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Sept. 19th, 2017

Flaming Gorge

Surface Temp: 68


Fishing has been fair to good across the Gorge, depending on what species you're fishing for.
Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Kokanee have moved 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 were 75 to 95 feet deep and were caught by anglers trolling 1.4 to 2.0 mph. Watch your fish finder, though, and adjust your lure depth to the depth where you're marking fish. If you're not marking fish, move to another spot. Spoons (#2-3 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange, purple, green), and dodgers (silver, pink, green) have worked best. Small kokanee are more abundant this year. To catch bigger kokanee, try dropping deeper and using larger dodgers/squids or spoons. Also, tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. While fishing for rainbows, you might also catch cutthroat trout. The water temperatures are high, so fish during the cooler part of the day, especially early in the morning. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or troll pop gear at 10 to 15 feet deep. Spinners and small spoons have also been effective. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink a bit, and then slowly retrieve the bait, using occasional jigging strokes during the retrieve. Marabou jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch a trout, more are likely in the area. Pinch the barbs on your hooks down so you can quickly release fish and catch more.

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. Use a fish finder to locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. To target aggressive pups, troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish. You can also vertically jig a white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Top water fishing can be very entertaining this time of year, especially early and late in the day. To catch bass on the surface, try poppers like Rebel PopRs in silver or rainbow trout colors. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earthtone colors), the primary forage of smallmouth bass, are the best option. For bigger fish, try fishing depths greater than 20 feet.

Burbot: Fishing is slow. There have only been a few reports, but some anglers are catching them while trolling for kokanee salmon. Others are catching burbot while jigging spoons for lake trout. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 30 to 40 feet of water. The best fishing happens 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 or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (09-08-17)




Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam



Flows: 2500

Hatches: Few Caddis, tiny PMD's


Dry Flies- As the big hatches have come to an end the terrestrial fishing has been heating up.  Tan hoppers around size 8 and ants in various colors have produced well.  


Nymph Fishing- Try large attractors such as a worm, egg, or woolly bugger trailed by small 18-22 gray or olive scuds.  There are a few caddis pupa out and about on the lower half of A section 14-16.   


Streamer Fishing has remained productive.  Lighter colors such as ginger or natural have produced well, especially in low light.

High Country


Browne Lake


The reservoir is full, and fishing has been good for stocked rainbow and cutthroat trout. Most of the fish are less than 12 inches long, but fishing for them can be fast. Try fishing bait near the bottom or casting small spoons and spinners near the inflows. Fly fishing has been good early and late in the day. (09-08-17)


Calder Reservoir


More than 3,500 cutthroat trout have been stocked this summer, but we haven't received any recent angler reports to let us know if they're biting. The six-inch cutthroat trout that were stocked last year survived in significant numbers. They're about 11–12 inches long this year and are in good condition. (09-08-17)


Long Park Reservoir


The reservoir is full, and shore anglers are having good success casting or trolling small spinners (Roostertails) and spoons (Jake's Spin-A-Lures) or fishing bait (PowerBait) near the bottom. Try fishing gold spoons or spinners with gold-colored blades. (09-08-17)


Moose Pond


Angling pressure has been high, and fishing has been fair for recently stocked rainbow trout. Try using bubble/bait rigs, fly patterns (like ants, stoneflies and midges) and small spoons like a Jake's Spin-A-Lure. Bait fishing is always a good option, using PowerBait and a slip sinker to fish on the bottom. You can also fill a casting bubble completely with water, which will allow it to sink to the bottom. (08-18-17)


Matt Warner


The algal bloom has subsided, and anglers are catching fish again. Try casting marabou jigs or fishing bait (worms, PowerBait) close to the bottom. (09-08-17)


Sheep Creek Reservoir


Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms. Fly anglers report good fishing near the dam. (08-18-17)



Spirit Lake


Higher mountain lakes are producing good-size tiger trout. Try using a size 8 black leech pattern to catch them. Anglers casting small spinners (Panther Martins) and spoons (Jake's Spin-A-Lures) are finding some success from the shore. (09-08-17)