Flaming Gorge Management

8th Tagged Fish caught on the Gorge February 2020 in Pup-ulation Control Contest

Southwest Wyoming has a new ice fishing contest and the Buckboard Pup-ulation Control Contest has gotten off to a good start on Flaming Gorge Reservoir.  On December 10, Green River resident Don Phillips caught the first tagged lake trout in Buckboard Bay, while fishing from shore for rainbow trout.  As of February 9, 2020 the 8th tagged fish has been caught. $100 is paid out for each tagged fish, which means $800 has already been paid out. There is much more to this fishing derby, so click this link to read more and go get your ice fishing rod! 

2020 Burbot Bash a huge success!

 WGFD Photos, Ray Hageman

In late January workers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Utah Division of Natural Resources put out 51 tags for the Burbot Bash. During the recent derby, 5 tags were recaptured. Most tags were from previous years. This year's event had nearly 800 participants and 225 teams. Anglers also set a new record for number of fish removed during the event; 5,565 Burbot. The largest Burbot caught was 34.6 inches and 7.71 pounds.  The smallest was 4.3 inches and 0.02 pounds


Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a year-round fishing Mecca

There are many ice fishing opportunities and or contests to take advantage of this winter, so don't let cold weather keep you inside. Fight back, or even better, fish back! PLEASE USE CAUTION ON ANY ICE OR WATER! IT IS ALSO WISE TO FISH WITH A PARTNER OR PARTNERS-NEVER ALONE.

WGFD fisheries biologists and fisheries biologists with the Utah Department of Natural Resources tagged fish on the Gorge. Fish are tagged for prizes. Caught burbot (a.k.a. ling) helps other fish in the Reservoir, as their numbers decline. Anglers catching and keeping small lake trout are also helping the Gorge fisheries. 



WGFD Photo, Lucy Wold
Green River Fisheries Biologists Troy Laughlin (left in solid green hat) and John Walrath (right) scan burbot for PIT tags during the 2019 Burbot Bash.


Two ice fishing derbies on Flaming Gorge in 2020

Buckboard "Pup"ulation Control Contest
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
November 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020
Hosted by Buckboard Marina at Flaming Gorge LLC
Buckboard "Pup"ulation Control Contest 

Burbot Bash
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
January 24-26, 2020 *ALREADY TOOK PLACE.
Hosted by the Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce
020 Burbot Bash  


​Photo: Lucy Wold, WGFD
boater on Flaming Gorge Reservoir


Questions and Answers Regarding Lake Trout in Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a magnificent, man-made reservoir, offering so many recreational opportunities, especially fishing and boating. Flaming Gorge Dam stands 502 feet tall and was completed in 1964. The surface area of the reservoir is over 65 sq miles, with varying depths, and is 430 feet deep in its deepest spot,

So many anglers have asked questions about lake trout management in Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Wyoming side that Green River fisheries managers have put together a list of these questions and their answers for anglers to review. Click below to learn more about lake trout management in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Lake trout management in Flaming Gorge Reservoir

A couple of anglers enjoyed a beautiful December day jigging for Lake Trout ranging from 19 to 22 inches, just out from Buckboard Bay. Fish were caught on 1/2 ounce jigs dressed with a lime green skirt and tipped with a small piece of sculpin.  Anglers caught their limit (8 Lake Trout less than 28 inches) in just over 4 hours.


Photo: Lucy Wold, WGFD

One of the trophy lake trout weighed and measured and released back into the Gorge.


Flaming Gorge Reservoir is known for its trophy lake trout. Currently, the population of smaller lake trout is high and fisheries managers want anglers to catch the smaller lake trout to help maintain the trophy class lake trout. Small lake trout also taste really good. You can learn more about how to catch smaller lake trout and how to cook smaller lake trout by clicking on the attachments below.

Tips on how to catch small lake trout
Recipes for cooking small lake trout


Photo: Lucy Wold, WGFD
​This is just one of the illegally introduced burbot in Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This fish was caught by the Green River Fisheries Crew during annual gill netting operations on the Gorge. The burbot has swallowed a rainbow trout whole. 

Sometime in the late 1990's or early 2000, someone or some persons illegally introduced burbot
, also known as ling, into the Green River Drainage. The invasive species began showing up in WGFD Green River netting surveys in 2003. Their presence as changed area fishing management and opportunities forever. The only way to have some sort of control on burbot is with angler harvest and liberal regulations.

Fishing for illegally transplanted burbot in the Green River drainage has become popular with ice anglers.  Fishery managers have set liberal regulations on burbot to encourage anglers to harvest as many burbot as possible and help suppress these voracious non-native predators.  There is no limit on burbot in the Area 4, which includes all of the Green River drainage including Flaming Gorge, Fontenelle Reservoir and Big Sandy Reservoir.
​You can learn more about how to catch burbot and how to cook burbot by clicking on the attachments below.

Tips on how to catch burbot
Tasty burbot recipes




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