Uinta Mountains

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: On Dec. 17, we checked the ice at Stateline Reservoir, Bridger Lake and Hoop Lake. The ice was ten inches thick at all three waterbodies. You can only access Bridger and Stateline by snowmobile. The road to Hoop Lake had four inches of snow and was accessible by 4-wheel-drive truck, but that could change quickly. The fishing at Hoop and Bridger was very good for rainbow trout. Try using standard ice fishing techniques. Be prepared for winter survival conditions and use extreme caution when checking the ice. The conditions were the same this week as they were in this North Slope Lakes ice fishing video we made in 2009.


  • 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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