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Flaming Gorge Fishing Reports

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August 1st, 2018

Flaming Gorge


Fishing is good for most species.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 70 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Recently, anglers reported high catch rates from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. 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 targeting aggressive pups with spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout, less than 25-inches, have become overabundant. This is causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component because there will be less food to grow big fish. Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout less than 25 inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is good at 30 to 60 feet with downriggers. Colors and lures have become more variable as well. Pink has been a go-to color this season, but recent reports of good catches have come on multicolored, green, white and even spinner blades in brass. Successful reports from the Utah side of the reservoir have recently come from Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Kingfisher Island near the rope swing, North Skull Creek, Jarvies Bay and near Mustang Ridge. Kokanee salmon are susceptible to higher mortality due to warm water and air temperatures, and now that water temperatures are above 70 degrees F, anglers should minimize catch and release.

Rainbow trout: Expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and 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, near inflows, and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Marabou jigs are very effective, in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons, and other jigs will work as well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Excellent fishing was reported along rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. High catch rates have been reported using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with 3- to 4-inch dark curly tails or worms on 1/8 jig head. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are also a good option. Use earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. 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/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (07-27-18)

Green River Brown Trout


Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam




Flows:  Around 2100

Hatches: few Caddis


Dry Flies- Hatches have subsided for the most part.  Terrestrial season in upon us.   Try using Tan/Brown hoppers sizes 6-12.  Black or Brown ants sizes 14-20.  This can be a good time of year for attractors such as the Chubby Chernobyl or PMX.  


Nymph Fishing-    Zebra midges, wd40's and small gray soft hackles are great imitations behind an attractor fly. 

Streamer Fishing has been good in low light.  When the hatches disipate, the fish start to eat each other.  Use streamers that mimic small brown trout, white fish, or sculpin.

High Country 


Browne Lake


Fly fishermena have reported good fishing with brown leaches, renegades and caddis. 



Calder Reservoir


We may start seeing blue-green algae blooms this time of year. If you see anything that looks suspicious, or come across any dead fish, please contact the Division. 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. (07-27-18)


Long Park Reservoir


Water levels are low. Summer surveys revealed good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, as well as a few tiger trout and grayling. Most fish were consuming chironomids, sow bugs, and zooplankton, but larger fish were also consuming smaller fish. Try targeting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners. (07-27-18)


Moose Pond


The pond is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active, but tough to catch! Fly anglers may have the best results. To date, 18 out of 50 fish have been caught in the pond. Also, Moose Pond is one of three locations included in the Fishing With The Fox contest that started Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. Catch a fish with a blue tag that says DWR WIN FISHING WITH THE FOX and register it online, or email [email protected] for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (07-27-18)


Matt Warner


We've received reports of a blue-green algae bloom. The Department of Environmental Quality is currently testing the water to determine if there are concerns of toxins that anglers should be aware of. These blooms may cause low oxygen levels, resulting in potential fish kills and water that contains toxins for animals and humans. If you come across dead fish, please report it to the Division. The public is advised to stay out of the water, and if you come into contact with the water, to make sure and wash the exposed areas with clean water. Anglers reported good fishing for rainbow trout, but catch rates may decrease over the next few weeks. To date, 113 out of 500 fish have been caught in the reservoir. Also, Matt Warner is one of three locations included in the Fishing With The Fox contest that started Memorial Day weekend and ends August 15. Catch a fish with a blue tag that says DWR WIN FISHING WITH THE FOX and register it online, or email [email protected] for directions on how to get registered with your tagged fish. (07-27-18)


Sheep Creek Reservoir


Biologists report a lot of vegetation, so this may hinder shoreline anglers. There have been no recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success. (07-27-18)



Spirit Lake


Anglers are catching high numbers of tiger trout in the 12- to 14-inch range. Fish were mostly consuming chironomids and sow bugs. Try fly fishing nymphs (prince or sow bug) early and late in the day. Spin casters should try small spoons (Jake's) and spinners (Panther Martins). If you are getting follows but no hits, try changing the color. (07-27-18)