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Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Please remember that there are bears in the Uintas. See bear safety information.

    Echo Lake: Fishing is good for golden trout and brook trout using caddis flies. For more information on catching golden trout, watch this short video.

    Fish, Sand and Round lakes: Fishing is good for grayling. Try using small black ant patterns. These lakes, located in the back country in the Weber River Drainage, contain large populations of arctic grayling. The grayling are sustained through natural reproduction. Small black ant patterns have been effective.

    Mirror Lake Highway Lakes: These lakes are stocked heavily and offer good fishing. If you don't find good fishing at one, move on to another. Watch closely as fish rise — if their jump leaves an air bubble, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. Use a fly that floats readily on the surface, like a caddis, foam ant or hopper. If their raise is more of a swirl that does not leave a bubble, they are likely to be taking flies below the surface. Use a prince nymph, hare's ear, or a combination of the two called a Prince Hairy. You don't need a fly rod to fish this way, you can use your spinning outfit.

    Smith/Morehouse Reservoir: Scout troop 1257 recently went camping near Smith and Morehouse and had a great time catching fish. Five of the seven boys caught 10- or 11-inch rainbow trout. A medium-sized bubble filled half way placed above a snap swivel with three to five feet of leader, a single hook and brown PowerBait worked best. Try casting it out and letting it sink to the bottom with the occasional jig.

    Uintas North Slope streams: Stream fishing on the north slope has been good for the past couple weeks using caddis and hopper patterns. These streams are great places to take beginning fly anglers because there are some open areas to cast. With the small streams, massive casts are not necessary and the beginner can simply flip a fly and a hungry trout is usually waiting! One angler recently took his grandson to one or these streams on his first fly fishing trip and he caught 19 fish — most were small, but it was a fun experience. Reminder: the East Fork of Smith's Fork is closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September.

    Uintas North Slope lakes: Be sure to take your fishing rod when you explore the north slope road on your ATV. The North Slope drainages include Bear River, Henry's Fork and Burnt Fork.

    Red Rock Adventures has scans of the Lakes of the High Uintas booklet series available for download. The books, which are out of print, contain useful information on these lakes and how to find them. Download the pdf files.

Details

  • 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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