Joes Valley Reservoir
- Rating: Fair
- Conditions: The ice fishing season is over, but shoreline fishing is readily available. The reservoir was 40 percent open water on March 5. Aquatics Biologist Calvin Black reported fair fishing with jigs baited with chub meat. The splake average around 15 inches.
On March 3, Spencer Durrant reported good fishing by casting Gulp! minnows onto the ice and pulling them into the water. Using that technique, Spencer caught several splake that were 17 inches or less. Later that day, he caught several cutthroat trout — including an 18-inch, two-pound fish — using a baited jig. His biggest catch of the day was a 21-inch, three-pound tiger trout.
On Feb. 26, Tom Ogden fished from a kick boat on the west side of the reservoir. In 4.5 hours, he caught four splake ranging from 13 to 16 inches. Ogden used medium sinking line with an assortment of colors and sizes of bead head crystal buggers and leeches.
- Location: Emery County
- Directions: Drive south on SR-10 from Price to Orangeville, then turn west on SR-29 and drive about 15 miles
- Type: Trophy
- Size: 1,183 acres
- Elevation: 6,880 feet
- Hours: No restrictions
- Likely catch: Splake, Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout
- Possible catch: Rainbow Trout
- Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
- Site amenities: Boat ramps, primitive campgrounds and a summer-only convenience store
- Handicap access: No handicap access
- Site description: Joes Valley Reservoir is a mid-elevation reservoir located in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Anglers have caught trophy splake up to 16 pounds in the reservoir. In general, fishing is best from mid-October through June.
The reservoir is closed to fishing from November 1 through the second Saturday in December each year. No four wheelers or snowmobiles are permitted on the ice.