REGULATIONS

The Flaming Gorge Reservoir is an interstate body of water that straddles Utah and Wyoming and has different regulations depending on where you are at on the Gorge. There is a reciprocal stamp ($10) available for fisherman that helps those who have a license in one state, enjoy fishing on the Gorge in the other state for one year without buying a whole new out-of-state license. The number of lines you can have in the water changes throughout the season and each state has some different regulations including how they deal with Aquatic Invasive Species, so information is provided on this page to help you through these challenges.

“Participants must have a valid fishing license and adhere to all the rules and regulations for the state in which they are fishing, including Utah & Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations and all U.S. Coast Guard, Utah State Parks and U.S. Forest Service regulations. As a reminder, the use or possession of Live Bait Fish is not allowed on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Also, if using more than 2 lines (rods) through the ice, lines must be labeled with anglers’ name. If a person is cited for a fishing violation by a state officer his/her whole team will be disqualified. Unregistered fishermen in your party will jeopardize the validity of fish caught by registered fishermen.

Online Wyoming Fishing Licenses

Hunt/Fishing Season?

Licenses, stamps and permits may be purchased for either the 2016 or 2017 seasons. You will not be able to purchase products for both seasons in a single transaction though. Visit here: Online Wyoming Fishing Licenses

Wyoming Fishing Regulations

Fishing Regulation Chapter 46

This regulation establishes fishing season dates, locations, legal methods, creel limits and limitations for all game fish species.  This regulation also addresses the possession and use of bait fish, fishing contests and free fishing days.

Fishing Regulations Brochure
Fishing Regulations
Fishing Regulations – NEW as of 7-7-2016 – EFFECTIVE 1-1-2017

More Info: Wyoming Fishing Regulations

Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species Info

Aquatic Invasive Species (Chapter 62)

This regulation establishes watercraft Aquatic Invasive Species inspections, decontamination procedures, impounding and quarantine procedures, mandatory reporting, and aquatic invasive species decal provisions.

Aquatic Invasive Species Regulation

Flaming Gorge Fishing Report

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Image of Flaming Gorge Reservoir

The Wyoming end of the reservoir is quite open and can be extremely rough if the wind blows hard. The Utah portion of the reservoir is mostly in a canyon, so it is more protected from the wind.

Details

  • Location: Daggett County
  • Directions: Drive 45 miles north of Vernal on US-191
  • Type: Blue Ribbon
  • Size: 42,000 acres
  • Elevation: 6,024 feet
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Kokanee Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass
  • Possible catch: Brown Trout, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Cutthroat Trout
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: A Forest Service campground in the National Recreation Area around the reservioir, and numerous boat ramps
  • Handicap access: Access at the Forest Service campground and boat launching facilities
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Utah Fishing Regulations

Guidebooks

2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook

2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook cover

The 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah. The guidebook is designed to be a convenient quick-reference document for fishing regulations. You can use the references in the guidebook to search for the detailed statute or rule that underpins the guidebook summary.

PDFs

You can download the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook in Adobe PDF format. Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader is required to view or print the guidebook.

eBooks

You can also download the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook in a digital book format. You can view the ePub file using either Barnes and Noble’s free NOOK reader for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad or iPhone or Apple’s free iBooks reader for iPhone and iPad. (Note: Read how to transfer ePubs to your Nook reader.

If you’re a Kindle user, you should follow these instructions to transfer the guidebook to your reader. You can also view the guidebook in Kindle format using Amazon.com’s free Kindle reader for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone 7 or Blackberry.

Note: This is the final edition of the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook. If you downloaded the draft edition on or before November 30, 2012 please make sure you pick up or download the final edition.


Emergency changes to the guidebook

  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR TROUT: Anderson Meadow Reservoir (Beaver County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit has been raised to 8 trout. This change is effective from July 15, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Anderson Meadow Reservoir will be drained this fall to complete repairs to the outlet structure. Low water levels at the lake will likely result in the lost of trout. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest trout that would otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR TIGER MUSKIE: Cottonwood Reservoir (Uintah County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit is increased from 1 tiger muskie over 40 inches to 2 tiger muskie of any size. This change is effective from May 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014. The Division’s Northeastern Region Office has plans to treat Cottonwood Reservoir to remove carp, black bullhead and other undersirable species in October 2013. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE: Fairview Lake (San Pete County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit is increased to 8 fish. This change is effective from July 2, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Fairview Lakes are being drained to do work on the dam to meet new safety standards. Low to no water in the reservoir will result in the loss of fish. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. It is anticipated the work will be completed later this fall and the lakes will be fully operational for the 2014 spring stocking schedule.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR RAINBOW TROUT: Ken’s Lake (San Juan County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit for rainbow trout is increased to 8 trout. This change is effective from May 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Drought-like conditions will require the lake to be drained to low levels. The low water level at the lake will likely result in the loss of stocked rainbow trout. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest rainbow trout that would otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE: Newton Reservoir (Cache County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit has increased to:
      • Twelve (12) largemouth bass
      • One hundred (100) bluegill
      • One hundred (100) crappie
      • One hundred (100) yellow perch
      • Sixteen (16) channel catfish
      • One (1) tiger muskellunge over 40 inches

      This change is effective immediately and will remain in effect through December 31, 2013. Water levels in Newton Reservoir are extremely low and not anticipated to significantly increase in the near future. These conditions may lead to a fish kill this coming winter due to low oxygen levels combined with an abundant fish population. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that may otherwise be lost.

