Blue Ribbon Fisheries

Kolob Reservoir

Kolob Reservoir is managed by the Washington County Water Conservancy District. Although there is no formal conservation pool for sport fishery purposes at the reservoir, the Conservancy District has generally maintained the reservoir at levels sufficient to maintain a sport fishery, and has recently constructed facilities to accommodate recreational use. The reservoir is a popular fishing destination for both local residents and non-residents. Kolob Reservoir is generally accessible by vehicles from early April through December. Access from the south (through the town of Virgin) is generally possible two to three weeks earlier than from the north (Cedar Canyon). There is usually fast fishing as soon as the ice comes off for large trout cruising the rocky points and dam. By late June, many fish move out deeper in search of colder, more oxygenated water. Based on past surveys, the fastest fishing for the year occurs in October.

Waterbody type

Large coldwater lake > 200 acres

Location

Kolob Reservoir is located in Located in Dixie National Forest at the headwaters of the Virgin River drainage. The UTM coordinates for this waterbody are 318,812.50 meters east and 4,145,654.68 meters north. The decimal degree coordinates for this waterbody are 37.440006 and -113.04811.

Regulations

For current regulations, check the Utah Fishing Guidebook.

Bait restrictions

Artificial flies and lures only from Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the third Saturday in May, and from the second Saturday in September through Dec. 31. Use or possession of any bait while fishing on waters designated artificial fly and lure only is unlawful. 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. Use of live crayfish for bait is legal only on the water where the crayfish is captured. It is unlawful to transport live crayfish away from the water where they were captured. Use or possession of artificial baits which are commercially imbedded or covered with fish or fish parts while fishing is unlawful. Manufactured, human-made items that may not be digestible - including items that have been chemically treated with food stuffs, chemical fish attractants or feeding stimulants - may not be used on waters where bait is prohibited. For additional information consult Section R657-13-12 of the Administrative Rules.

Nearest town

Kanarraville, UT

Distance to Kanarraville, UT

12

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Kolob Reservoir

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Directions

From Salt Lake City, travel south on I-15 for 277 miles. Take exit 27 onto UT-17 S. Follow UT-17 S for 6.1 miles. Turn left onto UT-9 E. Follow UT-9 E for 6.3 miles. Turn left onto Kolob Reservoir Road. Follow Kolob Reservoir Road for 24 miles until you reach the reservoir.

Size

Kolob Reservoir is 249 acres in area.

Depth

Kolob Reservoir has a maximum depth of 51 feet. The average depth of the reservoir is 21 feet.

Elevation

Elevation of this reservoir is just over 8,100 feet.


Fishing information

Sport Species

Colorado River cutthroat trout
Rainbow trout

Non-Sport Species

Golden shiner

Angling Methods

Shore
Float Tube
Motorized boat
Non-motorized boat

Suggested Tackle

Spincast, spinning, baitcast, or fly tackle can be used successfully on this water; providing angling opportunities for the novice and the specialized angler alike. Lightweight tackle is suitable for all fish you will encounter at Kolob Reservoir. Sinking line works best when fly fishing form a tube. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Suggested Bait

Artificial flies and lures only from Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. on the third Saturday in May, and from the second Saturday in September through Dec. 31. When bait usage is permitted, cut bait from legal species, live crawfish (from Kolob Reservoir only), salmon eggs, night crawlers, waxworms, or mealworms will provide bait anglers with great action. For tips in the use of bait go to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Suggested Lures

Retrieve or troll small spoons, spinners, and crankbaits. A fly and bubble combination or small jigs will also provide good action. For more information on lures go to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Fly Matrix

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Current Water or Flow Conditions

Water levels tend to fluctuate at Kolob Reservoir. Check the NRCS website for information on water levels at this reservoir.

Moon Phase and Fish Conditions

For a glimpse at how moon phase, pressure, and other environmental variables may affect the bite at Kolob Reservoir, visit Weather.com.

Seasonal Environmental Conditions

Ice begins forming on Kolob Reservoir usually around late November/early December. Ice-off varies, but typically occurs in mid-April. Water temperatures (oF) range from the 30s in early spring, to the mid 50s in mid-summer, and back down to the 40s in the fall.

Fishing License Information

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Details


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

Biological Report

Kolob Reservoir Report

Consumption Advisories

See current fish consumption advisories

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.

Services Description

Bait, fuel, lodging, restaurants, and grocery stores can all be found in the towns near the Cedar City area.


Access Points

Numerous access points are available at Kolob Reservoir. Primitive camping, boat ramp, and unimproved pull-offs will afford anglers varied opportunities. We have provided information below on a selection of access points at this water. Although the list is by no means complete, it is designed to provide anglers with information that may help them or their families enjoy the angling experience.

Access pointCamping servicesAmenities for the disabledBoat servicesVisitor servicesOther recreation
Northwest shorePrimitive (tent) sitesRestroomsHand launch
RestroomsHikingWildlife watching
Mountain bikingOHV or 4WD trails
Southeast boat rampPrimitive (tent) sitesRestroomsTrails/shoreline paths
RampRestroomsHikingWildlife watching
Mountain bikingOHV or 4WD trails
West shorePrimitive (tent) sitesRestroomsHand launch
RestroomsHikingWildlife watching
Mountain bikingOHV or 4WD trails

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