Uinta Mountains

Fishing report

  • Rating: Slow
  • Conditions: Smith and Morehouse is capped with ice. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out. The road leading to Hoop Lake is mostly snow packed and can be accessed with a four-wheel-drive truck, snowmobile or ATV. The fishing was slow to fair with a few instances of quick hits. Between three anglers, about 18-24 fish were caught, most of which were rainbows. Anglers also caught four small arctic grayling and one 16-inch cutthroat trout. All fish had vibrant colors. Bridger Lake sometimes experiences winter-kill, so the fishing in January may not be as good as it was in December. Other good choices include Washington, Trial, Whitney and Hoop Lake. Check out this video on fishing the North Slope lakes. Be prepared for winter survival conditions.


  • 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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