Fishing Report for Northeastern Utah April 27, 2012

BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (April 27) The ice is off and anglers reports fair to good fishing for rainbows.

BROUGH RESERVOIR: (April 27) Anglers report of fair to good fishing for rainbows and browns that range from 13 to 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 27) There are no new reports. 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 access the lake.

BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (April 27) Anglers reported slow fishing; however, based on their techniques, they were targeting a species not in the reservoir and any catch would have been incidental. The fishing should be fair to good for black bullheads, which feed on the bottom. Temperatures are around 53 degrees F, which is a bit cold for bass.

CALDER RESERVOIR: (April 27) Several reports and one of our creel surveys indicate that the fishing was much better than the weather. Rain, sleet, hail and snow, driven by high winds, didn't keep the anglers from fishing and having a great time with both flies and lures. 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 27) Anglers have been out, but they aren't catching much. The anglers we checked were not using a technique that is effective for any of the fish in the reservoir. Fishing should be good for black bullhead. Try using bait on the bottom. It is still a bit cold for bass and other warm-water fish.

CROUSE RESERVOIR: (April 27) Anglers report fair to good fishing. The reservoir is full and fish from last year have over-wintered well. Try trout baits, brightly colored spoons, fish imitation crankbaits and flies that imitate midges, black ants or leaches.

CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 27) Check the ice carefully before venturing out. There haven't been any recent reports, but the ice at Strawberry is off and Currant Creek usually loses its ice within a week or two of Strawberry.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (April 27) There haven't been any recent reports, but the ice on nearby waters has melted or is melting quickly. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.

FLAMING GORGE: (April 27) Reports are of good to excellent fishing, depending on the species:

Lake trout: Anglers report mixed results for lake trout, likely due to changing weather patterns. Some anglers report good to excellent fishing. They are finding fish almost everywhere. Other anglers report that the trout have stopped biting or they have moved deeper. In Utah, anglers who are fishing the shore for rainbows in 15 to 20 feet of water have also caught lake trout. Schools of pups (young lake trout) 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 spotty 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 of anglers catching burbot were from those who fished from shore and boats. 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 10–50 feet. Use just about anything that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs or minnow jigs) and tip your lure with some type of bait. Cut bait, like sucker meat, will work well. 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. You may have one pole with a fishing license or two poles 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 27) Anglers are mostly matching the hatches of midges and blue-winged olives on the warmer days, and fishing nymphs in between. Try a double rig with a large fish imitation with a nymph trailer. Often the fish are attracted to the larger presentation and then hit the smaller one. Watch for hatches of stoneflies, which 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: (April 27) 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 27) Anglers report mostly good fishing. Try black or dark brown wooly buggers and leaches, brightly colored flashy spoons, fish-imitation crank baits or the standard trout baits (like nightcrawlers) or commercial baits.

MOOSE POND: (April 27) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The pond has not yet been stocked in 2012.

PELICAN LAKE: (April 27) The ice is off and there have been a few anglers out on the lake. Fishing has been fair and getting better. Anglers are catching bluegill and bass, and some of the bass have been fairly large. Watch the weather carefully—high winds can pick up without much warning.

RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (April 27) Anglers are reporting fair to good fishing for rainbows. Try trout baits, brightly-colored spoons or fish-colored crankbaits fished 10 or more feet below the surface. Just starting to hear reports of bass, bluegill and walleye. In a recent Division netting, biologists caught a few nice bass and several walleye including some in the 7 or 8 pound range. Water temperatures have been ranging from 48 to 52 depending on time of day and wind mixing.

SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (April 27) No recent reports. Ice conditions aren't well known so proceed with caution. The gates are still closed and roads may still have snow and ice.

SPIRIT LAKE: (April 27) At 10,000 feet the ice should still be fishable with fair to good fishing however, check the ice carefully before venturing out. Roads are closed so access is now by skies and snow machines.

STARVATION RESERVOIR: (April 27) Anglers report good fishing for rainbows from shore and boats. There are occasional reports of bass or perch, but these should increase as the water warms a few more degrees. Some anglers have been targeting walleye and have done well, now that the temperatures are in the low 50s. The backs of the bays are warmer than the main channel.

STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (April 27) Anglers report mostly good fishing for rainbows and a few big browns. There haven't been many bass reports yet, but several local bass anglers were out in their bats over the weekend. Try using bait presentations (a worm under a bobber or suspended above the bottom), brightly colored flashy spoons or fish-colored crankbaits.

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