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BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (May 10) There aren't many anglers using the reservoir. Fishing is good. Expect the good fishing to continue as the weather warms up again.
BROUGH RESERVOIR: (May 10) The weather has finally improved, but we aren't hearing much from anglers. The slow report is from a few weeks ago. The warmer weather should have improved fishing. 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: (May 10) There haven't been any recent reports. Ice conditions are unknown. If there is still ice, check it carefully before venturing out.
BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (May 10) Anglers are doing fair to good catching rainbows stocked early this spring, which included a few of the brood stock from Division hatcheries. Cold weather shut everything down the last few days. Fishing should pick up again with some warmer weather.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (May 10) Calder is accessible and fishing is fair. It looks like the fish survived the winter without much trouble. 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: (May 10) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (May 10) Crouse is accessible on mostly dry roads. A week of cold, windy weather has left a rim of ice around the lake shore. There haven't been any reports from anglers, and we haven't seen any signs of winterkill. The water level is very low.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (May 10) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Two weeks ago, an angler reported that his group fished a couple of stretches of open water on the west side. The road, after reaching the dam, is a bit questionable because of the snow and mud.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (May 10) The last mile or two of the paved road in is still covered with snow. Some tried to make it in, but you can see where they had to dig themselves out. The ice is likely starting to deteriorate, so check it carefully. Access is still by skis and snow machines.
FLAMING GORGE: (May 10) You'll find slow to excellent fishing, depending on the species. Anglers reported good to excellent fishing for rainbows and lake trout before the last round of storms and cold winds.
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: Lake trout fishing has been good to excellent when the winds have cooperated. Look for the fish near underwater humps, submerged ridges or out in the open water. 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 recent reports. 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 salon: Kokanee fishing has picked up and anglers are reporting fair to good fishing. Most fish are being caught in the first 20 feet of water, with some of the best fishing in the top 10.
Smallmouth bass: Bass fishing is slow but should improve with warmer temperatures.
GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (May 10) Anglers report good fishing between storms. Now that the days have warmed up and the wind has mostly stopped, the good fishing has returned. Watch the hatches and match them whenever possible. Blue-winged olives and midge emergers seem to be the most productive flies. Most anglers have changed from winter rigs to emerger patterns. On windy days, anglers who use lures have been more successful because it's easier to cast. Try crankbaits, spinners, spoons and dark (black or crayfish) or white-colored jigs.
LONG PARK RESERVOIR: (May 10) There haven't been any recent reports, but it is the time of year when the ice starts to rot. Check the ice carefully before venturing out. You'll need skis and snow machines to access the reservoir.
MATT WARNER: (May 10) Angler access is on mostly dry roads, and the fishing has been good. The winds have cleared the lake. There haven't been any signs of winterkill, although there were a few dead fish on the water. They were likely angler kill from the ice-fishing season.
MOOSE POND: (May 10) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The pond should have some open water.
PELICAN LAKE: (May 10) Fishing has been somewhat slow because of the weather, but there are a few bright spots on warm afternoons for bass. Bluegill are just starting to move into the shallows so look to fish on about the third day after the weathers warms and the sun comes back out.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (May 10) Prior to the cold and windy weather, anglers reported fair to good fishing for rainbows from boats, and a few from shore. Expect better fishing when the weather warms up.
SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (May 10) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Ice conditions are unknown, but likely deteriorating. Check any ice carefully before venturing out.
SPIRIT LAKE: (May 10) 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: (May 10) Recent reports indicate that the rainbow fishing is starting to pick up again. Anglers are also catching a few browns and walleyes. Watch out for the wind; it can pick up suddenly and create cold and unsafe boating conditions. Expect the good fishing to continue as the weather warms up.
STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (May 10) Anglers are reporting fair to good fishing as the weather warms up. A slow troll in the deeper water near the dam seems to be the most effective technique. The lake level is very low. Shore anglers report fair to good fishing with lures and baits. Try worms with a marshmallow chaser, and PowerBait in sparkle rainbow with extra scent, and garlic with extra scent.