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Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Fair
  • Conditions: The water level is fairly low, but will slowly rise now that irrigation releases have ended. Look for fishing to improve with cooler weather.

Details

  • Location: Southwest Utah, Iron County, southeast of Parowan
  • Directions: South from Parowan on SR-143 for 4 miles. East at sign to Yankee.
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 53 acres
  • Elevation: 8,660 feet
  • Hours:
  • Likely catch: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • Possible catch:
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Restrooms and gravel lauch ramp. USFS campgrounds about 2 mi and 6 mi from lake.
  • Handicap access:
  • Site description: Yankee Meadow is a popular 53-acre lake located east of Parowan, Utah. The lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout, brook trout, and Bonneville cutthroat trout. Although the different species of trout in the reservoir tend to respond to different techniques, and will vary in their catchability with the seasons, this is one spot where you realistically have a chance of catching all three species.

    The lake is generally not accessible during the winter, except by snowmobile. About the time the lake become accessible in April, the ice is starting to come off and it's a good time to try for one of the nicer brook trout that the lake produces. Both the rainbow trout and cutthroat trout are hungry after a long winter so you don't know what you might catch. Later in the year, during midsummer, rainbow trout predominate the catch, especially if you're using bait. If you want to increase your chances to catch a cutthroat trout, try casting a spinner or try fly fishing. In the fall, the area is popular with deer hunters as well as fishermen. There's some good fall fishing so bring your fishing rod along on the hunt.

    There are two Forest Service campgrounds in the area. Camping is not allowed in the immediate vicinity of the lake. A restroom and gravel launch ramp are available at the lake. There are no garbage facilities at the lake so please pack out what you pack in.

    The Division of Wildlife has constructed a spawning channel on the inlet to the reservoir to increase the natural recruitment of wild trout to the reservoir. This inlet channel is closed to fishing until the second Saturday in July. Other than that restriction, the general statewide regulations apply with a limit of four trout. There is a conservation pool at the lake, so even during drought years, Yankee Meadow produces some good fishing. There is an abundance of forage in the lake, including snails, leeches, aquatic insects and plankton, so all three trout species are generally fat and scrappy and make for a good meal.

Image of Yankee Meadow Reservoir

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