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.