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March 30, 2015

 

 

03-30-2015
 

Report and Pictures by Flaming Gorge Resorts Fishing Guide
David Schnieder


 

General Rating:  GOOD

Fishing Pressure:  MODERATE/HIGH  Warm spring weather and good fishing has drawn lots of anglers to the Green lately.  Seeing a steady increase in boat traffic and wade fisherman.

Flow Info:  Morning flows are 1700 cfs until around 6:00 p.m. when they release to 2700 csf.  

 Check the following BOR link for an updated daily measurement:  http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/uv?09234500

General Info: Get here SOON!!  The fishing has been great and is getting better!  BWO's are popping off strong as well as midges all day.  Fish are chowing down, both on the surface and sub-surface.

Hatches:  BWO's, midges, ants, and crickets

Dry Flies:  GOOD

Griffiths gnat, para mating midge, green river split tail baetis, Morgan's midge, hackle stacker BWO, brook sprout, gulper special, hacklestacker baetis, Split tail para baetis, and para adams. 

BWO's are size 14-20 and midges are size 20-24.  Tapering down to 6x and having a long (10-12 ft) leader will help give your fly a better presentation.  I have been seeing some very good pods of feeding fish throughout the day.  I have also been fishing crickets in the afternoon with quite a few eats.

Nymphs/Emergers:   GOOD

Jig-a-glo, zebra midges black or brown, juju baetis, rs-2, pheasant tail, midge bomb, gray soft hackle, scuds, wd-40, Egans Frenchie, sparkle wings rs-2.

Nymphing with a tandem rig has been pretty productive.  Eggs are still a good attractor pattern followed by a small midge or BWO.  I fished a double zebra midge or a BWO with a zebra midge trailer when the fish were not on the surface.  Since the water is running fairly high I used 2 BB split shot to get down to the fish.  Keeping your flies in the "fishy" zone will better your chances of getting hook ups.

Streamers:  GOOD/FAIR

Galloups Dungeon, chain reaction, space invader, party girl, rag head sculpin, wool head, sculpzilla (white, olive, black and ginger)

With the sunny clear skies the streamer bite hasn't been amazing.  This time of year a dead drift or slow strip retrieve is going to be the most effective in slower water and fast retrieve will be better in fast water.   Color can vary by the day.  On a sunny day, I choose a bright color like white and make changes depending on the fishes reactions.  Cloudy overcast days will honestly be your best bet for some good streamer fishing.  I usually start with a dark sculpin and make changes as the day progresses.  You will want to fish pretty tight to the bank and work your way out until you think you fished the water real hard.

Spin Fishing:  GOOD

Spin fishing is always productive.  Jigs and rapalas are most popular for spin fishing here.  The jig is supposed to imitate a wounded baitfish or sculpin.  Try different retreive speeds and how often you jig.  Rapalas will lure fish from just about anywhere.  Using floating rapalas will keep you from catching bottom every cast.  The treble hook can cause some major damage to the fish.  We suggest taking a treble hook or two off so that the fish don't get major damage done to them.  Some people will take the treble hooks off and use single hooks in their place.

Other Information:  The shop has some super deals going on with 40-50% off select rods, reels, gloves, etc...We also love to hear your feedback at the end of your day!  Tight Lines and may the Fish be Biting!!!

DAVID'S WEEKLY PHOTOS

 

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

 

Utah's boat ramps and most of Wyoming's boat ramps are ice free, so you can launch a boat.  The water levels have held up well.  Some water is being released in preparation for the spring thaws in the upper Green River drainage.

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 http://wildlife.utah.gov/threats.html

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. 

Kokanee salmon: There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.

Rainbow troout: Anglers report fair to good fishing in Utah and in Wyoming.  Spoons, jigs, and crankbaits, along with commont trout baits such as worms, are working from the shore. through the ice or from a boat.  We've received reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the backs of some of the bays.  Anglers are catching rainbows in deep water when they're out fishing for lake trout. 

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing, mostly from boats.  Fish can be anywhere, although more are still being taken in deeper waters.  If you mark a group, try holding position and drop a vertical presentation such as a jigging spoon (chartreuse) or 3-inch tube jig (white).  Tip your lure with a small chunk of sucker meat and vary jigging activity until you learn the fish's behavior.  Also try trolling through or just above the school, usually 45 to 75 feet deep.  Try different crankbaits or brightly-colored spoons.  Deep trolling right on the bottom with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially for those going after big fish.  Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.  Linwood Bay is now open. 

Smallmouth bass:  Fishing is slow because the bass are deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate fishing is fair to good from boats and slower up the northern arms.  Try picking a spot in late afternoon, so you can see your area and figure out where you want to go when it gets dark.  Be sure to take lights to find your way back.  Start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water and move shallower as the night progresses.  Burbot will hit during the day, generally in deep water (around 75 feet down), but they become more active during the twilight and evening hours when they move into shallower waters (approximately 20 feet down) to forage.  Some fish will follow channels and come into waters less then 10 feet deep.  Try fishing along the rocky shores, points, cliffs and the old channels.  Fish the bottom or just slightly above it.  Use just about anything that glows (including sppons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnows or jigging spoons) and tip your lure with some type of bait.  (Cut bait, like sucker meat, is recommended.) Another good option is to use a worm with a marshmallow placed about 6 to 10 inches above the weight.  Place your lure or bait within inches of the bottom and recharge the glow frequently.  It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure.  You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by  harvesting as many burbot as possible.  There is no limit on burbot.  

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 http://wildlife.utah.gov/threats.html

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. 

BROWNE LAKE:  Fair

The lake is covered with ice. We haven't received any recent reports on fishing conditions. The roads are still gated and the area got some snow.

CALDER RESERVOIR:  Slow

The lake is covered with ice and a thin layer snow. The ice thickness recently went from ten inches to six. Anglers report slow fishing. Reservoir water levels are low, but the area did get some snow recently, so you can expect muddy roads. Calder has catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only; bait and scented or salted lures are not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

CROUSE RESERVOIR:  Slow

Water levels are extremely low. Last year, most of the remaining water was pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

We haven't received any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions. Older reports indicate that ice is covering the reservoir and fishing is fair. The Uintas have been getting snow at higher elevations.

LONG PARK RESERVOIR:  Good

There are no new reports, but you should expect ice.  Check the ice conditions carefully before you venture out.  Try using small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp. 

MATT WARNER:  Good

The ice is starting to melt. There is some thin ice near the shoreline and the cap has dropped from around 12 inches to six. Roads are a combination of snow, ice, slush and mud. It is generally accessible in the morning when everything is frozen. As the ice and snow thaw during the day, the roads can get extremely muddy, so try going out early. Try a mealworm or a piece of a nightcrawler from a bare hook or small jig. Smaller, light-colored offerings seem to be working the best. The area received very little snow. That made is so that anglers cold drive up to the reservoir all winter, but it also means that the water level will likely be low.

MOOSE POND:  Slow

We haven't received any recent reports on fishing or ice conditions. The last report was of slow fishing. The pond is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout during the summer. 

SHEEP CREEK LAKE:  Slow

The lake is covered with ice, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers. The roads in the area are closed for the winter.  Check the ice carefully before venturing out. 

SPIRIT LAKE:  Fair

The lake has with fishable ice, but we haven't received any recent reports from anglers.   You can access the lake by skis or snowmobiles, but the roads are closed.  Spirit Lake was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout last summer.  Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout.  Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into these upper lakes and they will take two or three years to reach catchable sizes.

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