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Fishing Report For Vernal

Poor
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Calder Reservoir Slow The reservoir is capped with ice, but there is still open water near the windmills in the middle. The roads are limited to snowmobile access only. Please use extreme caution on the ice, and be sure to drill test holes. 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. (01-08-19)
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Unknown
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Cottonwood Reservoir Unstable ice There is still open water near the inlet, but some areas on the west side are partially frozen. The water district is working to fill the reservoir, so it's taking some time for solid ice to form. Reminder: You must release any tiger muskie that have not reached the 40-inch length limit. Please use good catch-and-release techniques and obey the limits. (01-08-19)
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Good
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Flaming Gorge Reservoir Good There is currently ice down through the main channel to the Pipeline. It's variable up to this point, so anglers need to take extra precautions. Anglers have reported up to four inches at Buckboard and three inches at Brinegar Ferry Crossing. Uplake from Buckboard, the ice is obviously thicker, with as much as 11 inches at Lost Dog. Some of lower reaches in Utah are starting to cap as well, particularly the backs of canyons and the narrow, calm portions of the reservoir in the canyon region. We recently received snowfall, which can make it difficult to launch boats. Boats have recently been launched at Lucerne and Mustang Ridge, but Sheep Creek, Antelope Flat and Cedar Springs might have questionable conditions for launching. At a minimum, boaters should bring tire chains to be safe, and be aware of slick conditions on the boat ramps. Lake trout: Fishing for small lake trout has been good uplake through the ice in 40 to 70 feet of water, using tube jigs tipped with sucker or chub meat. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout (less than 25 inches long) have become overabundant, which has increased competition for food and caused a decline in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will affect the numbers of trophy lake trout in the lake (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size class of fish is also perfect for a tasty meal. Kokanee salmon: There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Rainbow trout: Anglers report excellent fishing through the ice in 8 to 20 feet of water. They're using small jigs and spoons tipped with mealworms or Gulp maggots. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. There is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective (use earth tones and quarter-ounce weights). Spinners, spoons and other jigs will also work well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons, spinners and crankbaits trolled at depths of 10 to 40 feet. Smallmouth bass: There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Burbot: Fishing has picked up near the middle areas of the reservoir that recently capped with ice. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Remember to charge your glow jigs often. (01-08-19)
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Good
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam Good The flows vary greatly, typically ranging between 800 and 2,000 cfs. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. The crowds are gone, and now is great time to fish the river. Try using small zebra midges and other midge dry flies for the best results. Some midge and small blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches have been reported, and anglers have had success with those patterns. Streamers in varying light and dark colors should be useful during these flow changes. Spin fishing is always good. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earth tones, white/chartreuse, and ginger are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow or brown trout-patterned crankbaits and spoons also work well. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. (01-08-19)
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Unknown
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Browne Lake Slow The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are now closed and locked for the winter season. Please use extreme caution on and off of the ice, and let us know if you have any success. (01-08-19) East Park Reservoir Slow The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are closed and locked for the winter season. The reservoir is capped with ice, but we have not received any recent angling reports. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and be sure to drill test holes. (01-08-19) Long Park Reservoir Slow The gates are now closed for the winter season. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and be sure to drill test holes. (01-08-19) Moose Pond Slow The pond has solid, fishable ice in most areas. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing conditions or success. This is a great place to introduce new ice anglers to the sport. Try using small jigs tipped with bait (e.g., mealworms, gulp minnows or PowerBait). Please use extreme caution on the ice and always drill test holes. (01-08-19) Sheep Creek Lake Fair The gates are closed for the winter season. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice, and always drill test holes. Reminder: The trout limit is two fish, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. (01-08-19) Spirit Lake Slow As of Jan. 7, the lake was only accessible by snowmobile. There have been no recent angling reports. (01-08-19)
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Excellent
