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Date 16-Feb-17
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Conditions : FLAMING GORGE: Fishing is generally good at the Gorge right now. Here's a closer look at individual species.

Kokanee salmon: The possession restriction has ended, and you may now keep salmon. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is good. Please use extreme caution. Ice has diminished throughout most of the bays, and a lot of open water is beginning to show. There are spots where the ice appears safe, but recent warmer weather has created pockets of thin, unsafe ice. During the past few weeks, a variety of lures have worked, including small tube jigs, curly tail grubs and jigging spoons in vibrant colors. Be sure to tip your lure with nightcrawler, PowerBait or a mealworm.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing, especially from the ice-covered portion of the reservoir. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while jigging in 40 to 70 feet of water. Using a sonar or fish finder can help you easily locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. Try dropping a white, watermelon or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon and tip your jig with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass activity slows substantially in the winter when water temperatures drops into the 40s and below. Bass are extremely difficult to catch at this time of year.

Burbot: Anglers report good fishing. There are many places that have very unstable ice, so please use extreme caution when venturing out, whether you're on the Utah side or the Wyoming side. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches at Sage Creek and 10 (or more) inches at Firehole. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water. Anglers reported finding bigger burbot at depths of 80 feet or more. 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 your lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation close to the bottom.

Reported by: Utah D.W.R


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

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