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Fishing Reports

January 18, 2015




Report and Pictures by Flaming Gorge Resorts Fishing Guide
David Schnieder


General Rating:  GOOD

General Conditions:  The season is slowly coming to an end. Most fish are moving off the spawning beds and into slower water to recover.  There has been a consistent hatch of midges about mid-day with quite a few fish feeding on them.  Fishing in general has been good as long as you don't mind frozen stripping guides and fingers.  The flow starts around 1,500 and peaks about 3,000 cfs.  it fluctuates throughout the day so be aware of the water around you when wading or floating. 

Check the following BOR link for an updated daily measurement:

Dry Flies:  FAIR

Fish are all over the midge hatch.  They are small bugs #20-#22 and the fish are gulping them like crazy!  In the slack water there was plenty of noses today.  In the tops of the bigger eddies the fish were picky but were slurping bugs off the surface.  A few Blue Wing Olive's made an appearance today but not a consistent hatch.  Fish would probably eat a BWO with a good presentation.

Dry Fly Patterns: Para Adams, Film Critic, Para Z-Lon BWO, Burks Silhouette, Morgan's Midge, Griffith's Gnat, Lawson No Hackle BWO, Sparkle Midge, Dandelion RS-2.

Nymphs:  FAIR

Egg or san juan worms are good attractors followed by a small midge or BWO pattern.  I have used a grey soft hackle and pheasant tail with success on both.  I am throwing #18-#24 zebra midge patterns.  A standard 8 to 10 foot nymph rig with 2 BB split shot seems to keep my flies in the strike zone.  As the water drops I had to shorten up in some areas (4-6 feet deep).

Nymph Patterns: Scuds, San Juan worms, Juju beatis/Jujube midge, Pheasant tail, Zebra midge, Rs-2, Gray soft hackle, Egan's Frenchie, Black Beauty, Turkey biot midges, wd-50, prince nymph,cased caddis, jig-a-glow, and eggs (pink, orance, yellow).

Streamers:  GOOD

Olive was the color today.  I fished a 9 ft 2x leader with 2-4 feet of 2x tippet.  This was more productive than using a sinking leader or a sink tip fly line.  Sculpin patterns fished slow and deep turned most of the fish.  Only a few came out of fast water or fast retrieves.  I threw black, white and ginger also but they were not getting the chases or eats that the olive had.  The strikes were subtle and with frozen fingers made it difficult to stick them sometimes.

Streamers: Galloups Dragon black, tan and olive, Barely Legal, Sculpzilla natural and olive colors, Ginger bugger, Dali Llama, Rainbow trout fly, Space invador olive and black, Raghead sculpin, sleech, and wooly buggers.

Spin Fishing:  GOOD

Zig Jigs in black, tan and, olive. Rapala, fly and bubble, kast master, and spinners.

When throwing the zig-jig try to keep it moving consistently but also lifting the rid tip to add a little more action.  The slower the water is the slower you can retrieve without getting hung on the bottom structure.  Fishing a floatig rapala will also turn fish.  The F-11 brown trout is the most consistent.  Fishing it with a crankbait, jerk sideways while retrieving adds a motion the fish really like.  When using treble hooks please cut 2 of the three hooks off and pinch the barbs.  This will reduce the mortality of the trout as well as come out of your skin easier.

Other Information: 

Our fly shop is full of gear waiting to go home with you.  Lots of blow out prices till so come by and check it out.  We have select Sage and Redington rods and reels that are marked 40%-50% off retail.  Rods, reels, waders, boots and nets are available in the fly shop for rental also.  We have shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other souveniers marked at buy 1 get one FREE!  The station is closed for the season but we still have drift boat and raft rentals available as well as shuttles.  Shop hours are Sunday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays so please stop by or give us a call at 435-889-3773 Ext. 2. Tight lines!



Report brought to you by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
by Ron Stewart, Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager


Cleaning fish: Biologists now believe the disposal of fish parts, especially the head and skeleton, is one of the primary reasons whirling disease has spread to new waters. To avoid moving whirling disease and other undesired organisms, you should clean fish at home and send the parts to a landfill. If that isn't possible, please clean the fish and bury the parts at least 100 yards away from the water's edge. Do not move fish or fish parts from one water to another. 

