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Date 30-Apr-16
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Conditions : FLAMING GORGE: Kokanee: Anglers report slow to fair fishing, but it's starting to pick up. A few anglers are finding schools that they can reach with jigging spoons, most however are fishing in or near the usual areas but close to shore in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try using a planer board to get your lure off to the side as when kokanee are in shallow waters, they shy away from boats and noise.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow fishing has been hot this last week as the lake transitioned from ice-off to spring's warmer waters. Rainbows and cutthroat are spawning, so look for concentrations of fish near streams and sometimes launch areas. Warning: Others are also fishing there, and we've seen conflicts this year between anglers and angler/boaters. Remember boaters have the right-of-way on the ramp and boat docks when they are launching and pulling out. Rainbows are found in other areas. Look for up to 18-plus-inch rainbows on shallow flats, along cliffs and points in 10 to 20 feet of water, trolling small brightly colored spoons, plastic squids or casting using spoons, small tubes and jigs tipped with meal worm. You might also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches) that were stocked into the reservoir last summer.

Lake trout: Recent reports indicate spotty fishing. With warmer weather and a bit less wind, anglers should try a slow shallow troll along the flats and sloping shorelines or go deep along the main channel. If you locate a school or find a submerged ridge, try jigging with spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker/chub meat. Keep your smaller fish; removing them will help the fishery, and they provide some tasty treats.

Smallmouth bass: Water temperatures have kept bass in deeper waters, and fishing has been very slow.

Burbot: Some anglers have caught fish in the open waters from boats and from the shore. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth habitat) and depths of 40 to 70 feet in the early evening. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water to 10 feet, and move if you're not catching anything. As always, good lures are glow-n-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Thanks to all the anglers, between the tournaments and general fishing, there are thousands fewer burbot eating everything else.

Reported by: Utah D.W.R


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

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