Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: There's currently ice down to Lucerne, with six or more inches north of the Pipeline. Some anglers are venturing out near Lucerne, but check the ice carefully. Thickness varies. Ice is slowly forming down the reservoir with only Cedar Springs and Mustang Ridge boat launches still useable. Both of those ramps were snow-covered. Weekend snow created messy roads.

    Kokanee: Expect slow fishing. Kokanee are rarely caught through the ice.

    Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout fishing is good for 18- to 20-inch fish. Focus on shallow flats and points in 10 to 20 feet of water using small tubes and jigs tipped with mealworm. You may also catch some small cutthroat (10 to 14 inches), which were stocked last summer.

    Lake trout: We've received reports of anglers catching fish all over the reservoir. Some of the better reports have come from further downlake near Buckboard, Brinegar Ferry Crossing (aka Squaw Hollow or Holmes Crossing) and south to Anvil and Lucerne. Fish main channel depths with jigging spoons or white tube jigs tipped with sucker or chub meat. Keep your smaller fish — removing them will help the fishery and provide some tasty treats.

    Smallmouth bass: Water temperatures have sent bass to deeper water. Fishing has been slow.

    Burbot: Recent reports indicate better fishing in the middle and southern portion of the reservoir. Look for rocky structure (smallmouth bass habitat) and depths of 10 to 40 feet. As the evening progresses, try fishing shallower water and move if you're not catching fish. As always, good lures are glow-n-the-dark Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes and jigging spoons (glow colors) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Thanks to all anglers who participated in the recent burbot tournaments; there are now thousands fewer burbot eating everything else.


  • 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.

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