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August 3rd, 2020

Flaming Gorge

Good

All ramps are open for launching. All nonresident motorized boaters are required to take an online AIS certification test and pay a $20 fee before launching, this is a statewide requirement.

Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success is variable depending on the day and location, patience is key whn fishing for lake trout. Small lake trout angling has improved. Lake trout will be mostly deep. Try locating active fish (70-80 feet) trolling lures or jigging baits early or late in the day. If you don't find them shallow, try along main channel depths in 80-120 feet of water. Good lures to try are jigging spoons such as Northland Buckshots or Crippled Herrings, jigging raps and 3.5 inch tube jigs in 1/4-3/8 oz weight and tipped with sucker or chub meat. Try larger tubes for larger fish. Watch your sonar as many of the more active fish can actually be suspended in the water column but most will hug the bottom. If trolling lures on downriggers, watch for concentrations and individual fish on your fish finder and if located, vertically jig for them. Small lake trout less than 25-inches have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting lake trout less than 25-inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare. Take advantage of the 12 fish limit and 2 day possession and fill up the freezer.

Kokanee salmon: Anglers report mixed results for kokanee across most of the reservoir. Try trolling small spoons (1.5-2 mph), spinners or dodger/squid combinations (35-50 ft). Pink, orange, and green are often good lure colors. Vertical jigging with small spoons may also work. Fish are moving deeper as water warms (50-60 ft near thermocline). Catch and release fishing will be more stressful on fish now that water temperatures are warm.

Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Anglers report fishing has been fair to good. Catchable stocked fish have provided a good opportunity for kids to catch a bunch of fish trolling near the surface. Small spoons and spinners work great, tipped with meal worm, night crawler, or even Gulp.

Smallmouth bass: Anglers report bass fishing is good in areas within a few miles of the dam. Fish typical bass lures such as tube jigs, ned rigs, jerk baits, and small spinnerbaits. Crayfish are the main forage for bass in this water.

Burbot: No recent reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 30-40 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. Most fish are deeper now that water temps are warm.

 

 

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

 

Good

Flows: 1700 average, flucuating during the day.

 

Dry Flies- Tan Hopper 6-8,  Ants and Beetles,  PMD's #14-16 , Caddis #12-16

 

Nymph Fishing-  Pheasant Tails #12-14, Egan's Frenchie #12-14,  gray soft hackles 18-20, scuds 16-20

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

 

High Country 

 

Browne Lake

Good

Access to the reservoir is good. The reservoir is full. Anglers are catching some fish. Try fishing typical trout lures (spinners, spoons, powerbait, worm and bobber) as these methods usually produce fish.

 

Calder Reservoir

 

Good

Anglers report fair to good fishing for fish up to 20 inches. The fish were consuming mostly midge larvae and scuds. Large fish have been seen targeting small minnows in shallow water. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. Be aware of any algal blooms at this water.

 

Long Park Reservoir

Good

Good access to the reservoir. Anglers have been having mixed success but there are plenty of fish as was seen in recent netting surveys. Rainbows, Brook trout and grayling were all present in good numbers. Most fish were eating aquatic insect larvae so try patterns that might look like midges. Typical trout lures usually also work well at this water. The water level is near full. Be careful around the inlet as fast flowing water can be dangerous.

 

Moose Pond

Good

Anglers report catching recently stocked rainbow trout. Typical trout lures such a spinners, spoons, power bait, fish eggs and worms will work well. This is a good water to bring children as access is good.
Tagged Fishing Contest location!!! DWR has teamed up with local Basin radio station The Fox 98.5 for the 10th Annual Fishing with the Fox fishing contest. Anglers from near and far are encouraged to fish the three designated bodies of water in the contest, Moon Lake, Moose Pond and Matt Warner Reservoir. Catch one of the hundreds of tagged fish with a neon green tag that says "DWR WIN" and you could be a winner! Catch a tagged fish between now and Aug. 2 at 11:59 p.m., register the information online and be entered in the final drawing for big prizes! The prize drawing will happen Aug. 6, 2020 at the park in front of the Uintah County Library. You must be present to win or must register another person to represent you at the drawing. Register online: https://bit.ly/FishingFox20 Questions? Call Tonya at 801-995-2972.

 

Matt Warner

Slow

Access to the reservoir is good. Some fish were lost to a winterkill but 15,000 catchable rainbow trout were stocked before Memorial Day. Anglers report mixed success but have been catching recently stocked fish.
Tagged Fishing Contest location! DWR has teamed up with local Basin radio station The Fox 98.5 for the 10th Annual Fishing with the Fox fishing contest. Anglers from near and far are encouraged to fish the three designated bodies of water in the contest: Moon Lake, Moose Pond and Matt Warner Reservoir. Catch one of the hundreds of tagged fish with a neon green tag that says "DWR WIN" and you could be a winner! Catch a tagged fish between now and Aug. 2 at 11:59 p.m., register the information online and be entered in the final drawing for big prizes! The prize drawing will happen Aug. 6, 2020 at the park in front of the Uintah County Library. You must be present to win or must register another person to represent you at the drawing. Register online at https://bit.ly/FishingFox20 Questions? Call Tonya at 801-995-2972.

 

Sheep Creek Reservoir

Fair

Good access to the reservoir. Anglers report catching a few fish. Special regulations are in effect on this water. No bait allowed, size and species restrictions. Cutthroat trout are in full spawning colors.

 

 

Spirit Lake

Good

Good access. Campground is open. Anglers report catching tiger trout from 12 to 14 inches. Tiger trout were recently stocked. Flies, spinners, spoons and bait presentations all work on this scenic, high elevation water. Don't forget the bug spray, mosquitoes find most folks tasty in this country.