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BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (October 25) There haven't been any new reports from anglers over the last week or so. The water level is quite low. Fishing should be fair to good because the low water has concentrated fish in a smaller area. Water temperatures have cooled, so trout should be active and near the surface. Try baits like a worm-and-marshmallow combination or lures like crankbaits, spoons and jigs.
BROUGH RESERVOIR: (October 25) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and browns. Most of the catch consists of rainbows between 13 and 20 inches. Try fishing in the morning or evening hours with brightly colored spoons, fish-imitation crankbaits and leech imitations. 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: (October 25) Up until the recent snowstorms, we had received a few reports of fair fishing. Anglers were catching a couple species of trout using small, brightly colored lures. There have also been good reports from some of the other streams and high-mountain lakes in this area. Storms will make access muddy, and you may encounter snow and ice.
BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (October 25) In early October, Bullock was treated with rotenone to remove all fish. The reservoir was originally supposed to be treated next year, but the DWR and the local canal company reached an agreement that allowed water removal for irrigation this summer. This reduced the amount of water in the reservoir, which saved the DWR money in conducting the treatment. The reservoir will be restocked next spring.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (October 25) Fishing has been fair to good with both flies and lures. Try adding a bit of red or orange to your lure or fly. (It seems to make a difference in Calder.) You might also want to try hoppers, crickets and leeches. 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: (October 25) Fishing has been slow for smallmouth bass. Try flipping jigs (brown or white) or crankbaits near the rocks.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (October 25) There haven't been any new reports from anglers. Fishing is difficult because of low water levels at the reservoir. Waders or a small boat could come in handy. Try trout baits, brightly colored spoons, fish-imitation crankbaits or flies that imitate midges, black ants or leeches. The best access is now on or near the dam. The water level has fallen, and the aquatic vegetation has grown within a few inches of the surface in most of the shallow areas.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (October 25) Anglers report fair to good fishing for cutthroat and tiger trout. Try using bait — such as a worm-and-marshmallow combination or a floating bait — a few feet below the surface. Flies, brightly colored lures and small crankbaits also work well.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (October 25) The water level is quite low, but fishing has been good if you can stay out of the weeds. Try using a worm-and-marshmallow combo or a commercial floating bait. You can also drift your worm a few feet below the surface, under a bubble. Flies, brightly colored lures and small crankbaits have also been working well.
FLAMING GORGE: (October 25) You'll find fair to excellent fishing depending on the species.
Rainbow trout: Anglers report good fishing for rainbows from both shore and boats. The fish, which moved deeper to avoid the summer heat, can now be found at all depths, especially near the surface. Try casting brightly colored spoons, jigs in crayfish colors and shallow- and deep-diving fish-imitation lures. Shore anglers can also do well this time of year by 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 anywhere, including near the surface and close to shore.
Lake trout: Fishing seems to be getting more consistent, and you can now find fish at any depth. Look for them near points, underwater humps, submerged ridges and against the walls. If you locate a school in deep water, try tube jigs, jigging spoons, and minnow jigs tipped with bait to entice fish. An active school can quickly produce a lot of fish. Trolling is another effective technique, especially when schools are suspended and difficult to find. Anglers can continue to help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting a limit of small lake trout, which are tasty and abundant in the reservoir.
Kokanee salmon: The reservoir closed to kokanee fishing on Sept. 10 to protect the fish during their spawning period. Any kokanee caught must be immediately released through Nov. 30. Sheep Creek, the stream, is also closed to fishing. Kokanee are highly sensitive to improper release techniques. If you're releasing fish, use extreme care — kokanee are highly sensitive to stress and handling. Kokanee descale easily, so a rubber net is essential and minimal handling makes a big difference. Decreasing their time out of the water and quickly removing hooks without damaging the fish's mouth is also very important. Also, turn off your engine — don't make the fish fight both you and the boat. The ideal method is to bring the fish in quickly and remove the hook without exposing the gills to the air. Although both Utah and Wyoming have stocked millions of kokanee over the last few years, the population remains low due to predation by lake trout and burbot. Anglers need to harvest small lake trout and burbot to reduce their impact on kokanee.
Smallmouth bass: The bass are heading deeper as the water cools. Fishing, which was spotty because of storms and colder temperatures, has leveled out a bit. Try using jigs with crayfish colors and deep-diving lures fished near or into the rocks in 20 to 30 feet of water.
Burbot: We recently received several good reports from anglers who targeted burbot at night. They fished for a few hours between sunset and 9 or 9:30 p.m. from the shore and boats. Try along the rocky points, rocky graveled slopes, under cliffs and in the old channels. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in the deeper waters; however, they become more active during the twilight hours, when they move into the shallows to forage. Fish the bottom (or just slightly above it) in depths from 20–50 feet. Use just about anything that glows (e.g., spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, 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. Place your lure close to the bottom, within inches, and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. Anglers are still limited to the summer regulations on poles. You may use one pole with a fishing license or two poles with a two-pole permit. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (October 25) Anglers report good fishing. Try the larger terrestrials: caddis, woolly buggers, ants, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets. Also, try a double rig with a woolly bugger, grasshopper or minnow and use a nymph (scud, shrimp, or egg) trailer. Often, the fish are attracted to the larger presentation and then hit the smaller one. On windy days, anglers who use lures have been more successful because it's easier to cast. Try Rapalas (floating, countdown and husky jerk); spinners; spoons; black, brown or olive marabou jigs; and plastic jigs.
LONG PARK RESERVOIR: (October 25) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. You should find fair to good fishing. Try brightly colored spoons or small crankbaits. Standard trout baits are also working well. If you use a worm, put it under a bobber or suspend it two to three feet off the bottom.
MATT WARNER: (October 25) Anglers report good fishing when they can avoid the weeds. Try black or dark-brown woolly buggers and leeches. For lures, try brightly colored flashy spoons and fish-imitation crankbaits. Baits include standard trout baits (like nightcrawlers) or commercial baits. Float the baits with a marshmallow or suspend them two to three feet down, below a bubble or bobber. Some of the more shallow areas are now difficult to fish because the aquatic vegetation is close to the surface.
MOOSE POND: (October 25) Anglers report fair to good fishing. Try black or dark-brown woolly buggers and leeches, brightly colored flashy spoons, fish-imitation crankbaits or the standard trout baits (like nightcrawlers or commercial baits). Float the baits with a marshmallow or suspend them below a bubble or bobber.
PELICAN LAKE: (October 25) Anglers are giving way to duck and goose hunters. Watch the weather — Pelican is subject to unexpected high winds.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (October 25) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows. Try fishing rocky points and anywhere you can find some structure or a drop-off. Try baits like nightcrawlers, brightly colored spoons or fish-colored crankbaits, and fish them near the bottom (or a few feet below the surface). The water is cool, and the fish can be anywhere. For walleye, cast or slowly troll worms or worm harnesses in among the rocks and other structures. You can also drift your bait across the sandy bottom. Crankbaits trolled along the dam and rocky points (within a few inches of the rocks) have also produced fish this fall.
SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (October 25) There are reports of fair fishing for cutthroat trout. The weeds around the shoreline make access difficult, so bring waders or a small boat. Try small, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits, or use flies that imitate midges, black ants or leeches (and add just a dab of orange or red).
SPIRIT LAKE: (October 25) In September, the lake was treated with rotenone to remove all fish. Then, approximately 5,000 catchable-sized, sterile tiger trout were stocked in early October. 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: (October 25) Anglers report good to excellent fishing for rainbows and walleye, and have also caught a few bass and yellow perch. Try a bottom bouncer with a worm rig for walleye. For trout, try a worm-and-marshmallow combination, brightly-colored spoons or crankbaits. You can also use flies that imitate crayfish, midges, black ants or leeches (and add just a dab of orange or red).
STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (October 25) Anglers report good fishing for rainbows and are also catching a few bass and bluegill. Try fishing rocky points, small alcoves and the dam. Use flies, jigs, brightly colored flashy spoons or crankbaits. Water temperatures have cooled, so rainbows can be just about anywhere in the water column.