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Fishing Reports

December 10, 2014

 


12-10-2014

 

Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows. Try the winter combinations, either a top/bottom combination or streamer/bottom combination. For example, use grasshopper or large terrestrial on top followed by a scud or egg imitation as a trailer. Streamers are usually a fish imitation followed by a scud or egg. Lures are also working well. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white, silver and gold colors.

 

 Check the following link for an updated daily measurement:  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/uv?09234500

 

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Report brought to you by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources by Ron Stewart, Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

 

Warnings: Several lakes in northeastern Utah may contain quagga and/or zebra mussels. Learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat at http://wildlife.utah.gov/threats.html

Whirling disease was found in the northeastern region of the state. Please make sure you clean, dry and sterilize waders, livewells and other fishing gear before venturing to another water.

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. 

You'll find good to excellent fishing for many species right now. 

Kokanee salmon: We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. 

Rainbow troout: A few anglers have reported fair to good fishing.  Spoons, jigs, and crankbaits, along with commont trout baits such as worms, are working from the shore and from boats.  We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays.  Anglers are catching rainbows in deep water when they're out fishing for lake trout. 

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing.  Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere, although most are now being taken in deeper water. If you find a group, try holding your position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or a three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior. Also, try trolling through or just above the school, usually around 45 to 75 feet deep. Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons. Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish. Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.  Note: Linwood Bay - west of a line from the easternmost point of the south shore of Linwood Bay (the mouth of canyon) to easternmost point of the north shore of Linwood Bay (Lucerne Point) - is closed to nighttime angling, from sunset to sunrise, from Oct. 15 until 6 a.m. on Dec. 13. 

Smallmouth bass:  Fishing is slow.  The bass have moved to deep water and are mostly inactive. 

Burbot: Fishing is starting to pick up.  Choose the spots you want to fish in the late afternoon, before it gets dark.  Start in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallowers after sunset and as the night progresses.  Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters (approximately 20 feet down) to forage.  Some fish will follow channels and come into waters less then 10 feet deep.  Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels.  Fish the bottom or just slightly above it.  Use just about anything that glows (including sppons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait.  (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about 6 to 10 inches above the weight.  Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently.  It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure.  You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by  harvesting as many burbot as possible.  There is no limit on burbot.  

Report Information Courtesy of the Division of Wildlife Resource

 

Warnings: Several lakes in northeastern Utah may contain quagga and/or zebra mussels. Learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat at http://wildlife.utah.gov/threats.html

Whirling disease was found in the northeastern region of the state. Please make sure you clean, dry and sterilize waders, livewells and other fishing gear before venturing to another water.

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. 

BROWNE LAKE:  Fair

The lake is now covered with ice. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing conditions, but other lakes in the area have enough ice to fish. Browne was partially drained earlier this year so crews could work on the dam. Because of the lower water levels, the daily bag limit has been increased to eight trout until Jan. 1, 2015.

CALDER RESERVOIR:  Fair

The lake is now covered with ice. The ice was thick enough to fish on, but recent warm days have made it unsafe. There is open water along some of the edges (but it wasn't there a week ago). Anglers caught a few fish though the ice last week, mostly on small, natural-colored tube jigs. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed.  See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

CROUSE RESERVOIR:  Slow

Water levels are extremely low.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

The reservoir now has a layer of ice, but we haven't had any recent reports from anglers. Other lakes in the area have enough ice to fish. Check ice conditions carefully before venturing out. Fishing was fair before the reservoir froze. The Uintas have received plenty of snow. Be prepared for winter conditions.

LONG PARK RESERVOIR:  Good

There haven't been any recent reports, but you'll likely find some ice. (Other reservoirs in the area have frozen.) Check ice conditions carefully before venturing out. Before the reservoir froze, anglers reported good fishing ushing small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp. 

MATT WARNER:  Unstable ice. 

The reservoir is covered with ice, but it may not be safe for long. Anglers reported good fishing last week, but several said the ice was getting thinner with some open water near the banks. Check the ice carefully and be aware that conditions can change rapidly.

MOOSE POND:  Fair

Moose Pond is now covered with ice, but there haven't been any recent fishing reports.  The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbows over the summer. 

SHEEP CREEK LAKE:  Slow

We've received a couple of reports of slow to fair fishing, but nothing consistent. The lake should be covered with ice — please check it carefully before venturing out.

SPIRIT LAKE:  Fair

The lake should now be covered with fishable ice, based on ice conditions on other mountain reservoirs. To be safe, please check ice conditions carefully prior to venturing out. Anglers reported fair fishing before the lake froze. Spirit was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout this summer. Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout. Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes, and they will take two to three years to reach catchable sizes. This high-elevation area is receiving snow, so it may be difficult to access the lake.

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