Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Conditions last updated: 05/20/2016
The Wyoming end of the reservoir is quite open and can be extremely rough if the wind blows hard. The Utah portion of the reservoir is mostly in a canyon, so it is more protected from the wind.
Latest fishing report
Fishing is good across the reservoir. Spring is always a great time to fish the Gorge!
Kokanee salmon: Fishing has been slow to fair, but it's starting to improve. A few anglers are finding schools they can reach with jigging spoons, while others are catching fish close to shore in 10 to 20 feet of water. If you're fishing near the shore, use a planer board to keep your lure off to the side. When kokanee are in shallow water, they shy away from boats and noise.
Rainbow trout: Rainbow fishing has been hot this past week. The lake has finally finished its transition to spring. Rainbows and cutthroat are spawning, so look for concentrations of fish near streams and sometimes launch areas. Warning: We've seen conflicts this year between shoreline anglers and boating anglers. Remember that boaters have the right of way on the ramp and boat docks when they are launching and pulling out. You can also find rainbows in other areas. Look for large rainbows (longer than 18 inches) on shallow flats and along cliffs and points in 10 to 20 feet of water. Try trolling small, brightly colored spoons or plastic squids or try casting spoons, small tubes and jigs tipped with mealworm. You may also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches) that were stocked last summer.
Lake trout: Fishing has been spotty between storms. With some warmer weather and a bit less wind, anglers should try a slow shallow troll along the flats and sloping shorelines or go deep along the main channel. If you locate a school or find a submerged ridge, try jigging with spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker/chub meat. Please your smaller fish because removing them will help the fishery and provide a tasty meal.
Smallmouth bass: The colder water temperatures have kept the bass in deeper waters, and fishing has been very slow.
Burbot: Some anglers have caught fish from boats and from the shore. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth habitat) and depths of 40 to 70 feet in the early evening. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water (up to 10 feet down) and move if you're not catching fish. As always, good lures are glow-in-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Thanks to all the anglers who are targeting burbot — you are definitely helping put a dent in the Gorge's burbot population! (Updated 05-20-2016)
- Location: Daggett County
- Directions: Drive 45 miles north of Vernal on US-191
- Type: Blue Ribbon
- Size: 42,000 acres
- Elevation: 6,024 feet
- Hours: No restrictions
- Likely catch: Kokanee Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass
- Possible catch: Brown Trout, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Cutthroat Trout
- Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
- Site amenities: A Forest Service campground in the National Recreation Area around the reservioir, and numerous boat ramps
- Handicap access: Access at the Forest Service campground and boat launching facilities
- Site description: The Wyoming end of the reservoir is quite open and can be extremely rough if the wind blows hard. The Utah portion of the reservoir is mostly in a canyon, so it is more protected from the wind.