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 ice has deteriorated and currently the reservoir is open from the Dam up to Hideout Canyon, in Sheep Creek Bay, and also from Lucerne up to Brinegar's Ferry Crossing. The cut thru in Sheep Creek is still iced in, but could open any day. In Utah, all of the launch ramps are open and accessible. Be aware of large floating ice sheets further north.

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Lake trout: Very few reports. Lake trout can be caught shallow this time of year, while casting jigs along the shoreline or trolling lures close to the surface. Also try looking for fish in 50-70 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. Watch for suspended concentrations on your fish finder and if located, vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Small lake trout less 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 less than 25-inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing been exceptional this spring. Watch for large schools of suspended fish along the main channel of the reservoir and in the backs of canyons. Jig small spoons like 1/4 ounce Northland Buckshots, Kastmasters, Thomas Cyclones in chartreuse, pink, silver, or gold and tip with Gulp maggots, corn or meal worm. Even try adding a dodger a couple feet above your spoon. You can also troll dodgers/squids through the schools. Typically kokanee salmon will be close to the surface in the spring where plankton is most abundant. If you're not graphing fish, trolling the surface at 10-15 feet using planer boards or long set-backs (150ft or more) can also be productive.

Rainbow trout: Slower than usual. Try casting jigs like 1/4 ounce marabous in earth tones, along the shoreline. Many of the fish caught last weekend were very close to the shore. Also check the backs of canyons especially where streams are present.

Smallmouth bass: Few reports but will become more active as surface temperatures increase, especially late in the day. Try reaction lures like jerk baits and swim baits.

Burbot: Few reports but usually good fishing. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20-40 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/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (Last update 04-19-19)


  • 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