There's currently ice down to the Pipeline, with four to five inches at Anvil, seven to eight inches at Brinegar and eight to nine inces at Buckboard.  The ice gains thickness further uplake.  Ice is slowly forming downlake with only Cedar Springs and Mustang Ridge boat launches still in use.  As of Monday, both of those ramps were snow covered.  You'll find a mix of ice and open water downlake fromt he Pipeline, so the thickness will vary significantly if or when it completely caps over.

Kokanee salmon: Expect slow fishing, which is typical this time of year.  Anglers rarely catch kokanee through the ice.

Rainbow trout: Fishing is good for rainbow trout between 18 and 20 inches long.  Try fishing on shallow flats and points in 10 to 20 feet of water using small tubes and jigs tipped with mealworm.  You may also catch 10 to 14 inch cutthroats that were stocked last summer.

Lake trout: You'll find some good lake trout (pups) fishing early near the Confluence, but recently fishing has been slower in that reach of the reservoir.  Some better reports have come from further downlake near Buckboard and Brinegar Ferry Crossing (also known as Squaw Hallow or Holmes Crossing).  Fish main channel depths with jigging spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker or chub meat.

Smallmouth bass:  The cooler water temperatures have sent the bass to deeper waters, and anglers report very slow fishing.

Burbot: Recent reports indicate better fishing in the middle portion of the reservoir.  Look for rocky structure (smallmouth habitat) and fish at depths of 10 to 40 feet.  The fish caught last week were pre-spawn burbot.  Burbot typically spawn in late January in the inflows and close to shore.  Try fishing in shallower water.  If you're not catching burbot, move to other locations.  As always, good lures to use include glow-n-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes and jigging spoons tipped with sucker or chub meat.  The 2016 Burbot Bash is scheduled for January 22-24, followed by the Buckboard Burbot Classic on January 29-31.

Report Information Courtesy of the Division of Wildlife Resource


Warnings: Several lakes in northeastern Utah may contain quagga and/or zebra mussels. Learn more about these destructive mussels and how to decontaminate your boat at

Whirling disease was found in the northeastern region of the state. Please make sure you clean, dry and sterilize waders, livewells and other fishing gear before venturing to another water.

Cleaning fish: Biologists now believe the disposal of fish parts, especially the head and skeleton, is one of the primary reasons whirling disease has spread to new waters. To avoid moving whirling disease and other undesired organisms, you should clean fish at home and send the parts to a landfill. If that isn't possible, please clean the fish and bury the parts at least 100 yards away from the water's edge. Do not move fish or fish parts from one water to another. 


The water level is low for maintenance purposes.  Fishing should be fair to good for brook trout through the ice.  The are recieved snow during the last couple of storms and the roads are closed


The lake has ice.  Fishing has been fair to good with small plastics.  Calder has catch-and-release regulations. Drifts have closed the road so it may be difficult to access the reservoir, if you can access it at all.  Members of Trout Unlimited recently installed wind-generated aerators of Calder.  Their goal is to keep the water oxygenated and reduce winterkill.  Please leave the aerators alone.  If you think there is a problem, please call us at 435-781-9453, and we will check on it.  Calder has special catch-and-release regulations.  You may only use flies and lures here.  Baits and scented (or salted) lures are not allowed.  See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.


Water levels are extremely low.


There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.  The roads are closed, so you'll need a snowmobille or skis to reach the reservoir.  Try fishing with trout baits like worms and artifical baits, or tipping a small lure or fly with a mealworm.


There haven't been any recent reports, but ice fishing is usually fiar to good.  The roads are closed because the area has received snow.  You can access the reservoir by skiing in or using a snowmobile.


The lake has fishable ice and anglers have reported good fishing.  You can access the reservoir by ski or snomobile only.


The pond has about 10 to 12 inces of ice.  Anglers report fair to good fishing, mostly for the stocked rainbows.  Try tipping a small jig with mealworms or artificial bait.  The bites have been light, so set your hook and remember that you're only in three to six feet of water.


Sheep Creek has ice, but we haven't received any recent reports from anglers.  The area recently received snow and high winds, so access may be difficult.


The lake has ice and fishing should be fair to good, but we haven't seen any recent reports.  The area recently received snow and has had high winds.  Access will be difficult, even with a snow machine.

(435) 889-3773 ext. 2