Blue Ribbon Fisheries

High Uinta Mountains

All lakes and streams in the Uinta Mountains that are about 9,000 feet in elevation are classied together as the Uinta Mountain Blue Ribbon Area. These lakes and streams provide diverse angling opportunities for many species including cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, arctic grayling, and tiger trout. Everyone can surely find a fishing opportunity that they will love within this Blue Ribbon Area. Some of the waters within this Blue Ribbon area are easily accessible by road and have amenities like restrooms while others are well off the road and need to be hiked to. The map shows you all of the waters within the Blue Ribbon area and various access points that you can use to get to these waters. The map also provides links to Division of Wildlife Resources stocking records that will provide you an idea of the species within each water.


About the High Uinta Mountains

Location

All lakes and streams within the Uinta Mountains above 9,000 feet in elevation are considered part of the Uinta Mountain Blue Ribbon Area.

Nearest towns

Kamas, Roosevelt and Vernal

Access Points

There are many access points. Some of these access points require day use fees but many are free of charge. The Uinta Mountain Blue Ribbon Area map will provide more information about access points for various waters.

Directions

There are many ways to get to the Uinta Mountain Blue Ribbon Area. Most people traveling from Salt Lake access the area by taking the Mirror Lake Highway (State Route 150) out of the town of Kamas. There are various other ways to access the area. Please refer to a map to find the best way to access the area from where you are traveling from.

Size

Waters in this area are small. Lakes range from a few acres in size up to around 60 acres.

Depth

Varies, depending on the water.

Elevation

Greater than 9,000 feet.

Fishing information

Regulations

For current regulations, check the Utah Fishing Guidebook.

Special regulations

Limit of 4 trout with a bonus limit of 4 brook trout (total limit of no more than 8 trout if at least 4 are brook trout).

Bait Restrictions

The use or possession of live baitfish and tiger salamanders while fishing is unlawful. Use or possession of corn or hominy while fishing is unlawful.

Sport Species

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout Rainbow Trout
Tiger Trout
Arctic Grayling
Brook Trout

Non-Sport Species

Sculpin
Speckled Dace
Mountain Sucker

Current Water or Flow Conditions

Lake and stream water levels can fluctuate. Water levels in streams may rise quickly after storms so use caution when wading in waters within the Blue Ribbon Area.

Moon Phase and Fish Conditions

For information on how moon phase and weather conditions are currently impacting fish behavior and fishing success at this location visit Weather.com.

Seasonal Environmental Conditions

The Uinta Mountain Blue Ribbon Area is high elevation and may be inaccessible during the winter. Ice typically forms in November or December in most of the lakes and ice-off typically occurs in May or June. It is important to bring warm clothes and rain gear when fishing in this Blue Ribbon Area. Check current conditions at Weather.com

Fishing techniques

Angling Methods

Float Tube
Non-Motorized Boat
Shore

Angling Techniques

Bait
Lure
Fly

Suggested Tackle

Spincast, spinning, baitcast, or fly tackle can be used successfully on waters within the Uinta Blue Ribbon Area; providing angling opportunities for the novice and the specialized angler alike. Light to medium-light tackle is suitable for all waters. Sinking line is recommended when fly fishing from a tube. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Take Me Fishing website.

Suggested Bait

Salmon eggs, night crawlers, waxworms, or mealworms will provide bait anglers with great action.

Suggested Lures

Anglers should try to utilize small spoons or spinners.

Fly Patterns

Dry Flies
Nymphs
Terrestrials

Other information

Fish Preparation

Read more about preparing fish on the Take Me Fishing Web site

AIS Transportation Prevention

Learn more about preventing the spread of invasive species

Catch and Release Information

Learn proper catch and release technique

Disease Transport

To learn more on how you can help prevent the spread of whirling disease and other pathogens visit the Protect Your Waters website.

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