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April 6th, 2020

Flaming Gorge

Good

All ramps other than Firehole are open for launching. Watch out for chunks of floating ice if boating. Ice extends down to about Buckboard but ice is deteriorating quickly. All ice conditions are poor and ice fishing is not recommended. Shore fishing is possible in most areas south of Buckboard.

Lake trout: Recent open water fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing has been slow to fair depending on the day. Lake trout can be at all depths this time of year. Try locating active fish shallow (30-40 feet) trolling lures or casting baits. If you don't find them shallow try along main channel depths in 50-80 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. 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 minnow 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 with some smoked lake trout.

Kokanee salmon: Anglers report finding schools of fish on open water from the Pipeline to the dam. Try trolling spoons or dodger/squid combinations close to the surface (10-40 ft). If you see schools of fish on your graph try vertical jigging with small spoons.

Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Anglers report fishing has been fair to good in open water. This is a good time of year to fish stream inflow areas and along the shoreline. Small spoons and jigs work great, tipped with meal worm, night crawler, or even Gulp. Boat anglers have been catching fish while casting jigs to shoreline points. Try marabou jigs in brown, black, white and/or pink. Some of the best rainbow fishing of the year is for the next couple months, especially for shore anglers.

Smallmouth bass: No recent reports but fish typically are tough to catch when water temps are below 50 degrees.

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. Now is a time of the year when shore anglers can catch burbot before they head to deep water as water temperature warm.

 

 

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

 

Good

 

Flows: Flows vary between 900 and 2500.   Be careful if you are wade fishing.

 

Dry Flies- Midges 16-22: Morgan's Midge,  Mother-shucker,  BWO's #14-16: Gulper Special, Film Critique 

 

Nymph Fishing-  Zebra Midges: 16-22 in Wine, Brown, Black, and Purple

BWO nymphs 16-18:  Juju Baetis, RS2's, Pheasant Tails

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

 

High Country  - All Lakes are currently frozen

 

Browne Lake

Good

Browne is a good location to fish during the upcoming hunts. Anglers have been catching rainbows, cutthroat and brook trout on traditional lures. Brook Trout are getting their spawning color. The water level is full. Spinners, spoons, fly and bubble and worms have all been working to catch fish. Fishing below the dam can be good also.

 

Calder Reservoir

 

Fair

A blue-green algae bloom is happening at the reservoir but toxin levels are below warning levels. It will dissipate as water temperatures are cooling off now. To be safe, wash your hands after any contact with lake water. Anglers report fair to good fishing while catching smaller rainbows and a few up to 18 inches. About 1400 catchable rainbows (10-21 inches) were stocked this spring. Smaller rainbows (3 in), cutthroat (5 in), brown (2.5 in), and tiger trout (2.5 in) have also been stocked. 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.

 

Long Park Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is mostly full which makes for easy shore fishing and boat launching. Fishing remains good for rainbows and brook trout using traditional trout lures and baits. Good catch rates both trolling in a boat and angling from shore. Spoons, spinners, small minnow plugs, flies and bait have all been working. The reservoir is a good place to catch colorful brook trout in the fall months. Typical food consumed by fish in the reservoir include midge larvae, sow bugs, zooplankton and scuds. Flows into the reservoir are still high so be aware around the canal entering the reservoir. A good water to fish during the day between morning and afternoon hunts.

 

Moose Pond

Good

Anglers report good fishing for small rainbow trout. Good access around the entire pond. Most rainbows in the pond will be smaller than 14 inches but it's a good location to do a family fishing outing. Typical trout fishing gear such as a worm and bobber, spinners, worm and marshmellow, powerbait, and different flies have all been working to catch fish. Good place to take the kids.

 

Matt Warner

Slow

Closed due to Algea outbreak

 

Sheep Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers report fair catch rates. Remember, no bait, a couple anglers were recently cited for using bait at this water. Typically fishing is better in the mornings and evenings. This is a brood stock reservoir for cutthroat trout, so special regulations are in place to protect those fish. The trout limit is 2, and only 1 may be a cutthroat over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. Artificial flies and lures only. Fishing tackle that should work includes whatever may be currently hatching, streamers, spinners, spoons, minnow hardbaits, jigs and small swimbaits. Pinch your hook barbs down for a quick release. When catch and release fishing on brood lakes, try and fight the fish as quickly as possible, keep them in a net under water while unhooking and take a picture as quick as possible or skip it to help the fish recover better.

 

 

Spirit Lake

Good

Anglers report good catch rates. The lake was stocked with 4000 ten inch tiger trout this year. Anglers are catching numerous tiger trout and a few cutthroat trout. Flies, spinners, spoons, and bait are all working to catch fish. Water temps are cooling quickly and water clarity is good. Fishing should only get better into the fall until ice up and the road closes.