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January 23, 2014

 

 

01-23-2015
 

Report and Pictures by Flaming Gorge Resorts Fishing Guide
David Schnieder


 

General Rating:  FAIR

Fishing Pressure:  Low.  The middle of January is a great time of year where you can spend the whole day on the the River and not see another angler.  Weekends there is a little bit of increase in anglers, but any day it is a great time to go out and fish and enjoy the sunny weather.

Flow Info:  The River is currently doing a double peak flow.  The flow fluctuates between 3,000 cfs in the morning and 1,200 cfs around noon.  The water temperature is down into 40 to 40.5 degrees Fahrenheit.  The water will drop 2 feet but will also come back up 2 feet.  Just be sure not to get caught off balance when it is fluctuating.  

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

General Info:  In the last week the fish have become a little more active.  We have been seeing more fish feeding on the surface.  The fish are pretty fragile this time of year.  It is good to use barbless hooks for quick realeases and it will keep the mortality rate down low.  The fish are not seeing as many anglers so they are a little more willing to eat your flies and lures.

Hatches:  We have been seeing midges and small BWO's hatching through the day.  A few small black winter stones have been flying around as well

Dry Flies:  FAIR

Griffiths gnat, para mating midge, green river split tail baetis, Morgan's midge, hackle stacker BWO, brook sprout.  The natural bugs have been size 20-24.  Just try and match the fly size to the naturals as it will vary evey day.

Mid-day has been great for the midge hatch.  We fished an eddie full of risers for a good 2 hours and were steady hooking up fish.  The fish didn't seem to spook very easy with as many as were in the eddie.  Tapering down to 6x and having a long (10-12 ft) leader will help give your fly a better presentation.

Nymphs:   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-Getting Better

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

Streamer fishing is one of the funnest ways to catch fish in my opinion.  The takes are very aggressive and the battle after the take is even more aggressive.  This time of year a dead drift or slow strip retrieve is going to be the most effective.  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

1/8 oz. White River Zig Jigs in ginger or olive, even try pink and yellow.  Cast them up stream and let them bounce the bottome.  F-5, F-7, F-9, CD5, CD7, CD9 Rapalas in rainbow, brown trout, silver or gold.  Work the floaters in some of the shallower pools, the divers in the deeper water.

Sping 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 weather is pretty mild.  Remember to bring some warm clothes and extra clothes just in case of an accidental fall in the water. There is lots of ice after the water drops and I took a fall the other day so be cautious on slick spots.  Stop in the Flaming Gorge Resort Fly Shop on your way out for more information or just to talk fishing.  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

 

Deteriorating ice conditions and warm weather in the forcase have forced the cancellation of the 2015 Burbot Bash.  You will only find ice ithe uppermost reachs of Flaming Gorge, starting immediately above Buckboard Marina in Wyoming.  Currently, eight out of ten boat launches are usuable and many anglers are fishing from boats.  Only the Firehole and Buckboard launches are closed by ice formation.

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. 

Ice is moving down reservoir.  Anglers report ice as far south as Buckboad Bay.  Check the ice carefully before venturing out.  It has frozen in irregular patterns, so thin ice can be a step away from good ice.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing reopened on November 30th, but there haven't been any recent reports from anglers. 

Rainbow troout: A few anglers have reported fair to good fishing in Utah and in Wyoming from a boat or through the ice.  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 in areas where there is safe ice or while fishing near the ice in 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.  The bass are deep and will stay there until the water warms up.

Burbot: The 2015 Burbot Bash has been cancelled because of deteriorating ice conditions.  Currently, fishing is slow to good through the ice and from boats.  Ice conditions are changing rapidly, so check the iace carefully and don't run your machines on ice you haven't checked.  Burbot are breeding, so now is a good time to target them.  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 and starting to fill. There haven't been any recent reports on fishing conditions.

CALDER RESERVOIR:  Slow

The ice is now about 8 to 12 inches deep. Anglers report slow fishing.  Carder has catch-and-release regulations.  You may use flies and lures only — bait is not allowed.  See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

CROUSE RESERVOIR:  Slow

Water levels are extremely low.  Most of the remaining water has been pumped out to meet the water rights of downstream users.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

The reservoir is ice-covered, and fishing is fair.  The road was unblocked last Saturday, and there were signs of people driving in.  However, there were also some drifts, so must vehicles will have a difficult time getting to the reservoir.  Other folks are using snowmobiles on the same road.  The Uintas have received snow at higher elevations.

LONG PARK RESERVOIR:  Good

There haven't been any recent reports, but you'll likely find some ice. (Other reservoirs in the area have frozen.) Check ice conditions carefully before venturing out. Before the reservoir froze, anglers reported good fishing ushing small lures and baits near the inlet and boat ramp. 

MATT WARNER:  Good

Anglers report good fishing and 10 inches of ice.  The reservoir was accessible by four-wheel drive late last week.  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. 

MOOSE POND:  Fair

The pond is covered with ice, and anlgers report fair to good fishing.  The pond was stocked with catchable-sized rainbows over the summer. 

SHEEP CREEK LAKE:  Slow

The lake should be covered with ice, but please check any ice carefully before venturing out.  There are not new fishing reports.  The roads in the area are closed for the winter.

SPIRIT LAKE:  Fair

The lake is covered with fishable ice.  You can access the lake by skis or snowmobiles, but the roads are closed.  Spirit Lake was restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout this summer.  Tamarak and Jessen were also stocked with tiger trout.  Two- to three-inch fingerlings were flown into thse upper lakes and they will take two or three years to reach catchable sizes.  This high-elevation area is receivng snow.

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