Joes Valley Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Fair
  • Conditions: Fishing is fair for tiger muskies, but slow for trout. More and more anglers report catching muskies over 40 inches. Calvin Black recommends fishing using Rapalas on the rocky east side.


  • 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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