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Flaming Gorge Fishing Reports

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June 23rd

Flaming Gorge

Good

Lake Trout:  Fish have been caught at varying depths.  Best reports have come from vertical jigging in 50-70 feet of water with large tube jigs.   Trolling with flat fish or swim baits have been effective as well.   Fly fisherman have found recent success throwing large streamers off of shallow points and structure.  Zig Jigs that have been effective for pups.   Fishing has been inconsistent, so if you're not finding fish, move!

Kokanee Salmon:   Most anglers I have talked to have limited out quickly near the state line where the water is a bit warmer.  Troll the usual, such as a dodger with a trailing squidy.  

Rainbow/Cutthroat Trout:   Fishing has been inconsistent, but if you can find them the fishing has been fast.  Look for fish off of shallow points, back bays and anywhere they have been stocked as the fish have a tendency to return to stocking locations in the spring. 

Smallmouth Bass:  Bass are active and fishing can be fast.   Bass are stacking up on rocky points. 

Burbot:   I have seen pics of a couple of large burbot caught lately, but I didn't hear any details. 

 

 

 

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

 

Good

 

Flows: The river is dropping each day. It should settle around 1500 cfs on June 26th. 

Dry FliesCicadas are out in size 4-8.   A few #16 charcoal caddis are out as well. 

 

Nymph Fishing-   Worms and scuds on deep nymph rigs.   Caddis pupa and yellow salley nymphs should show up a little more each day. 

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.   Try lighter colors first and work your way towards black. 

Spin Fishing: Zig Jigs in Black or Olive/Orange colors.   4" Tube jigs in white. 

 

High Country 

 

Ice is off, but I haven't received any reports on fishing. 

 

Browne Lake

Good

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

 

 

 

Calder Reservoir

 

Poor

Major fish kill :(

 

Long Park Reservoir

Slow

The water level is low. Over the summer, population surveys found good numbers of rainbow and brook trout, along with a few tiger trout and grayling. Try targetting shallow fish along the shoreline using jigs, spoons and spinners. If you aren't successful, try changing your lures or using a different method. (09-14-18)

 

Moose Pond

Fair

The pond is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout and they are very active, but tough to catch! Fly fisherman may have the best results. (09-14-18)

 

Matt Warner

Good

Anglers report good fishing for large rainbow trout. Try using Jake's spinners or a variety of powerbait. (09-14-18)

 

Sheep Creek Reservoir

Good

Biologists report a lot of vegetation, so this may hinder shoreline anglers. Reminder the trout limit is 2, and only one may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. ] Please let us know if you have any success. (08-31-18)

 

 

Spirit Lake

Good

Anglers are catching high numbers of tiger trout from 12 to 14 inches. 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. (08-14-18)