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October 13th, 2020

Flaming Gorge


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 when fishing for lake trout. Small lake trout angling has improved and will get better as the fall spawn approaches. Lake trout are mostly deep. Try locating active fish (50-60 feet) trolling lures or jigging baits early or late in the day. If you don't find them there, try along main channel depths in 80-120 feet of water. Large fish appear to be congregating on some fall spawning locations. 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. Fishing should only get better into the fall and winter. 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.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee are in their spawning season and will continue until late November. Possession of kokanee is closed Sept. 10th to Nov. 30th.

Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Anglers report fishing has been fair to good. Catchable stocked fish have provided a good opportunity to catch fish trolling near the surface early in the morning and late in the day. Small spoons and spinners work well, tipped with meal worm, night crawler, or even Gulp.

Smallmouth bass: No recent reports. 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. Fishing should pick up in a month or so.



Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam



Flows: 950 average, flucuating during the day.


Dry Flies- Black  Crickets 6-8,  Ants and Beetles,  BWO's 20-24, Caddis #12-16


Nymph Fishing-  Barr's emergers 20-24, Gray WD40's 20-24,  Egan's Frenchie #12-16,  gray soft hackles 18-20, scuds 16-20, Glow Bug Pink,  Neon Nightmare 6-8

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


The reservoir is full. Good location to fish during the hunts. Anglers are catching brook trout and rainbows. Try fishing typical trout lures (spinners, spoons, powerbait, worm and bobber) as these methods usually produce fish. Brook trout are showing fall spawning colors.


Calder Reservoir



Boat ramp is still usable, water level is down about 5 ft. Water temps are dropping. Anglers are catching nice fish up to 20 inches. Fish consume mostly midge larvae, scuds and red side shiners in this water. Try imitating those food sources for the best fishing results. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed. Please use good catch-and-release techniques. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.


Long Park Reservoir


Water level is down about 10 feet from full. 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, fly and bubble, flies, spinners) usually work well at this water. Good location to fish mid-day during the hunting season.


Moose Pond


Anglers report catching 10-12 inch 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. The Fishing with the Fox fishing contest is over for the year.


Matt Warner


Water temps are cooling down, catch rates usually pick up this time of year. Anglers report mixed success but have been catching a lot of this year's stocked fish. Typical trout lures such as worms and powerbait have been working to catch fish. Fly anglers might try midge or scud imitations as they are the main forage for trout in this water. The reservoir is about 5 ft below full pool. The Fishing With the Fox tagged fish contest is over for the year.


Sheep Creek Reservoir


Good location to catch large cutthroat trout. 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. Good location to fish during hunting season



Spirit Lake


Anglers report catching tiger trout from 10 to 14 inches. Flies, spinners, spoons and bait presentations all work on this scenic, high elevation water. Close by Tamarack and Jesson lakes are also good to try if you want a hike-to water. Fishing should remain good up to winter as fish try to fatten up.