Joes Valley Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Slow
  • Conditions: During the Fourth of July weekend, Stephine Matkin and her husband fished for tiger muskies amongst dozens of other boat and shoreline anglers. Over a two-day period, she heard that only one tiger muskie had been caught. Cody Edwards — who recently caught a 45-inch, 26-pound tiger muskie — recommends ignoring the tiger muskies that you can see and focusing on casting into the shoreline cover, where hungry tiger muskies could be waiting in ambush. Cody has had success using fly fishing tackle and a large streamer or a jointed Rapala with a green over yellow color pattern.


  • Location: Emery County
  • Directions: Drive south on SR-10 from Price to Orangeville, then turn west on SR-29 and drive about 15 miles
  • Type: Trophy
  • Size: 1,183 acres
  • Elevation: 6,880 feet
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Splake, Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout
  • Possible catch: Rainbow Trout
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Boat ramps, primitive campgrounds and a summer-only convenience store
  • Handicap access: No handicap access
  • Site description: Joes Valley Reservoir is a mid-elevation reservoir located in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Anglers have caught trophy splake up to 16 pounds in the reservoir. In general, fishing is best from mid-October through June.

    No four wheelers or snowmobiles are permitted on the ice.

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