FLAMING GORGE: As of yesterday, all launches in Utah are ice-free and ready to use. There's still some ice in the back of a few sheltered canyons, but open water currently extends from the dam up to Big Bend, Wyoming. Anglers report the water temperatures near Buckboard at 41 degrees. Fishing success varies by species.
Kokanee salmon: The possession restriction has ended, and you may now keep salmon. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Fishing improves when water temperatures warm into the 50s.
Rainbow trout: Anglers report fair to good fishing. In the canyon, fishing is good along the shore. Try 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 you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink some, and slowly retrieve with occasional jigging motions. When you catch one, there are likely more. Trolling can be productive near the surface (depths of 10 to 20 feet) using pop gear and a worm, spoons or even small crankbaits. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. Success has also been good through the ice further uplake. Please use extreme caution on and off the ice. Target depths of 10 to 20 feet along shallow points and flats along the main channel of the lake. A variety of lures work well, 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. Please use extreme caution near the ice. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while jigging in 50 to 70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Using a sonar or fish finder can help you easily locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. Try dropping a white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass activity slows substantially when water temperatures drops into the 40s and below. Bass are extremely difficult to catch until the water warms up.
Burbot: Fishing is fair. Please use extreme caution near the ice. 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 your lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple of inches from the bottom.