Uinta Mountains

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. Watch a video about golden trout.

    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.

    Mirror Lake: Aaron Duncan and his family camped at the Uintas over the July 24 weekend. He reported slow fishing, but said the fish were jumping as the sun was going down. If you see active fish, but can't catch any, watch to see if the fish leave an air bubble. If they do, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. If that's the case, use a fly that floats on the surface like a caddis, foam ant or hopper. If you see more of a swirl without a bubble, the fish are likely taking flies below the surface. If that's the case, try using a prince nymph, hare's ear or a combination of the two (usually called a Prince Hairy). You don't need a fly rod to fish this way, you can use your spinning outfit.

    Smith/Morehouse Reservoir: Fishing is good with a fly and bubble — especially in the morning. See how to rig up a fly and bubble.

    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.


  • 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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