Flaming Gorge — Good fishing for cold water species. Launch ramps in Utah are accessible. Safe ice is now limited to north of Buckboard. There may be safe ice in the backs of bays further south, but it's day-to-day from now until ice off. Slow fishing for small lake trout through the ice up north. Some anglers report good success but, overall, this ice season has been slower than usual for lake trout. Burbot fishing is still good through the ice. Try fishing for a few hours from late afternoon until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. along the rocky points and cliffs near the main channel. Burbot become more active during the twilight hours. They like spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs or minnow jigs tipped it with some type of bait. Open water fishing has picked up for rainbow. Good concentrations of rainbows all over the lower lake. Once you find a school, try casting jigs in crayfish colors, spoons like Kastmasters or even crankbaits like Rapala Shad Raps. Also try vertical jigging spoons tipped with a little bait like a worm or PowerBait. Shore anglers do well this time of year dunking a worm and marshmallow combination around the launch areas. Bass and kokanee fishing is slow.
Green River — Good fishing. Use winter fly presentations, mostly scuds and eggs. Try a larger streamer with a scud or shrimp trailer. Often, fish are attracted to the larger presentation and then hit the smaller scud.
Pelican Lake — Good to excellent fishing for bluegill and fair to good for bass up to around 11 inches. Good ice in the center. The reservoir is being filled, which is creating roughly 5 to 20 feet of thinner ice along the edges. Check the ice carefully before venturing out. Try using a small fly or lure tipped with a wax worm or mealworm for the bluegill, and a slightly larger and more active presentation for the bass.
Red Fleet — Good ice and fair to good fishing for rainbows.
Starvation — Good ice, though the reservoir is being filled. Fair to good fishing for some larger rainbows, and some nice perch in Rabbit Gulch and near the bridge.
Steinaker — Ice good. Fishing good for rainbows mid-morning, slower around noon, then good again from mid- to late-afternoon. Catching bluegill near the dam in tightly-edged schools. The reservoir is being filled, so check the ice.
Scofield — Slow fishing. Most successful fishing in six to 10 feet of water on the east side. Two weeks ago, the situation was dramatically different and anglers were catching their limits in four to 14 feet of water using a variety of tackle. The most effective tackle seemed to be ice flies tipped with mealworms. Tiger, rainbow and cutthroat trout were caught in similar numbers and fish ranging from eight to 14 inches.
Fish Lake — Ice is more than 20 inches thick with about six inches of snow on top. Fishing pressure has slowed. Perch fishing is fair to good near the weedline. Tip jigs with perch meat, night crawlers and mealworms. Trout fishing is slow to fair. Catching some smaller fish near the weedline. Success is better on the east shore.
Otter Creek — Fishing is slow, but it should improve in March when the weather warms up and fish move into the shallows to feed.
Panguitch — The ice is more than 20 inches thick. Fishing varies from slow to good. Best bet is to get away from the crowds and fish in the early morning and late afternoon. Rainbows will hit jigs and ice flies tipped with mealworms or night crawlers. For cutthroats, tip jigs with cut bait -- chub or sucker meat or minnows.
Sand Hollow — Bass activity slow. The key to cold-water bass fishing is to slow down your presentation, even to the point of dead-sticking. Plastics such as senkos, swimbaits, hula grubs and drop shots are all effective with the right presentation.
Lake Powell — Fishing has been surprisingly good. Striped bass have provided most of the action. Find schools of three-pound adults and 15-inch juveniles in the backs of most major canyons where a perennial stream or dry wash allows runoff to enter. Plankton-eating juveniles are suspended in the upper 25 feet while adults are near bottom. Look for adult striper schools where the bottom depth is 40 to 80 feet. March is the best month to catch a trophy largemouth bass in four- to seven-pound range. Use weedless fishing tackle and fish slowly within, around and through tree branches. The tried-and-true standard bait is pork rind on a weedless jig head with a brush guard. The modern improvement is to replace the pork with big and bulky plastic trailers that will allow for a slow descent as the bait crawls over a limb and falls back to the bottom. The Yamamoto Flappin' Hog is one new bait that is showing early success this spring. Walleye spawn during March, which means they are limiting their limit food intake, which makes them hard to catch. Smallmouth bass don't respond well until the water temperature climbs above 55 degrees F. Crappie, sunfish and catfish are all relatively dormant.
Compiled by the Division of Wildlife Resources Fishing Report
For a more detailed report visit www.wildlife.utah.gov.
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