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December 7th, 2018

Flaming Gorge



Firehole capped with ice, so you can no longer launch boats. Be sure use extreme caution and drill test holes in the ice before venturing out. Also, be aware there will be changes to the reciprocal permits announced within the next two weeks. This will apply to both residents and nonresidents that fish the reservoir. Please keep in mind that Sheep Creek (the physical creek) from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. The fishing at Flaming Gorge varies, depending on which species you're targeting.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing for small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near the 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-in-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Small lake trout (shorter than 25 inches) have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will affect the trophy lake trout (less food to grow big fish). Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size class of fish is also a tasty meal for the dinner table.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until Nov. 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir; however, there is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective, especially in earth tones and quarter-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at depths of 20 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slowing down with the recent drop in temperatures. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are usually a good option.

Burbot: Fishing has picked up now that water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40s. Typically, the highest catch rates are found near Firehole boat launch. It is currently iced in, so use caution when entering the ice. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of open water 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 jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (11-23-18)

Green River Brown Trout


Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam




Flows: Double Peaking between 1100 and 3000, be careful. 

Hatches: Small BWO's


Dry Flies- Very Small  BWO's and Midges.  Pods of risers are sporatic.  Using a big dry as an indicator and induce a few takes. 


Nymph Fishing-    Eggs trailed by a gray softhackle or red midges. 

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


Browne Lake


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




Calder Reservoir



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


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


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


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


Sheep Creek Reservoir


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


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)