Saturday, June 25, 2016

Weekend at the Gorge

Fishing Time:  June 25 and 26, 2016
Weather: Slight breeze, Sunny, T-80s
Moon Phase: 73% Moon
Water Temp: 60 degrees
Location: Flaming Gorge
Best Bait: 7-inch Tube Jig (Rainbow colored)
Who Went: Bobber John, Dunc

Made a quick weekend trip with Bobber John to Flaming Gorge to chase the elusive lake trout.  We were also hoping to find some spawning smallmouth bass, but the weather had pushed them a bit too deep for sight fishing.

Saturday we fished hard and spent a lot of the morning looking for active fish.  Antelope Flats seemed to have humps full of active fish, but as usual it was tough to get any bites.  We got a couple, but unfortunately no hook ups.

In the afternoon we went to look for smallmouth along the shoreline in Sheep Creek, but the cold start to the morning and big wind storm the night before had them heading for deeper water.  We did manage to catch a few including this nice 2 pounder.
On the way back from Sheep Creek we detoured into Horseshoe Canyon to admire the steep rock walls.  What a gorgeous lake.  Saw a few sheep as well...
That evening we set up the downriggers and tried our luck trolling for kokanee near the pipeline area.  We saw a lot of fish on the finder, but for whatever reason couldn’t put any in the boat.  Usually if I can find them I can hook a few, but it wasn’t to be on this trip.

Sunday morning John wasn’t feeling well so I launched the boat myself.  It wasn’t a problem early in the morning, but loading it later that day when the recreation boaters were out made for a fun experience.  People yelling at me for taking so long, I guess it’s just normal boat ramp talk, but what’s up with that.  We are all there on vacation.  Relax!

I fished at Swim Beach first thing in the morning, but soon realized I needed to move.  Not many fish were showing up.  I headed back to Antelope Flats and tried my luck there again, and after some effort I was finally able to land one.  It wasn’t a monster at maybe 8-10 pounds, but after two mornings with no hook ups I wasn’t complaining.  At least one lake trout went into the net on this trip.  

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