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Revised 12-12-18


Links give descriptions of the lake and facilities available. Check proclamtion for details on fishing restrictions as these may not be complete.

WHIRLING DISEASE -- For waters indicated, please prevent the spread of WHIRLING DISEASE by cleaning mud from waders and equipment. DO NOT TRANSPORT any parts of fish caught here to other waters. Click here for DWR information.

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY -- For more information on individual lakes and fish species: Click here for DWR information.

Browne Reservoir

Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 12) The gates to the Red Cloud Loop are now closed and locked for the season. Biologists report the lake has eight to ten inches of ice in most areas. Fishing for rainbow trout and brook trout is reportedly slow. Try targeting depths 10 to 20 feet using small jigs and jigging spoons tipped with bait. Please use extreme on and off of the ice.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Dec 12) Anglers have been able to find stable ice on Cleveland Reservoir, but fishing has been slow.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Brown Trout, Burbot, Channel Catfish, Crayfish, Kokanee Salmon, Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

(Dec 12) There's ice from Lost Dog (Confluence) up to Firehole. The ice at Firehole is reportedly six to seven inches thick. Lost Dog recently capped, so the ice is still marginal and not fishable.

Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing for small lake trout trolling or jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near the main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and vertically jig a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker or chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers and #3 Needlefish. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of small lake trout. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: We haven't received any recent angler reports.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. There is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work, too. Boat anglers will likely pick up rainbows on small spoons, spinners and crankbaits trolled at 10 to 40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: We haven't received any recent angler reports.

Burbot: Fishing should start to pick up now that water temperatures are in the mid to upper 40s and ice is forming uplake. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night using 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, recharge theglow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom.

Regulations

Matt Warner Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 12) The reservoir is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicle and has 12 inches of solid ice. Anglers report fast fishing in the morning for rainbow trout and the occasional tiger trout. Try using vibrant-colored pink and green ratfinkes, jigging spoons and paddlebugs tipped with mealworm in 15 to 20 feet of water. Please use extreme caution when entering onto the ice.









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