a good time to look for larger browns.
SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (March 30) There haven't been any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions. Ice covers the lake, but proceed with caution and check it carefully before venturing out. The gates are closed and the roads are snow-covered and a bit icy. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the area.
SPIRIT LAKE: (March 30) The ice should be fishable, and you'll likely find fair to good fishing. The roads are closed, so you'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the lake. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
STARVATION RESERVOIR: (March 30) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows from shore and boats. There are occasional reports of walleye, bass or perch. These should be coming on line soon as the water warms a few more degrees. The reservoir is all open water, but anglers should use caution because there may still be a few floating ice sheets and some floating debris.
STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (March 30) High winds removed the ice, so there's open water across the reservoir. Angler reports are mixed. Some have reported good fishing while others thought it was slow. The waters are warming but it's still cold enough that the fish are moving slow. Summer casting techniques are likely too active for the fish. Think small and slow. Try using small bait presentations (like a worm), about six feet under a bobber or suspended above the bottom.