FLAMING GORGE: The water is 40 to 45 degrees F in the canyon, or Utah region of the reservoir. The lake is ice free and all launches are open. Fishing varies from slow to good, depending on species.
Kokanee salmon: Fishing picks up when the water temperature warms into the 50s, but some kokanee are biting while anglers vertical jig with spoons. You should also try trolling close to the surface.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. In the canyon, fishing is good along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points. If fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some, and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging strokes. When you catch one, there are likely more. Pinch down the barbs for quick release.
Lake trout: Fishing is good. Recent reports have been spotty. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while jigging in 50 to 70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be easily located suspended above the bottom using a sonar or fish finder. Try dropping a white or glow-n- the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well. Also try trolling crankbaits behind planer, boards along the shoreline, early and late in the day.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass activity drops substantially in the winter when the water reaches the 40s and they are extremely difficult to catch until water warms into the 50s.
Burbot: Fishing is fair. We haven't received many reports since the ice melted. Boaters can still look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water. The best activity will be found 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.