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Fishing Reports

June 20, 2016

Report and Pictures by Flaming Gorge Resorts Fishing Guide

David Schnieder


General Rating:  GOOD

General Conditions:  We are still running about 9,000 cfs.  There is a lot of cicada buzzing in the trees but I haven't seen any on the water or fish eating off the surface.  The fish are pushed into the big slower eddies and seams.  Nymphing and streamer fishing are your best options to catch fish.  The higher flow is quite a bit more dangerous floating as well as wading.  The Little Hole trail is closed due to parts of it being under water right now.  The water flow now is about 9,000 cfs and water temperature is between 44 and 46 degrees fahrenheit.

Check the following BOR link for an updated daily measurement:

Dry Flies:  POOR

Cicadas are out and they are the big ones!  I'm hearing lots of buzzing but haven't seen any on the water.  There is still some hope for some cicada fishing, keep your fingers crossed.  The high water has most of the fish pushed down deep.  I have seen a few rising fish but wasn't sure what they were eating if they were feeding.  The shorelines had terrestrials before the flow increase so I would image a few fish may look up once in a while.

Dry Fly Patterns: Oswalds Para-ant, Hippie Stomper, Bionic Ant, Fat Albert #14, Para Cricket #14-16, Army ant black #14-16, Para Adams, Burks Silhouette, Morgan's Midge, Griffith's Gnat.

Nymphs:  GOOD

Large aquatic worms and scuds are great flies to use as attractors in the high water.  There were caddis and PMD's out yesterday and we were able to turn a few fish on the nymph imitation of both.  The depth seemed to be most important factor.  I fished 10 feet to my split shot and my lead fly was a foot behnd with me second fly 14-16 inches back from the lead fly.  Hitting bottom once in a while kind of assures your depth is good since most fish are on the bottom.a

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, midge bomb, CDC Loop Wint, Neon Nightmare.

Streamers:  FAIR

Stripping streamers will give you a shot at some good fish.  I think just about any streamer will turn them right now.  A sinking lead or sink tip fly line will get your flies down to the first.  Steady and consistent retrieves turned more fish than a slower retrieve in the fast water and a slow retrieve was better in the slow water. 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 and olive, Barely Legal, Sculpzilla natural and olive colors, Ginger bugger, Dali Llama, Rainbow trout fly, Space invador olive and black, Raghead sculpin, sleech, wooly buggers, Gee Leech, Sparkle Minnow black.

Spin Fishing:  GOOD

Hair jigs, rapalas and spinners will put fish in your net.  When you fish the zig-jig try to keep it moving consistently but also lifting the rid tip to add a little more action.  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, Spin Dredge.

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. 

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good.  Surface temps have warmed, so expect fishing to get better for fish deeper in the water column.  You'll find fish in 10 to 20 feet of water early, but 20 to 40 feet later in the day.  If you're graphing and not catching fish, change out your lures.  On two trips last weekend, one day spoons were more effective, the next day dodger/squids worked well.  Good spoons to try include #1 and #2 Needlefish in pearl/red, silver/red and pearl bikini, along with Rocky Mountain Tacle Viper spoons in tequila sunrise and Caribbean sunset.  Silver dodgers are a great attractor, followed by squids in pink, orange or white.  Try smaller squids (1.5 inches) for wary fish.  A good average speed is 1.8 miles per hour, but vary your speed by doing S-turns to see if fish want the lure faster or slower.

Rainbow trout: Fiashing is good for rainbows.  Whether casting jigs towards shore, trolling the open water or fishing from the shoreline, fishing for rainbows has picked up.  While trolling last weekend for kokanee, anglers caught rainbow trout up to 20 inches using the gear presented above.  Rainbows are also being caught along shallow points, near inflows and even along cliffs while casting tube jigs, curly tailed grubs and marabou jigs in olive, white, pink or black.  Shore anglers are also having success soaking worms, PowerBait, etc.  especially early in the morning and late in the day.

Lake trout: Fishing for lake trout is fair.  Reports have been spotty, specifically in the Canyon Region.  Anglers are catching a few smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee and rainbows.  Reports have also indicated good success long-lining crankbaits like Rapala Shad Raps early in the day.  If you locate a concentration of lake trout in 50 to 100 feet, try dropping a white tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker or chub meat.

Smallmouth bass:  Anglers report great fishing.  Smallmouth are now active with the warmer temeratures.  Try using a variety of methods and techniques.  Jigs in 1/4 to 3/8 oz weights rigged with tubes, curly tails or hula grubs in earthtone colors are almost always a good choice.  Drop shot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnow are alos very effective.  For some excitement, try top-water poppers early and late in the day when the conditions are calm.  The surface activity can be exceptional this time of year.

Burbot: Fishing is fair for burbot.  Burbot activity decreases in the warm summer months, so expect spotty success.  Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water.  As always, fish at night and use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons.  Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat and recharge the glow frequently.  Jig the presentation close to the bottom.

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. 


Anglers report slow fishing.  The lake is full and running over the spillway.  The water is murky because of runoff.  Anglers in the area may find better success below the dam.


Catchable rainbows have recently been stocked to replace the fish lost over the winter.  Calder has catch-and-release regulations.  Baits 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. 


The reservoir is full and a little murky from the recent runoff.  Anglers have reported fair to slow fishing for rainbows and brooks.  Fish have been partial to garlic and glitter Powebait.  They have been a bit timid, so keep a wary eye on the rod for a hookset.


Anglers report excellent fishing from boat and shore.  From the boat try trolling crank baits and spoons in 5 to 10 feet of water or casting into the submerged vegetation along the shoreline.  If you plan to fish from the bank, trout baits including worms and galic Powerbait have been working well.  For a more active approach, try casting spinners and lures as they have been very productive as well.


Water clarity has improved significantly over the past week, making fishing at Matt Warner a little better.  Anglers have reported slow to fair fishing with traditional trout baits, including worms, marshmallows and PowerBait.  Those who are casting spinners and flies have had better success.


Wipth high water flows, the pond has become quite murky.  Bait fishing with worms and PowerBait has been fairly slow.  Anglers who are casting lures or fly-and-bubble rigs have done a little better.


The cutthroat spawn is in full swing, bringing fish near the shoreline and into the canal.  Anglers have reported seeing plenty of fish, but not all of them are biting.  Please be aware the DWR personnel will be taking cutthroat eggs for spawning over the next week or so.


The road is now open, although it may be a little muddy from runoff.  The lake still had some ice at the first of the week, but it should be off by now.

(435) 889-3773 ext. 2