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Flaming Gorge

Rating - Fair   

Thursday, Jan 19 2023
Jan. 19th, 2023: The reservoir dropped 10ft through the summer and fall to the current elevation of 6,008 ft. The only open boat launches are Mustang Ridge and Cedar Springs, but they may be snow/ice covered. Ice has recently formed down to the utah stateline, Linwood Bay, and Sheep Creek Bay but it's thin and there's still some open water. Known Fishable ice conditions are 6-7 inches at Brinegar Ferry Crossing and Thincker as you more uplake. Lake Trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success has been variable through the ice from Buckboard up to the Confluence. If you're not marking fish, move, and if you're not catching marked fish, change up your presentation. This is a great time of year to target lake trout, specifically small ones that are overabundant. Good lures to vertically jig through the ice, or even open water, are jigging spoons such as Crippled herrings, Jigging raps, blade baits like Berkley Vibratos, and 3.5 inch tube jigs in 1/4 - 3/8 oz weight and tipped with sucker or chub meat. White and charteuse are good colors to start with. If fishing from a boat, trolling with crankbaits has been good near the surface at about 1.6-1.8 mph. If you see deeper fish on your sonar, try dropping and trolling spoons in sliver, rainbow trout, and chartreuse colors, Please help the resource by harvesting some of the overabundant lake trout under 25 inches. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare. Kokanee Salmon: Opened to harvest on December 1st, but no recent reports. Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Fishing has been very good in the open water using lures like spinners, spoons, jigs and / or bait presentations. Tip the lures with Gulp maggots or a small amount of bait for more enticement. It's also been good through the ice. Fish 10-12 ft of water using small jigs and spoons tipped with bait. Smallmouth Bass: No recent reports. Remember the limit in Utah is 3-fish and catch and release only in Wyoming. In Utah , Please minimize harvest of the larger bass, being they're older, slow-growing fish. Burbot: Burbot fishing has been good on the north end through the ice. Target burbot at night along rocky points and shorelines in 10-40 ft of water, using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, and Northland buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently, and jig or deadstick the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Please remember that all burbot must be killed after catching.




Thursday, Jan 19 2023




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Flaming Gorge


Rating - Fair

Jan. 19th, 2023: The reservoir dropped 10ft through the summer and fall to the current elevation of 6,008 ft. The only open boat launches are Mustang Ridge and Cedar Springs, but they may be snow/ice covered. Ice has recently formed down to the utah stateline, Linwood Bay, and Sheep Creek Bay but it's thin and there's still some open water. Known Fishable ice conditions are 6-7 inches at Brinegar Ferry Crossing and Thincker as you more uplake. Lake Trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success has been variable through the ice from Buckboard up to the Confluence. If you're not marking fish, move, and if you're not catching marked fish, change up your presentation. This is a great time of year to target lake trout, specifically small ones that are overabundant. Good lures to vertically jig through the ice, or even open water, are jigging spoons such as Crippled herrings, Jigging raps, blade baits like Berkley Vibratos, and 3.5 inch tube jigs in 1/4 - 3/8 oz weight and tipped with sucker or chub meat. White and charteuse are good colors to start with. If fishing from a boat, trolling with crankbaits has been good near the surface at about 1.6-1.8 mph. If you see deeper fish on your sonar, try dropping and trolling spoons in sliver, rainbow trout, and chartreuse colors, Please help the resource by harvesting some of the overabundant lake trout under 25 inches. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare. Kokanee Salmon: Opened to harvest on December 1st, but no recent reports. Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Fishing has been very good in the open water using lures like spinners, spoons, jigs and / or bait presentations. Tip the lures with Gulp maggots or a small amount of bait for more enticement. It's also been good through the ice. Fish 10-12 ft of water using small jigs and spoons tipped with bait. Smallmouth Bass: No recent reports. Remember the limit in Utah is 3-fish and catch and release only in Wyoming. In Utah , Please minimize harvest of the larger bass, being they're older, slow-growing fish. Burbot: Burbot fishing has been good on the north end through the ice. Target burbot at night along rocky points and shorelines in 10-40 ft of water, using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, and Northland buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently, and jig or deadstick the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Please remember that all burbot must be killed after catching.


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