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December 24th, 2020

Flaming Gorge

Good

All ramps except Firehole are open for launching. Water surface temperatures are in the low 40's to upper 30's.

Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success is fair to good depending on the day and location, patience is key when fishing for lake trout. Lake trout are at all depths due to cooler temps. Try locating active fish (surface-60 feet) trolling or casting lures or jigging baits. If you don't find them there, try along main channel depths in 80-120 feet of water. Large fish are starting to leave 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. Ice fishing is possible in northern river arms, 6-9 inches upstream of Sage Creek in Green River arm. 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. Linwood Bay is open for nighttime fishing again.

Kokanee salmon: Reports of a few fish being caught. Look for concentrated schools that move around in open water from 40-100 feet deep and the backs of bays and try jigging spoons tipped with gulp or power bait if you can stay on top of them. Possession of kokanee is legal again.

Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Anglers report fishing has been fair to good. Catchable stocked fish have provided a good opportunity to catch fish from the surface to 70 ft deep. Small spoons and spinners work well, tipped with meal worm, night crawler, or even Gulp.

Smallmouth bass: No recent reports. Fish have moved deep and are tough to catch in winter. Crayfish are the main forage for bass in this water.

Burbot: Anglers report good catch rates in the north end of the reservoir. Ice fishing is possible from Sage Creek upstream with 9 inches of ice. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10-30 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.





Buckboard Marina is once again hosting the ‘Pup’ulation Control Contest for lake trout. Anglers will be able to participate in this contest now through mid-June 2021 for only $20 per angler. Registered participants will be entered for prizes and immediate cash rewards for catching a tagged lake trout. One hundred lake trout under 25 inches were tagged in Wyoming with a bright green external tag and these fish are worth $100. Additionally, there are more than 80 lake trout with orange external tags remaining from last year’s contest that are worth $50. The goal of the contest is to make anglers aware of the abundance of small lake trout (<25 inches) in Flaming Gorge Reservoir and encourage harvest of these fish. Only those registered will qualify for cash and prizes. You can find more information about the contest including rules at Buckboardmarina.net.

 

 

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

 

Good

Flows: 950 average, bumping up to 2000+ in the evening.

 

Dry Flies- Small BWO's 20-24

 

Nymph Fishing-  Egg Patterns in lighter colors, Barr's emergers 20-24, Gray WD40's 20-24,  ,  gray soft hackles 18-20, scuds 16-20, Glow Bug Pink,  Neon Nightmare 6-8

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

Good

Covered with 12 inches of solid ice. Anglers report catching numerous rainbow trout up to 15" and a few brook trout. USFS road gates are closed. Over the snow machines are required to access. Try fishing typical trout lures (jigs tipped with mealworms, spoons, ice flies, powerbait, worm and bobber) as these methods usually produce fish.

 

Calder Reservoir

 

Good

No reports of ice thickness but should be fishable. Be careful accessing the ice as there are aerators on this water. Roads are still open. 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

Good

Capped with 9+ inches of ice. Reports of good fishing for rainbows and grayling. USFS road gates are closed, over the snow vehicles required for access. 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, jigging spoons, tube jigs, marabou jigs, ice flies) usually work well at this water.

 

Moose Pond

Good

Ten inches of ice and anglers report good fishing for small rainbows. Typical trout lures such a jigs and small spoons tipped with power bait or worms should work well under the ice. The water is only a few feet deep so don't let your lure sit on the bottom when ice fishing. This is a good location to bring children as access is good.

 

Matt Warner

Good

Capped with 9 inches of ice. Roads still open to wheeled traffic from Jones Hole road and 191. Reports of good fishing for rainbows from 13 to 21 inches. Typical trout lures such as jigs or spoons tipped with worms, powerbait, or mealworms should work to catch fish. A fishing graph will help ice anglers see what depth the fish are so you can get your lure in front of them. The reservoir is about 8 ft below full pool. Try moving away from launch ramp if not finding fish.

 

Sheep Creek Reservoir

Fair

Capped with 10 inches of ice. USFS road gates are closed, over the snow vehicles required for access. Reports of a few fish caught through ice. 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.

 

 

Spirit Lake

Good

Over the snow machines required for access. USFS road gates are closed. Reports of 12" of ice covering the lake. Anglers report catching tiger trout up to 14" with typical lures and baits.