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Green River Regional Fish Information

Ding the Ling Ice Fishing Derby Good Clean Fun!

WGFD Photo, Lucy Wold: Big Piney angler Crystal Graham holds up her big ling, a.k.a. burbot. weighing in at 32.2 pounds and 32.2 inches long.

WGFD Photo, Lucy Wold:  Kemmerer angler Easton Albins holds his $ prize for the largest YOUTH ling, which came in at 28.7 inches long and 5.39 pounds.


2020 Ice Fishing Seasons Shaping Up To Be Excellent

                                      
 

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


WGFD Photos, Lucy Wold: Ice angler Nick Hogberg trying his luck at catching burbot on Flaming Gorge Reservoir on one very cold evening. John Walrath trying his luck fishing for burbot and lake trout.

Fisheries Biologists with the Green River Region are reminding anglers of the many ice fishing opportunities available in southwest Wyoming. If you are a new ice angler or a seasoned ice angler, there are some fishing contests you can take advantage of. The good news is:

1)  Participants will be able to spread out on the ice from the Pipeline north on Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
2)  Access to Flaming Gorge reservoir is shaping up to be great.
3)  Long term weather forecast is looking very favorable for ice fishing.
4)  Folks participating in the Burbot Bash can also sign up for the new Buckboard Marina at Flaming Gorge Reservoir "Pup"ulation Control Contest - two chances to win money the same weekend - Lake Trout derby is free to register, so might as well register for both.
5)  Folks can register for both derbies online (next week is their last chance for the Bash) - registrants for Bash can also register in person on January 24 at registration.

Burbot Bash website:  http://www.burbotbash.com/
Registration:  Online and in person on January 24 at "The Hub" in Manila.  Last day is next Friday.

Buckboard Pupulation Control Contest:  http://buckboardmarina.net/
Registration:  Online only - Runs until the end of March.  Eight tags turned in so far; $100 a tag. (2/9/2020)


 

Winter brings a shift from open water to ice fishing.

USE CAUTION ON ANY ICE. IF IT DOES NOT LOOK SAFE, THEN STAY OFF THE ICE! FOUR INCHES OF HARD, CLEAR ICE IS SAFE BY ANGLERS ON FOOT. PLEASE GO WITH SOMEONE AND TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND WHEN YOU PLAN TO RETURN. TAKE ALONG ICE SPIKES TO GET YOU OUT OF THE OPEN WATER, A CHARGED CELL PHONE, FIRE STARTER AND AN EXTRA SET OF CLOTHES. AND.....COMMON SENSE. Don't forget to have fun, too!

   

The second tagged fish, Tag 007, was tagged south near the Pipeline and was caught recently in the Confluence area on Flaming Gorge Reservoir and entered into the Buckboard Pup-ulation Control ice fishing contest.


The new Buckboard Pup-ulation Control ice fishing 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. Now, a second tagged fish has been caught.

While the new owners of Buckboard Marina at Flaming Gorge have been busy remodeling the marina infrastructure, they are committed to doing what they can to help enhance the fishery in Flaming Gorge Reservoir. In cooperation with the Game and Fish they hatched the idea for this contest. The main goal of the contest is to draw attention to the abundance of small lake trout in Flaming Gorge Reservoir and encourage anglers to harvest more lake trout less than 25 inches.  There are multiple prize categories, it is FREE to register, but most importantly you must be registered to qualify for most of the prizes. You can find more information about the contest including rules at Buckboardmarina.net. 

There are multiple ice fishing derbies scheduled for the 2019/2020 fishing season. Please visit the Green River Region Events Tab for all of the details. 


Big Sandy River Restoration Project

The distribution of Bluehead sucker, Roundtail chub and Flannelmouth sucker, collectively known as the three species, has been dramatically reduced across the Colorado River Basin due to the introduction of nonnative species and habitat loss. A concrete fish barrier was constructed on the river in 2016 to prevent the movement of nonnative species, such as burbot. Make sure you stop and read this interpretive sign to learn more about the three species, how and why they need to be protected, and how you can help. The sign is located at the vehicle pullout on Highway 191 towards the town of Pinedale, WY, 7 miles north of the turnoff for Big Sandy Reservoir. The sign was installed by Green River Fisheries Biologist John Walrath and Pinedale Habitat Access Biologist Kyle Berg. The sign has been two years in the making.

Thank you to all the partners who made this sign and project possible: WGFD, BLM, WWNRT, Landowners of the Big Sandy River, Wyoming Governor's Office, Sublette County Conservation District, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Anglers Kevin Spence (left) and Nick Walrath hold up some nice Tiger trout caught on High Savery near Baggs, Wyoming. 
 

Volunteers assist with fish sampling on Sulphur Creek Reservoir

 
 


Green River Fisheries Biologist John Walrath (Boat captain) and fish technicians Hunter Weidenborner and Mitch Magruder, Evanston Game Warden Nick Roberts and I&E Specialist Lucy Wold set nets on the reservoir to sample fish species, numbers, lengths and weights. Species included Bear River Cutthroat, White suckers, a few rainbow trout and a few walleye. The reservoir was rough, with high winds and white-caps, and it was wonderful to have the help of area summer school students and their teachers/chaperones. 
 

 

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Green River resident lands first tagged lake trout in Buckboard Pup-ulation Control Contest

Buckboard Marina Photo: First tagged lake trout

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. 

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Game and Fish nets Fontenelle Reservoir

It is that time of the year again for fisheries biologists with the Green River Region of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to net area reservoirs to determine fish species and population status.

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Local students learn about Kokanee salmon spawning in Green River

WGFD Photos: Lucy Diggins-Wold

Students from Truman Elementary School in Green River and Granger Elementary School spent the afternoon learning about Kokanee salmon and their life cycle from birth to spawning to death.

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2019 WGFD Green River Region Angler Newsletter hot off the press

Check out all the latest fisheries information from the biologists who manage the fisheries in southwest Wyoming! 

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Fisheries biologists stock Tiger trout

Want to catch a Tiger trout surrounded by beautiful scenery?

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Green River Fish Crew samples area reservoirs

WGFD Photos: Lucy Wold

Green River Fisheries Biologist John Walrath, office manager Regina Dickson and Evanston Game Warden Nick Roberts pull fish from gill nets set on Big Sandy Reservoir recently. The reservoir had not been sampled in many years. Fish netted included rainbow trout, suckers, Brown trout, and a few small burbot.

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Green River Fisheries Crew targets burbot at Jim Bridger Pond

WGFD photos: Lucy Wold

These large predacious fish are eating trout and other fish anglers are trying to catch in Jim Bridger Pond!

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Take good care of your catch and it WILL taste good!

It’s a sad fact that much of the fish served up by anglers have passed their use-by-date. By the time it reaches the table, it's well on its way to, well, being spoiled.

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Questions and Answers Regarding Lake Trout in Flaming Gorge Reservoir

So many anglers have asked a variety of questions about lake trout in Flaming Gorge Reservoir that Green River fisheries managers have put together a hand out for anglers.

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Tasty Fish Recipes from southwest Wyoming



If you have a good day of catching small lake trout or burbot you might want to try one of the following recipes.

 

What good is catching fish to eat if you are unsure of how to cook them in a way they come out delicious?! Your Green River Fisheries Crew will be featuring their favorite fish recipes and they hope you will give the recipes a try.

If you have a recipe you would like to share with us and our readers, please contact John Walrath at: john.walrath@wyo.gov

 
 

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Anglers please keep smaller lake trout!

High numbers of small lake trout in Flaming Gorge Reservoir is prompting area fisheries managers to ask anglers to legally harvest all the lake trout they can use.

 


 

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