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Fishing Reports

April 25, 2016

 

 

04/25/2016
 

Report and Pictures by Flaming Gorge Resorts Fishing Guide
David Schnieder


 

General Rating:  GOOD

General Conditions:  The water is still running a little milky.  It isn't keeping the fish from feeding so get out and catch some nice ones!  Red Creek on the B section is really muddy and doesn't look to clear up soon, most anglers are sticking with the A section.  Midges and BWO's are still the main course and fish are chowing on them all day!  The BWO's seem to be showing up around 2 p.m. and lasting throught he afternoon and evening.  Nymphing is good even when the fish are eating on the surface.  Once the fish key in on the hatch and start eating dry flies, the water looks resembles a shark feeding frenzy!  The water is about 850 cubic feet per second and water temperature is between 41.5 and 43 degrees fahrenheit.   

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

Dry Flies:  GOOD

Fish are eating midges and BWO's during the day.  The morning starts with lots of midges and as the day goes on if the weather cooperates, the BWO's start popping off.  I haven't notices as many fish feeding on the upper A section until later in the day.  Most of the fish I watched feeding between the spillway and roller coaster rapid in the morning would eat then moved a good distance for their next meal.  The lower river seemed liek a buffet of dry flies.  The river was so full of BWO's in the afternoon that we just sat and watched the amazing sight for a few minutes.  Overcast days seem to keep the bugs on the water longer, but they will still eat dries on sunny days with good drifts.  Midges are small #20-24 and the BWO's were #16-20.  I have been fishing a tandem set of flies.  A somewhat more visible BWO in the front with a midge behind it.

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, klinkhammer baetis, snowshoe midge, Para ext. body BWO.

Nymphs:  GOOD

A nymph rig has been productive in the morning especially when the fish aren't keyed in on dry flies yet.  With the water clarity being a little off, I have thrown a san juan worm as an attractor followed by a #16-18 midge.  A tandem zebra midge set up will put fish in your net all day.  Be sure to adjust your depth/weight to follow the fish in the feeding columns.  My first midge is a #14 and the trailing midge is a #16 or #18.  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.  Baetis nymphs are a good choice when the BWO's are out, like a pheasant tail or jujubaetis in a #16 to #20.  I have been using small indicators since the water dropped.  I think it doesn't spook them as bad as a large indicator.  The strikes have been subtle and violent.  I lift and set the hook on any hesitation 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:  FAIR

Streamer fishing is picking back up each day.  Black buggers (#6) and #4 olive sculpins were the better choice for the day.  Lower A section and upper B section were excepplent for the streamer fishing.  We fished a 9 ft. 2x leader trying to keep some distance bewteen my streamer and fly line.  Sculpin patterns fished slow and deep turned a few fish.  We threw olive, black, and ginger and changed our retrieve speeds every couple of casts.

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

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 to flies (on tags) can be very productive with a spinning rod.  This allows your flies to drift above the bottom of the river while the weight belowe keeps your flies down.  The fly shop would be happy to show you how to set this up.  It is also known as spin nymphing/dredging.  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: 

I am usually around the Resort if you have any other questions.  The Fly Shop and Front Desk can get you in touch with me.  Like always, 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 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!

DAVID'S WEEKLY PHOTOS

 

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. 

Wind and warm weather have broken up much of the ice and piled much of it up on shore.  Currently there is no ice on Utah portion of the lake and, from the scattered reports from Wyoming, the main channel is clear.  If there is any ice left, it would be in sheltered bays and the northern arms.  The area did get  new snow and rain, so many roads will be impassable.  Consider staying on main roads or come prepared to dig yourself out.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is slow to fair.  Some anglers are finding schools they can reach with jigging spoons.

Rainbow trout:  Rainbow fishing has been slow to fair as the lake transitions from ice-off conditions to the warmer waters of spring fishing.  Anglers have reported some problems with algea fouling their lines as mats from bottom are breaking off and floating to the surface.  This condition is temporary. The waves will brake up the mats or wash them onto the shore.  Look for rainbows up to 18 to 20 inches in shallow flats and points in 10 to 20 feet of water trolling or using small tubes and jigs tipped with meal worm. You may 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 and 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 because removing them will help the fishery, and the provide a tasty meal.

Smallmouth bass:  The colder temperatures have kept the bass in deaper 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, between the tournaments and general fishing, there are thousands fewer burbot eathing everything else.

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:  Unstable Ice

Water levels are down.  We haven't received any recent reports from anglers, but be prepared for unsafe ice.  The area has received snow during the last couple of storms.  Expect travel to be a combination of mud, snow and high drifts. The roads are closed.

CALDER RESERVOIR:  Slow

The lake opened up last week, but melting ice and high winds blew dead fish onto the banks.  Biologists determined that Calder experienced a complete winterkill.  The Division restocked the reservoir with roughly 1,000 catchable-sized rainbows last week.   Calder has catch-and-release regulations.  Baits and scented (or salted) lures are not allowed.  You must use flies and lures only.  See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. 

CROUSE RESERVOIR:  Slow

Water levels are extremely low.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.  The reservoir is still covered with ice.  Water levels are rising (because the reservoir is filling) and the edges aren't as thick as the main ice.  Roads are closed, so you will 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.

LONG PARK RESERVOIR:  Good

Older reports indicated good fishing for rainbows up to about 18 inches.  The ice was 24 inches thick a couple of weeks ago; however, it will deteriorate rapiday with the warmer weather.  The roads are closed.  The area has received more snow but winds have also cleared some bare areas.

MATT WARNER:  Fair

Anglers were able to break throught the snowdrifts to access Matt Warner over the weekend.  They reported fair fishing.  Since then, the area has received new snow and rain, and access is nearly impossible.  However, this area dries out quickly, so expect to get in within a few days of good weather.  There were some reports of dead fish, but it doesn't seem to have been a winterkill.

MOOSE POND:  Fair

There are no new reports

SHEEP CREEK LAKE:  Fair

Sheep Creek has ice, and there haven't been any new reports from anglers.  The area recently received snow and high winds.  Access roads have been closed.

SPIRIT LAKE:  Good

The lake has ice and our last reported slow fishing.  The area has receied snow during the last few storms.  High winds have created some big snowdrifts and bare areas.

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