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Flaming Gorge Fishing Reports

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March 29th, 2019

Flaming Gorge

Good

 

Ice has opened up at Lucern and starting to open near ramps at the dam, but most of the reservoir is frozen. Be prepared for a receding shoreline, soft edges and slush once the weather warms. The roads will likely be muddy throughout the week, too.

Lake trout: Fishing is slow to fair for small lake trout while jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. 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 or chub meat. Small lake trout (less than 25 inches long) have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size of fish also makes for an excellent meal.

Kokanee salmon: Prior to freezing in, some anglers were launching boats at Lucerne and catching kokanee while trolling dodgers/squids in 10 to 15 feet of water under planer boards.

Rainbow trout: Some anglers are having success fishing open water from shore near the dam. Marabou jigs are very effective, in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Ice anglers report good fishing in 8 to 15 feet of water using small jigging spoons and jigs tipped with mealworm. Chartreuse and pink have been successful lure colors.

Smallmouth bass: We haven't received any recent reports. It's uncommon to catch bass in the winter.

Burbot: Fishing is good. Look for areas that weren't hit by the Burbot Bash crowd. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 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 or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

 

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

 

Good

 

Flows: 800

Hatches: Midges, Few BWO's

 

Dry FliesHatches have varied, but have been prolific at times.   Try fishing a midge cluster or emerger behind a parachute BWO.

 

Nymph Fishing-    Zebra midges in Red, Black, Rainbow or Purple in size 16-20.  Favorite BWO nymphs should start working soon.

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 

 

High Country lakes are all frozen.  I've only heard a couple of reports, but they were positive.   Be use caution when entering on the ice.

 

Browne Lake

Good

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

 

 

 

Calder Reservoir

 

Good

Anglers report good fishing for the very active tiger and rainbow trout. The best method has been fly fishing the outside of the weed edge using nymphs, like scuds and princes. 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. (09-14-18)

 

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)