Joes Valley Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Slow
  • Conditions: On Jan. 17, Conservation Officer James Thomas visited the reservoir and the ice was unstable. Open water occurs at tributary mouths. A day earlier, Tony Wright fished in shallow water near the rocky east side. In five hours, he caught one tiger trout and two splake. The fish were skinny and about 15 inches long. The ice was six inches where Wright fished. He urged anglers to be extra cautious around the dam cove or in Seeley Bay, where warm water springs can thin and soften the ice. Please be extremely cautious if you choose to venture out onto the ice.


  • 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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