FLAMING GORGE FISH DERBY OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
- 1. A team may consist of 1 to 3 members. All team members must fish together i.e. use the same boat, bank, etc. Passengers are allowed in boat.
- Entry fee: $200.00 per team. Personal checks, cash, or certified funds accepted. If paid by a credit card (Visa, MC or Discover) a $10.00 service fee will be charged.
- A signed and completed entry form must be received at Lucerne Valley Marina no later than May 13, 2016 or 400 teams.
- All teams must check in for team registration at Lucerne Valley Marina on Friday May 13, 2016, no later than 8:00 p.m. Registration opens at 11:00 a.m.
- Fishing times: Saturday – 5:30 am to 6:00 p.m. Sunday – 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Scales open at 6:00 am.
- Fish must be registered at Lucerne, Cedar Springs or Buckboard Marina weigh stations no later than one half (1/2) hour after the close of each tournament day. This means scales will close at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday & 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. No exceptions.
- All entries except the Lake Trout will be based on weight, in case of a tie, length will be the determining factor.
- If Lake Trout category is not filled, the prize money will be divided and paid into the other categories.
- The Derby is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Cancellation decision will be made by Derby officials, Lucerne Marina, the US Forest Service or Utah DWR. Anglers will be notified by Marine Band Radio, text or email.
- All contestants must observe all US Coast Guard, Wyoming Game & Fish, Utah DWR, Utah State Parks, US Forest Service, and Daggett/Sweetwater County rules and regulations concerning sport fishing and safe boating on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This includes UT & WY AIS regulations.
- All of Lake Flaming Gorge is involved in the tournament. No boundaries, except for no fishing inside of the buoys of Buckboard, Lucerne & Cedar Springs Marinas.
- All teams must meet back at Lucerne Valley Marina where prizes will be awarded on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Prize money will be contingent upon 350 entries. Monies for prizes will increase or decrease depending upon the number of entries.
- There will be no total team weight category. All fish entered are subject to examination by fisheries biologists and derby officials.
- Weigh in stations will be provided at Lucerne Valley Marina, Cedar Springs Marina and Buckboard Marina.
- Bass may be released at Lucerne Valley Marina in the live well provided by the tournament.
Per Wyoming Game & Fish: Culling is not permitted. The decision to release a fish or keep it for contest entry must be made immediately upon capture. Any fish caught that is not to be entered into the contest shall be immediately released to the water with as little injury to the fish as possible. Once a fish is put on a stringer, in a container or in a live well it cannot be released. Participants violating this rule will be disqualified.
AIS Inspection requirements: Any contest watercraft coming from out of the state of Wyoming, is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized AIS inspector prior to launching. Participants violating that regulation will be disqualified.
Violation of WGF regulations: All contestants must abide by all Wyoming Game and Fish regulations concerning fishing, aquatic invasive species and boating. Any participant found to violate any Game and Fish regulation from 6 PM Friday until 6 PM Sunday will be disqualified.
In Utah, trout or salmon may not be released if they have been held on a stringer, fish basket, livewell, or similar device.
- New Category – HARVEST only – Burbot. Three placings based on team weight not individuals. Payout based on total weight with number caught being the tiebreaker. All burbot must be fresh caught and killed immediately. Any fish deemed not fresh will be disqualified. It is recommended that participants keep burbot in coolers with ice. Participates will be required to chop the tails of their burbot prior to leaving the weigh-in area.
