Utah Division of Wildlife Resources newsletter
ATTENTION: Quagga and zebra mussels are a major threat to Utah waterways. Watch this video to learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat.
Want to learn more about the management of fisheries near Vernal? See the recent Facebook Go-live interview with Aquatic Biolgist Natalie Boren.
BIG SANDWASH RESERVOIR: (January 06) The reservoir is mostly capped the ice is about six inches on the north end, but there is still a fair amount of open water near the dam. Early last week, reports were excellent for yellow perch in 20 to 40 feet of water near the sportsman access point. Try small jigging spoons or jigs tipped with bait, like mealworms, Berkley Gulp or nightcrawler.
BROUGH RESERVOIR: (December 22) The reservoir is filling and has mostly iced over. Anglers should use caution and check ice thickness before proceeding.
BROWNE LAKE: (December 22) The gates are closed. Travel by snow machine is required to reach the lake. The reservoir is capped with about five inches of ice. Because of dam maintenance, low reservoir elevations and delayed stocking, the fishing at Browne Lake is very slow.
BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (December 22) The reservoir is capped with approximately five to six inches of ice. Reports indicate fishing is slow.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (December 22) The reservoir is ice capped, except where aerators have kept it open. Prior to ice up, anglers reported fair fishing for healthy, 16-inch rainbow trout.
COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR: (January 06) The reservoir is filling and creating unstable ice in some areas. Please use caution. The most recent reports indicate slow fishing.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (December 22) Water levels are extremely low.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 06) Anglers report good fishing. Fish are fairly active and easy to catch once you find them. The best success has been reported on the north side of the reservoir, uplake from the dam. Small, red and pink jigs including Berkley Atomic Teasers tipped with mealworms proved very effective. Ice thickness at the dam was approximately eight to ten inches this week. The road is open to the dam. If you travel beyond the dam, you must use a snow machine.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (December 22) Because of recent storms in the area, access is limited to snow machine. The reservoir is capped with good ice, but we haven't received any recent angler reports.
FLAMING GORGE RESERVOIR: (January 06) The water temperature is around 42°F in the canyon or Utah region of the reservoir. Fishing varies, depending on species.
Kokanee salmon: Fishing for Kokanee opened again on Dec. 1, but there are no recent fishing reports.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. In the canyon, surface temperatures are now in the low 40s and fishing is good along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points. Trolling can be productive near the surface (10 to 20 feet) using pop gear and a worm, spoons or even small crankbaits. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. Anglers report good fishing through the ice further uplake. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches thick at Sage Creek and 10 or more inches at Firehole. Target depths of 10 to 20 feet along shallow points and flats along the main channel of the lake. A variety of lures work, including small tube jigs, curly tail grubs, jigging spoons in vibrant colors and tipped with nightcrawler, PowerBait or a mealworm.
Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing. Fishing is especially good from the ice-covered portion of the reservoir. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while jigging in 50 to 70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be easily located suspended above the bottom using a sonar or a fish finder. Try dropping a white, watermelon or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches thick at Sage Creek and 10 or more inches at Firehole. Please harvest your limits of small lake trout at Flaming Gorge.