Sometimes there are simple answers to tough questions. Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report of an effort to restore smallmouth bass numbers on the north end of the lake where they are thinning and removing some where they are thick in the canyon section of the reservoir. Here's his report of the late May effort.
Since burbot became established in Flaming Gorge, the numbers of smallmouth bass have declined on the Wyoming side of the reservoir due to predation on small bass and competition for food (crayfish). Although burbot are found in the canyon (UT) portion of the reservoir, their numbers remain relatively low. As a result, smallmouth bass are very abundant with bass hiding behind almost every rock during the summer months.<