Fishing is fair to good at Flaming Gorge depending on the species
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, jigs 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, which creates fast fishing.
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. If jigging doesn't produce, try trolling through or just above the school. Try different lures such as brightly colored spoons or crankbaits. 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 have slowed down, but there have been a few reports from successful anglers, especially in the canyon reach where densities are highest. Try a variety of jigs or crank/jerk baits and fish deep.
Burbot: More anglers are targeting and catching burbot outside of the ice-fishing season. Fishing has been good to exceptional, with some anglers catching more than 100 fish per boat each 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) and tip your lure 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 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 Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Bear Lake: Lake Trout & Cutthroat Trout are both active at Bear Lake
East Canyon Reservoir: Rainbow Trout are on the feed at East Canyon Reservoir
Logan River: Fishing is good throughout Logan River for 'bows & browns
Ogden River: Fishing for Browns is good in the Ogden River right now
Rockport Reservoir: Fishing at Rockport Reservoir is excellent
Weber River: Anglers report good fishing from Echo Reservoir to South Weber River
Huntington Creek: Fall fishing survey reports that the Huntington Creek fish are larger & healthier than last year
Huntington Reservoir: Huntington Reservoir is still open water & the fishing is very good
Millsite Reservoir & State Park: Millsite Reservoir is fishing well but the fish have been smaller
Scoefield Reservoir: 18.3 lb. Tiger Trout caught at Scofield Reservoir, which is just short of the Utah state record
Straight Canyon Creek: Very nice Brown Trout fishing, 12" to 13" range at Straight Canyon Creek
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Reportsfor Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Flaming Gorge Reservoir (UT & WY): Fishing is fair to good at Flaming Gorge. If one species isn't working, move to the next
Green River: Green River anglers are reporting good fishing as the Browns are in spawn mode
Red Fleet Reservoir: Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows and walleye from boats at Red Fleet Reservoir
Starvation Reservoir: Recent reports indicate good fishing for rainbow and walleye at Starvation Reservoir
Steinaker Reservoir: Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, & they're also catching a few browns at Steinaker