Spirit Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Anglers report fair to good fishing. For trout, try using worms, mealworms, salmon eggs or artificial baits, flies, brightly colored spoons, crayfish-colored jigs or fish-colored crankbaits. When you're bottom fishing, try using a marshmallow or floating bait to lift your bait roughly 18 to 24 inches off the bottom. This will keep your bait or lure above of the mud and the weeds where it will be easier for fish to find. The area received snow during the last two storms. Sprit Lake was stocked with catchable-sized tiger trout, while Tamarak and Jessen were stocked with two- to three-inch tiger trout fingerlings. These small fish were first flown into these upper lakes in 2013 so they are reaching catchable sizes.


  • Location: Northeastern Uinta Mountains
  • Directions: From Hwy 44 (mile 14.5) turn west on Geologic Loop (FSR 218), left on FSR 221 for about 10 miles, then turn on FSR 1 (7 miles on Spirit Lake road). Also access from FSR 221 from Wyo. Hwy 414 near McKi
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: Small
  • Elevation: 10,200 feet
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Likely catch: Rainbow Trout
  • Possible catch: Cutthroat Trout
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Forest Service campground, rustic lodge (cabins), hiking
  • Handicap access:
  • Site description: High-elevation mountain lake surrounded by lodgepole pine with view of mountain peaks. Excellent wildife viewing opportunities for moose, elk, deer, birds of prey, small mammals and birds.

    Whirling disease was discovered in surrounding waters. Please dry and sterilze waders and other equipment before using. Do not clean fish or dump fish parts from other waters in inlet streams or reservoir.

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