Joes Valley Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Slow
  • Conditions: Fishing success is generally slow with brief periods of brisk action. Ice near the dam was 12 to 14 inches thick. Anglers should be wary of Seeley Cove, where underwater springs makes the ice dangerously thin. One angler on the Utah Fishing Forum reported on several trips to Joes Valley. He said he caught a 19-inch rainbow and a 23-inch splake. A friend caught a 35-inch tiger musky. Creel surveys indicate that fishing is slow.


  • 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.

    No four wheelers or snowmobiles are permitted on the ice.

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