Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Conditions last updated: 06/17/2016
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 generally good across the reservoir.
Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Surface temps have warmed, so expect fishing to get better for fish deeper in the water column. You'll find fish in 10 to 20 feet of water early, but 20 to 40 feet later in the day. If you're graphing and not catching fish, change out your lures. On two trips last weekend, one day spoons were more effective, the next day dodger/squids worked well. Good spoons to try include #1 and #2 Needlefish in pearl/red, silver/red and pearl bikini, along with Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoons in tequila sunrise and Caribbean sunset. Silver dodgers are a great attractor, followed by squids in pink, orange or white. Try smaller squids (1.5 inches) for wary fish. A good average speed is 1.8 miles per hour, but vary your speed by doing S-turns to see if fish want the lure faster or slower.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is good for rainbows. Whether casting jigs towards shore, trolling the open water or fishing from the shoreline, fishing for rainbows has picked up. While trolling last weekend for kokanee, anglers caught rainbow trout up to 20 inches using the gear presented above. Rainbows are also being caught along shallow points, near inflows and even along cliffs while casting tube jigs, curly tailed grubs and marabou jigs in olive, white, pink or black. Shore anglers are also having success soaking worms, PowerBait, etc., especially early in the morning and late in the day.
Lake trout: Fishing for lake trout is fair. Reports have been spotty, specifically in the Canyon Region. Anglers are catching a few smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee and rainbows. Reports have also indicated good success long-lining crankbaits like Rapala Shad Raps early in the day. If you locate a concentration of lake trout in 50 to 100 feet, try dropping a white tube jig or jigging spoon, tipped with sucker or chub meat.
Smallmouth bass: Anglers report great fishing. Amallmouth are now active with the warmer temperatures. Try using a variety of methods and techniques. Jigs in 1/4- to 3/8-oz weights rigged with tubes, curly tails or hula grubs in earthtone colors are almost always a good choice. Drop shot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnow are also very effective. For some excitement, try top-water poppers early and late in the day when the conditions are calm. The surface activity can be exceptional this time of year.
Burbot: Fishing is fair for burbot. Burbot activity decreases in the warm summer months, so expect spotty success. 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 06-17-2016)
- 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.