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July 10th, 2017

Flaming Gorge

Surface Temp: 70


Kokanee Salmon- Fishing is fair to good. The reservoir has risen seven feet this spring and water temperatures have climbed to 70 degrees F. Kokanee have started moving down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well later in the day along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week came from 30 to 60 feet and 1.6 to 2.2 mph, but watch your fish finder and adjust your lure depth to where you're marking fish. Smaller spoons (#1 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange) and dodgers (silver/pink or orange) are working best. Tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.  

Rainbow Trout- Fishing is fair. You might catch some cutthroat trout, too. Fishing is good in the canyon along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or trolling pop gear at 10 to 20 feet deep along the shoreline. Cicada patterns are also working well, especially in Hideout Bay. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.


Lake Trout-  Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish can be found suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and Needlefish or crankbaits like Rapalas to target aggressive pups. Vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work well.


Smallmouth Bass- Fish have moved into their summer time homes.   Look for fish in 10-20 feet of water on rocky points and shelves.  For smaller fish, great for kids, fish shallow rock piles with curly tale jigs in crawdad colors. 


Burbot- Fair Fishing.  No recent report.  The best activity will be found 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 glow frequently, and jug the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.


Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

Flows: 3800 dropping to 2400 over the next couple of days.

Hatches: Caddis, Yellow Sallies, PMD's


Dry Flies-  Dry fly fishing has turned hot as the water drops.  This is the best the top water fishing has been all season.  It should last another couple of weeks.


Nymph Fishing- Fish Caddis and Sally nymphs in pocket water and seams.  In slower water fish small scuds behind a caddis or Sally.   


Streamer Fishing has remained productive.  White and Ginger have become go to colors.  Fish slow and deep through big seams and back eddies. 

High Country

Browne Lake


The reservoir is full, but the fishing has been slow so far this year, despite almost 5,000 rainbow trout and cutthroat stocked within the last two weeks. Try fish bait near the bottom or casting small spoons and spinners near the inflows. (06-30-17)



Calder Reservoir

Two weeks ago, over 3,500 cutthroat trout were stocked. We haven't received any recent angler reports on fishing. The reservoir sustained a substantial winterkill. Angling will be slow for some time. Surprisingly, a few fish did survive. The six-inch cutthroat trout that were stocked last year survived in significant numbers. They averaged around 11 to 12 inches this year and were in good condition. (06-30-17)



Long Park Reservoir

We haven't received any recent angler reports. The reservoir is full. Your best chance at success is casting small spinners (Panther Martins) and spoons (Jake's) or fishing bait (PowerBait) near the bottom. (06-30-17)


Moose Pond


Fishing is good for recently stocked rainbow trout. Try casting a bubble and bait, fly patterns like ants, stoneflies and midges, and small spoons like a Jake's lure. The Fishing with the Fox tagged fishing contest started on June 1, so anyone that catches a fish with an orange tag can turn it into Basin Sports or your local 105.5 KLCY station to be entered into a drawing for prizes. For more information and to register your tag, please call the radio station or Basin Sports. (06-30-17)


Matt Warner


Anglers report fun and fast fishing from the early morning to mid afternoon. Try using PowerBait and jigging for fast results. Tiger trout have been very active from the shoreline. Please remember to pack out what you pack in — we tend to see more litter during summertime months. (06-30-17)

Sheep Creek Reservoir


Biologists have been spawning cutthroat at the lake. Fly anglers report good fishing near the dam. (06-30-17)

Spirit Lake


Higher mountain lakes are producing good tiger trout. Try using size 8 black leech pattern for decent results. Fishing is good from shore if you're casting small spinners and spoons like Panther Martins and Jake's lures. (06-30-17)