Pelican Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Anglers are visiting the lake, and most report fair to excellent success. Bluegill have joined the bass in the warmer shallows and are now reachable from shore. Now is a good time to target carp. Removal of carp by archery or fishing tackle will help the water quality, which will help the growth of the bass and bluegill. A tagged-carp contest started May 1 and will run until August 1. We tagged 30 carp for the contest. The tags are red and located on the left side of the dorsal fin. If you catch a tagged carp, take it to the Vernal Sportsman's Warehouse to receive a prize. Water levels look good, and the lake is full.


  • Location: Uintah County
  • Directions: Take State Road 88 South from Highway 40 for about five miles till you see the lake.
  • Type: Blue Ribbon
  • Size: 1,680 acres
  • Elevation: 4,797 feet
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Likely catch: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass
  • Possible catch: Black Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Green Sunfish
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Boat ramp, primitive campground, restrooms, covered picnic tables
  • Handicap access: There is handicapped angler access on the jetty next to the boat ramp.
  • Site description: Pelican Lake has a nice boat ramp, restrooms and covered picnic tables. There is also a boat dock during the warmer months. There is primitive camping on the south shore and on the DWR Sportsmans Access ground on the north side. There is also a primitive boat ramp on the DWR Sportsmans Access land. The terrain is sage brush, greasewood and cattails with some cottonwood and willow trees. There is a beautiful view of the south slope of the Uinta Mountains. It gets very hot here in summer and the biting flies can be bad at times. Come prepared. Do not get in the water during the summer due to swimmers itch.

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