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Flaming Gorge Fishing Reports

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June 11th, 2022

Flaming Gorge

Good

Surface temps in the upper 50's, Low 60's .   Be careful looking for exposed rocks with the lake at lower elevations.

Lake trout: 
Most of the fish were suspended around 60 ft, but we caught fish jigging anywhere from 35-90 ft. A variety of tackle worked as well, including tube jigs, jigging spoons, and blade baits, in white, glow and chartreuse colors. It’s a great time for ice-off fishing uplake and to help harvest some of these abundant, small lake trout. Good luck!

Rainbow and cutthroat trout:  This is the time of year when Bows and Cutts start cruising the shorlines.   Look for fish at the entrance to bays and canyons.   They call also be found at the top of the canyons, deep drops, and off of points. 

Smallmouth bass: Bass fishing is good.  Soft plastics in crawdad colors and brighter crank baits.  

Burbot: Current angling reports indicate slow fishing. Fish will start to move to river arms in preparation for winter spawn. Angling success should increase until ice up. Boat and shore anglers can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10-40 feet of 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 or deadstick the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Please remember all burbot caught must be killed.

 

 

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

 

Good

 

Flows: 850

 

Dry Flies-  Cicadas, hoppers and crickets

Nymph Fishing-  Zebra Midges Wine, Black, and Purple 16-22, worms, gray soft hackle 18-20

Streamer Fishing has been good   When the hatches disipate, the fish start to eat each other.  Use streamers that mimic small brown trout, white fish, or sculpin.   Black has been solid, but gingers and whites are typically productive in winter months.

Spin Fishing: 1/4 Zig Jigs in Black or Olive/Orange colors.   4" Tube jigs in white. 

 

High Country 

 

Browne Lake

Great

Good chironimid hatches have been occurring.   Fly fishermen are reporting success with midge 12-14, leeches in wine and brown, and damsel fly nymphs.   There are no current reports from spin or bait fishermen. 

 

Calder Reservoir

 

poor

It did not winter well and had a significant fish kill. 

 

Long Park Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been having good success from shore. There are plenty of fish in the reservoir. Rainbows, Brook trout and grayling are all present in good numbers. Most fish eat aquatic insect larvae so try patterns that might look like midges. Typical trout lures (worms, powerbait, spoons, tube jigs, marabou jigs, flys) usually work well at this water.

 

Moose Pond

Good

The pond was stocked twice in May.   With the current runoff it is off color, but fish are still catchable.   Try using flashy lures or bait.

 

Matt Warner

Good

Winter killed.  It will be restocked as fish become available.

Sheep Creek Reservoir

Poor

USFS roads and camping areas are open. A winterkill this past winter season killed a significant portion of the fish population. Anglers should expect lower catch rates and smaller fish for a couple years while the population rebounds in numbers and size. Special regulations are in effect on this water. No bait allowed, size and species restrictions. Please use good catch and release techniques to preserve the fish in this water.

 

 

Spirit Lake

Good

The road is open and the lake is ice free.  Fish consume mostly sow bugs, midges, leeches and other aquatic insects. Lures that imitate those food sources and also spinners, spoons, powerbait and worms all work well. Possibility of catching tiger trout up to 15" with typical lures and baits.