“I have received confirmation that at least three boats have run aground on the shore of Flaming Gorge Reservoir while anglers were out pursuing burbot after dark,” said Green River Fisheries Supervisor Robert Keith. “Whether through the ice or during open water periods anglers are most successful catching burbot after dark, however, there are serious safety risks when boat fishing after dark on any water, especially the Gorge. Case in point, three accidents have already occurred because anglers were not adequately prepared to fish at night safely.”
“Every watercraft operating between sunset and sunrise shall carry and display navigation lights,” said Green River Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco. “Navigation lights include a red and green bow light and a white aft light that is visible for 360 degrees. The purpose and importance of displaying navigation lights is so other boaters can see each other and avoid the tragic consequences of a boating accident. There are some different requirements for the various classes of watercraft. Boaters can check their Wyoming Watercraft Regulation brochure for additional information. Please review pages 38 and 39 for details.”
“The Wyoming Game and Fish Department does not recommend anglers fish out of a boat after dark because of hazards and safety concerns,” Keith said. “If anglers decide to fish from a boat after dark we have the following recommendations:
Never go fishing alone.
• Launch close to the area you intend to fish and slow down.
• Hazards and other boaters are hard to see after dark.
• Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to arrive back home.
• Carry all the safety equipment required for everyone on board your boat.
“We recommend that anglers wear a personal floating device (life jacket) at all times. Finally, carry and use a hand-held spotlight and carry and know how to use a GPS unit. Always make sure you know where you are and take it slow. Safety should be first and foremost in every anglers fishing trip.”