Joes Valley Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Slow
  • Conditions: The reservoir is ice-free, but splake fishing has been slow. Fish from a boat with chubs or chub meat for the best success. Aside from chub meat, anglers should also try spinners, spoons, Rapalas, swim baits and Berkley Gulp, all of which have been effective in the past. The tiger muskie bite will improve as soon as the water warms up. Last fall, anglers reported catching muskies larger than the 40-inch minimum harvest size. This year, we expect anglers will catch fish that are even larger.


  • 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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