Summer Tips For Ling Anglers in Wyoming
GREEN RIVER– Thanks to some hardcore ling anglers, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering some tips to catch a growing population of ling that were illegally introduced into Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Green River fisheries supervisor Robb Keith says there is an unlimited harvest on ling (burbot) in the Green River Drainage and there are some proven ways to catch them.
“We know ling are very active in the winter and we just experienced a banner ice fishing season for ling,” says Keith. “However, after talking to anglers, we are learning that ling can be caught during the summer months, utilizing some different techniques and tactics.”
Keith said the first thing anglers need to do is wait to fish until the sun goes down and the temperature cools off.
“Depth of the water is also important,” Keith continued. “Anglers are catching large numbers of ling in 39 to 56 feet of water. Most fish came from 40 feet, dead on the bottom, using sucker meat on glow grubs. Any rocky point up-lake from Holmes Crossing is holding large numbers of ling. There are plenty of ling in the 20 to 26-inch size class. We also know of one angler who caught a ling measuring 33 inches long that weighed around five pounds.”
Keith says safety is a concern when fishing at night and anglers will have to be extra cautious.
“Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a huge place and one can get lost easily during the daylight hours, so being out on the Gorge at night will require anglers be attentive to their surroundings,” Keith said. “In addition, safety equipment on your watercraft must be in compliance with Wyoming watercraft regulations. We want anglers to catch ling, but we want to make sure they do it safely.”
Specific information on required safety equipment is found in the 2008-2009 watercraft regulations pamphlet. Boaters are advised to pay special attention to lighting regulations required of watercraft for nighttime operation and regulations requiring sound producing devices and life jackets. Keith said it is also very important to tell someone where you are going to be fishing and when you plan to return.
Anglers are reminded that many new fishing regulations went into effect Jan. 1, 2008. The new regulations allow unlimited harvest on ling and walleye in the Green River Drainage, but there are very specific creel limits on other fish species in Flaming Gorge, such as kokanee salmon and lake trout, so anglers should become familiar with watercraft and fishing regulations.
Anglers may call the Green River office of the Game and Fish at (307) 875-3223 or go to for more information.