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Date 20-Nov-21
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Conditions : FLAMING GORGE: Surface temps in the upper 40s to low 50s. Kingfisher cut-through is about 2 feet deep.

Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success has improved with some anglers having good days on large and small fish. Patience is key when fishing for lake trout. Lake trout are currently deep but moving shallower as water temps continue to drop. Some anglers have been catching small lake trout close to shore and shallow. Fish have moved near spawning locations. Try locating active fish (60 to 100 feet) trolling or jigging baits. If you don't find them there, try along main channel depths and on structure in 60 to 100 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- to 3/8-ounce weight and tipped with sucker or chub meat. Trolling lures shallow behind planer boards can work well for large active fish. 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 are overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. Please help the resource by harvesting some of these fish. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare.

Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Anglers report catching numerous rainbows and the shore fishing has picked up significantly. Try typical lures such as spinners, spoons and jigs tipped with some type of bait.

Smallmouth bass: No recent reports but success usually drops once water temperature drops below 50 degrees. 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 Utah is now only 3 fish and catch and release only in Wyo.

Burbot: Current angling reports indicate slow fishing. Fish will start to move to river arms in preparation for winter spawn. Angling success should increase until ice up. Boat and shore anglers can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 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.

Reported by: Utah D.W.R


Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • Rainbow
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Kokanee

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