Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Fishing Report Northeastern Region

BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (April 12) The ice just came off and there have been reports of good fishing along the shoreline for rainbows.

BROUGH RESERVOIR: (April 12) The ice recently blew off and fishing has been good along the shoreline.

BROWNE LAKE: (April 12) The lake has ice, but we do not have any recent reports on ice conditions. You can access the lake by snowmobile or ski. Watch out for storms. The weather can change very quickly in the Uinta Mountains. Our last report was of fair fishing with periods of good fishing.

BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (April 12) The reservoir is now ice-free. There are no new fishing reports but fishing should be fair for rainbows.

CALDER RESERVOIR: (April 12) The lake has questionable ice. Snowfall and snow drifts limit access. The area has been receiving more snow during the recent storms. Read Utah Fishing Guidebook for more information about Calder's special regulations.

COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR: (April 12) The reservoir is now ice-free. There are no new fishing reports, but fishing should be slow until the water warms. (Cottonwood Reservoir has mostly warm water fish species.)

CROUSE RESERVOIR: (April 12) The reservoir has ice but the condition of the ice is changing. The ice along the edges is not safe.

CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 12) The lake has ice, but it is filling so the edges are not safe. Access is limited to the dam only by winter conditions.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (April 12) The lake has ice but it is filling so the edges are likely unsafe. If you do decide to try it, check ice conditions carefully before venturing out.

FLAMING GORGE: (April 12) The ice is deteriorating or gone in the Utah section. Anglers can launch boats at Lucerne, Cedar Springs and Mustang ramps in Utah. There may still be ice or ice sheets in the canyon and in Sheep Creek Bay. Boat carefully and watch for floating ice sheets.
You can help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting your limit of smaller lake trout (the limit is 8 lake trout with one over 28 inches) and burbot (there it no limit for burbot).

Lake trout: Lake trout fishing has been good. Angler technique advice varies, however. Some anglers recommend jigging while others are trolling. Everyone agrees that if you can find a school, the hits will be faster though most likely light. A good line (flourocarbon or braid) will help you feel the strike and get a good hook-set when you are jigging.

Burbot: Burbot fishing has been good through the ice, but its now time to learn to catch them from shore or boats. Try targeting rocky points and cliffs near the main channel that have depths from 10 to 30 feet. Tip just about anything that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnow jigs) with some type of bait. Anglers should place their baits close to the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. Don't be surprised if you catch a fish immediately after reglowing and dropping a lure. Burbot hit during the day, but they become extremely active during the twilight hours.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing is slow this time of year, although anglers have reported catching a few. 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 consumption of kokanee.

Rainbow trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing for rainbows from the shore or a boat. Although most of the access is by boat, there is now some limited shore fishing near the visitors' center and the boat ramps. Rainbows are shallow and cruising the shoreline. Look for schools near cliffs, points and submerged ridges.

GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (April 12) The daily flows on the river fluctuate. Watch the depths of the waters around you. Try fishing glowbugs (trout egg imitations) scuds, nymphs and small fish imitations. The brown trout spawning run is over, but the redds are still there. If you wade, be careful that you don't damage the eggs. Spin anglers should try Rapalas (floating, countdown and husky jerk); spinners; spoons; black, brown or olive marabou jigs; and plastic jigs.

MATT WARNER: (April 12) There are no new fishing reports and the ice conditions are unknown. Drifts limit access to skis and snowmobiles.

MOOSE POND: (April 12) The ice is melting quickly.

PELICAN LAKE: (April 12) The recent winds blew most of the ice off the reservoir. However, the water is quite cold so fishing will be slow or spotty until the water warms. Try fishing the lake after a few sunny days with warm nights. Note: This is an Aquatic Invasive Species watch water for invasive mussels. Before and after use, be sure you clean and dry any fishing, hunting or other equipment that is exposed to water (like decoys, waders, rubber boots and fish finders).

RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (April 12) The reservoir went ice-free because of the high winds on Tuesday night. Park managers have opened the main access road to Red Fleet and the boat ramp. There is a vault toilet near the ramp, although the area does not have running water yet. Anglers may access the reservoir from the backside, but the closed gate means that access is walk-in only. The gate is intended to hinder the movement of invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels by controlling boat launching. Note: . Note: This is an Aquatic Invasive Species watch water for invasive mussels. Before and after use, be sure you clean and dry any fishing, hunting or other equipment that is exposed to water (like decoys, waders, rubber boots and fish finders).

STARVATION RESERVOIR: (April 12) The reservoir still had ice when we went by last weekend but as it looked like it was in the process of changing and high winds blew ice off other reservoirs at similar elevations it is likely ice free or nearly so. If the ice is gone or present with an expanse of water along the shoreline, it should be good fishing for rainbows and browns. Try fishing either just below the ice or parallel with the shoreline as big fish often cruise the shore looking for anything that might have melted out or for places to spawn.

STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (April 12) The reservoir went ice-free this weekend. Park rangers report that anglers are catching fish, mostly rainbows, from the shore or a boat. Boat and shore anglers are doing equally well using baits and lures. The trout are near the surface and often right along the shoreline. The DWR stocked roughly 13,000 white rainbows last fall. Don't be surprised if you catch a fish that looks like an albino trout.

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