Flaming Gorge Reservoir
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
The water temperature is around 42°F in the canyon or Utah region of the reservoir. Fishing varies, depending on species.
Kokanee salmon: Fishing for Kokanee opened again on Dec. 1, but there are no recent fishing reports.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is fair to good. In the canyon, surface temperatures are now in the low 40s and fishing is good along the shore using bait or casting small jigs and spinners. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth tone colors are a good option in shallow or deep water. If you're fishing from a boat, try casting jigs near creek inlets and shallow points. Trolling can be productive near the surface (10 to 20 feet) using pop gear and a worm, spoons or even small crankbaits. Pinch down the barbs for quick release. Anglers report good fishing through the ice further uplake. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches thick at Sage Creek and 10 or more inches at Firehole. Target depths of 10 to 20 feet along shallow points and flats along the main channel of the lake. A variety of lures work, including small tube jigs, curly tail grubs, jigging spoons in vibrant colors and tipped with nightcrawler, PowerBait or a mealworm.
Lake trout: Anglers report good fishing. Fishing is especially good from the ice-covered portion of the reservoir. Anglers are catching smaller lake trout (pups) while jigging in 50 to 70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be easily located suspended above the bottom using a sonar or a fish finder. Try dropping a white, watermelon or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon tipped with sucker/chub meat. Gulp minnows also work well. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches thick at Sage Creek and 10 or more inches at Firehole. Please harvest your limits of small lake trout at Flaming Gorge.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing is slow. Smallmouth bass fishing slows in the winter once the water temperature reaches the 40s. At or below that point, smallmouth are extremely difficult to catch.
Burbot: Anglers report fair fishing. Anglers are having more success now that there's fishable ice. The ice is currently about eight inches thick at the Confluence, nine inches thick at Sage Creek and 10 or more inches at Firehole. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 feet of water. The best activity will be found 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 and recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation close to the bottom. Good locations to try open-water fishing include Linwood Bay and north into Wyoming where burbot densities are the greatest. (Last update 01-06-17)
- 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