01-10-19 lake trout

Anglers can catch a nice limit of lake trout like these, flanked by a rainbow trout and a burbot.

GREEN RIVER — Fisheries managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are encouraging anglers to take advantage of the new, higher limits on lake trout at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The creel limit for lake trout in the Flaming Gorge is now 12 fish per day, 24 in possession, with only one lake trout in possession over 28 inches. The new limit went into effect Jan. 1.

“Fisheries managers have increased the daily limit and are allowing a two-day possession because of the over abundance of small lake trout (especially on the Wyoming side of the Gorge) and concerns not only with competition between lake trout, but also concerns with predation on other sport fish such as kokanee salmon and trout,” said Robert Keith, Game and Fish Green River fisheries supervisor.

John Walrath, Game and Fish Green River fisheries biologist, said anglers are the most important tool the agency has for controlling the amount of small lake trout.

“By thinning the small lake trout, anglers are helping to ensure healthy populations of kokanee and trophy lake trout well into the future,” Walrath said.

In addition, he said small lake trout are delicious and provide substantial fillets when you consider the liberal limit on them.

Lake trout can be located in 45 to 75 foot of water on slopes, humps, ridges and flats adjacent to deep water. Jigs and spoons ranging from 2 to 4 inches attached to low stretch lines like braid and fluorocarbon (8-10 pounds) in combination with a medium action rod works wells. Lures that glow work the best. The lures, tipped with a small piece of sucker meat, should be jigged just off the bottom.

Also new in 2019 for a reciprocal fishing stamp: Flaming Gorge Reservoir is an interstate water with a reciprocal agreement between Wyoming Game and Fish and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to benefit resident anglers from those states.

Those with a resident fishing license from either Utah or Wyoming may purchase a reciprocal stamp from the partnering state at a regional office, licensing agent or online. Anglers coming from outside of Utah or Wyoming may not purchase a reciprocal stamp, and therefore must purchase a license for the states they are going to fish. As of Jan. 1, the Wyoming reciprocity stamp costs $30 and the Utah reciprocity stamp costs $10.

Anglers can learn more about why biologists are concerned about the abundance of small lake trout and find tips on how to catch them by viewing the WGFD Flaming Gorge webpage at wgfd.wyo.gov/Regional-Offices/Green-River-Region/Flaming-Gorge-Management.

Anglers can acquire a copy of the Wyoming Fishing Regulations at any Game and Fish regional office, most license selling vendors or at wgfd.wyo.gov. For questions and or more information, call the Game and Fish Green River Regional Office at 307-875-3223.

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