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Northeastern Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

Cleaning fish: Biologists now believe the disposal of fish parts, especially the head and skeleton, is one of the primary reasons whirling disease has spread to new waters. To avoid moving whirling disease and other undesired organisms, you should clean fish at home and send the parts to a landfill. If that isn't possible, please clean the fish and bury the parts at least 100 yards away from the water's edge. Do not move fish or fish parts from one water to another.\

Big Sandwash Reservoir

Slow

Anglers are having a rough time catching fish from shore. Continue to try using a variety of PowerBait, nightcrawlers and Jake's lures. If you can fish from a boat, the bass fishing has been decent this week. (06-16-17)

Brough Reservoir

Good

The rainbow trout are biting, and anglers have been successful with PowerBait, and/or a Jake's lure. Bowfishing for carp in the northwest shallows of the lake has produced some very large fish. As of Jan. 1, regulations changed from artificial fly-only use to the statewide regulations listed on page 24 of the Utah Fishing Guidebook. (06-16-17)

Browne Lake

Slow

The reservoir is full but the fishing has been slow so far. Try fish bait near the bottom, or cast small spoons and spinners near the inflows. (06-16-17)

Bullock Reservoir

Slow

The fish are active, so try using a Jake's lure, 1/8-ounce in gold or silver. You should also try traditional nightcrawlers and PowerBait for quick results. (06-16-17)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir sustained a substantial winterkill. Angling will be slow for some time. Surprisingly, a few fish did survive. The six-inch cutthroat trout that were stocked last year survived in significant numbers. They averaged around 11 to 12 inches this year and were in good condition. We plan on stocking more trout in the next couple weeks. (06-16-17)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching wipers on Rapalas in the evening. Try using jigs or Rapalas to target the tiger muskies, brown trout and rainbow trout. (06-16-17)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Hot

The boat ramp is open and anglers are catching large tiger trout. The stream fishing has provided some decent-sized brown trout in the last few weeks. Anglers are having success casting from shore with sinking Rapalas in trout patterns. Fly anglers are doing well using tan caddis and caddis pupae. The road from Heber Center Street to the reservoir is still closed. (06-16-17)

East Park Reservoir

Fair

It's open, accessible and full. Be sure and take bug spray — mosquitos are out in full force. Trout are rising in the early mornings and late evenings, so try using a variety of baits to see what they bite. We haven't received any recent angler reports. (06-16-17)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Fair

The water level is at 6,028 feet and increasing. The water temperature is about 65 degrees F in the canyon, or Utah region of the reservoir. All launches are open.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. The reservoir has risen six feet this spring and water temperatures have climbed to 65 degrees F. The kokanee have started to move down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well during midday along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week came from 40 to 50 feet and 1.6 to 2.2 mph, but watch your fish finder and adjust your lure depth to where you're marking fish. Smaller spoons (#1 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange) and dodgers (silver/pink or orange) work best. Tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. You might catch some cutthroat trout, too. Fishing is good in the canyon along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or trolling pop gear at 10 to 20 feet deep along the shoreline. Watch for concentrations of rainbow trout on the fish finder, and vertically jig with small jigging spoons like Northland Buckshots tipped with bait. If fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for a quick release. Fish were recently stocked, so small rainbows are a common, yet easy catch.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish can be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Try dropping a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Smallmouth bass are active in the shallows and jerk baits (Rapala Xrap) work great this time of year. Use a jerk-jerk-pause retrieve, varying the length of the pause to entice fish. Good colors include rainbow trout, pink and silver. Have a couple of sizes on hand, and if they're chasing without hitting, try going bigger or smaller in the same color. Top water is also fantastic early and late in the day. Try spitting top waters like Rebel PopRs, also in rainbow trout. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are always a great option.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water. The best activity will be found at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (06-16-17)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Due to heavy snowpack in the upper Green River drainage, flows are currently 8,600 cfs. Flows can change daily, so check current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Fishing is still good during high flows. Streamer fishing has been good, especially in slow water (eddies). Nymph fishing has also been productive using scuds, soft hackles, San Juan worms and juju midges. Set your nymph rig deep, 8 to 12 feet, and target seams of fast and slow water. Fishing with cicadas has also been good, especially in the A-section. Try a dry dropper, using a cicada as a strike indicator with a nymph trailing 2 to three feet below. Spin fishing is good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones and whites are a good option in shallow or deep water. Brightly colored spoons, spinners and crankbaits may also entice fish. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (06-16-17)

