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
As of Feb. 14, only Firehole remains iced in. With mild temperatures, ice on the Gorge has retreated greatly. Wyoming Game & Fish reports excellent fishing from boats and from the shoreline. Fishing is excellent for lake trout juveniles in the Buckboard area.
Kokanee salmon: Anglers are catching some while trolling 10 to 15 feet on dodgers and squids. Use planer boards to get the offering away from the boat.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is excellent from the shoreline and from boats. A boat is essential to access most of the reservoir; however, there is shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center, Jug Hollow and boat ramps. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline, especially in the backs of canyons. Marabou jigs in brown/orange and 1/4-ounce weight are effective. Anglers report doing well alternating between Kastmasters and Jake's lures.
Lake trout: Fishing is fair from the boat, but great uplake through the ice! Anglers are catching some small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 80 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Fish may be located above the bottom using a fish finder. Vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot), tipped with sucker/chub meat. Troll spoons like Williams Wablers, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target aggressive pups. Gulp minnows and blade baits (Sebile Vibrato) can also work well.
Smallmouth bass: Now that water temperatures have dropped into the 40s, bass fishing has slowed down considerably, and they will be the occasional catch until spring. Jigs mimicking crayfish (earth tone colors), their primary forage, are the best option.
Burbot: Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 10 to 40 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 glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. During the recent tournaments, anglers had the most success on the ice further up the river arms, and from boats, south of Buckboard Marina. (Last update 02-15-18)
- 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