BROUGH RESERVOIR: (July 23) Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow and brown trout during the cooler hours of the day. Most of the catch is rainbow trout, between 13 and 20 inches. Try fishing early morning or late evening (in the cooler hours) and fish deep with brightly colored spoons, fish-imitation crankbaits and leech imitations. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only—bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
BROWNE LAKE: (July 23) Anglers report fair to good fishing for a couple of species of trout using small, brightly colored lures. Try some of the local streams and higher mountain lakes in this area; they are also fishing well.
BULLOCK RESERVOIR: (July 23) Fishing is fair to good for black bullheads (which feed on the bottom) and bass. For those inclined to try their luck with a bow, the carp are in the shallows. Taking some of these fish out will help the reservoir.
CALDER RESERVOIR: (July 23) The fishing is good with both flies and lures. Tip: add a bit of red or orange to your lure or fly—it seems to make a difference. The reservoir has special catch-and-release regulations. You must use flies and lures only—bait is not allowed. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
COTTONWOOD RESERVOIR: (July 23) Fishing should be fair to good for black bullhead. Try using bait on the bottom. The smallmouth bass are also hitting. Try flipping brown or white jigs and crankbaits in or near the rocks.
CROUSE RESERVOIR: (July 23) Anglers report good fishing. The water level is low, so waders or a small boat could come in handy. Try trout baits, brightly colored spoons, fish imitation crankbaits and flies to imitate midges, black ants or leeches. The best access is now on or near the dam because the water level has dropped, allowing the aquatic vegetation to grow within a few inches of the surface in most of the shallow areas.
CURRANT CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 23) Anglers report fair to good fishing for cutthroat and tiger trout. Try baits such as a worm and marshmallow or a floating bait a few feet below the surface. Flies and brightly colored lures and small crankbaits also work well.
EAST PARK RESERVOIR: (July 23) The water level is quite low; however, fishing has been good (if you can stay out of the weeds). Try baits such as a worm and marshmallow, a commercial floating bait or drift your worm few feet below the surface under a bubble. Flies, brightly colored lures and small crankbaits also work well.
FLAMING GORGE: (July 23) Fishing currently ranges from good to hot, depending on the species.
Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing for lake trout, especially the schools of pups (young lake trout). Anglers can target lake trout by trolling near main channel points and cliffs using spoons and crankbaits, or by vertically jigging when they find schools. White and rainbow trout colors work well. Look for lake trout utilizing depths of 60–100 feet. Many of the fish are found close to the bottom, but larger schools of pups will be suspended. Suspended fish are usually more active and easier to catch. A good line (fluorocarbon or braid) helps you feel the strike and get a good hook-set when jigging. Harvesting a limit of lake trout (eight fish with one over 28 inches) can help the fishery, and pup lake trout are great on the BBQ grill.
Kokanee salmon: We are hearing reports of good to hot fishing for kokanee. Canyon schools seem to be using waters around 40–60 feet, while those in the more open areas are in 30- to 50-foot depths. Try using a flasher or dodger, followed closely by a shrimp/squid imitation or small, colorful, lightweight spoon. Pink seems to be a favored color this summer. Most anglers report mainly third-year fish. Kokanee are highly sensitive to improper release techniques. They are so sensitive that biologists recommend not releasing them. Their suggestion for kokanee is to catch and keep a limit—no releases—and then shift and fish for lake trout or smallmouth bass. Although the DWR has stocked millions of kokanee over the last few years, the population remains low due to predation by lake trout and burbot. Anglers need to harvest small and medium-sized lake trout and all burbot to reduce their impact on kokanee.
Rainbow trout: Anglers report good fishing from the shoreline and from boats (casting and trolling). A boat is essential to access most of the reservoir; however, there is shore fishing near the visitors center (by the dam) and by the boat ramps. A new ADA accessible fishing pier has been installed near the Dam Visitor Center. Fish can be anywhere including on the surface close to shore. Look for schools near cliffs, points and submerged ridges in about 10 to 60 feet of water.
Smallmouth bass: The smallmouth spawn is about done, so larger fish are dropping down and letting the smaller fish have the surface waters. Smallmouth bass provide a great opportunity for kids and other anglers to catch fish. To target larger fish, fish deeper with a larger offering. Fish the rocky areas and along walls with curly-tailed grubs, Hula grubs and tube jigs in crayfish colors, rigged on 3/8-ounce jigheads. Remember the bass limit on the Utah portion of Flaming Gorge is 10 fish. Anglers can help the fishery by releasing the bigger ones and harvesting a limit of smaller bass (8–10 inches). Ten fish of that size can make one fine meal!
