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Fishing Reports

July 25, 2015

 

 

07-25-2015
 

Report and Pictures by Flaming Gorge Resorts Fishing Guide
David Schnieder


 

General Rating:  GREAT

General conditions: Early morning and late evening have been the better times for hungry fish.  The recreatinal floaters are on the river busy usually don't spook the fish much.  With the afternoon thunderstorms giving us a break for a while, the B section will be fishable below Red Creek rapid for a while.  The flows average 1700 cfs most of the day.

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:  FAIR-GOOD

I have tapered down to 5x on my leaders and tippet hoping to hide my line a little better.  PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Trico's and Terrestrials are on the water throughout the day.  Most of the dry fly action is before the "raft hatch" and in the evening after the boats have cleared out.  Today I fished a small cinnamon ant and was impressed with the amount of fish that took a swipe at it.

Dry Fly Patterns: Green River Para Cricket, M's Hopper, Sailor Ant, Tan or Black PMX, Beetles, Hamburgler, Chernobyl Ants, Triple Double, Outrigger Caddis, Yellow Sallies, 409 black and brown, Peacock Caddis, Z-lon PMD, Lawson no hackle.

Nymphs/Emergers:   GOOD

I have still been fishing 9 feet to the first fly and a BB split shot to keepy my flies down in the strike zone.  I have been nymphing a large attractor fly followed by a small scud.  Scuds, midge, caddis and mayfly nyphs were in the stomach samples I took today.  The dead drift is critical and the strikes are very subtle so any hesitation on the indicator and I set the hook.

Nymph Patterns: Scuds, San Juan worms, Juju beatis/Jujube midge, Pheasant tail, Zebra midge, Rs-2, Gray soft hackle, Egan's Frenchie, Black Beauty, Ginger bugger, Split case PMD's, Turkey biot midges, iron sally, wd-50, and prince nymph.

Streamers:  FAIR

Streamers/buggers have been either really good or terrible not much in between.  Dead drift seems to work better in slower trailing a scud or midge behind it will add to your odds of a hook up.  In the fast water I have been changing my retrieve speed depending on how the fish react to the streamer.  Changing colors and size will help you dial in the exact meal ticket.

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.

Spin Fishing:  GOOD

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

 Fishing with spin gear is always productive using Zig Jigs in black, tan and, olive. Brown Trout Rapalas are a good choice as well. Throwing a clear bubble with a Cicada a few feet away has also been working. Just remember if your using a trebble hook or if your lure has multiple trebble hooks its easier to release the fish and doesn’t harm them as much if you pinch the barbs down.

Other Information: 

We have raft and drift boat rentals as well as shuttles available to make your day a little easier.  Rods, reels, waders, boots and nets can be rented in the fly shop or station.  There is a lot of new gear in and osme great prices. Our fly shop hours are 6:30 A.M to 10:00 P.M 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

 

Utah and Wyoming ramps got some snow, but they are ice-free, so boats can be launched.  Reservior levels have held up well and they are even letting some water out in preparation for sping 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. 

Fishing has been fair to hot depending on the species.  Here is a look at each species.

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing has recently slowed because of the rapidly increasing reservoir surface elevation.  Flaming Gorge is currently at 6,032 feet and has been rising almost 3 inches a day.  The surface temperature has also climbed to 66-72 degrees.  As a result, kokanee are being caught deeper in the water column, around 40 feet.  The depth and location can change quickly, so watch the fish finder and put mortality rates on released fish increase as water temperatures rise, so we encourage you to keep your limits of small kokanee.  A variety of lures will work, including #2 Needlefish, Rocky Mountain Tackly (RMT) Viper spoons and a variety of dodger/squid combos.  Pink and orange colors are working best.  Troll at around 1.6 and 2.2 miles per hour.

Rainbow troout: Fishing is red hot, and anglers are catching high-quality fish.  Because of abundant cicadas in the lower reservoir, the top water action has been exceptional.  Fly anglers should tie on a cicada pattern, and spin anglers can try small top waters like the Storm Hopper Popper.  Top water fishing is a riot and very productive when fish become accustomed to looking up for food.  Anglers often catch rainbows while trolling for kokanee, casting jigs (marabous, curly tailes, tubes) near shore or soaking a nightcrawler or PowerBait along the bottom. 

Lake trout: Fishing has been slow, but it's picking up int he Canyon region of the reservoir.  Fishing for smaller lake trout has been red hot just south of Buckboard, WY.  The most effective way to catch lake trout is to find concentrations along main channel points and breaks, and vertically jig with jigging spoons, tube jigs or Gulp minnows.  Jiggers should try white, three-inch tube jigs tipped with a small chunk of sucker meat.  Angelrs can also troll with spoons, flatfish or similar crankbaits in chartreuse, white or rainbow trout colors.  Most lake trout are 50-100 feet deep, but can also be caught in shallower waters earlier or later in the day.  Successful trolling speeds are around 1.6-1.8 MPH. 

Smallmouth bass:  Fishing is great!  Once again, cicadas are abundant in the lower portion of the reservoir, so the top water action has been great.  Smallmouth bass are coming off the spawn, so you can expect bass to be eagerly searching for food to build up their reserves after all that hard work.  Smallmouth bass are great because of their aggressive and opportunistic nature.  Bounce 1/4-inch jigs in earth tone colors along the bottom, pop a top water across the surface near shore or drop shot a four-inch worm in the shallows.  Regardless of the method, you're likely going to catch a lot of bass, along with a  few bonus rainbow trout.

Burbot: Although there haven't been many reports, some anglers say the burbot fishing is good.  Burbot are most abundant in the uppermost reaches of the reservoir in Wyoming, so anglers should start their search there.  They are predominantly a nighttime fishery and prefer cooler water and rocky main channel structure.  Start fishing at dusk and target depths greater than 30 feet.  Use 3/8-1/2 ounce glow lures, like Yamamoto grubs in luminous white or Northland Buckshot spoons in glow, tipped with sucker or chub meat.  Burbut are not nearly as active or aggressive during the summer months, so jig lures slowly and close to the bottom, and move if you're not catching fish.  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 was fair fishing.  The weather changes quickly in the Uintas, so you'll want to be prepared for possible storms

CALDER RESERVOIR:  Fair

Anglers report fair to good fishing, and 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

The fishing is spotty - good one day, and slow the next.  Try trout baits (worms or artifical baits), flies, brightly colored spoons or crankbaits.  If you're bottom fishing, use something to float your bait about 18-24 inches off the bottom.  This will keep your worm above the mud and weeks so it's easier for the fish to find.  The roads are drying out.

LONG PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

An angler recently reported good fishing near the inlet.  The roads should be drying out.

MATT WARNER:  Good

Most reports are of fair to good fishing.  Try trout baits (like worms) or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits.  When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18-24 inches from the bottom.  This will keep your worm about the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier.

MOOSE POND:  Good

Most anglers report good fishing, but it changes with the storms.  Try trout baits, like worms or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons and crankbaits.  When bottom fishing, use something to float your bait roughly 18-24 inches from the bottom.  This will keep your worm above the mud and weeds where the fish will find it easier.

SHEEP CREEK LAKE:  Fair

Fishing has been fair, and roads int he area should be dry.

SPIRIT LAKE:  Good

A few early anglers reported fair to good fishing.  For trout, try baits like worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits.  When bottom fishing, use a marshmellow or floating bait to float your biat roughly 18-24 inches from the bottom.  This will keep your worm above the mud and weeks where the fish will find it easier.  Spirit 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 about two to three years to reach catchable sizes.

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