Please catch and keep small lake trout for the benefit of trophy lake trout and kokanee salmon populations

Flaming Gorge Reservoir spans Wyoming and Utah, and the fishery is co-managed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The popular fishery attracts anglers searching for trophy kokanee salmon and lake trout, with anglers traveling from neighboring states to take advantage of the abundance of lake trout less than 25 inches. Recently kokanee salmon populations have been lower than just a few years ago.
Recent studies indicate that an overabundance of small lake trout are consuming kokanee before they reach a catchable size.

Green River Fisheries Managers have hosted open house meetings to discuss the status of the fishery at Flaming Gorge, including recently completed research and future management considerations for the reservoir's fishery.

Below is a video of the presentation given at the open houses, for those who were unable to attend in person.  
Once you have viewed the presentation we highly encourage you to submit feedback here.


Managing the fishery at Flaming Gorge is a collaborative effort



​Sometime in the late 1990s or early 2000s, burbot were illegally introduced into the Green River Drainage. The invasive species began showing up in WGFD Green River netting surveys in 2003—their presence has changed area fishing management and opportunities forever. 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. Burbot were reclassified as a nongame fish west of the continental divide
Game and Fish also partnered with local businesses to hold derbies targeting burbot. Fishing for illegally transplanted burbot in the Green River drainage has become popular with ice anglers. 
Anglers have been successful in signifcantly reducing  burbot numbers in Flaming Gorge.
There is no limit on burbot in Area 4, which includes all of the Green River drainage, including Flaming Gorge, Fontenelle Reservoir and Big Sandy Reservoir. ​You can learn more about catching and cooking burbot by clicking on the attachments below.


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