Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Conditions last updated: 10/17/2016
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 fair to good for most species. The water is approximately 58°F in the canyon (Utah region of the reservoir).
Kokanee salmon: Kokanee salmon are illegal to possess from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. Surface water temperatures are cooling, and fishing is improving. Fall fishing can be exceptional for rainbow trout at Flaming Gorge, and this is the time of year when shorter days and cooler nighttime temps can quickly increase trout activity. Try casting jigs near creek inlets along the length of the canyon region of the reservoir. Also, while fishing near shore, let your jig drop further in the water column where water temps are cooler (about 20 to 40 feet down). Anglers who are trolling for lake trout will also frequently catch rainbow trout, using similar gear at similar depths. Shoreline anglers are having some success while soaking worms and PowerBait, especially early in the morning and late in the day.
Lake trout: Fishing is good. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling and jigging in 60 to 70 feet of water near steep drop-offs and main channel points. Look for fish suspended above the bottom. When trolling, try lures like the Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoon (Tequila sunrise variety), Northland Forage Minnows (rainbow trout variety) and Rapala crankbaits (rainbow trout variety) at speeds of 1.6–1.8 mph. If you locate a good concentration of lake trout, you can also try dropping a white or watermelon tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker or chub meat. Remember that Linwood Bay is closed from official sunset to sunrise, from Oct. 15 until 6 a.m. on the second Saturday in December.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing is fair. Smallmouth bass activity is declining, but you may still find fish in shallow water along rocky shoreline. When you find one, there will likely be many, and they can be caught using a variety of methods and techniques. Jigs in 1/4-ounce weights rigged with tubes or curly tails in earth-tone colors are almost always a good choice. Drop-shot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnow are also very effective.
Burbot: Fishing is fair. Burbot activity will start to increase as the reservoir cools and water temperatures drop into the 50s. Good locations to try include Linwood Bay and north into Wyoming, where burbot densities are greatest. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water. As always, fish at night and use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat and recharge the glow frequently. Jig the presentation close to the bottom. (Updated 10-17-2016)
- 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.