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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

Fishing is good overall.

Lake trout: Fishing is fair from a boat, especially as you head further uplake. Anglers are catching small lake trout while trolling or jigging in 50 to 60 feet of water near the main channel points and ridges. Recently, anglers have reported high catch rates in the Pipeline area and near Buckboard. You can locate fish above the bottom using a fish finder. Try vertically jigging a 1/4- to 3/8-ounce white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig or jigging spoon (Northland Buckshot) tipped with sucker or chub meat. Gulp minnows and blade baits, like Sebile Vibrato, can also work really well. If you're trolling, try spoons like RMT Viper Serpents, Northland Forage Minnows and #3 Needlefish to target the aggressive small lake trout. Some anglers report catching small lake trout while casting jigs and crankbaits close to shore, early and late in the day. Small lake trout, less than 25 inches, have become overabundant. This is causing increased competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout fishing at the Gorge because there is less food available to grow big fish. Please help by harvesting your limit of lake trout under 25 inches. This size of fish makes is exceptional on the table.

Kokanee salmon: Fishing is unseasonably good. Anglers are catching kokanee while trolling in depths of 25 to 45 feet on dodgers and pink squids. If you find a large concentration, you can also catch them by vertically jigging small spoons, like the P-Line Kokanator, tipped with Gulp maggots. Anglers report catching kokanee on the Utah side of the reservoir at Sheep Creek Bay near the red cliffs, Jarvies Bay and near the dam.

Rainbow trout: Rainbow trout were stocked reservoir-wide during the last week of May. Expect excellent fishing for rainbows from the shoreline or boats. A boat is essential to access most of the lower reservoir. There is, however, shore fishing near the Dam Point Visitor Center and boat ramps. Fish are shallow and cruising the shoreline, especially in the backs of canyons, near inflows and along shallow rocky points. Where you catch one, you will likely catch many. Cicadas have been found throughout the lower reservoir, and some anglers have done remarkably well fly fishing cicada patterns. Marabou jigs are also very effective, in earth tones at a 1/4-ounce weight. Spinners, spoons and other jigs will work too.

Smallmouth bass: Fishing is excellent now that water temperatures are in the mid-60s. Try reaction baits like Xraps or Husky Jerks. Earth-tone-colored jigs that mimic crayfish, bass' primary forage, are also a good option. Top water fishing provides the most entertainment, especially early and late in the day. Expect higher catch rates lower in the reservoir near the dam.

Burbot: There are no recent reports. Try targeting 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 spoons. Tip your lure with sucker or chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. (Last update 06-07-18)

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