Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists conducted a second day of netting surveys at Flaming Gorge on May 14. Here's a report from Flaming Gorge Project Leader Ryan Mosley.
We moved our netting to Jarvies Bay, where we spend two days targeting shoreline-oriented species and also trophy lake trout. We sampled a total of 10 lake trout up to 21 lbs in the open water lake trout sets. Lake trout diets included kokanee, rainbow trout, and small invertebrates like midges and scuds. We sampled numerous rainbow trout up to 18-inches, smallmouth bass up to 1.5 lbs, and smaller lake trout in the shoreline sets. A surprise catch was a 14-inch brown trout, not commonly observed in the lower canyon reach of the reservoir. Water temps were in the mid-50s.
See pic of Natalie Boren, Northeastern Regional AIS biologist, showing-off her biggest lake trout "hold" to date. The big fish swam away after some quick measurements, and hopefully she feels it on the end of her rod in the near future!