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Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Rating - Very_Good   

Saturday, Jan 14 2023
Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Blue Ribbon): Surface temperatures in the lower reservoir are in the upper 30s. The reservoir dropped 10 feet through the summer and fall to the current elevation of 6,008 feet. The only open boat launches are on the Utah side of the reservoir, but they may have snow/ice covering them. Some launches, like Antelope Flat, are partially covered with sediment from being inundated for so many years. Ice has formed down to the Brinegar Ferry Crossing where it's 2 to 3 inches. Ice near Buckboard is 5 to 6 inches, and thicker as you move uplake.Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success has been slow to good through the ice from Buckboard up to the Confluence. This is a great time of year to target lake trout, specifically small ones that are overabundant. Good lures to vertically jig through the ice, or even open water, are jigging spoons such as Crippled Herrings, jigging raps, blade baits like Berkley Vibratos and 3.5 inch tube jigs in 1/4- to 3/8-ounce weight and tipped with sucker or chub meat. White and chartreuse are good colors to start with. If fishing from a boat, trolling with crankbaits has been good near the surface at about 1.6-1.8 mph. If you see deeper fish on your sonar, try dropping and trolling spoons in silver, rainbow trout and chartreuse colors. Please help the resource by harvesting some of the overabundant lake trout under 25 inches. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare. Kokanee salmon: Opened to harvest on Dec. 1, but no recent reports. Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Fishing has been very good in the open water using lures like spinners, spoons, jigs and/or bait presentations. Tip the lures with Gulp maggots or a small amount of bait for more enticement. It's also been good through the ice in Wyoming. Fish in 10-12 feet of water using small jigs and spoons tipped with bait. Smallmouth bass: No recent reports. Remember the limit in Utah is three fish and catch-and-release only in Wyoming. In Utah, please minimize harvest of the larger bass, being they're older, slow-growing fish. Burbot: Burbot fishing has been good on the north end through the ice. Target burbot at night along rocky points and shorelines using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig or deadstick the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Please remember all burbot must be killed. (Dec. 31, 2022)




Saturday, Jan 14 2023



Access Info

There is no entrance fee to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. A Recreation Use Pass is required at all major boat launches and also at the Little Hole National Recreation Trail below the dam. Permits can be purchased at kiosks at the parking areas or from local vendors and forest service offices

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Flaming Gorge Reservoir


Rating - Very_Good

Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Blue Ribbon): Surface temperatures in the lower reservoir are in the upper 30s. The reservoir dropped 10 feet through the summer and fall to the current elevation of 6,008 feet. The only open boat launches are on the Utah side of the reservoir, but they may have snow/ice covering them. Some launches, like Antelope Flat, are partially covered with sediment from being inundated for so many years. Ice has formed down to the Brinegar Ferry Crossing where it's 2 to 3 inches. Ice near Buckboard is 5 to 6 inches, and thicker as you move uplake.Lake trout: Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing success has been slow to good through the ice from Buckboard up to the Confluence. This is a great time of year to target lake trout, specifically small ones that are overabundant. Good lures to vertically jig through the ice, or even open water, are jigging spoons such as Crippled Herrings, jigging raps, blade baits like Berkley Vibratos and 3.5 inch tube jigs in 1/4- to 3/8-ounce weight and tipped with sucker or chub meat. White and chartreuse are good colors to start with. If fishing from a boat, trolling with crankbaits has been good near the surface at about 1.6-1.8 mph. If you see deeper fish on your sonar, try dropping and trolling spoons in silver, rainbow trout and chartreuse colors. Please help the resource by harvesting some of the overabundant lake trout under 25 inches. This size class of fish makes exceptional table fare. Kokanee salmon: Opened to harvest on Dec. 1, but no recent reports. Rainbow and cutthroat trout: Fishing has been very good in the open water using lures like spinners, spoons, jigs and/or bait presentations. Tip the lures with Gulp maggots or a small amount of bait for more enticement. It's also been good through the ice in Wyoming. Fish in 10-12 feet of water using small jigs and spoons tipped with bait. Smallmouth bass: No recent reports. Remember the limit in Utah is three fish and catch-and-release only in Wyoming. In Utah, please minimize harvest of the larger bass, being they're older, slow-growing fish. Burbot: Burbot fishing has been good on the north end through the ice. Target burbot at night along rocky points and shorelines using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes and Northland Buckshot spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently and jig or deadstick the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. Please remember all burbot must be killed. (Dec. 31, 2022)


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