FLAMING GORGE: All launch ramps are open and accessible. Surface temps of 62-65 degrees.
Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing has been slow but some anglers are picking up fish trolling cranks. Fish are being seen on graphs but have been tight lipped. Most fish will be deeper so try looking for fish in 70-100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and if located, vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. You can also try slow trolling heavy jigs. Small lake trout less than 25-inches have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout less than 25-inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare. Look for catch rates to increase as water temps warm up.
Kokanee salmon: Fishing continues to be exceptional this spring across most of the reservoir. Fish have spread out through a lot of the reservoir and can be caught in more locations than normal. The majority of fish are being caught 40 feet and deeper using downriggers. All age classes being caught which bodes well for upcoming fishing seasons. As surface temps rise please be aware that catch and release will be tough on kokanee which do not handle warm temperatures well. If you find concentrations you can jig small spoons like 1/4 ounce Northland Buckshots, Kastmasters, Thomas Cyclones in chartreuse, pink, silver, or gold and tip with Gulp maggots, corn or meal worm. Even try adding a dodger a couple feet above your spoon. Trolling dodgers/squids and small spoons or spinners is how most recent successful anglers have been catching fish. Abundant zooplankton in the reservoir this year should create opportune growth rates leading to fish in robust condition.
Rainbow trout: Fishing has been very good in many areas of the reservoir. Boat anglers can catch them long lining or using downriggers in 20-35 ft. Try casting jigs like 1/4 ounce marabous in earth tones, along the shoreline. Fly anglers can try streamers or egg patterns to shallow fish. Cicadas have been seen in numbers around the reservoir so the potential for surface action for rainbows on Cicada flies is there. Anglers fishing near or on boat ramps for rainbows should be courteous and move when boats are launching to limit congestion. The majority of rainbows have been stocked in the reservoir and it's a great time for shore fishing with the kids before the water warms and the fish move deeper.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing for smallmouth has been good to excellent. Angler report good catch rates using typical smallmouth baits. Try reaction lures like jerk baits and swim baits or tube jigs and ned rigs that might imitate crayfish. With Cicadas hatching, topwater baits may work well as fish will be looking up. Fishing success should stay good for the next few months. Fish are creating and sitting on beds now. Larger smallmouth should move deeper after spawning as water temps rise.
Burbot: No reports but usually good fishing until water temperature start to warm when burbot will move deeper. There has been no thermocline set up in the north end of the reservoir so burbot may still be in shallow water at night. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20-40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs, and Northland Buckshot or Flutter spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.