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Northeastern Utah Region Fiah 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

Fair

The best trout fishing is happening early in the morning and later in the evening. Perch are biting well. Continue using a variety of PowerBait, nightcrawlers and Jake's Spin-A-Lure lures to catch trout and perch. If you fish from a boat, try fishing for bass in mid-afternoon. Bass are biting on PowerBait and crankbaits. (09-08-17)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been really slow. Try using PowerBait and/or a Jake's Spin-A-Lure lure in the morning hours. (09-08-17)

Browne Lake

Good

The reservoir is full, and fishing has been good for stocked rainbow and cutthroat trout. Most of the fish are less than 12 inches long, but fishing for them can be fast. Try fishing bait near the bottom or casting small spoons and spinners near the inflows. Fly fishing has been good early and late in the day. (09-08-17)

Bullock Reservoir

Fair

Fish are very active throughout the day. Try using a Jake's Spin-A-Lure lure, in gold or silver. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait should also work. Tiger muskie are a fun fish to target in the summer. Please let us know if you catch one. (09-08-17)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

More than 3,500 cutthroat have been stocked this summer, but we've received no recent angler reports to let us know if they're biting. The six-inch cutthroat trout that were stocked last year survived in significant numbers. They're about 11–12 inches this year and are in good condition. (09-08-17)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Fair

Wipers are super active, and anglers are catching them on Rapalas in the evening. You might also try jigs or Rapalas to target tiger muskie, brown trout and rainbow trout in the reservoir. Biologists surveyed the reservoir this summer. The tiger muskie they found were in good condition. (09-08-17)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

If you visit this reservoir, you can enjoy cool mountain temperatures while fishing from the boat ramp. Anglers are catching fish in the deeper areas of the reservoir. Try fishing worms or PowerBait right on the bottom. Anglers are also finding success casting sinking Rapalas, in trout patterns, from shore. The road is very wash boarded, so take your time getting there. Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms. (09-08-17)

East Park Reservoir

Fair

Take lots of bug spray with you, as mosquitoes are out in full force. Trout have been rising closer to the surface early in the morning and later in the evening. Try using a variety of baits to see what they bite on. (09-08-17)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Fishing has been fair to good across the Gorge, depending on what species you're fishing for.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Kokanee have moved down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well later in the day along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week were 75 to 95 feet deep and were caught by anglers trolling 1.4 to 2.0 mph. Watch your fish finder, though, and adjust your lure depth to the depth where you're marking fish. If you're not marking fish, move to another spot. Spoons (#2-3 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange, purple, green), and dodgers (silver, pink, green) have worked best. Small kokanee are more abundant this year. To catch bigger kokanee, try dropping deeper and using larger dodgers/squids or spoons. Also, tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. While fishing for rainbows, you might also catch cutthroat trout. The water temperatures are high, so fish during the cooler part of the day, especially early in the morning. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or troll pop gear at 10 to 15 feet deep. Spinners and small spoons have also been effective. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink a bit, and then slowly retrieve the bait, using occasional jigging strokes during the retrieve. Marabou jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch a trout, more are likely in the area. Pinch the barbs on your hooks down so you can quickly release fish and catch more.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair to good. 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. Use a fish finder to locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. To target aggressive pups, troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish. You can also vertically jig a white or glow-in-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. Top water fishing can be very entertaining this time of year, especially early and late in the day. To catch bass on the surface, try poppers like Rebel PopRs in silver or rainbow trout colors. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earthtone colors), the primary forage of smallmouth bass, are the best option. For bigger fish, try fishing depths greater than 20 feet.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. There have only been a few reports, but some anglers are catching them while trolling for kokanee salmon. Others are catching burbot while jigging spoons for lake trout. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 30 to 40 feet of water. The best fishing happens 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 or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (09-08-17)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Flows have dropped and are an average of 2,400 cfs. Flows can change daily, though. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Dry fly fishing has been fair. The yellow sally hatches have tapered off, but caddis hatches are still good in the evening. Try a caddis with a grey or black abdomen. Terrestrials like hoppers, crickets, and ants are also a good option this time of year. Nymph fishing is good. Try a dropper with a cicada or hopper on top and a midge, mayfly or caddis nymph trailing a few feet below. Fishing late in the day should provide the most success and the lowest fishing and recreational pressure. Spin fishing is fair. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow- or brown trout-patterned crankbaits will also entice fish. Pinch down the barbs so you can release fish quickly. (09-08-17)

