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Flaming Gorge Fishing Reports

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April 16th, 2018

Flaming Gorge


Conditions change rapidly at the Gorge. As of March 20, the ice was thinning quickly. There is still some fishable ice around the confluence, with some new, thin ice near Buckboard — the boat launch is still iced in. Anglers report that the Wyoming boat ramps are also iced in. From Anvil south, you should find open water. Use extreme caution on any ice.

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Lake trout: You'll find fair to good fishing from a boat or uplake through the ice. Anglers are catching some small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near the main channel points and ridges. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), and tip your lure with sucker/chub meat. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive young lake trout. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well.

Kokanee salmon: Anglers are catching some kokanee while trolling at depths of 10 to 15 feet on dodgers and squids. Use planer boards to get the offering away from the boat.

Rainbow trout: Anglers report excellent fishing from the shoreline and from boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir; however, there is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline, especially in the backs of canyons. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow, and bass will be only an occasional catch until spring. Earthtone-colored jigs that mimic crayfish — their primary forage — are the best option.

Burbot: Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water at night. Use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip your lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple of inches from the bottom. During recent tournaments, anglers had the most success on the ice while fishing further up the river arms, and from boats that were south of Buckboard Marina. (03-21-18)

Green River Brown Trout


Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam




Flows:  1700 during most of the day, bumping up in the late afternoon.

Hatches: BWO's, Midges


Dry Flies- There are pods of risers in back eddies and near the edge.  Natural BWO's are 14-16.  Midges will vary in size. Try using large midge clusters with a trailing BWO or Midge emereger.   The BWO hatch has grown large enough that fish are keyed in and looking for top water opportunities each day.   When you see splashy rises the fish are eating emergers.  When you see the whole head, fish are eating adults.  


Nymph Fishing-    Zebra midges, wd40's and small gray soft hackles are great imitations behind an attractor.  BWO's are emerging in the early afternoon.  Fish have started to move into moderately moving water. 

Streamer Fishing has remained productive.  Lighter colors such as ginger or natural have produced well, especially in low light.  Fish have been in deeper water, well off the banks.

High Country


Most high mountain lakes have plenty of ice.  Always use caution.  Reports for any of the lakes have been sporatic at best. 


Browne Lake


As of March 2, the gates were still closed, which will limit your access to the lake. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (03-02-18)


Calder Reservoir



As of March 2, access was limited because of constantly changing weather conditions. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Please continue to use extreme caution on any ice you try to access. Bait is not allowed at the reservoir — please see the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (03-02-18)


Long Park Reservoir


As of March 2, the U.S. Forest Service gates were still closed, which will limit your ability to access the reservoir. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (03-02-18)


Moose Pond


As of March 2, there haven't been any recent reports from anglers. (03-02-18)


Matt Warner


As of March 2, driving access may be limited to high-clearance vehicles, with very limited snowmobile use. This weekend's storms may decrease access even further. Please continue to use extreme caution on all ice that you try to access. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Throughout the winter, anglers have had success using small jigs like Berkley Atomic tubes, tipped with nightcrawlers or mealworms. (03-02-18)


Sheep Creek Reservoir


No new reports



Spirit Lake


no new reports