Uinta Mountains

Fishing report

  • Rating: Hot
  • Conditions: Many of the lakes that lie off the beaten path along Hwy 150 are producing quality fishing opportunities. Fish are readily biting on spinners (Jake's and Kastmasters), flies and even nightcrawlers. A local angler recently had good success fishing many of the high Uinta streams. Most of them are running a little high, but the water is quite clear. He had some success fishing in the East Fork of the Bear River. He caught a cutthroat on a #16 purple haze and a brook trout on a #16 Higa SOS dropper. This is a great time to get out of the valley heat, take the family for a hike and enjoy some of the secluded lakes in the area.


  • Location: Summit and Duchesne counties
  • Directions: Take SR-150 east from Kamas or south from Evanston, Wyoming
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 460,000 acres within the
  • Elevation: Up to 13,528 feet
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, tiger trout
  • Possible catch: Golden trout, arctic grayling
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Beautiful scenery; non-motorized boating; nearby campground and primitive camping; hiking; backpacking; small boat ramps at Stateline, Whitney, Smith Morehouse, Trial, Washington, Mirror and Bridger lakes
  • Handicap access: Minimal
  • Site description: There are well over 1,000 natural lakes in the Uinta Mountains and more than 500 of them support populations of game fish. There are also over 400 miles of streams. Fly fishing in the summer and fall months offers some of the fastest catch rates for trout in the state. Standard baits are also effective. During the winter, you'll need a snow machine for access but you'll find great ice fishing.

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