FLAMING GORGE: Wind and warm weather have broken up much of the ice and piled much of it up on shore. Currently, there is no ice on Utah portion of the lake and, from the scattered reports from Wyoming, the main channel is clear. If there is any ice left, it would be in sheltered bays and the northern arms. The area did get new snow and rain, so many roads will be impassable. Consider staying on main roads or come prepared to dig yourself out.
Kokanee: Expect slow fishing. That's the usual pattern this time of year. However, some anglers have located schools and caught a few jigging with small spoons.
Rainbow trout: Rainbow fishing has been slow to fair as the lake transitions from ice off to the warmer waters of spring fishing. Anglers have reported some problems with algae fouling their lines as mats from the bottom are breaking off and floating to the surface. This condition is temporary because the waves will break up the mats or wash them onto the shore. Look for rainbows up to 18 to 20 inches in shallow flats and points in 10 to 20 feet of water trolling or using small tubes and jigs tipped with meal worm. You may also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches) which were stocked into the reservoir last summer.
Lake trout: Ice is off, but fishing has been slow. With warmer weather and a bit less wind, anglers should try a slow shallow troll along the flats and sloping shorelines or go deep along the main channel. If you locate a school or find a submerged ridge, try jigging with spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker/chub meat. Keep your smaller fish because removing them will help the fishery, and they provide some tasty treats.
Smallmouth bass: Water temperatures have kept bass in deeper waters and fishing has been slow.
Burbot: Some anglers have caught fish in the open area from boats. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth habitat) and depths of 40 to 70 feet in the early evening. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water to 10 feet and move if you're not catching fish. As always, good lures are glow-n-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Thanks to all the anglers, between the tournaments and general fishing, there are thousands fewer burbot eating everything else.