  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE: Nine Mile Reservoir (San Pete County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit has been raised to 8 fish. Nine Mile Reservoir is being drained to meet irrigation demands/needs. Low to no water in the reservoir will result in the loss of fish. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. It is anticipated that Nine Mile Reservoir will be fully operational by the spring stocking schedule. These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until January 1, 2014. All other rules established in the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR TROUT: Piute Reservoir (Piute County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit for trout has been raised to 8 trout. Piute Reservoir will be drained this fall for irrigation needs. Additionally, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will treat the remaining water to remove unwanted fish in preparation for restocking. Low water levels and treatment at the lake will result in the loss of trout. These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until January 1, 2014. All other rules established in the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in effect.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE FOR TROUT: Spirit Reservoir (Daggett County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit for trout is increased to 8 trout. This change is effective from June 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014. The Division’s Northeastern Region Office has plans to treat the Middle Fork Sheep Creek drainage, including Spirit Lake, with the piscicide rotenone in September 2013. Limits are being temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost.
  • DAILY BAG LIMIT INCREASE: Upper Mill Creek (From Elbow Fork to Headwaters, Salt Lake County) (PDF format)
    • The daily bag and possession limit is increased to 8 fish. Native Bonneville cutthroat trout are being restored into Mill Creek Canyon. Beginning in September 2013, in preparation to reintroduce Bonneville cutthroat trout into Mill Creek, existing fish in the upper portions of the canyon will be removed from Elbow Fork upstream to the headwaters. Limits are temporarily liberalized to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. These changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until January 1, 2014. All other rules established in the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebok remain in effect.

Recreation Passes

Download: Rec Pass_information

A Flaming Gorge Pass is required for parking at High Impact Recreation Areas (HIRA) on the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Congress has recently passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) replacing the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. The new REA program extends fee authority for 10 years while at the same time refines where the fees can be charged. REA has been implemented in areas, or corridors, that have improvements, services, and facilities that benefit the recreating public. For example, restrooms, fish cleaning stations, courtesy docks, divider docks, picnic areas, paved parking areas, garbage service, multilane boat ramps, interpretive services, security services, and developed beaches.

Each location is termed a High Impact Recreation Area (HIRA) and will include a ¼ mile corridor surrounding the access road from the highway to the lake or river access point.

The following explains where a recreation use fee is required:

permit areas required

Parked vehicles in a High Impact Recreation Area that do not display a valid Flaming Gorge Pass are subject to a citation of $75. America the Beautiful Senior, Access, Annual, and Volunteer Passport holders as well as Golden Age, Golden Access, Golden Eagle (if expiration date is still valid) are not required to purchase the Flaming Gorge Pass. The majority of the revenue remains in the area where it is collected. The money is used for repair and rehabilitation of recreation facilities and for improved visitor services. Passes can be purchased at the Forest Service Offices in Manila, Green River and Vernal, the Flaming Gorge Dam and Red Canyon Visitor Centers. Local vendors also sell passes.

Annual - $20

Annual Pass –  $20.00

Flaming Gorge Annual Recreation Use Passes are sold on a calendar year basis only. All Annual passes purchased will be valid for 12 months beginning January through December of each calendar year. The pass will be a different color each year.

16 day

16 Day - $5.00

16-Day Pass   |   $5.00   |    Yellow Paper
The 16-Day Pass is valid for the use of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area for sixteen consecutive days.

Day Pass - $2.00

Daily Pass   |   $2.00   |    Pink Paper
The Daily Pass is valid for the use of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area for one calendar day.

NATIONAL PASSES

America the Beautiful

Senior Pass
$10
  • America the Beautiful Senior Passport    |   $10.00

  • The America the Beautiful Senior Passport is a lifetime entrance pass to most national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee. The America the Beautiful Senior Passport admits the passport signee and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. In those areas where a per person fee is charged, the pass admits the pass holder and 3 additional adults.
  • Hangtags are available with purchase of passport. There is a one time $10.00 fee. The person must show proof of being at least 62 years old when purchasing the passport. If the passport gets worn or faded, it can be replaced at no cost to the passport holder. The old passport will be kept at the time of exchange.
  • This passport is honored at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in lieu of the Recreation Use Pass. It also provides for a 50% discount on camping (single sites only) at Flaming Gorge. Golden Age Passports are also honored in lieu of the Recreation Use Pass. Golden Age Passport holders may exchange to the America the Beautiful Senior Passport at no cost, however, Golden passports will be kept at time of exchange.

America the Beautiful

Access Passport
$0
  • America the Beautiful Access Passport | Free

  • The America the Beautiful Access Passport is a lifetime entrance pass to most national parks, monuments historic sites, recreation areas and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee. The America the Beautiful Access Passport admits the passport signee and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.
  • In those areas where a per person fee is charged, the pass admits the pass holder and 3 additional adults. Hangtags and decals are available with purchase of passport. There is no charge for the passport. The person must be medically determined to be blind or permanently disabled and must show written proof when obtaining the passport. Examples of acceptable documentation include: statement by a licensed physician, document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income, or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. If the passport gets worn or faded, it can be replaced at no cost to the passport holder. The old passport will be kept at the time of exchange.
  • This passport is honored at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in lieu of the Recreation Use Pass. It also provides a 50% discount on camping (single sites only) at Flaming Gorge. Golden Access Passports are also honored in lieu of the Recreation Use Pass. Golden Access Passport holders may exchange to the America the Beautiful Access Passport at no cost, however, Golden passports will be kept at time of exchange.