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Matt Warner Hot After recent snowstorms, access may be limited to snowmobiles only. Snow drifts across the road throughout the day, decreasing accessibility. Anglers report more than 12 inches of ice and fast fishing in the morning for rainbow trout and the occasional tiger trout. Try using vibrant-colored pink and green ratfinkees, jigging spoons or paddlebugs tipped with mealworms in 15 to 20 feet of water. Please use extreme caution when accessing the ice. (01-08-19)
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Poor
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Pelican Lake Slow A rotenone treatment occurred in October 2018, and few fish have been restocked. Biologists report 12 inches of ice at the main boat ramp, with some open water in several locations. Bluegill were recently stocked in the reservoir, but biologists do not recommend fishing for them yet. (The number of fish stocked are minimal compared to the lake size.) For now, biologists want to encourage and thank anglers who are releasing the fish they catch and allowing the population to get a jump start. Waterfowl hunters should use extreme caution on the ice when approaching waterfowl. (01-08-19)
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Good
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Big Sandwash Reservoir Good As of Jan. 7, anglers reported about 10 inches of fishable ice. The reservoir is continuing to fill, and the edges are still very soft, so prepare for your trip on and off the ice. Please use extreme caution on the ice. Anglers are having the best success for perch off the main boat ramp in 20 to 45 feet of water, using small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with bait, perch eyes or gulp minnows. If you park at the Sportsman's Access, be prepared for a walk to the shoreline. (01-08-19)
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Fair
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Starvation Reservoir Fair The reservoir capped with ice before New Year's Day. Rangers report varying ice thickness, ranging from three to twelve inches. Knights Hollow is reported to have about 12 inches of ice and is producing rainbow trout. Rabbit Gulch has been slow. Anglers report good catch rates near the Strawberry River inlet, with ice measuring around six inches. The reservoir water level is increasing slowly and is currently at 77 percent. Please keep the smaller walleye you catch to help the fishery and ensure healthier walleye populations. Also, if you catch crappie, please consider voluntarily releasing them so the population can become established. (01-08-19)
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Good
Mon, Jan 14, 2019
Steinaker Reservoir Good Small pockets of water have eight to ten inches of fishable ice. Be prepared for a long walk to the ice. Catch rates have started to slow, but consider fishing for trout in the shallower water, and bluegill in the deeper pockets. If you catch a tagged bluegill, biologists would still like you to report it by texting biologist Natalie Boren at 435-219-2644. Please keep in mind that the reservoir has returned to statewide regulations, so the bluegill limit is 50. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for all regulations. Biologists also urge anglers to practice catch and release to help jump start the population. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice. There is less than five square acres of open water, which equates to about 400 acre feet. Although the water is at deadpool, many fish are still alive. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2019 ? we hope to begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (01-08-19)
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Excellent
Tue, Jan 08, 2019
Strawberry Reservoir Hot The reservoir is completely iced over and average thickness is six to seven inches. Ice thickness is six to seven inches near the marina, eight inches at Bryant's Fork, nine to ten inches at Mudd Creek, nine to ten inches at Chicken Creek and five to six inches at the Ladders. There are still areas with unsafe ice. Three snowmobilers fall through the ice recently, but luckily, they're okay. Please continue to use extreme caution wherever you decide to fish. Anglers have been catching several 17- to 22-inch cutthroat trout and the occasional 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Try fishing a variety of depths in the 10 to 25 foot water column with 2-inch pink/white, chartreuse/white or silver/glitter tube jigs, white or chartreuse paddle bugs, or silver/white Maniac Custom Lure Cut'R Bugs. We recommend tipping jigs with nightcrawlers, chub meat, store bought minnows/redside shinners or wax worms. (01-03-19)
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Open since 2014, Sportsman’s Warehouse in Vernal, UT is near the Dinosaur National Monument, Red Fleet State Park, Uintah Mountains, and Book Cliffs Hunting Reserve. Gunsmithing services coming soon for all of our Utah locations! If you like hunting, we’re here to get you all set up with everything you need. Popular pursuits include elk, deer, black bear, mountain lion, coyote, waterfowl, grouse, pheasant, dove, and quail. If fishing is more your speed, we have all of your tackle to catch the legal limit. Common catches are kokanee, trout, walleye, wiper, crappie, perch, burbot, tiger muskie, smallmouth and largemouth bass. We’re happy to tell you the current conditions at Steinaker Reservoir or Flaming Gorge Reservoir. We also carry plenty of supplies for backpacking, camping, and hiking. Our shop services are available to spool reels, mount and boresight rifle scopes, cut arrows, tune bows in our 8-yard archery lane, and anything covered by your Firearm Service Plan. No matter the weather or time of year, we’ve got the seasonal accessories to fit your outdoor adventure. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out local events like the Dinosaur Roundup PRCA Rodeo, Uintah County Fair, half-marathons, triathlons, and mountain biking events.