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Flaming Gorge Fishing Reports

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June 18th, 2018

Flaming Gorge


Lake trout: Fishing is fair from a boat, especially as you head further uplake. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 60 feet of water near the main channel points and ridges. Recently, anglers have reported high catch rates in the Pipeline area and near Buckboard. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Try vertically jigging a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits, like Sebile Vibrato, can also work really well. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target the aggressive small lake trout. Some anglers report catching small lake trout while casting jigs and crankbaits close to shore, early and late in the day. Small lake trout, less than 25 inches, have become overabundant. This is causing increased competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout fishing at the Gorge because there is less food available to grow big fish. Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout under 25 inches. This size of fish makes is exceptional on the table.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is unseasonably good. Anglers are catching kokanee while trolling in depths of 25 to 45 feet on dodgers and pink squids. If you find a large concentration, you can also catch them by vertically jigging small spoons, like the P-Line Kokanator, tipped with Gulp maggots. Anglers report catching kokanee on the Utah side of the reservoir at Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Jarvies Bay and near the dam.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout were stocked reservoir-wide during the last week of May. Expect excellent fishing for rainbows from the shoreline or boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, 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. Cicadas have been found throughout the lower reservoir, and some anglers have done remarkably well fly fishing cicada patterns. Marabou jigs are also very effective, in earth tones at a 1/4-ounce weight. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent now that water temperatures are in the mid-60s. Try reaction baits like Xraps or Husky Jerks. Earth-tone-colored jigs that mimic crayfish, bass' primary forage, are also a good option. Top water fishing provides the most entertainment, especially early and late in the day. Expect higher catch rates lower in the reservoir near the dam.

Burbot: There are no recent reports. Try targeting 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 your lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (06-07-18)

Green River Brown Trout


Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam




Flows:  Around 2000

Hatches: Cicadas, few BWO's


Dry Flies- Cicadas are mainly concentrated from mile 2-5, but have tapered off considerabley.  Due to high fishing pressure fish have been picky.  There have been a few caddis and Yellow Sallies showing up, but still in small numbers.     


Nymph Fishing-    Zebra midges, wd40's and small gray soft hackles are great imitations behind an attractor.   Caddis and Yellow Sally patterns have started to work as those two hatches are likely to start in the near future. 

Streamer Fishing has slowed.  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 


Browne Lake


The reservoir is full and spring fishing is good. A couple of anglers recently reported high catch rates for rainbow trout while casting Panther Martins (yellow) and Blue Foxes (gold) from a boat. (05-23-18)


Calder Reservoir



Anglers report good fishing using leech patterns for decent-sized trout from the shore or a float tube. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You may only use flies and lures only; bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. (06-07-18)


Long Park Reservoir


A recent population survey found good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, along with a few tiger trout and grayling. Most of the fish were consuming chironomids, sow bugs and zooplankton, and the larger fish were also consuming smaller fish. With the rising water level, try targeting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners. (06-07-18)


Moose Pond


The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active. The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a Free Fishing Day event from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. on June 9. Also, Moose Pond is one of three locations that are a part of the Fishing with the Fox contest ends on August 15. If you catch a fish tagged with a blue tag marked WIN 2018, please email [email protected] for help registering your tagged fish. (06-07-18)


Matt Warner


Anglers report good fishing for fish in the 18- to 21-inch range. A recent gillnet survey found good numbers of rainbow trout in this same size class. Fly anglers are doing best with nymph or egg patterns.

Matt Warner is one of three locations that are a part of the Fishing with the Fox contest ends on August 15. If you catch a fish tagged with a blue tag marked WIN 2018, please email [email protected] for help registering your tagged fish. (06-07-18)


Sheep Creek Reservoir


No new reports



Spirit Lake


no new reports.  Inaccessible because of snow.