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Utah - Northeastern Region Fishing Report

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


To catch trout in the reservoir, try fishing during the early morning or late evening hours using nightcrawlers, Jake Spin-a-Lures or a variety of Powerbaits. If you have a boat, try fishing for bass during mid afternoon. (07-14-17)

Brough Reservoir


Rainbow trout are biting, and anglers have found success using Powerbait or a Jake's Spin-a-Lure during the morning hours. Regulations at the reservoir are the general statewide regulations. (07-14-17)

Browne Lake


There have been no recent angler reports. The reservoir is full, and almost 5,000 rainbow trout and cutthroat trout have been stocked over the last few weeks. Despite the fish stocking, fishing has been slow so far this year. Try fishing bait near the bottom or casting small spoons and spinners near the inflows. (07-14-17)

Bullock Reservoir


Fish are very active throughout the day. Try using a gold or silver Jake's Spin-a-Lure, nightcrawlers or Powerbait. Tiger muskie are a fun fish to target at the reservoir in the summer. Please let us know if you catch one. (07-14-17)

Calder Reservoir


A month ago, over 3,500 cutthroat were stocked. We've received no recent angler reports, to let us know if the fish are biting. During surveys this spring, we found that the 6-inch cutthroat trout that were stocked last year survived in significant numbers. They averaged between 11 to 12 inches in length and were in good condition. (07-14-17)

Cottonwood Reservoir


Wipers are super active, and anglers are catching them on Rapala lures in the evenings. For tiger musky, brown trout and rainbow trout, try jigs or Rapalas. During surveys this week, biologists found good-sized tiger musky. They said the fish were very active. (07-14-17)

Currant Creek Reservoir


The boat ramp is open, and anglers are catching HUGE tiger trout, along with decent-sized cutthroats and rainbows. Anglers fishing from the boat ramp have found success, but be aware that the fish are very deep. Try using worms or Powerbait on the bottom. Anglers are also finding success casting from shore with sinking Rapalas in trout patterns. The road is very wash boarded, so take your time getting there. And be aware of afternoon thunderstorms. (07-14-17)

East Park Reservoir


Take lots of bug spray, as the mosquitoes are out in full force. Trout have been rising during early morning and late evening. Try using a variety of baits to see what they'll bite on. We've received no recent reports from anglers. (07-14-17)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir


Kokanee Salmon: fair to good fishing. The reservoir has risen eight feet this spring. The water temperature has climbed to 70F, and kokanee have started moving down in the water column, seeking deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is the 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 30 to 65 feet deep and were caught by anglers trolling 1.6 - 2.0 mph. Watch your fish finder, though, and adjust your lure depth to put your lure where you're marking fish. If you're not marking fish, move to another spot. Fishing with pink and orange mini squid, with a silver dodger scented with garlic, has worked great. Spoons (#2-3 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange) and dodgers (silver/pink or orange) have been working best. Smaller kokanee are abundant this year. To increase the chance you catch a larger kokanee, try dropping deeper and using larger dodgers/squids or spoons. Also, tip your lures with Gulp maggots, meal worms or corn.

Rainbow Trout: fair fishing. Cutthroat trout may also be caught incidentally. Now that the water temperature is high, fish during the cooler part of the day, especially early in the morning. The trout are occupying deeper, cooler water, so adjust accordingly. If fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or trolling pop gear at 20-30 feet deep along the shoreline. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some, and then slowly retrieve it, using occasional jigging strokes. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch a trout, there are likely more nearby. Pinch down the barbs on your hooks so you can release fish faster.

Lake trout: fair to good fishing. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50-80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Using a fish finder, you might be able to locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows, and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. You can also vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well.

Smallmouth bass: good fishing. Top water fishing can be very entertaining this time of year, especially early and late in the day. Try poppers like Rebel PopRs in silver or rainbow trout colors. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), the smallmouth's primary forage, are the best option. For bigger fish, trying fishing 20 feet deep or deeper.

Burbot: slow fishing. Few reports. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines, in 30-40 feet of water. The best fishing 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 its glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches off the bottom. (07-14-17)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam


Water flows have dropped and will average 2,400 cfs starting July 11. Flows can change daily, so please check for current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam.

Dry fly fishing has been stellar the last week or two, and it should continue now that the flows have dropped. The big news is the abundant yellow sally and caddis hatches. They've been intense through A and B sections. At times, the hatches are so thick that they look like snow. PMDs have also been good in lower B section. Fishing late in the day should provide the most success. Nymphing is also good. Try a dropper with a cicada on top and a midge or scud trailing a few feet below.

Spin fishing is fair. 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 on your hooks, so you can release fish faster. (07-14-17)

Long Park Reservoir


No recent angler reports. The reservoir is full. Try casting small spinners (Panther Martins) and spoons (Jake's Spin-a-Lures) or fishing Powerbait near the bottom. (07-14-17)

Matt Warner


Jake's Spin-a-Lures, in gold/red, worked great this week from shore. Those fishing from early morning through mid afternoon reported fun and fast fishing. For fast results, try using Powerbait or jigging. Tiger trout have been very active near the shoreline. Please remember to take your trash out with you. We tend to see an increased amount of trash during the summer months. (07-14-17)

Moose Pond


The pond is busy, and fishing is good if you can beat the crowds. Try casting a bubble and bait; fly patterns like ants, stoneflies, and midges; and small spoons like a Jake's Spin-a-Lure. The Fishing with the Fox tagged fishing contest ends Aug. 16. If you catch a fish marked with an orange tag, turn it into Basin Sports or your local 105.5 KLCY station to be entered into a drawing for prizes. To register your tag, or for more information about the contest, call the radio station or Basin Sports. (07-14-17)

Pelican Lake


Anglers are doing well catching bluegill on their spawning beds. To locate the bluegill, look for clear water and weed beds or structure in deeper parts of the lake. Those fishing for bass have done well lately using buzz baits and Senkos. The water may appear red in some areas due to pumping from the canal. Limits have been liberalized: you can keep 12 largemouth bass, and there's no limit on bluegill. (07-14-17)

Red Fleet Reservoir


Yellow perch and 8-inch wipers are active and biting. Try fishing from the shoreline during mid day using rooster tails and Jake's Spin-a-Lures tipped with bait. (07-14-17)

Sheep Creek Lake


Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms. Fly anglers report good fishing near the dam. (07-14-17)

Spirit Lake


Higher mountain lakes are producing good fishing for tiger trout. For best results, try using size 8 black leech patterns. Fishing is also good from shore. Try casting small spinners and spoons, like Panther Martins and Jake's Spin-a-Lures. (07-14-17)

Starvation Reservoir


Kokanee fishing was excellent this past week! For best results, try trolling a pink mini squid with a very silver/iridescent dodger. Fly anglers were also finding success using size 6-8 bead head leeches and buggers in olive, black/orange, and purple. The water temperature was 65 degrees, and visibility was about 6 to seven feet. Anglers say the water level at the reservoir is about two feet below full, and that it's dropping. DWR biologists stocked more than 250 crappie from Pineview Reservoir into the reservoir, to establish a new population of forage fish. If you catch a crappie, please release it so the fish can help establish the new population. (07-14-17)

Steinaker Reservoir


Bluegill fishing is super fast for those 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 8-15 feet of water. If you're fishing from the shore, you may use a bubble or 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 to prepare 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 soon after it refills. Largemouth bass will be restocked the year after refilling begins. (07-14-17)

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