FLAMING GORGE: The water level is at 6,028 feet and increasing. The water temperature is about 65 degrees F in the canyon, or Utah region of the reservoir. All launches are open.
Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. The reservoir has risen six feet this spring and water temperatures have climbed to 65 degrees F. The kokanee have started to move down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well during midday along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week came from 40 to 50 feet and 1.6 to 2.2 mph, but watch your fish finder and adjust your lure depth to where you're marking fish. Smaller spoons (#1 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange) and dodgers (silver/pink or orange) work best. Tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. You might catch some cutthroat trout, too. Fishing is good in the canyon along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou jigs in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or trolling pop gear at 10 to 20 feet deep along the shoreline. Watch for concentrations of rainbow trout on the fish finder, and vertically jig with small jigging spoons like Northland Buckshots tipped with bait. If fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for a quick release. Fish were recently stocked, so small rainbows are a common, yet easy catch.
Lake trout: Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish can be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Try dropping a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Smallmouth bass are active in the shallows and jerk baits (Rapala Xrap) work great this time of year. Use a jerk-jerk-pause retrieve, varying the length of the pause to entice fish. Good colors include rainbow trout, pink and silver. Have a couple of sizes on hand, and if they're chasing without hitting, try going bigger or smaller in the same color. Top water is also fantastic early and late in the day. Try spitting top waters like Rebel PopRs, also in rainbow trout. Jigs mimicking crayfish, their primary forage, are always a great option.
Burbot: Fishing is fair. Boaters should target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water. The best activity will be found 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 the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.