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Fishing Reports

April 23, 2015

 

 

04-23-2015
 

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:  The river is running 800 cfs from midnight to about 4 p.m. then it bumps up to 1700-1800 cfs.  We will know more about high water in a few weeks. 

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

General Info: Fish and bugs are very active making for good fishing.

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

Dry Flies:  GOOD

Green River Para Cricket, Griffiths Gnat, Para Mating Midge, Hacklestacker BWO, Burks Shillouhette, Gulper Special, Morgan's Midge, Para Adams.

Midges have been thick and seem to be on the river most of the day.  Blue Wings are popping off every day as well giving us some great dry fly action.  Midges are small #20-#24, Blue Wings are #14-#18.  Today the Blue WIng hatch was pretty awesome.  Fish were feeing all over the surface but they were pretty picky!

Nymphs/Emergers:   GOOD

San Juan Worms, Jig-a-Glo, scuds in gray or green, Zebra Midges in black or brown #16-18, Egans Frenchi #16, Soft Tex scud gray or green #16-18, Black Beauty #18-22, Gray Soft Hackle #18-22, Purple Prince, Pheasant Tail, rs-2.

Nymphing has been producing fish all day.  I run 7-9 feet deep depending on the depth of the water with a no. 4 split shot about 16-18 inches above my first fly.  Midges are think in the morning and fish are chowing down on them!  Midges and blue wing nymph's have bee in almost every stomach I have pumped lately.  Scuds and aquadic worms were in a few of them as well.

Streamers:  FAIR

Galloups Dragon black, tan and olive, Barely Legal, Sculpzilla natural and olive colors, GInger Bugger, Dali Llama, Rainbow Trout Fry, Space Invader olive and balck, and Raghead Sculpin

Streamer fishing has been better for me on cloudy and storym days.  Changing up your retriev during th eday should help you find out what the fish like then stick with it.

Spin Fishing:  GOOD

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

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:  SALE!!!!  With the new season getting started our Fly Shop has some great prices on last years models.  We have rods, reels, lines, jackets, and some clothing marked down to 40%.  Our shop is always available to help with any questions on the conditions of the River.  Stop by or give us a call!!! 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 good to excellent fishing in Utah and in Wyoming.  Spoons, jigs and crankbaits (along with common trout baits, such as worms) are working from the shore and from boats.  We've heard reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the back of some of the bays.  Anglers are also catching rainbows while fishing deep water 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.  Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons.  Slow, shallow trolls along sloping banks can be an excellent technique in the spring.  It's one of the few times of year that you can just troll without specialized deep-water equipment.  Deep trolling, right on the bottow, with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish.  Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

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

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is fair to good from boats, and a few burbot have been caught from the bank.  Pick your spots in the later afternoon, so you can see the area where you want to go when it gets dark.  Be sure to take lights to find your way back.  Boat anglers can start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water.  Move shallower after sunset and 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 last report we received indicated that the iace was almost off, but we haven't heard anything on the fishing conditions.  These higher mountian lakes usually have fair to good just after ice-off.  The road gates are open.

CALDER RESERVOIR:  Good

Anglers report fair to good fishing.  Just after ice-off, there were some dead fish found along the banks.  The lake likely suffered a minor winterkill.  The water level remains low.  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.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

There area still has melting snow, which has made the roads muddy.  The ice is off and fishing if fair, but some other resevoirs in the area had a partial refreeze over the weekend.

LONG PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

There are no new reports, but the ice if off most reservoirs at the same elevation.

MATT WARNER:  Good

Fishing has been good since the ice came off.  There were a few dead fish found along the bank, but biologist believe they were likely due to winter angling loss.  Try trout biats, like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoon and crankbaits.

MOOSE POND:  Slow

The pond is ice free and fishing is slow.  The water has not yet been stocked.

SHEEP CREEK LAKE:  Slow

One anler reported fair fishing.  The roads in the area have opened.

SPIRIT LAKE:  Unstable Ice

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, and the road to the lake remains 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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