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Fishing Reports

May 25, 2015

 

 

05-25-2015
 

Report and Pictures by Flaming Gorge Resorts Fishing Guide
David Schnieder


 

General Rating:  GOOD

General conditions: It's time to start the summer flows.  May 31st at midnight it will flow 1,000 cfs and will gradually increase to about 1800 cfs.  At 5:00 pm. it will increase to 2350 cfs until Midnight  The rains have muddied up Red Creek on the B section s I haven't been fishing below Red Creek Rapids for the past few days.  Check the link below for an updated daily flow report:

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:  GOOD

Fish are looking up for a big terrestrial or cicada pattern and warmer sunny days have been the best for dry fly.  Most of th efish on the dry were above roller coaster rapid.  They still ate it below just not as steady.  Black ants seemed to be the trick for me but crickets were everywhere on the shoreline also.

Dry Fly Patterns: Green River Para Cricket, Para Mating Midge, M’s Hopper, Sailor Ant, Tan or black PMX, Beetles, Chernobyl ants, cicada’s

Nymphs/Emergers:   GOOD

Nymphing has been pretty steady during the day.  Since the water is still dropping, debris are being washed in as well as big bugs.  Most eddies are producing quite a bit of fish.  I have been fishing a 9 ft. nymph rig with a san juan worm followed by a midge.  Aquatic worms, scuds, midges, and caddis have been in all my stomach samples.

Nymph Patterns: San Juan Worms, Jig-a-Glo, scuds, Zebra Midges in Black or Brown #16-18, Egans Frenchie # 16, Scud gray or green # 10-18, Black Beauty # 18-22, Gray Soft Hackle #16-22, Purple Prince, pheasant tail, rs-2, split case PMD, split case BWO, ju-ju baetis

Streamers:  FAIR

I fished a sink tip instead of full sinkon my last trip.  The fish seemed to like slower retrieves for us but the coler seemed to change a few times.  Black, green, brown, and white were all productive.

Streamers: Galloups Dragon black, tan and olive, Barely Legal, Sculpzilla Natural and Olive colors, Ginger Bugger, Dali Llama, Rainbow Trout Fry, Space Invader Olive and Black, Raghead Sculpin, sleech.

Spin Fishing:  GOOD

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

Spin 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 shop has a lot of new gear in and some great deals on last year's inventory. Simms, Howler Brothers, Sage, Redington, Lamson, Ross, Galvin, Rio, Scientific Anglers, Loon and, Umpqua to name a few. Our new 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. 

Kokanee salmon: Kokanee fishing is fair to excellent.  The rainy weather seems to increase anglers success.  A variety of lures will work, including (but not limited to):  Cripplures, Needlefish, RMT Viper spoons and dodgers with squids.  Lures with pink or orange are always a good choice.  Canyon seems to be a week or two behind, but we're hearing some reports of good fishing there as well.

Rainbow troout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing in Utah and in Wyoming.  Spoons, jigs and crankbaits (along with common trout baits, such as worms) are working from the shore and from boats.  We've heard reports of small schools cruising the shoreline and good fishing off rocky points, inlets and in the back of some of the bays.  Some anglers fishing deep for lake trout are cathing rainbow trout.

Lake trout: Anglers report good to excellent fishing, mostly from 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.  Try different crankbaits or brightly colored spoons.  Slow, shallow trolls along sloping banks can be an excellent technique in the spring.  It's one of the few times of year that you can just troll without specialized deep-water equipment.  Deep trolling, right on the bottow, with small, white crankbaits or flatfish is also working well, especially if you're going after big fish.  Keep your limit of small, tasty lake trout to reduce competition and help both the lake trout and kokanee fisheries.

Smallmouth bass:  Anglers report slow fishing.  The bass are deep.

Burbot: Reports indicate that fishing is fair to good from boats, and a few burbot have been caught from the bank.  Pick your spots in the later afternoon, so you can see the area where you want to go when it gets dark.  Be sure to take lights to find your way back.  Boat anglers can start fishing before sunset in 50 to 75 feet of water.  Move shallower after sunset and 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 last report was fair fishing, and then the area started getting rain and snow making access to the lake a muddy mess.

CALDER RESERVOIR:  Good

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:  CLOSED

Water levels are extremely low.

EAST PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

The ice is off and fishing is fair to good, but accessibility changes quickly.  The area has new snow and the melt has made the roads muddy.

LONG PARK RESERVOIR:  Fair

There are no new reports, but the ice if off most reservoirs at the same elevation.  Expect roads to be muddy.

MATT WARNER:  Good

Fishing is good, but storms have shut down access.  Try worms, artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoon and crankbaits.

MOOSE POND:  Slow

Anglers report slow fishing.  The pond has not been stocked yet this spring.

SHEEP CREEK LAKE:  Slow

One anler reported fair fishing.  The roads in the area are now open, but recent rain has made them muddy.

SPIRIT LAKE:  Fair

The last gate was recently opened, so you can now access the forest, but we haven't received any reports on fishing or if anyone can actually get to the lake.  The area recienved more snow in the last set of storms.  Spirit Lake 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 two or three years to reach catchable sizes.

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