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January15th , 2018

Flaming Gorge

Surface Temp: High 30's

Ice Conditions:  Generally there has been ice from the confluence up.  I have heard reports that there are 5-8" at the confluence.  Please proceed with caution. 


Kokanee salmon: Fishing well.  Anglers have been limiting out and having success around the Pipline and Sheep Creek. 

Rainbow trout: Fishing has been great.  Trolling or jigging in canyons or near the shore have been productive.  Jake's lures in Gold with red spots has been a winner.  Black Marabou jigs are effective for jiggings.  Try any of your favorites and chances are they will work.   We were finding bows in shallow water near points. 

Lake trout: Fishing is Good. Fishing has been good now that the spawn has subsided and the bigger lakers our hungry.  Most of the reservoir still has open water.  Try traditional methods and lures. 

Smallmouth bass: Bass fishing has slowed down considerably with cooler temps and shorter days. Expect patchy success, as smallmouth bass will concentrate along main channel habitat in preparation for winter and colder temps. Fish shallow for higher catch rates, but try fishing depths greater than 20 feet for bigger fish. Smallmouth bass will remain active until water temperatures drop consistently into the mid 50s. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage, are the best option. Jerkbaits and crankbaits in copper, silver and rainbow trout colors may also entice fish. Expect patchy success, as smallmouth bass will concentrate along main channel habitat in preparation for winter. Smallmouth bass will remain active until water temperatures drop to the mid 50s.

Burbot: Fishing is good.  Firehole, blacksmiths fork, and Sage Creek has produced feast or famine fishing.  If you can find them, you get'em, if you don't, you don't.  Use glow in the dark jigs or spoons tipped with some sucker meat.  Keep your jigs small or even dead stick it.  For more info on catching burbot check out





Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam



Flows: 2800

Hatches: Winter BWO's, Midges


Dry Flies- There are pods of risers in back eddies and near the edge.  Natural BWO's are 22-24.  Midges will vary in size. Try using large midge clusters with a trailing BWO or Midge emereger.   The fish are spooky and tough to catch at this point.    


Nymph Fishing- The spawn has subsided, but eggs remain a good attractor.  Fry patterns can be great attractors as well.  Zebra midges, wd40's and small gray soft hackles are great imitations behind an attractor.  Fish should be located in slow water. 

Streamer Fishing has remained productive.  Lighter colors such as ginger or natural have produced well, especially in low light.  Look for fish in slow water in varying depths. 

High Country


Most high mountain lakes have plenty of ice.  Always use caution.  Reports for any of the lakes have been sporatic at best. 


Browne Lake


The reservoir is full and the fishing has gotten better now that the lake has been restocked with both rainbow and cutthroat trout. The fish are smaller than 12 inches, but the action can be fast. Try fish bait near the bottom or cast small spoons and spinners near the inflows. Fly fishing is good early and late in the day. (10-24-17)


Calder Reservoir



The reservoir was recently surveyed and showed good numbers of cutthroat and rainbow trout up to 16 inches. Those fish were healthy, averaged about 12 inches and were consuming scuds and chironomids. 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. (10-24-17)


Long Park Reservoir


The reservior has receded a bit, but the fish remains good. Try Jakes Lures or Power Bait.  For fly fishermen try black buggers or glow bugs near the inlet. 


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. (10-24-17)


Matt Warner


Anglers are reporting good fishing after the slower fishing of the summer during the algal bloom. The reservoir was surveyed at the end of the summer and although catch rates were lower, the fish were extremely healthy. Rainbow and tiger trout were observed up to 19 inches and averaging 17 inches. The surveyors also observed only large fish, nothing smaller than 16 inches or so. Most were eating chironomids, but some also had crayfish and shiners in their stomachs. Try casting marabou jigs or fishing bait (worms, PowerBait) close to the bottom. (10-24-17)


Sheep Creek Reservoir


Try black leeches on the weed lines, glow bugs near steeper banks, and woolley bugger of various colors in the deeper water.   (10-03-17)



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. (09-27-17)