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Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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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 reservoir is ice covered down through Sheep Creek Bay, and there's open water in the main channel from Rawlins Draw down through Antelope Flat, and near the dam. The latest reports indicate boats cannot launch at Lucerne or Antelope Flat. Linwood Bay is also ice covered. Cedar Springs launch is snow covered, and the Mustang Ridge launch has been icing in on cold, calm nights. Ice at Firehole is reportedly as thick as 18 inches, while lower lake ice like Buckboard, Brinegar Ferry Crossing, Anvil Draw and Sheep Creek Bay is between 8 and 10 inches.

Lake trout: Anglers report slow to fair fishing for small lake trout while jigging in 50 to 100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and vertically jig a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Lake trout smaller than 25 inches have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout smaller than 25 inches. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Prior to freezing in, some anglers were launching boats at Lucerne and catching kokanee while trolling dodgers/squids shallow (10 to 15 feet) under planer boards.

Rainbow trout: Some anglers are having success fishing open water from shore near the dam and Mustang Ridge. Marabou jigs are effective in earth tones and 1/4-ounce weights. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work as well. Ice anglers report good fishing in 8 to 15 feet of water using small jigging spoons and jigs tipped with mealworm. Chartreuse and pink are successful lure colors.

Smallmouth bass: There haven't been any recent reports.

Burbot: Fishing is good, but look for areas that weren't hit by the recent Burbot Bash crowd. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs, and Northland Buckshot or Flutter spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge the glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (Last update 02-13-19)

Details

  • 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