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Date 22-Jan-16
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Conditions : FLAMING GORGE: Currently, there's ice down to the Pipeline with six inches at Anvil, 8 to nine inches at Brinegar and 8 to nine inches at Buckboard. Thickness increases farther uplake. Ice is slowly forming down the lake. Only Cedar Springs and Mustang Ridge boat launches are still useable. As of today, both of those ramps were snow-covered. There's a mix of ice and open water from the Pipeline. The thickness will be variable if or when it caps over.

Kokanee salmon: Expect slow fishing as that is the usual pattern for this time of year. Kokanee are rarely caught through the ice at the Gorge.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow fishing has been good for sizeable bows up to 20 inches on shallow flats and points in 10 to 20 feet of water using small tubes and jigs tipped with meal worm. You might catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches) that were stocked into the reservoir last summer.

Lake trout: Some good lake trout (pups) fishing early near the Confluence, but recently it's been slower in that reach. Some better reports have come from farther down the lake near Buckboard and Brinegar Ferry Crossing (aka Squaw Hollow or Holmes Crossing). Fish main channel depths with jigging spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker/chub meat.

Smallmouth bass: Water temperatures have sent smallmouth bass to deeper waters and fishing has been very slow.

Burbot: Recent reports indicate better fishing in the middle portion of the reservoir. Look for rocky structures (smallmouth bass habitat) and fish depths of 10 to 40 feet. Fish caught last week were pre-spawn. Burbot typically spawn in the latter part of January in the inflows and close to shore. Try fishing shallower water and move if you're not catching fish. As always, good lures are glow-in-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, and jigging spoons tipped with sucker/chub meat. The Burbot Bash is scheduled for January 22 through 24, followed by the Buckboard Burbot Classic on January 29 through 31

Reported by: Utah D.W.R


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

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