Fishing report for Northeastern Utah April 4, 2012

BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (April 02) The ice is off and fishing should be fair to good.

BROUGH RESERVOIR: (April 02) 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: (April 02) 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: (April 02) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The ice is gone.

CALDER RESERVOIR: (April 02) High winds took the ice off the reservoir and road access is good. The roads need some repair, so watch for ruts and washouts. Anglers report fair to good fishing. 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: (April 02) The ice is gone, and there haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

CROUSE RESERVOIR: (April 02) High winds took the ice off the reservoir and road access is good. The roads need some repair, so watch for ruts and washouts. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Fishing should be fair to good.

CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 02) 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 to 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: (April 02) Ice covers the reservoir. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.

FLAMING GORGE: (April 02) Anglers are reporting mixed 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: Anglers are reporting mixed results for lake trout. Older reports were good to excellent with anglers finding fish almost everywhere, but then the weather patterns changed and many anglers reported the trout had stopped biting or moved deeper. 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. 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: 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 mixed results from good to excellent fishing from the shoreline and from boats (casting and trolling). The mixed results are likely due to the changing weather conditions. It should return to good fishing when the weather is more consistent. 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: (April 02) 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: (April 02) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. 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: (April 02) Anglers' reports are mixed with results from fair to good. The ice is off and the roads are accessible. Watch for ruts and washouts because many parts of the road need repair. Try brightly colored lures or the standard trout baits, like nightcrawlers or commercial baits.

MOOSE POND: (April 02) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. There's likely some ice, but it could be ice-free. The pond has not been stocked in 2012.

PELICAN LAKE: (April 02) The ice is off the lake and there have been a few anglers out. Fishing is fair and it's getting better. Bluegill and bass are biting—quite a few of them are larger bass. Watch the weather—high winds are common at Pelican.

RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (April 02) 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: (April 02) 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: (April 02) At 10,000 feet, the ice should still be fishable with fair to good fishing. The roads are closed, so you'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the area. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.

STARVATION RESERVOIR: (April 02) 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: (April 02) 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.

 

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