Blue Ribbon Fisheries

Green River

This section of the Green River is arguably one of the best tailwater fisheries in the United States. Whether floating or fishing from shore, the numerous pools and seemingly endless runs will provide hours of excitement for trout anglers. The opportunity to catch a trophy fish looms throughout this stretch of the River.

Waterbody type

Large coldwater river > 30 feet wide


Located below Flaming Gorge Dam, this tailwater fishery is all the way to the Colorado border. The area provides breathtaking glimpses of canyon and high desert habitats. This area of the river can be divided into three sections: the A Section running from the Spillway Launch to the Little Hole access point, the B Section running from Little Hole to Indian Crossing, and the C Section running from Indian Crossing into Colorado.


For current regulations, check the Utah Fishing Guidebook.

Bait restrictions

This section is closed to bait fishing. Artificial flies and lures only.

Nearest town

Dutch John, UT

Distance to Dutch John, UT


More information

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Green River

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From Salt Lake City, Utah travel east on Interstate 80 toward Cheyenne. After traveling for approximately 112 miles, take exit 34 onto I-80 toward Fort Bridger. Follow the I-80 Business fork for 5 miles; turning right onto WY-414. Follow WY-414 for 43 miles. After reentering Utah, you will be on UT-43. Follow UT-43 for 8 miles; turning right onto UT-44. Follow UT-44 for 28 miles; turning left onto US-191. Travel on US-191 for 5 miles until you reach the Flaming Gorge Dam. Take your first right after crossing the dam and follow this road for approximately 1 mile until you reach the first access point. Directions to other access points can be found on individual access point pages.


Depth ranges from 3 feet in shallower riffles to 20 feet in deeper pools.


Width ranges from 100 to 300 feet in this section of the Green River.


This tailwater section of the Green River is approximately 35 miles in length.


Elevation of this section ranges from 5,600 feet at the Flaming Gorge Dam to 5,200 feet at the Colorado border.

Fishing information

Sport Species

Brown trout
Cutthroat trout
Mountain whitefish
Rainbow trout

Non-Sport Species

Mottled sculpin

Angling Methods

Float Tube
Non-motorized boat

Suggested Tackle

Nine-foot 5 to 6-weight fly rods with 6X tippet are suggested. Floating or sinking lines work well depending on conditions. Spinning tackle can also be used effectively. Medium action rods with 6 to 8 lb test are suggested. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Suggested Bait

Bait is not allowed on this section of the Green.

Suggested Lures

Rapalas fished in deeper pools or marabou jigs fished in faster currents are both effective. For tips on using lures go to Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take me Fishing website.

Fly Matrix

Click here to view the Fly Matrix

Current Water or Flow Conditions

Water levels fluctuate at daily in the Green River due to controlled discharges at Flaming Gorge Dam. Visit the USGS website for real-time flow data.

Moon Phase and Fish Conditions

For information on how moon phase and weather conditions are currently impacting fish behavior and fishing success at this location visit

Seasonal Environmental Conditions

Winter fishing on the green requires warm clothing. Temperatures can dip well below zero. Ice does not form on this water and good fishing can be had year-round. Pay attention to local weather reports when planning your trip.

Fishing License Information

Buy a fishing or combination license


Fish Preparation

Read more about preparing fish on the Take Me Fishing Web site

AIS Transportation Prevention

Learn more about preventing the spread of invasive species

Catch and Release Information

Learn proper catch and release technique

Biological Report

Green River report

Consumption Advisories

See current fish consumption advisories

Disease Transport

To learn more on how you can help prevent the spread of whirling disease and other pathogens visit the Protect Your Waters website.

Services Description

When planning your trip search Google maps for information on local services, sites, and accommodations.

Access Points

We have provided information on eight distinct access points along the tailwater section of the Green River. Most access points allow for wading or launching and retrieval of non-motorized boats.

Access pointCamping servicesAmenities for the disabledBoat servicesVisitor servicesOther recreation
Bridge HollowPrimitive (tent) sitesBackpacking
Hand launchRestroomsPicnic areas
Wildlife watchingMountain biking
Primitive (tent) sitesBackpacking
RampHand launch
Fire ringsPicnic areas
Wildlife watchingMountain biking
Indian CrossingRVPrimitive (tent) sites
RampHand launch
Gray water disposalRestrooms
Picnic areasCamp host
Drinking water
HikingWildlife watching
Mountain bikingOHV or 4WD trails
Little HoleBackpackingRestroomsRamp
RestroomsPicnic areas
Drinking water
HikingWildlife watching
Pipeline CrossingRamp
Hand launch
Wildlife watchingMountain biking
Spillway LaunchBackpackingRestroomsRamp
RestroomsDrinking water
HikingWildlife watching
Swallow CanyonRamp
Hand launch
RestroomsPicnic areas
Wildlife watchingMountain biking
Swinging BridgePrimitive (tent) sitesRamp
Hand launch
RestroomsWildlife watchingMountain biking

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