Lake Trout Fishing

Lake Trout Fishing


The lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir
demand your respect. Lake trout here can get huge. That’s why the Gorge is a destination spot
for anglers looking to hook a trophy. But for lake trout here to get like this,
anglers need to catch smaller lake trout like this. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wants
lake trout anglers at Flaming Gorge to go after the so called smaller lake trout, those
under twenty eight inches. Game and Fish conducted their annual survey
of lake trout at the Gorge recently, assessing the health of the fishery, getting a better
idea of how lake trout there are doing. Evaluating the catch of the lake trout then
comparing it to past netting and then evaluating the health and well being of the big guys. Green River fisheries biologist John Walrath
says a common misconception among anglers is that fish this size need to be put back
to keep trophy numbers high. They’ll catch these individuals all day long,
but it seems like a lot of them like to release them with the hope that, you know, some day
they’ll catch them again when they’re twenty to thirty pounds. That might have worked back in the seventies
and sixties when they were first stocked, but now with so many of these individuals
they’re just getting to be overpopulated. The regulation on lake trout at Flaming Gorge
is eight per day or in possession with no more than one exceeding twenty eight inches. Pretty generous, but it ensures trophy lake
trout into the future. Our netting data suggests that we have the
most lake trout that we’ve had ever in the reservoir and we’re concerned that with the
number of individuals there isn’t enough resources in the reservoir and they’re beginning to
stunt themselves and not moving into the trophy size category that anglers really want to
go out and catch. Trophy lake trout reach this size if there’s
enough forage, so after being weighed and measured, stomach contents are examined to
see what these fish are eating. Smaller lake trout are also analyzed. High numbers of smaller lake trout have other
impacts. Eating small kokanee salmon also in the Gorge
and gobbling up zooplankton that kokanee rely on. That eventually affects the trophy lake trout
as kokanee are their primary food source. The state record lake trout was pulled from
Flaming Gorge back in 1995, a fifty pound, forty eight inch long champ with a thirty
two inch girth. As anglers are important in controlling smaller
lake trout, one way to keep the title at Flaming Gorge is by taking out some of the contenders. With Wyoming Game and Fish, Ray Hageman, K2
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