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BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (January 31) There are no changes to report. The reservoir has fishable ice, which is thinner near the shoreline. Try regular ice-fishing techniques like a jig tipped with a worm or mealworm. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but fishing should be fair to good.
BROUGH RESERVOIR: (January 31) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but other area reservoirs have fishable ice. 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.
BROWNE LAKE: (January 31) The lake has fishable ice. The most recent report was from someone who accessed the lake on a snowmobile and experienced fair fishing. Try using small, brightly colored jigs or spoons tipped with a worm (mealworm for trout). You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the lake.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (January 31) Access is now through deep snow and deeper drifts. Fishing has been fair to good with either flies or jigging lures. Try adding a bit of red or orange on your lure or fly. (It seems to make a difference in Calder.) The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebookfor details.
COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR: (January 31) Fishing has been slow, but the reservoir has fishable ice.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (January 31) Anglers reported good fishing prior to the last round of snowstorms. The water level is quite low. Roads are now covered with deep snow and deeper drifts.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 31) Anglers have reported everything from slow to good fishing for cutthroat and tiger trout. Try tipping a jig with bait such as a worm or mealworm. Ice thickness ranges from eight to 12 inches. The edges can be thinner, so check the ice carefully before venturing out. The road has been plowed to the dam, but it is ice-covered, so use caution and drive slowly. Try using a spoon or Kastmaster as an attractor (take off the hook and attach swivels top and bottom) with a small jig rig 12 to 18 inches under it. Then tip with a worm or mealworm.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (January 31) The water level is quite low, and the reservoir has fishable ice. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but fishing should be fair to good. High winds broke the ice up a while ago, creating some odd stress fractures near the bank. Use caution and test the ice carefully before venturing out. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the reservoir.
FLAMING GORGE: (January 31) You'll find slow to excellent fishing, depending on the species. Anglers report good to excellent fishing for rainbows, lake trout and burbot from both shore and boats. The leading edge of the ice is well south of Holmes Crossing. Check the ice carefully before venturing out (and as you move about) because it has developed in some odd patterns. The annual Burbot Bash is scheduled for Feb. 1–3.
Rainbow trout: Rainbows can be found at all depths, especially near the surface. In general, the ice fishing has been good, with some anglers catching fish that weigh up to three pounds. In some canyon areas, the rainbows are schooling, which can produce fast fishing. Try casting spoons (brightly colored), jigs (white or crayfish-colored), and shallow- or deep-diving crankbaits. Shore anglers can also do well this time of year by casting lures or dunking a worm-and-marshmallow combination around the launch areas. A new ADA-accessible fishing pier has been installed near the dam's visitor center. Fish can be found anywhere, including near the surface and close to shore.
Lake trout: Lake trout fishing has been good to excellent. Most of the action is through the ice; however, some anglers are doing well while trolling the Canyon area and south of the leading edge of the ice. Look for the fish near underwater humps and submerged ridges or just out in the open water. 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: The ice has closed off most of the northern access, and there is now fishable ice in the northern arms and the main stem down close to the Pipe Line. Most anglers fish from an hour before sunset to about 9:30 p.m. Biologists recommend fishing north of Buckboard, where a recent survey found a 61-percent increase in burbot in the inflow region. 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 30 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 increase the catch rates. Place your lure close within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. Catching fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure is common. Boat anglers are still limited to summer regulations on poles (one pole with a fishing license, or two poles with a two-pole permit). Ice anglers may use up to six lines. You can 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: Winter kokanee fishing is slow at the Gorge.
Smallmouth bass: Smallmouth bass fishing is slow during the winter months.
GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (January 31) Anglers report good fishing. Most anglers are using a double rig, which has become the winter standard. Try a woolly bugger, grasshopper or minnow with a nymph (scud, shrimp, or egg) trailer. Often, fish are attracted to the larger presentation and then hit the smaller one. The trout are still taking a few larger terrestrials (caddis, woolly buggers, ants, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets) but most seem to be on a streamer with a trailer. On windy days, anglers who use lures have been more successful because it's easier to cast. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons, or dark (black or crayfish) or white-colored jigs.
LONG PARK RESERVOIR: (January 31) The reservoir should have fishable ice and offer fair to good fishing. Check the ice carefully before venturing out. The area received snow earlier this week, and you'll need skis or a snow machine to reach the reservoir.
MATT WARNER: (January 31) Anglers reported good fishing right up to the last set of storms. You'll need to access the reservoir by skis or snowmobile.
MOOSE POND: (January 31) The pond has fishable ice, and anglers have been catching fish. The water is not very deep. Anglers recommend holding very still so the fish cannot hear you through the ice.
PELICAN LAKE: (January 31) Fishing is good and has been relatively steady. It has been a bit faster early in the day on the east side, but then it picks up on the west side as the morning progresses. It also seems like the larger fish are farther out, so it can be a bit of a walk. Be very careful getting on and off the ice. The lake is being filled, which lifts the thicker ice up and creates areas with thin or unsafe ice along the edges.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (January 31) Anglers report good fishing for rainbows and slow to fair fishing for small walleye. Some anglers who were targeting walleye also caught a few bluegill. Rainbows can be found just about anywhere, although the faster fishing is by rocky points and near other structure or drop offs. You can also find walleye in the deep, sandy-bottomed areas and along the dam.
SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (January 31) There haven't been any reports from anglers since the last series of storms. The lake has ice, and you'll need skis or a snow machine to access the area.
SPIRIT LAKE: (January 31) 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 for next spring. Eventually, the lake and some nearby waterbodies will be restocked with Colorado River cutthroat trout, the only trout native to the area, as they become available. 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: (January 31) Anglers report good fishing for rainbows and yellow perch and fair fishing for walleye. Check the ice carefully before venturing out and as you move from one site to another. The reservoir is filling with water, and the ice has formed in some irregular patterns. Try small light-colored jigs tipped with a mealworm or nightcrawler. Perch and walleye will be close to the bottom, while rainbows and browns can be found at almost any depth. While the best-known ice fishing area is below the bridge, anglers are doing well to the west of the dam, east of the main boat ramp.
STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (January 31) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows. They're also catching a few browns and bluegill. For rainbows, try fishing rocky points, small alcoves, the mud flats and the dam. Tip jigs and flies with a worm or mealworm for faster fishing. The rainbows can be just about anywhere in the water column. The bluegill seem to like the structure near the dam, and they hang out near the bottom. You'll likely find them in tight schools in roughly 25 to 30 feet of water.