Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Conditions last updated: 07/20/2016
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 fair to good depending on species and location. The water is 70°F in the Canyon (Utah portion of the reservoir).
Kokanee salmon: Fishing is fair to good. Surface temperatures have warmed, so expect fishing to get better for fish deeper in the water column. Many of the kokanee caught last weekend were found at around 35 feet. If you're graphing and not catching fish, change out your lures. Try spoons and dodger/squid combos. Good spoons to try include #1 and #2 Needlefish in pearl/red, silver/red and pearl bikini, along with Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoons in tequila sunrise and Caribbean sunset. Silver dodgers are a great attractor, followed by squids in pink, orange or white. Try smaller squids (1.5 inches) for wary fish. A good average speed is 1.8 miles per hour, but you should vary your speed by doing S-turns to see if fish want the lure faster or slower.
Rainbow trout: Fishing is good. Whether you're casting jigs toward the shore, trolling the open water or fishing from the shoreline, fishing for rainbows has been good. While trolling last weekend for kokanee, rainbow trout (up to 20 inches) were caught using the gear presented above. Rainbows are also biting along shallow points, near inflows and even along cliffs while casting tube jigs, curly tailed grubs and marabou jigs in olive, white, pink or black. Shore anglers are also having success soaking worms, PowerBait, etc., especially early in the morning and late in the day.
Lake trout: Fishing for lake trout is good. Reports have been spotty, specifically in the Canyon Region. Anglers are catching a few smaller lake trout (pups) while trolling for kokanee and rainbows. Last weekend, anglers caught several smaller lake trout while trolling along the red cliffs in Sheep Creek Bay. Fish were suspended above the bottom from 40 to 80 feet. Lures like the Rocky Mountain Tackle Viper spoons in tequila sunrise worked best. The boat speed was 1.6–1.8 miles per hour. If you locate a good concentration of lake trout, try dropping a white tube jig, or jigging a spoon tipped with sucker/chub meat.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing for smallmouth bass is great. Smallmouth are most active now with the warmer weather. They can be caught using a variety of methods and techniques. Jigs in 1/4- to 3/8-ounce weights rigged with tubes, curly tails, hula grubs, etc., in earth tone colors are almost always a good choice. Drop shot rigs with four-inch artificial worms or minnows are also very effective. For some excitement, try top water poppers early and late in the day when the conditions are calm. The surface activity can be exceptional this time of year.
Burbot: Fishing is fair for burbot. Burbot activity decreases in the warm summer months, so expect spotty success. Look for burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 20 to 40 feet of water. As always, fish at night and use glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker or chub meat and recharge the glow frequently. Jig the presentation close to the bottom. (Updated 07-20-2016)
- 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
- Site description: 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.