Long Park Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is full and shore anglers are having good success casting small spinners (Panther Martins) and spoons (Jake's) or fishing Powerbait near the bottom. (06-16-17)

Matt Warner

Hot

Anglers report fun and fast fishing from the early morning to mid afternoon. Try using PowerBait and jigging for fast results. Tiger trout have been very active from the shoreline. Please remember to pack out what you pack in — we tend to see more litter during summertime months. (06-16-17)

Moose Pond

Good

Fishing is good for recently stocked rainbow trout. Try casting a bubble and bait, fly patterns like ants, stoneflies and midges, and small spoons like a Jake's lure. The Fishing with the Fox tagged fishing contest started on June 1, so anyone that catches a fish with an orange tag can turn it into Basin Sports or your local 105.5 KLCY station to be entered into a drawing for prizes. For more information and to register your tag, please call the radio station or Basin Sports. (06-16-17)

Pelican Lake

Good

Anglers are doing well catching bluegill on spawning beds. To locate bluegill, look for clear water and weed beds/structure in deeper parts or the lake. Water may appear red in some areas due to pumping from the canal. Anglers are catching bass on buzzbaits for topwater and on senkos. Due to spring runoff and warmer water temperatures, bowfishing for carp in shallows is excellent this time of year. Due to a treatment that has now been moved to the fall of 2018, limits have been liberalized to 12 largemouth bass and no limit on bluegill. Water temperatures are hovering in the low 60-degree range. (06-16-17)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Fair

The yellow perch and 8-inch wipers are active and biting. Try fishing from the shoreline in the early morning and late evening with standard PowerBait, nightcrawlers and maybe a Rapala jig. Water temperatures are hovering near the mid 50s. The water levels are currently at 70 percent. (06-16-17)

Sheep Creek Lake

Good

Fishing has been fair to good using streamers (brown, green or white woolly buggers). Spin anglers should try marabou jigs in similar colors. (06-16-17)

Spirit Lake

Good

Fishing is good casting small spinners and spoons, like Panther Martins and Jake's lures. (06-16-17)

Starvation Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good for shore anglers. Boat anglers have caught plenty of recently stocked 12-inch kokanee salmon. Try using a dodger with a squid spinner. Fishing has been best in the early morning until about mid afternoon. Try using PowerBait or spinners from shore. Most fish are caught in water 8 to 18 feet deep. Warmer water temperatures have improved the smallmouth bass fishing, especially along the rocky shorelines near the bridge. Biologists moved more than 250 crappie from Pineview to Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, we're asking that you voluntarily release them so they can establish this population. Water temperatures are averaging in the mid to high 50-degree range, and levels are staying steady at 86 percent. (06-16-17)

Steinaker Reservoir

Hot

Bluegill fishing is hot from a boat. Try fishing along the northern shoreline for decent-sized bluegill, and along the eastern rocky shore for largemouth bass. Try using small jigs tipped with a nightcrawler in about 8 to 15 feet of water. If fishing from the shore, you may use a bubble or bobber to suspend your line off of the bottom. As of April 22, the Division has issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. There is no daily bag limit for any species: largemouth or smallmouth bass, rainbow or brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2017, though this will most likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing down Steinaker Reservoir this year and next year in preparation for dam repair work. The drawdown will take the reservoir past dead pool and a complete fish kill is expected. It will be restocked with bluegill, rainbow trout and brown trout upon refilling, and largemouth bass the year after refilling begins. (06-16-17)

 

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