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June 2nd, 2021

Flaming Gorge


All boat ramps are open. Surface temp is about 62 degrees.

Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success is fair to good depending on the day, patience is key when fishing for lake trout. Lake trout are moving deeper as water warms. Try locating active fish (60-80 feet) trolling or jigging baits. If you don't find them there, try along main channel depths and on structure 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 lures 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.

Kokanee salmon: Reports of fish being caught. Look for fish in open water from 40-60 feet deep. Most fish being caught using downriggers. Dodger and squid, inline spinners, small spoons and other erratic lures in pinks, greens and orange colors all can work. Try changing colors/lures if seeing fish and they aren't hitting.<>

Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Rainbows at depths from surface to 50 feet, can be found just about anywhere. Look for fish along shallow points and shorelines while water is cool. Good time of year for shore anglers. Recent reports of cicadas in the lower canyon area.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing has improved as bass have moved shallower. Crayfish are the main forage for bass in this water. Tube jigs, twist tail grubs, small spinnerbaits, ned rigs, stickbaits, wackyworms and topwater lures can all work. Remember limit in UT is now only 3 fish and catch and release only in WY.

Burbot: No recent angling reports. Boat and shore anglers can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 30-60 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. Please remember all burbot caught must be killed. Fish will go deep as water warms.

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 June 13th 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



Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam




Flows: 860


Dry Flies- Cicadas, Crickets, and Chernobyl Ants 8-10

Nymph Fishing-  .  Neon Nightmare.   Scuds 18-22  BWO nymphs and emergers 18-20

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


USFS roads and campgrounds are open. Good population of rainbow and brook trout. Try fishing typical trout lures (jigs tipped with worms, Powerbait, worm and bobbers, spoons, spinners, flys) as these methods usually produce fish.


Calder Reservoir



Continued reports of good fishing for multiple sizes of rainbows, cutts and browns. Fish consume mostly midge larvae, damselfly larvae, sow bugs, 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


The reservoir is open. Anglers report decent success. Water level is low but increasing. 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, spoons, tube jigs, marabou jigs, flys) usually work well at this water.


Moose Pond


Recently stocked. Turbid water conditions. Anglers catching stocked rainbows. Typical trout lures work in this water(power bait, worm and bobber, spinners, spoons, flys). Only about 5 feet deep so don't need fish very deep. Trail around entire pond makes for good access. Good location to take children. This water is a "Fishing with the Fox" contest location so if you catch a tagged fish make sure to register to be part of the prize drawing.


Matt Warner


Continued reports of good fishing success. Good numbers of fish in multiple size classes. A good time of year for shore angling as fish are shallow and close to shore with cool water temperatures. Fish mostly feed on aquatic insects (midge, damselfly), redside shiners, leeches and zooplankton. Powerbait, worms, spoons, spinners, fly presentations, small minnow imitation baits can all work here. Don't be afraid to harvest some fish as low water levels could imact populations later this year.


Sheep Creek Reservoir


USFS roads and camping areas open. Good location to catch large cutthroat trout in spawning colors. 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


USFS road gates are open and road was plowed of drifts. The lake is still frozen except around the edges. Ice is very soft so should melt soon. Campground still has a lot of snow. Anglers can fish in shallows along shoreline. Possibility of catching tiger trout up to 14" with typical lures and baits.