Flaming Gorge Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"When the Flaming Gorge Dam was completed in 1963, the only fish in the new reservoir were channel catfish and Utah chub. Eventually, some brown and rainbow trout drifted in from the Green River. But the biggest surprise was the appearance of the lake trout. The big fish, also known as mackinaw, migrated down the Green from its headwaters, the Finger Lakes of the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming. Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) biologists introduced smallmouth and largemouth bass in the late 1960s to help control the Utah chub. The smallmouth are now so prolific that DWR employees catch the fish en masse and transplant them to other reservoirs. The largemouth failed to thrive because the water was too cold, and as it turned out, the smallmouth were not needed because lake trout were busy chasing the chubs. Now smallmouth and brown trout dine on chub fry in the shallows, while the 50-pound-plus lake trout eat the largest chubs they can find but end up eating stocked rainbows and kokanee salmon. Key Species: Lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish."