Uinta Mountains

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Mirror Lake Highway lakes: These lakes are stocked heavily and offer good fishing. If the action is slow at one lake, move on to another. Watch closely as the fish are rising. If their jump leaves an air bubble, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. Under those circumstances, use a fly that floats on the surface (a caddis, foam ant or hopper). If the fish rise in a swirl that does not leave a bubble, they are likely taking flies below the surface. At that point, you may want to use a Prince nymph, a hare's ear or a combination of the two. You don't actually need a fly rod to fish this way. Here's how to use your spinning reel with a fly and bubble.

    Also, be sure to take your fishing rod with you as you explore the North Slope road on your ATV. Red Rock Adventures has scanned all of the booklets in the Lakes of the High Uintas series. You can download these booklets (which are no longer available in print) and use them with the DWR stocking report to check on stocking patterns for the lakes you want to explore. North Slope drainages include the Bear River, Henry's Fork and Burnt Fork.


  • 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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