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Flaming Gorge Sponsored by
Date 17-Nov-16
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Conditions : FLAMING GORGE: Fishing is fair to good across the reservoir.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession. It is illegal to possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30.

fishing is improving. Fall fishing can be exceptional for rainbow trout in Flaming Gorge, and the shorter days and cooler nighttime temps will quickly increase trout activity. Try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points along the length of the Canyon Region of the reservoir. Anglers trolling for lake trout will also catch rainbow trout, especially while using similar gear at similar depths. Shoreline anglers are having some success early in the morning and late in the day while soaking worms or PowerBait.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing. They are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling and jigging in 60 to 80 feet of water near steep drop-offs and main channel points. Look for fish suspended above the bottom. When trolling, try lures like the Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper Serpent spoon (tequila sunrise coloring), Northland Forage Minnows (rainbow trout coloring) and Rapala crankbaits (rainbow trout coloring) at speeds of 1.6 to 1.8 mph. If you locate a large concentration of lake trout, you can also try dropping a white or watermelon tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well. Remember that Linwood Bay is closed from official sunset to sunrise, from Oct. 15 until 6 a.m. on Dec. 10.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is fair. Smallmouth bass activity is declining, but you can still find fish in shallow water along the rocky shoreline. When you find one, there will likely be many, and you can catch them using a variety of methods and techniques. Jigs in 1/4-ounce weights rigged with tubes or curly tails in earth-tone colors are almost always a good choice. Dropshot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnows are also very effective.

Burbot: Fishing is fair. Expect fishing to improve now that water temperatures have dropped into the 50s. Good locations to try include Linwood Bay and north into Wyoming where burbot densities are greatest. Remember that Linwood Bay is closed from official sunset to sunrise, from Oct. 15 until 6 a.m. on Dec. 10. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water. You may catch them during the day as they key into areas where lake trout and kokanee are spawning. You will find the best activity at night, though, while 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 the glow frequently and jig the presentation close to the bottom.

Reported by: Utah D.W.R


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

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