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Flaming Gorge Sponsored by
Date 01-Dec-17
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Conditions : FLAMING GORGE: The reservoir's elevation is at 6,032 feet and descending. The water temperature is <50 degrees F in the canyon of the Utah region.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing for kokanee reopens Dec. 1.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is good. Now that water temperatures have cooled, trout are active along the shoreline. Casting jigs and spoons and retrieving with the occasional jig and pause is most effective. Watch your line during the pause, as many of the hits will come as the lure drops through the water column. Good lures are 1/4-ounce marabou jigs in earth tones and spoons in silver, copper and chartreuse. If fishing from shore, cast the lure in a 45-degree angle from shore, and let the lure drop 10 to 15 feet before retrieving.,Trolling 10 to 20 feet deep and 1.5-2 mph with pop gear, spinners and small spoons has also been effective. Let the lure out 100 to 150 feet before attaching the line to the downrigger or inline weight. The longer set-back will help decrease spooking of shallow fish. You might catch lake trout using these same tactics.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair. The spawn is coming to an end and lake trout are hungry once again. Anglers are consistently catching smaller lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be located suspended above the bottom using a fish finder. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. Vertically jig a white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) on a 3/8-ounce head tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well. Some lake trout are being caught while casting jigs and spoons along the shoreline, and longline trolling shallow running crankbaits like Rapala Shad Raps and Xraps. Linwood Bay is closed to nighttime fishing (sunset to sunrise) until December 9.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. Now that water temperatures have dropped into the 40s, bass fishing has slowed down considerably and they will be only the occasional catch until spring. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earthtone colors), their primary forage, are the best option.

Burbot: Fishing is good. Some recent reports indicate that fishing success is picking up. Many are jigging for lake trout, even during the day, but the best activity has been at night. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 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 the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Hot spots are uplake of Buckboard near the Confluence/Lost Dog and Firehole boat launch. Ice will start to form uplake with the next cold snap.

Reported by: Utah D.W.R


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

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