La Sal Mountains

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: The following report was provided by Conservation Officer Tj Robertson:

    Blue Lake: The lake was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 15.

    Dark Canyon:> Fishing is slow. The water was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 15.

    Dons Lake: The catch rate has been good, but moss has discouraged some anglers from fishing. Robertson recommends casting out beyond the moss and floating the bait just under the surface. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait have both been effective. Lures are getting caught in the moss. The lake was freshly planted during the week.

    Hidden Lake: Fishing ranges from fair to good and is best in the morning and evening. A variety of baits have been effective, including PowerBait in green, orange or rainbow. Nightcrawlers and salmon eggs have been making a comeback. Jakes and Kastmasters are working well. One group of anglers using small Roostertails tipped with salmon eggs reported excellent success. The lake was stocked with 800 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 15. Walt Maldonado fished during the week and said corn-colored PowerBait worked best. He suggests using light line, a sinker and allowing the PowerBait to float above the moss. Officer Robertson reminds anglers to clean up after themselves. Littering is against the law and the fine is $500.

    Kens Lake: Fishing has been good in the morning or evening. Bass anglers have been using small jigs near the inlet. Watermelon and chartreuse have been the most popular colors. Small double-tailed jigs have been effective for sunfish. Trout anglers have done well with a wide variety of baits.

    Medicine Lake: The lake was stocked with 500 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 14.

    Oowah Reservoir: The reservoir was stocked with 900 nine-inch rainbow trout on July 15. Tj and his son fished last week and had good success with small, brightly colored spinners. Baits weren't effective. Tj interviewed about 40 other anglers over the next few days, and they had similar success.

    Rattlesnake Ponds: The water is low and fishing pressure has dropped.

    Warner Lake: Fishing was good last weekend using nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. Small Jakes, Kastmasters and spoons were tops for spincasters. Fishing has been better in the mornings and evenings. Walt Maldonado fished during the week and said that Jakes lures were effective only at first light. After that, nightcrawlers were the only bait that proved effective. Walt caught 12 rainbows in two hours. All were 10-11 inches long.


  • Location: San Juan county
  • Directions: From Moab, take Highway 191 southeast and exit at San Juan County RD, head east until you reach La Sal Mountain Loop Rd
  • Type: Fishing
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  • Elevation: Up to 12,000 feet
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  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
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