Burbot: We still get an occasional report of anglers catching burbot from shore and boats, but few anglers are targeting them. They can be caught during the summer. Try fishing for a few hours, starting around sunset, along the rocky points, cliffs and the old channels. Burbot will hit during the day generally, in the deeper waters; however, they become more active during the twilight hours when they move into the shallows to forage. Fish the bottom or just slightly above it in depths from 20–50 feet. Use just about anything that glows (spoons, tube jigs, curly-tailed jigs, minnow jigs) and tip it with some type of bait. Cut bait (like sucker meat) is recommended. Place your lure close to the bottom, within inches, and recharge the glow frequently. It is common to catch a fish immediately after re-glowing and dropping a lure. Anglers are now limited to the summer regulations on poles: one pole with a fishing license or two poles with a two-pole permit. You'll help the Flaming Gorge fishery by harvesting as many burbot as possible. There is no limit on burbot.
GREEN RIVER BELOW FLAMING GORGE DAM: (July 23) Anglers report good to excellent fishing. Midges, blue-winged olives and stoneflies have given way to some of the larger terrestrials: cicadas, caddis, yellow sallies, black ants and the first grasshoppers and crickets. When you're not fishing the surface, try a double rig with a wooly bugger, muddle minnow or another fish imitation with a nymph (scud, shrimp, or egg) trailer. Often the fish are attracted to the larger presentation, and then hit the smaller presentation. On windy days, anglers who use lures have been more successful because it's easier to cast. Try Rapalas (floating, countdown and husky jerk), spinners, spoons, black, brown or olive marabou jigs and plastic jigs.
LONG PARK RESERVOIR: (July 23) We are not hearing much about the fishing at Long Park Reservoir, even though the roads are open. It should be fair to good fishing. Try brightly colored spoons and small crankbaits for lures or standard trout baits like a worm under a bobber or suspended two to three feet off the bottom.
MATT WARNER: (July 23) Anglers report good to excellent fishing. Try black or dark brown wooly buggers and leeches. For lures, try brightly colored flashy spoons and fish-imitation crankbaits. Baits include standard trout baits, like nightcrawlers or commercial baits. Float the baits, two to three feet, with a marshmallow or below a bubble or bobber. Some of the more shallow areas are now difficult to fish because the aquatic vegetation is close to the surface.
MOOSE POND: (July 23) Anglers report fair to good fishing. Try black or dark brown wooly buggers and leeches, brightly colored flashy spoons, fish-imitation crankbaits or the standard trout baits, like nightcrawlers or commercial baits. Float the baits with a marshmallow or suspend below a bubble or bobber.
PELICAN LAKE: (July 23) Anglers report good to excellent fishing, even though the windy weather can sometimes make boating rather exciting. Bluegill and bass are biting mostly in the deeper waters. In early morning, try fishing the open areas in the reeds, right along the reed line, then move out as the water warms. Use small lures, flies and bait presentations for bluegill and larger lures for bass. Be aware of weather changes at Pelican; the area is subject to unexpected high winds.
RED FLEET RESERVOIR: (July 23) Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbows, bass and bluegill. Try fishing rocky points or along the edge of the reeds and aquatic vegetation. For trout, try baits like a nightcrawler, brightly colored spoons or fish-colored crankbaits fished near the bottom (or a few feet below the surface). For bluegill, use small lures, flies and bait presentations. Cast them near the vegetation and let the baits sit and sink. Use larger lures for bass and walleye. Cast them among the submerged vegetation, rocks and other structures. A crankbait trolled along the dam and rocky points within a few inches of the rocks has also been working well. In the spring netting, biologists caught trout, a few nice bass and several walleye, including some in the seven- to eight-pound range.
SHEEP CREEK LAKE: (July 23) There are reports of fair to good fishing for cutthroat. The weeds around the shoreline are starting to make access difficult, so bring waders or a small boat. Try small brightly colored spoons or crankbaits and flies, which imitate midges, black ants or leeches with just a dab of orange or red.
SPIRIT LAKE: (July 23) Fishing has been good for tiger trout and rainbow trout. The Middle Fork of Sheep Creek drainage area is scheduled to be treated this fall (for the removal of non-native species). As a result, the limit at Spirit Lake has been increased from four to eight trout. Spirit Lake and several other small lakes in the area will be treated, along with the connecting streams. After the biologists determine the treatment has been successful, the waters will be restocked with Colorado River cutthroat trout. Spirit Lake will also get tiger trout. Success of this treatment is a critical part of a management strategy to keep Colorado River cutthroat trout off the endangered species list.
STARVATION RESERVOIR: (July 23) Anglers report good fishing for bass, walleye, yellow perch, rainbow trout and a few nice brown trout from shore and boats. For trout, try small brightly colored spoons or crankbaits and flies, which imitate midges, black ants or leeches with just a dab of orange or red. Crayfish-colored jigs and fish-colored crankbaits are the lures of choice for bass and walleye. Similar lures and colors in small sizes are the trick to catching yellow perch.
STEINAKER RESERVOIR: (July 23) Anglers report mostly good fishing for rainbow trout, with a few big brown trout being taken. Bass and bluegill are now in the shallows and are accessible to shore anglers. Try fishing for the warm-water fish in the open areas near the submerged vegetation and off rocky points using small bait presentations, like a worm under a bobber. Flies, jigs, small brightly colored flashy spoons or fish-colored crankbaits are also working well