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Fishing Reports

May 23, 2016




Report and Pictures by Flaming Gorge Resorts Fishing Guide
David Schnieder


General Rating:  GOOD

General Conditions:  Fishing has improved even with the murky water.  Seems like the fish have adjusted to the colder water running from the tributaries.  No sign of Cicadas yet but we should be seeing them soon.  Nymphing and throwing streamers has been most productive.  I haven't received any insider info as to when our spring high water will start.  In the past it's been the last week of May that we start seeing the increase.  The water flow is about 850 cubic feet per second and water temperature is between 45 and 47 degrees fahrenheit.     

Check the following BOR link for an updated daily measurement:


No cicadas yet but they should be here anytime soon.  Hoppers and crickets are along the banks but not down on the shoreline yet.  I have fished a dry dropper set up a few times with a few eats on a big dry fly.  Most of them were on tan/brown beetles #14.  Other guides have told me they have had the same action but with black crickets/ants.  There are still BWO's and lots of midges out but I haven't seen them being eaten too often.  With a little patience I am sure you will turn fish with a dry fly but remember to be patient.

Dry Fly Patterns: Fat Albert #14, Para Cricket #14-16, Army ant black #14-16, Para Adams, Film Critic, Burks Silhouette, Morgan's Midge, Griffith's Gnat, Sparkle Midge, Dandelion RS-2, klinkhammer baetis, snowshoe midge, Para ext. body BWO.

Nymphs:  GOOD

Dead drifting buggers followed by a small midge will definitely put fish in your net.  Large aquatic worms and scuds are great flies to use as attractors in the murky water.  Be sure to adjust your depth/weight to follow the fish in the feeding columns.  I am using the attractor followed by a dark color midge.  The depth seemed to be most important in the last few days.  I am fishing just barely above the river bottom.  Hitting bottom once in a while kind of assures your depth is good.  I have been ranging 4 to 7 feet with a number 4 split shot.  Red and silver or black and silver zebra midges have been consistently getting eats and should continue with too.  The strikes have been subtle and I suggest setting the hook on any hesitaiton of the indicator.

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

Streamers:  GOOD

Stripping streamers will give you a shot at some good fish.  I think just abut any streamer will turn them right now.  Ginger and olive have been my favorite colors for the last week.  Steady and consistent retrieves turned more fish than a slower retrieve.  Most of them ate it as we reached for another strip.  We did have quite a few short strikes but they were almost just as fun as the ones we stuck.

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

Hair jigs, rapalas and spinners will put fish in your net.  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.  Spin dredging is a good way to fish flies on your spinning rod also.  Tying flies on (tags) above some split shot can be very productive.  This allows your flies to drift above the bottom of the river while the weight belowe keeps your flies down.  The fly shop employees would be happy to show you how to set this up.  Fishing a floating 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 3 hooks off and pinch the barb.  This will reduce the mortality of the trout as well as come out of your skin easier.

Spinners:  Zig jigs in black, tan, and olive.  Rapala, fly and bubble.

Other Information: 

The Fly Shop is bringing in new gear every time I walk in.  There are select Sage and Redington rods and reels that are marked 40%-50% off retail.  There is a full line of  waders, boots, rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippet and so many other accessories for you to choos from.  Rods, reels, waders, boots and nets are available in the fly shop for rental also.  The station is now open for the season and has drift boat, cataraft, and raft rentals as well as shuttles. Shop hours are 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  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. 

Fishing is good across the reservoir.  Spring is always a great time to fish the Gorge!

Kokanee salmon: Anglers report slow to fair fishing, but it's starting to improve.  A few anglers are finding schools they can reach with jigging spoons, while others are catching fish close to shore in 10 to 20 feet of water.  If you're fishing near the shore, use a planer board to get your lure off to the side as when kokanee are in shallow waters, they shy away from boats and noise.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow fishing has been hot this past week.  The lake has finally finished its transistion to spring.  Rainbows and cuttroat are spawning, so look for concentrations of fish near streams and sometimes launch areas.  Warning:  Others are also fishing there, and we've seen conflicts this year between anglers and angler/boaters.  Remember boaters have the right-of-way on the ramp and boat docks when they are launching and pulling out.  Rainbows are found in other areas.  Look for up to 18-plus-inch rainbows on shallow flats, along cliffs and points in 10 to 20 feet of water, trolling small brightly colored spoons, plastic squids or casting using spoons, small tubes and jigs tipped with meal worm.  You might also catch some cutthroat (10-14 inches), which were stocked into the reservoir last summer.

Lake trout: Fishing has been spotty between storms.  With warmer weather 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, removing them will help the fishery, and they provide a tasty meal.

Smallmouth bass:  The colder water temperature have kept the bass in deeper waters, and fishing has been very 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 Yamaoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker/chub meat.  Thanks to all the anglers who are targeting burbot - you are definately helping put a dent in the Gorge's burbot population!

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 ice is likely gone.  We haven't had any recent reports from anglers.  The area has received snow, rain and high winds during the last couple of storms.  Expect travel to be a combination of mud and snow.  The roads to the lake are closed.


Catchable rainbows have recently been stocked to replace the fish lost over the winter.  Calder has catch-and-release regulations.  Biats and scented/salted lures and flies are NOT allowed.  You must use flies and lures only - bait and scented-salted lures and flies 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 reservoir is still covered in ice.  Water levels are rising, so the edges won't be as thick as the main ice.  Roads are closed, and you'll need a snowmobile or skis to access the area. Try trout baits (like worms and artificial baits) or tip a small lure or fly with a mealworm.


There haven't been any recent reports, but the ice is starting to melt at other waterbodies with similar elevations.  The roads are closed, and the area has received snow.


Anglers report good fishing for nice-sized rainbows.  They're using traditional trout baits, including worms, marshmellows and PowerBait.  Fish are visable from the shoreline and easy to reach with streamers and spinners.


There are no new reports.


There haven't been any recent reports.  The ice is likely coming off the lake, but the area received close to a foot of new snow and high winds during the last storm.  The access roads are still closed.


The lake still has ice, and our last reprot from anglers indicated that fishing was slow.  The area received snow during the last few storms.  High winds have created some big snowdrift and bare areas.

(435) 889-3773 ext. 2