Post By: culinarypunk Posted: 9/9/2017 10:38:01 PMPoints: 74794
Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Kokanee have moved down in the water column, preferring deeper, cooler water. The early morning bite is most consistent, but some anglers have done well later in the day along the shade of the main channel. Most of the fish caught this week were 75 to 95 feet deep and were caught by anglers trolling 1.4 to 2.0 mph. Watch your fish finder, though, and adjust your lure depth to the depth where you're marking fish. If you're not marking fish, move to another spot. Spoons (#2-3 Needlefish, Vipers), squids (pink, orange, purple, green), and dodgers (silver, pink, green) have worked best. Small kokanee are more abundant this year. To catch bigger kokanee, try dropping deeper and using larger dodgers/squids or spoons. Also, tip lures with Gulp maggots, mealworms or corn.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair. While fishing for rainbows, you might also catch cutthroat trout. The water temperatures are high, so fish during the cooler part of the day, especially early in the morning. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points, or troll pop gear at 10 to 15 feet deep. Spinners and small spoons have also been effective. If you're fishing from shore, cast parallel to the shoreline, let the bait sink a bit, and then slowly retrieve the bait, using occasional jigging strokes during the retrieve. Marabou jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. When you catch a trout, more are likely in the area. Pinch the barbs on your hooks down so you can quickly release fish and catch more.
Lake trout: Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee salmon or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Use a fish finder to locate fish that are suspended above the bottom. To target aggressive pups, troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish. You can also vertically jig a white or glow-in-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work really well.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing is good. Top water fishing can be very entertaining this time of year, especially early and late in the day. To catch bass on the surface, try poppers like Rebel PopRs in silver or rainbow trout colors. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earthtone colors), the primary forage of smallmouth bass, are the best option. For bigger fish, try fishing depths greater than 20 feet.
Burbot: Fishing is slow. There have only been a few reports, but some anglers are catching them while trolling for kokanee salmon. Others are catching burbot while jigging spoons for lake trout. Boaters can target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 30 to 40 feet of water. The best fishing happens 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 the glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (09-08-17)
Green River below Flaming Gorge dam: Flows have dropped and are an average of 2,400 cfs. Flows can change daily, though. See current releases from Flaming Gorge Dam. Dry fly fishing has been fair. The yellow sally hatches have tapered off, but caddis hatches are still good in the evening. Try a caddis with a grey or black abdomen. Terrestrials like hoppers, crickets, and ants are also a good option this time of year. Nymph fishing is good. Try a dropper with a cicada or hopper on top and a midge, mayfly or caddis nymph trailing a few feet below. Fishing late in the day should provide the most success and the lowest fishing and recreational pressure. Spin fishing is fair. Marabou jigs or tube jigs in earthtone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. Rainbow- or brown trout-patterned crankbaits will also entice fish. Pinch down the barbs so you can release fish quickly. (09-08-17)