Long Park Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is full, and shore anglers are having good success casting or trolling small spinners (Roostertails) and spoons (Jake's Spin-A-Lures) or fishing bait (PowerBait) near the bottom. Try fishing gold spoons or spinners with gold-colored blades. (09-08-17)

Matt Warner

Fair

The algal bloom has subsided, and anglers are catching fish again. Try casting marabou jigs or fishing bait (worms, PowerBait) close to the bottom. (09-08-17)

Moose Pond

Good

Angling pressure has been high. Fishing has been fair for recently stocked rainbow trout using casting bubble/bait rigs, fly patterns like ants, stoneflies and midges, and small spoons like a Jake's Spin-A-Lure. Bait fishing is always a good option using PowerBait and a slip sinker to fish on the bottom. You can also fill a casting bubble completely with water, which will allow it to sink to the bottom. (09-08-17)

Pelican Lake

Fair

Fly anglers are using a range of patterns, from dry flies to nymphs to tiny jigs. Those using spinning gear are throwing a worm or two-inch Berkley Power Grub on a No. 12 hook. If you're interested in catching larger bass, throw a weedless frog pattern among the reeds early or late in the day. The daily limit at the lake is 12 largemouth bass. There's no limit on bluegill. (09-08-17)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Hot

Yellow perch and eight-inch wipers are active and biting. During a survey this summer, biologists discovered some of the wipers stocked last year have reached almost 19 inches in length. Most of the wipers anglers are catching, though, are 8 to 10 inches long. Fishing for these small wipers has been hot; some anglers have caught a wiper on almost every cast. Anglers are encouraged to harvest larger yellow perch to help grow a larger population of fish. Anglers have been actively catching wipers, walleye, yellow perch and black crappie from the shoreline and from boats. Try fishing from the shoreline during the middle of the day using Rooster Tails and Jake's Spin-A-Lure lures tipped with bait. Anglers fishing in the evening are catching tiger trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish near the brush creek stream inlet and in the backs of many of the coves. (09-08-17)

Sheep Creek Lake

Good

Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms. Fly anglers report good fishing near the dam. (09-08-17)

Spirit Lake

Fair

Higher mountain lakes are producing good-size tiger trout. Try using a size 8 black leech pattern to catch them. Anglers casting small spinners (Panther Martins) and spoons (Jake's Spin-A-Lures) are finding some success from the shore. (09-08-17)

Starvation Reservoir

Hot

Great walleye and kokanee fishing continues at the reservoir. For best results, try trolling a pink mini squid with a very silver dodger scented with garlic. To help the yellow perch population, biologists are encouraging anglers to harvest their limits of 10- to 18-inch walleye. To catch walleye, try fishing in 15 to 24 feet of water using Rapalas or jig heads tipped with worms. Jigs that imitate crayfish are also working well. The walleye are very aggressive and will bite on almost anything you cast at them. Fly anglers are finding success using size 6-8 beadhead leeches and buggers in olive, black/orange, and purple. This spring, DWR biologists moved 250 crappie from Pineview and stocked them in Starvation to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch crappie, please voluntarily release them so they can help establish this new population. (09-08-17)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

The summer irrigation season is underway, and the water level is dropping. Bluegill fishing is still fast for anglers fishing from boats. For decent-sized bluegill, try fishing along the northern shoreline. For largemouth bass, try along the rocky shore on the reservoir's east side. Try using small tube jigs tipped with a nightcrawler in about 8 to 15 feet of water. If you're fishing from the shore, you can use a casting bubble or a slip bobber to suspend your jig off the bottom. Note: The DWR has issued an emergency change that removes fish limits at Steinaker. You're welcome to keep all of the fish you catch. This change will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2017 and will likely be extended into 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will be drawing Steinaker down this year, and in 2018, so the dam can be repaired. 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 soon after it refills. Largemouth bass will be restocked the year after refilling begins. (09-08-17)

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