Fishing is fair to good at Flaming Gorge Reservoir
by Utah Division of Wildlife
Kokanee Salmon: Flaming Gorge and Sheep Creek (a tributary stream south of Manila) are now closed to the take of kokanee to protect the spawning population. All kokanee caught between Sept. 10 and Nov. 30 must be immediately released. Sheep Creek (from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley Forest Boundary) is closed to fishing from Aug. 15 to Nov. 30.
Rainbow Trout: Spoons and crankbaits are working well from shore and behind boats. Fish are now in their fall pattern and can be caught at any level from the surface to 40 feet down. We've had reports of schools balling up in the backs of some of the bays.
Lake Trout: Fishing is improving. If you spot a large group of lakers, the best option is to hold your position and drop a vertical presentation. Good presentation options include a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or three-inch tube jig (white) in weights heavy enough (3/8-1/2-ounce to get down to 70-100 feet and feel the strike. Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you determine the behavior of the fish. Sometimes subtle jigging provokes a hit, but other times, fish hit when the jig is bounced along the bottom aggressively. Mix it up to develop a pattern. Keep your limit of small lake trout. They are tasty, and removing some of them will help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.
Smallmouth Bass: The bass are slowing down, but they're still active, especially in the canyon reach where densities are highest. A variety of jigs, top-waters and jerk baits will all catch fish at one time or another. Small jigs and even top-waters are the most fun, especially for young anglers. These lures will provide the most hits and opportunities to catch good numbers of bass. Remember to keep a limit of the smaller fish, if possible. They are very tasty, and removal of these bass will free up more resources for other fish, which will help the fishery.
Burbot: More anglers are targeting and catching burbot outside of the ice-fishing season. They can be caught during the summer, spring and especially late fall. The fishing is currently good to hot with some anglers catching over 100 fish per boat a night. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. Burbot will hit during the day, generally in the deeper waters; however, they become more active during the twilight hours when they move into the shallows to forage. Fish the bottom (or just slightly above it) in depths from 10-50 feet. Use just about anything that glows (e.g., spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnow jigs, jigging spoons) and tip it with some type of bait. (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Place your lure within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after recharging and dropping a lure. Anglers are now limited to the summer regulations on poles. You can have one pole with a fishing license or two poles with a two-pole permit. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot. The Burbot Bash will be Nov. 15, 2013 to Jan. 26, 2014. There will be two weekends of prizes for the most, biggest and smallest burbot (Nov. 15-17 and Jan 24-26) with a tagged fish contest continuing between those two weekends.
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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Reportsfor Friday, October 25th, 2013
Boulder Mountain Lakes: Boulder Mountain Lakes close Nov. 1, however October can be great for fishing
Clear Creek UT: Non-native trout are being removed from Clear Creek
East Fork Sevier River: Brown Trout in the East Fork of the Seviers River are very aggressive right now
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Reportsfor Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Scoefield Reservoir: Tiger Trout are biting better than Cutts at Scoefield Reservoir
: Biologist report indicates a sampling of Chubs, Tiger Muskie & Splake Trout in Joes Valley Reservoir
Huntington Reservoir: The fish are very active at Huntington Reservoir
Flaming Gorge Reservoir (UT & WY): Fishing is fair to good at the Gorge, if one species isn't working, move to the next
Green River: The fishing is good on the Green River as the Browns begin their spawn
Red Fleet Reservoir: Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows & walleye at Red Fleet Reservoir
Spirit Lake: Spirit Lake was recently treated as part of the Colorado River Cutthroat Trout restoration project
Starvation Reservoir: Raiinbow & Walleye fishing is good, Bass fishing is fair at Starvation Reservoir
Steinaker Reservoir: Good fishing for Rainbows, Bass fishing is cooling at Steinaker Reservoir