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September 13th

Flaming Gorge

Good

All launch ramps are open and accessible. Surface temps of 68 degrees. Recreational boater traffic has slowed.

Lake trout: Lake Trout are beginning to move to spawning locations and some are getting spawning colors. Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing has been fair to good. Most fish will be deeper so try looking for fish in 70-100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. As water temps continue to cool, trolling minnow lures nearer to the surface will start to work better. If trolling, watch for concentrations and individual fish on your fish finder and if located, vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters, yamamoto, gitzit) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Crayfish color jigs also will work for small fish. You can also try slow trolling heavy jigs or use small spoons and crankbaits trolled on downriggers. 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 your limit of lake trout less than 25-inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare. Fishing for small lake trout during the fall and early winter can be exceptional so take advantage of the 12 fish limit and 2 day possession and fill up the freezer with some smoked lake trout. They make great Christmas gifts for your fish loving friends.

Kokanee salmon: Possession of kokanee closed Sept. 10 - Nov. 30.

Rainbow trout: Fishing has been good. Boat anglers can catch them long lining or using downriggers in 20-50 ft. Also try using planer boards trolled close to shore as surface temps drop. Anglers can also try casting lures and worms and a bobber from shore. Fishing will only get better from shore as water temps cool down.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing for smallmouth has been good in the canyon. Angler report good catch rates using typical smallmouth baits. Larger fish have gone deeper (20-30 ft). Try reaction lures like tube jigs and ned rigs that might imitate crayfish. Small twist tail jigs also work well to catch smaller bass. Fishing success should stay good for the next couple months until surface temps drop below 50 degrees.

Burbot: No reports but burbot fishing should start to pick up as water temps dropp off. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 50-60 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs, and Northland Buckshot or Flutter spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. In Oct-Dec, as water temperatures cool off and fish prepare to spawn, try fishing shallower at night(20-30 feet)using the same techniques to get prespawn fish.

 

 

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam

 

Good

 

Flows: Around 2000 most of the day, rising in the evening and dropping overnight.  Flows come back up at 6:00 am

 

Dry Flies- Midges 20-24, BWO's #20-24

 

Nymph Fishing-  Glow Bugs, WD40's in Gray and Red 18-24, Red Midges,  your favorite attractor.

Midge Larva 18-22

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 

 

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.