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Utah - 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

Fishing is slow. For trout, try fishing in the early mornings or late evening using PowerBait, nightcrawlers or Jake's lures. If you can fish from a boat, try bass fishing in the mid-afternoon. (08-01-17)

Brough Reservoir

Slow

The fishing has been really slow this past week. Try using PowerBait or a Jake's lure in the morning. Remember: that the regulations about artificial fly use have changed to the regular statewide regulations. (08-01-17)

Browne Lake

Fair

The reservoir is full and the fishing has improved. The lake has been restocked with both rainbow and cutthroat trout. Try fishing with bait near the bottom or casting small spoons and spinners near the inflows. Fly fishing has been good early and late in the day. (08-01-17)

Bullock Reservoir

Fair

Fish are very active throughout the day, so try using a gold or silver Jake's lure. You may also try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait for quick results. Please let us know if you catch any tiger muskie. (08-01-17)

Calder Reservoir

Slow

Over 3,500 cutthroat trout have been stocked this summer, but no anglers have reported catching them. The six-inch cutthroat trout were stocked last year and survived in significant numbers. This year, the same fish average 11 or 12 inches and are in good condition. (08-01-17)

Cottonwood Reservoir

Fair

Wipers are super active. Anglers report catching wipers in the evening using Rapalas. For tiger muskie, or brown or rainbow trout, try using jigs or Rapalas. Biologist surveys a few weeks ago showed very active tiger muskie in good sizes. (08-01-17)

Currant Creek Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good from the boat ramp. Fish may me in deeper water. Try using worms on the bottom, or PowerBait. Anglers report good fishing casting from the shore with sinking Rapalas in trout patterns. The road is very washboarded, so take your time driving to the reservoir. Watch out for afternoon thunderstorms. (08-01-17)

East Park Reservoir

Fair

Trout have been rising in the early morning's and late evenings, so try using a variety of baits to see what they bite on. There have been no recent angler reports. Be sure and take lots of bug spray. Mosquitos are out in full force. (08-01-17)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Good

Lake elevation: 6,034 feet and increasing

Water temperature: about 70°F in the Canyon or Utah region

Kokanee Salmon: fair to good fishing. The reservoir has risen 10 feet this summer and water temperatures have now climbed to 70F. Kokanee have begun to move 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 came from 45-80 feet and 1.6-2.0 mph, but watch your fish finder and adjust your lure depth to where you're marking fish. If you're not marking fish, move to another spot. Spoons (#2-3 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange, green), and dodgers (silver, pink, green) have been working best. Try dropping deeper and using larger dodgers/squids or spoons to reduce catching smaller kokanee which are more abundant this year. Also, tip lures with Gulp maggots, meal worms, or corn.

Rainbow Trout: fair fishing. Cutthroat Trout may also be caught incidentally. Now that the water temperatures are high, fish during the cooler part of the day, especially early in the morning. Fish are also 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 fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some, and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.

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. Fish may be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows, and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. 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), their primary forage, are the best option. Try fishing depths greater than 20 feet for bigger fish.

Burbot: slow fishing. Few reports. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 30-40 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. (08-01-17)

Green River below Flaming Gorge dam

Good

Water flows have dropped and are an average of 2,400 cfs. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Dry fly fishing has been fair. The yellow sally hatches have tapered off, but caddis hatches have been good in the evening and some PMDs have been reported. Try a caddis with a grey or black abdomen. Nymphing is good. Try a dropper with a cicada or hopper on top and midge, mayfly or caddis nymph trailing a few feet below. Fishing late in the day should provide the most success and the lowest angling/recreational pressure. Spin fishing is fair. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout patterned crankbaits will also entice fish. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (08-01-17)

Long Park Reservoir

Good

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. (08-01-17)

Matt Warner

Slow

A thick algae bloom is making fishing difficult. Please remember to take your trash out with you. We tend to see an increased amount of trash during the summer months. (08-01-17)

Moose Pond

Good

Angling pressure has been high. Fishing has been fair for recently stocked rainbow trout using fly patterns like ants, stoneflies and midges, and small spoons like a Jake's Spin-A-Lure. Bait fishing is also a good option. Try fishing PowerBait on the bottom with a slip sinker rig or fill a casting bubble completely with water, and let it sink your PowerBait to the bottom. 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. (08-01-17)

Pelican Lake

Fair

Fly fishermen are using a range of patterns, from dry flies to nymphs to tiny jigs. Those using spinning gear are throwing a worm or a 2-inch PowerBait Power Grub on a No. 12 hook. If you're looking for larger bass, try casting a weedless frog pattern among the reeds early or late in the day. Limits have been liberalized: you can keep 12 largemouth bass, and there's no limit on bluegill. (08-01-17)

Red Fleet Reservoir

Hot

Fishing is hot. Yellow perch and the stocked eight-inch stocked wipers are active and biting. Biologists finished a population survey this week and discovered that some of the wipers have reached almost 19 inches. Please keep 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 on boats. Try fishing from the shoreline at mid-day with rooster tails or Jake's lures tipped with bait. In the evening, anglers are catching tiger trout, brown trout and mountain whitefish near the brush creek stream inlet and in the back of many of the coves. (08-01-17)

Sheep Creek Lake

Good

Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms. Fly anglers report good fishing near the dam. (08-01-17)

Spirit Lake

Fair

Higher mountain lakes are producing some good-sized 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. (08-01-17)

Starvation Reservoir

Hot

Walleye and kokanee fishing is still great! Try trolling with a pink mini squid with a very silver dodger scented with garlic. Please keep your limit of walleye from 10 to 18 inches. This will help the yellow perch population. Try fishing in 10 to 25 feet of water using jig heads tipped with worms, or with Rapalas. These walleye are very aggressive and will bite almost anything you cast at them. Fly anglers recommend sizes 6-8 beadhead leeches and olive, black and orange, or purple buggers. The water temperature is 73°F and the visibility is six or seven feet. Division biologists moved 250 crappie from Pineview and into Starvation to establish a new population of the forage fish. If you catch crappie, please release to help establish a population. (08-01-17)

Steinaker Reservoir

Good

The summer irrigation season has started, 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 8-15 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. (08-01-17)

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