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BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (January 07) There haven't been any recent reports, although anglers have been on the reservoir. There is over a foot of ice.
BROUGH RESERVOIR: (January 07) There haven't been any recent reports. There are special catch-and-release regulations at Brough. Only flies and lures, not bait, are allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
BROWNE LAKE: (January 07) One angler reported good fishing during the holidays. The ice on the lake is over a foot thick. The area has had some high winds, and the gates are closed.
BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (January 07) There haven't been any recent reports. The reservoir has over a foot of ice.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (January 07) The lake is covered with ice and snow. Deep snow drifts make access difficult. There are special catch-and-release regulations at the reservoir. Only flies and lures, not bait, are allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR: (January 07) Cottonwood Reservoir was treated on Sept. 26 to remove some of the carp.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (January 07) The reservoir is capped, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Water levels were extremely low in early winter. Access is difficult because of high winds and drifting snow.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 07) Reports vary, but most anglers say fishing is fair. The ice on the reservoir is over a foot thick. The road to the dam is accessible, but has some ice and snow.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (January 07) There is over a foot of ice on the reservoir. The lake level is low, but rising. Check the ice edge carefully before venturing out.
FLAMING GORGE: (January 07) The northern portion of the reservoir has ice, with roughly eight to 10 inches near Currant Creek and well over a foot above Firehole. Many of the smaller bays have some fishable ice as well. Boats can launch at the Utah ramps, but ice in the Pipeline area is limiting northern boat travel. The ramp at Anvil Draw was still open a few days ago, but the northern ramps are iced in. A recent report on the Canyon said it is ice free.
The Burbot Bash started Nov. 15 and will run through most of January before ending with a weekend of fun (Jan. 24–26). Participants can register until the last weekend. For more information, visit the Burbot Bash website.
Kokanee salmon: The reservoir has reopened to kokanee fishing, but we haven't had any reports.
Rainbow trout: Spoons, jigs and crankbaits are working well from shore, ice and boats. Most anglers are ice fishing with good results. Some anglers report fast fishing for schools on rocky points and in the backs of some bays.
Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing through the ice and in open water. Schools, small groups and singles can be anywhere. If you find a group, try holding position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or three-inch tube jig (white). Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you know the fish's behavior. If jigging doesn't work, try trolling through or just above the school. Even if you aren't marking schools, try trolling along the shorelines. Try brightly-colored spoons or crankbaits. Keep your limit of small lake trout, since they are tasty and removing some of the competition will help both the lake trout and kokanee salmon fisheries.
Smallmouth bass: There haven't been any recent reports for smallmouth bass.
Burbot: Fishing for burbot from shore and through ice has varied from fair to exceptional. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and old channels. Burbot become more active at twilight, when they move from deep waters to forage in the shallows.
From shore, ice and boats, fish the bottom or just slightly above it in water 10 to 50 feet deep. Use just about anything that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnow jigs, jigging spoons, etc.) and tip it with some type of bait (we recomment a cut bait, like sucker meat). Place your lure 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.
If you fish after dark, especially from a boat, make sure you take lights. Bring safety lights and spotlights for the way back. Anglers have run aground because they are going too fast without proper lighting.
Open water anglers are limited to one pole with a fishing license or two with a two pole permit. Ice anglers can use up to six poles. The Burbot Bash started Nov. 15 and will continue until Jan. 26. The tagged fish contest continues throughout the tournament, and there will be special prizes for most, biggest and smallest burbot on the closing weekend: Jan. 24–26. All contestants are also included in a drawing for a two year truck lease. For more information, visit the Burbot Bash website.
GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (January 07) Anglers report good fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Try a combination with a streamer (woolly bugger, sculpin, etc.) or a large terrestrial (cicada, grasshopper, etc.) followed by a midge larva or egg imitation as a trailer. Anglers using lures are also successful. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and jigs in fish, crayfish, black, white or silver and gold colors.
LONG PARK RESERVOIR: (January 07) There haven't been any recent reports, however other lakes in the area have more than a foot of ice. Access is by skis or snowmobile. The gates are closed.
MATT WARNER: (January 07) Anglers report good fishing, but windy weather. The reservoir is covered with ice and snow. Road access can change quickly depending on the depth of the snow drifts.
MOOSE POND: (January 07) Anglers report fair fishing for stocked rainbow trout.
PELICAN LAKE: (January 07) Anglers report spotty fishing. We've had reports of anglers catching up to 60 fish in a couple of hours and others only catching two or three. Hot spots are on the north, east and west shores at depths from four to 10 feet. Try fishing near submerged structure and, if you locate a school, stay with it as they aren't moving around much. The ice is over a foot thick, but the reservoir is being filled. The edges have thin ice and a ring of slush.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (January 07) Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout from 15 to 18 inches long. The reservoir has a layer of ice well over a foot thick. The road is open to the parking lot. The water level is low, so expect a longer hike to reach the ice.
SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (January 07) The lake now has ice, and the roads are gated.
SPIRIT LAKE: (January 07) The lake now has a thick layer of ice. In September, Spirit Lake, Tamarak, Jessen and several other small lakes and their connecting streams were treated. All fish were removed as part of the Colorado River cutthroat trout restoration project. A few fish were stocked in late fall, with more scheduled for next spring. Colorado River cutthroat and tiger trout will be stocked. This treatment's success is a critical part of a management strategy to keep Colorado River cutthroat trout off the endangered species list.
STARVATION RESERVOIR: (January 07) Anglers report good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout and slow to good fishing for perch. We've also heard of walleye, brown trout and a few smallmouth bass being taken. The rainbow trout are being caught in shallow waters, or in the top 10 to 20 feet of deep waters. Perch are generally in deep water, but not many anglers are finding them.
There is some open water near the bridge and dam, but other areas have up to a foot of ice. Be extremely careful in the main channel, where high winds have buckled the ice and created open water and ridges.
STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (January 07) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout through more than a foot of ice. Anglers have also reported catching a few nice brown trout and bluegill. Bluegill are being caught in water 12 to 16 feet deep. Some of the fastest fishing has been reported off the east side (along the highway) and near the dam. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will sponsor an ice fishing clinic on Jan. 18th.