For those anglers wanting to hit some ice fishing on Flaming Gorge Reservoir, DWR aquatic biologist Ryan Mosley has some tips. He suggests that anglers get a lake map and study it thoroughly. The north end of the reservoir known as Buckboard usually freezes first and offers great fishing. While looking at the map, identify the main channel points and flats that are adjacent to the main river channel and in water that’s 50 to 80 feet deep. Mosley says lake trout are usually found close to the bottom. “That’s not always the case, though,” he says. “Sometimes, they’ll suspend just 15 to 20 feet under the ice. When you see fish on your fish finder, don’t be afraid to reel your lure up to the fish.” The suggested equipment to bring is an electronic fish finder and a medium action fishing rod with a reel spooled with fishing line that’s 8-pound test or stronger. A ¼- to ½-ounce lure is suggested with a white tube jig that’s 2½ to 3 inches long. “Always place a small piece of sucker or chub meat on the lure’s hook,” he says. “The meat will entice fish to bite your lure.”
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