FLAMING GORGE: Fishing is fair to good for most species:
Kokanee salmon: Closed through the end of November. Remember that it is illegal to possess kokanee salmon from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. Surface water temperatures are cooling, and fishing is improving. Fall fishing can be exceptional for rainbow trout at Flaming Gorge, and this is the time of year when shorter days and cooler nighttime temps can quickly increase trout activity. Try casting jigs near creek inlets along the length of the canyon region of the reservoir. Also, while fishing near shore, let your jig drop further in the water column where water temps are cooler (about 20 to 40 feet down). Anglers who are trolling for lake trout will also frequently catch rainbow trout, using similar gear at similar depths. Shoreline anglers are having some success while soaking worms and PowerBait, especially early in the morning and late in the day.
Lake trout: Fishing is good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling and jigging in 60 to 70 feet of water near steep drop-offs and main channel points. Look for fish suspended above the bottom. When trolling, try lures like the Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoon (Tequila sunrise variety), Northland Forage Minnows (rainbow trout variety) and Rapala crankbaits (rainbow trout variety) at speeds of 1.61.8 mph. If you locate a good concentration of lake trout, you can also try dropping a white or watermelon tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker or chub meat.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Smallmouth bass are still active in shallow water along the rocky shoreline. You can catch them using a variety of methods and techniques. Jigs in 1/4- to 3/8-ounce weights rigged with tubes, curly tails or hula grubs in earth-tone colors are almost always a good choice. Drop-shot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnows are also very effective. For some excitement, try topwater poppers early and late in the day when the conditions are calm. The surface activity can still be exceptional this time of year, and fishing will hold up while water temperatures remain in the 60s.
Burbot: Fishing is fair. Burbot activity will start to increase as the reservoir cools and water temperatures drop into the 50s. Good locations to try include Linwood Bay and north into Wyoming, where burbot densities are greatest. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water. As always, fish at night and use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat and recharge the glow frequently. Jig the presentation close to the bottom.