Joes Valley Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Fair
  • Conditions: On Oct. 13, Calvin Black fished using tube jigs, crankbaits, spoons and spinners without much success for tiger muskies or trout. On Oct. 9, Mike Milburn fished the reservoir hoping to catch more 40-inch-plus tiger muskies like the ones he's landed in previous weeks. On this trip, he caught one 34-inch and one 37-inch tiger muskie. Mike used a 5-inch paddle tail swimbait on a 3/8-ounce jighead.

    Aquatics personnel surveyed the fish population during the past week. They collected numerous 14- to 25-inch splake, with most being around 18 inches and 1.5- to two pounds. They also netted several large cutthroat trout. The largest was five pounds and measured 24 inches. Six tiger muskie were collected, which ranged from 32 to 35 inches and 8 to 10 pounds. Fishing for splake and cutthroat trout should pick up in the next few weeks.


  • 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.

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