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June 24th, 2020

Flaming Gorge

Good

All ramps are open for launching. After July 1, all nonresident motorized boaters will be required to take an online AIS certification test and pay a $20 fee before launching.

Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success is variable depending on the day and location but most reports are slow to fair fishing. Lake trout can be at all depths this time of year but will be mostly deep. Try locating active fish shallow (50-60 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 70-120 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 fush. 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 close to the surface (20-40 ft). Vertical jigging with small spoons may also work. Fish will move deeper as water warms.

Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Anglers report fishing has been fair to good. Catchable fish have recently been stocked and provide 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. Anglers have been catching fish while casting jigs. Try marabou jigs in brown, black, white and/or pink. Some cicadas are present and fly anglers report some success fishing that pattern. Some of the best rainbow fishing of the year is for the next few weeks before fish move deeper.

Smallmouth bass: Anglers report bass fishing is picking up as the water temps warm. Fish typical bass lures with a slower presentation. Crayfish are the main forage for bass in this water. Bass have been seen on spawning beds.

Burbot: No recent reports. 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. Most fish are deeper now that water temps are warming.

 

 

 

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

 

Good

Flows: 900

 

Dry Flies- Cicadas 8-10,  Few Yellow Sallies on the lower river #12,  Few PMD's #14 , Few Caddis #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

The reservoir water level is approximately two feet below full. Spring netting showed good numbers of fish survived the winter, with multiple sizes, in good condition. The fish were consuming mostly midge larvae and scuds. Large fish were recently seen targeting small minnows in shallow water. Anglers report good fishing for fish up to 20 inches. 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. State-Wide, County-Specific and Outdoor Recreation Area orders and directives are currently in effect to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These orders and directives may affect your ability to fish certain waterbodies. Stay Safe Utah!

 

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

The pond is somewhat muddy from run-off. Anglers report catching stocked rainbow trout. It was stocked before Memorial Day. Typical trout lures such a spinners, spoons, power bait 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. A significant portion of the fish population was lost to winterkill due to low oxygen levels during the winter. There were larger fish that did survive the winter so there is still an opportunity to catch bigger fish, although catch rates will be slower than normal. 15,000 catchable rainbow trout were stocked before Memorial Day. Anglers report mixed success.
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. State-Wide, County-Specific and Outdoor Recreation Area orders and directives are currently in effect to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These orders and directives may affect your ability to fish certain waterbodies. Stay Safe Utah!

 

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. Anglers report catching tiger trout from 12 to 14 inches. More tiger trout were recently stocked. Flies, spinners, spoons and bait presentations all work on this scenic, high elevation water.