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BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (April 18) Recent snow and cold, windy weather have slowed fishing. Expect the good fishing to return when the weather warms up again.
BROUGH RESERVOIR: (April 18) The lake is ice free and full, but that hasn't really helped anglers. Several groups have reported slow fishing. The water is about 48°F. There are special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
BROWNE LAKE: (April 18) Ice conditions are unknown, so check the ice carefully before venturing out. Our last reports were of fair to good fishing. For trout, try using small, brightly colored jigs or spoons tipped with a worm or mealworm. The roads are closed and possibly snow-packed or muddy. You may need skis or snowmobiles to access the area.
BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (April 18) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows. The fish were stocked late last year and early this spring, including some of the brood stock from Division hatcheries. Cold weather has slowed fishing over the last few days.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (April 18) The reservoir was accessible late last week, before the weekend storms. The lake had some open water, but it has been below 32 degrees, so we could see new ice. Check the ice carefully before venturing out. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR: (April 18) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, and the ice is gone.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (April 18) The reservoir was accessible late last week, and there were small areas of open water. Then a week of storms and cold, windy weather moved in and it has been 32 degrees or below. We could see a refreeze. Until the weather warms up again, check the ice carefully before venturing out. The water level is quite low. Roads are snowy.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 18) There haven't been any recent reports. Ice conditions are unknown, so check the ice carefully. The road to the dam was plowed, but the last storm might have added more ice and snow — drive slowly and use caution.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (April 18) There haven't been any recent reports. The ice might be starting to deteriorate, so check it carefully. You may need skis or a snow machine to access the reservoir.
FLAMING GORGE: (April 18) You'll find slow to excellent fishing, depending on the species. Before the most recent series of storms, anglers were reporting good to excellent fishing for rainbows and lake trout. There haven't been any new reports on the leading edge of the ice. Utah ramps (as well as many of the Wyoming ramps) were open, but the area got quite a bit of snow earlier this week.
Rainbow trout: Rainbows can be found at all depths, especially near the surface. In some canyon areas, the rainbows are schooling and close to shore. Look for areas where water temperatures might be warming up earlier such as the backs of bays, along sun-catching rock walls and inlets. Try casting spoons (brightly colored), jigs (white or crayfish-colored) and shallow- or deep-diving crankbaits. Remember to make it a slow retrieve because the fish are sluggish. Shore anglers can do well this time of year by casting lures or dunking a worm-and-marshmallow combination around the launch areas.
Lake trout: Fishing has been good to excellent. The action is now split between those who are fishing the northern arms (through the ice) and those who are trolling the Canyon area and south of the leading edge. Look for fish near underwater humps and submerged ridges or just out in the open waters. Ice anglers should try light-colored tube jigs, curly tails, jigging spoons and minnow jigs tipped with cut bait. Anglers can continue to help the Flaming Gorge fishery (kokanee, rainbows and lake trout) by harvesting a limit of small lake trout, which are tasty and abundant in the reservoir.
Burbot: There haven't been any new reports. Try fishing anywhere there is fishable ice. Most anglers fish from an hour before sunset to roughly 9:30 p.m. Try fishing along the rocky points, rocky graveled slopes, under cliffs and in the old channels. Burbot can be caught during the day in the deeper waters; however, they become more active during the twilight hours. That is when they move into the shallows to forage in depths from 10 to 40 feet. Use a glow for an attractor (e.g., spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs or minnow jigs) and tip your lure with some type of bait (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended). Anglers have also caught burbot on a worm-and-marshmallow combination. Using Smelly Jelly in crayfish scent may also increase the catch rates. Place your lure within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after recharging a lure. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery (including kokanee) by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot, and in Utah they must be killed; they cannot be returned alive.
Kokanee salmon: Right now, kokanee fishing is slow at the Gorge.
Smallmouth bass: Bass fishing is slow but should improve with warmer temperatures.
GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (April 18) Before the recent storms moved in, anglers were reporting good fishing. Most anglers are switching from the winter rigs to emerger patterns and matching the hatches. On windy days, anglers who use lures have been more successful because they're easier to cast. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and dark (black or crayfish) or while-colored jigs.
LONG PARK RESERVOIR: (April 18) There haven't been any recent reports, but this is the time of year when the ice starts rotting. Please use caution. You may need skis or a snow machine to access the reservoir.
MATT WARNER: (April 18) There haven't been any new reports since Sunday's storm. Angler access opened briefly late last week when a few large vehicles broke through the snow drifts; however, others got stuck. The area received some heavy snowfall and high winds, so access is likely blocked again until the weather warms.
MOOSE POND: (April 18) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but there may be unstable ice conditions. Please use caution.
PELICAN LAKE: (April 18) Fishing has been slow or good, depending on the weather. The water has warmed into the high 40s and low 50s, which has triggered the spring bite; however, fishing has slowed because of the recent cold weather. Try fishing on about the third day after the sun comes back out.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (April 18) Before the recent storms and cold weather, anglers were reporting fair to good fishing for rainbows from boats, and a few from shore. Expect the fishing to pick up when the weather warms up again.
SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (April 18) Before the last series of storms, anglers reported fair fishing for cutthroat. The ice conditions are unknown, but it's likely deteriorating. Check the ice carefully before venturing out.
SPIRIT LAKE: (April 18) At 10,000 feet, the lake is frozen, but we haven't heard from any anglers. The lake was treated in September and restocked with roughly 5,000 tiger trout in early October. More fish are scheduled to be stocked this spring. Eventually, the lake and some nearby waterbodies will be restocked with Colorado River cutthroat trout, the only trout native to the area. The success of this treatment is a critical part of a management strategy to keep Colorado River cutthroat trout off of the endangered species list.
STARVATION RESERVOIR: (April 18) Before the recent cold weather and high winds, anglers reported good fishing for rainbows from shore and boats. We haven't received any recent reports on brown trout or walleye. The recent weather has shut down fishing and kept anglers off the water. Expect the fishing to improve when the weather warm up again.
STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (April 18) Before the last set of storms, anglers reported fair to good fishing for rainbows. Fishing has slowed. Expect the fishing to improve when the weather warms up. A slow troll in the deeper water near the dam seems to be the most effective. The lake level is quite low.