PRIZE QUALIFICATION BASED ON THE FOLLOWING:
- Lake Trout: Fish must be freshly caught, be a minimum length of 36” (inches) for entry eligibility. Only one (1) Lake Trout per angler may be in possession through the tournament. Lake Trout will be based on total length not weight. Ties will be determined by which fish was caught first. The large Lake Trout on Flaming Gorge are a precious resource that the Flaming Gorge Fish Derby wants to protect. We will provide a measuring stick, a special token and instructions at registration. Fishermen will measure the fish at their boat with the the provided catch and release ruler and token and submit the picture clearly showing the fish, correct measurement and token to the Flaming Gorge Fish Derby via text message to the number given at registration. A member of the Derby staff will send back a message via text of receipt of the fish with the measurement information to be a valid entry into the Lake Trout category. It is the responsibility of the team member to make sure he receives a text back in confirmation of his entry. If one is not received, then the fish is not entered. If a fisherman does not have the ability to picture message then the fish will need to be entered at one of the weigh stations. Per Wyoming Game & Fish rules if the fish is entered at a weigh station then it must be harvested. Anglers fishing for trophy lake trout are restricted to using flies and lures only. Anglers fishing for trophy lake trout are not allowed to use bait. Participants violating this rule will be disqualified. (see below for more explanation)
- Length qualification: Rainbow Trout, Kokanee and Brown Trout must be 18” (inches) or longer. Bass and Catfish have no size limit. Only one fish per category per angler may be entered throughout the tournament. Fish must be caught during derby hours on Lake Flaming Gorge. In case of a tie, length will prevail.
- Largest fish will be the largest fish from the individual species of Bass, Kokanee, Rainbow or Brown Trout category. The largest fish by weight from one of these categories will get $2000.00. That fish will not be eligible for the 1st place in its category but the larger amount. The next fish in line in that category will then move into the 1st place species and all other fish will move up one notch. This will spread the prize money out to more contestants.
GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION
- Any returned checks.
- Violations of any Wyoming/Utah fishing or boating safety regulations.
LAKE TROUT MEASUREMENT INFORMATION
Lake Trout only:The large Lake Trout on Flaming Gorge are a precious resource that the Flaming Gorge Fish Derby, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Wyoming Game & Fish want to protect. We are providing a catch and release option for entering Lake Trout into the derby this year. Lake Trout will not be weighed but will be measured for overall length. This is the only species that will be measured during the Derby.
- Fish must be freshly caught and be a minimum length of 36" (inches) for entry eligibility.
- Only one (1) Lake Trout per angler may be entered or in possession through the tournament.
- Lake Trout will be based on total length not weight. Ties will be determined by which fish was caught first.
- Anglers fishing for trophy lake trout are restricted to using flies and lures only. Anglers fishing for trophy lake trout are not allowed to use bait. Participants violating this rule will be disqualified.
There are two options to enter the Lake Trout into the Derby: Digitally and Harvest. The FG Fish Derby will provide a measuring ruler, a special token and instructions for measuring Lake Trout at registration as follows:
Digital Option – Text message picture via cell phone):
- • Fishermen will measure the fish immediately upon capture with the provided measuring device and the special token included in the registration packets. A picture must be taken from a cell phone that clearly shows the entire fish, the measurement and token. Send the picture via text message to 307-780-5417 with the team number, fishermen’s name, and length to the number specified during registration. An official will send back a message via text of receipt of the fish with the measurement information and time entered in confirmation of his/her entry. It is the responsibility of the team member to make sure he receives a text back in confirmation of the entry. If a text confirmation is not received from a Derby official then the fish is not entered and the fish should immediately be taken to one of the three (3) weigh stations. As a general rule keep the fish out of the water no more than 60 seconds - shorter is better. The more time the fish spend out of the water the more likely it will die after release. We recommend holding the fish in the water in a landing net while you wait for entry confirmation.
- If a team member does not have the ability to picture message then the fish will need to be entered at one of the weigh stations. Per Wyoming Game & Fish and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources regulations, fish entered at a weigh station must be dead prior to leaving the lake.
Derby Captains must present the Boater Aware Certification from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources with their entry fee and no later at registration. Computers will NOT be available to complete this certification at the event and the team will be disqualified without a refund of entry fees.
Please go to https://dwrapps.utah.gov/wex/dbconnection.jsp?examnbr=508050 to complete the Boater Aware program AIS certification. You can email us a copy as well of the certification at