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Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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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

Sheep Creek from Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to the Ashley National Forest Service boundary is closed until 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of November.

Lake trout: Catch rates are increasing. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 60–100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. High catch rates have been reported from Jarvies Bay along the eastern shore and near Mustang Ridge. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Jig vertically with a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows, Super Dupers or #3 Needlefish. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches are overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of small lake trout. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Closed to possession until November 30.

Rainbow trout: As temperatures drop, expect excellent fishing from the shoreline and boats. You will need a boat to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, good shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Marabou jigs are very effective in earth tones at 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too. Boat anglers will likely catch rainbows on small spoons and spinners trolled at 30–40 feet.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent along the rocky shoreline throughout the main channel from the dam up to Hideout. Anglers have reported high catch rates using Ned rigs and dropshot rigs with four-inch worms. Jigs mimicking crayfish — their primary forage — are also a good option. Try using earth tone colors.

Burbot: There are few angler reports. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 35–45 feet of water 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/chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (Last update 09-14-18)

Details

  • 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