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BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (March 05) There haven't been any recent reports. There is a strip of open water on the west side near the highway. The reservoir has fishable ice near the dam, boat ramp and along the east side, but it's being filled so you should expect thinner ice near the shoreline. Try regular ice-fishing techniques like a jig tipped with a worm or mealworm. Fishing should be fair to good.
BROUGH RESERVOIR: (March 05) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Brough has fishable ice. There are special catch-and-release regulations, you must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. See theUtah Fishing Guidebook for details.
BROWNE LAKE: (March 05) The lake has fishable ice. Anglers report fair to good fishing. Try using small, brightly colored jigs or spoons tipped with a worm or mealworm for trout. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the lake.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (March 05) There haven't been any recent reports. Fishing is fair to good with both flies and jigging lures. To access the reservoir, you'll have to trek through deep snow and deeper drifts. 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 Guidebook for details.
COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR: (March 05) The fishing has been slow, but the reservoir has fishable ice.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (March 05) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The water level is quite low. The roads to the reservoir are now covered with deep snow and deeper drifts.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (March 05) Angler reports continue to be mixed; some anglers are having a tough time and others are seeing good fishing for 3- to 5-pound cutthroat and tiger trout. The best fishing has been reported near the inlet, but beware of the unstable nature of ice over flowing water. Anglers have broken through the ice. The edges and anything near the inlet flows can be weak, so check the ice carefully before venturing out. The road to the dam has been plowed, but it's ice covered, so 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 placed 12 to 18 inches under it, and then tipping it with a worm or mealworm. Fish are mainly suspended and seem to be in 15 to 25 feet deep in the water.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (March 05) 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: (March 05) 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 south of the Utah border, but it is questionable. Look for safer ice north of the Pipeline area. High winds resulted in open water in the main channel between Anvil Draw and Marsh Creek and created new pressure ridges, so take precautions. Check the ice carefully before venturing out and as you walk across it — it has developed in some odd patterns.
Rainbow trout: You can find rainbow trout 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. Remember to make it a slow retrieve because the fish are sluggish. Shore anglers can also do well this time of year by casting lures or dunking a worm-and-marshmallow combination around the launch areas.
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: We are getting reports of good fishing anywhere there is fishable ice. Most anglers fish from an hour before sunset to about 9:30 p.m., although one very successful group at the Burbot Bash said their spot didn't get started until 10:00. 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 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 increase the catch rates. Place your lure close 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: 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: (March 05) 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 of the action seems 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: (March 05) The word is getting out that fishing is good at Long Park this year, so you may see a few more anglers. Check the ice carefully before venturing out. You'll need skis or a snow machine to reach the reservoir.
MATT WARNER: (March 05) Anglers continue to report fair to good fishing using standard winter trout rigs, mostly jigs and mealworms or nightcrawlers. You'll need skis or a snowmobile to access the reservoir. Expect some deep drifts — the mountain has been windy.
MOOSE POND: (March 05) he 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: (March 05) There had been steady fishing with some anglers catching their limits within a couple hours. Now, though, fishing may be good for a few days and then poor for a few days. The larger fish appear to be farther out, so it can be a bit of a walk. Be extra careful getting on and off the ice. The lake is being filled, and the new water lifts the thicker ice up, creating areas of thin or unsafe ice along the edges.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (March 05) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and slow to fair fishing for small walleye. Anglers have also caught a few bluegill, mostly near the dam in deeper water. Rainbows can be found just about anywhere, but the faster fishing is usually 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: (March 05) There are older reports of fair fishing for cutthroat, but there haven't been angler reports 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: (March 05) 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 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: (March 05) Although fishing is slowing down, anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and yellow perch with some walleye being caught. The bites are not as aggressive, so use lines and poles that give you a good feel and quick response. While the best-known ice fishing area is below the bridge, anglers are doing quite well near the dam, Indian Bay, northeast of the main boat ramp and most other areas where they found perch towards the end of the boating season. Try small, light-colored jigs tipped with a mealworm or nightcrawler. You can also try using a spoon or Kastmaster as an attractor/weight above the baited hook. Perch and walleye will be close to the bottom while rainbows and browns are more likely to be suspended and can be found at almost any depth. Check the ice carefully before venturing out. The reservoir is filling with water, and the ice has formed in some irregular patterns.
STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (March 05) Anglers report 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.