Fishing the Flaming Gorge Reservoir

gorge-fishFlaming Gorge Reservoir produces Kokanee salmon, giant Lake Trout (Mackinaw), Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and many other game fish. Many Utah and Wyoming state records have been set on the reservoir.

Limits & Regulations specific to Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This information has been copied from the 2019 Fishing Guidebook, published by the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources. Always refer to the current guidebook for such information as pertinent information may have changed since information was copied to this site.

  • Limit 4 trout or kokanee salmon (excludes lake trout) in the aggregate, no more than 3 may be kokanee salmon.
  • Limit 12 lake trout/mackinaw, only 1 may exceed 28 inches.
  • All kokanee salmon caught from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30 must be immediately released.
  • Linwood Bay, west of a line from the eastern most point of the south shore of Linwood Bay (mouth of canyon) to eastern most point of the north shore of Linwood Bay (Lucerne Point), closed between official sunset and sunrise, Oct. 15 through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of December.
  • Limit 6 catfish.
  • Limit 10 smallmouth and largemouth bass in the aggregate.
  • No limit for burbot. Anglers must not release any burbot they catch. All burbot must be immediately killed.
  • No line may have more than 3 baited hooks or artificial flies in series or more than 3 lures.
  • When ice fishing, the hole size may not exceed 18 inches.
  • A person may use up to six lines without a second-pole permit when fishing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir through the ice. When using more than two lines at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, the angler’s name shall be attached to each line, pole, or tip-up, and the angler shall check only their lines.