Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources sent in this report.
There's a lot of talk about good "ice-off" fishing right now, and that's appropriate across much of the state, but what about the Gorge? It never really had ice! Well, under normal weather conditions it would be ice-off and I guess it's only appropriate that the fishing is good.
I went out earlier this week for a few hours, hoping to catch some fish for dinner. I was heading into the back of a favorite canyon, when I saw a large school of kokanee salmon suspended off the bottom in 110 ft of water. A friend had caught some kokanee in the same place just a few days ago. I quickly tied on a 1/4 oz Northland Buckshot spoon in "Rainbow Trout", tipped it with a meal worm, and dropped it to the bottom. I jigged once and reeled a nice 17-inch kokanee to the surface. I repeated this two more times, and within 15-minutes had three kokanee in the livewell. It might be the fastest kokanee fishing I've observed, but definitely this early in the season.<