Piute Reservoir

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Trout fishing from boats is a good way to fish this large reservoir, but bank bait fishing is also popular. Road access is available along most of the west shoreline. Summer afternoon winds can make boating uncomfortable or even dangerous. Mornings are often calm, with the wind often picking up around 10 or 11 a.m. The wind often calms down again in the evening. Mornings and evenings are often the best times to fish. It can be a mistake to fight the wind all afternoon, when the fish bite is usually the slowest, then be too tired to fish in the evening. More fish can often be caught in the one-hour period before sunset, than all the rest of the day. A good plan is to get up early, fish during the calm morning period, take a rest during the afternoon when the wind blows, then fish again late into the evening.

Latest fishing report

The daily trout limit at Piute Reservoir has been raised to eight through the remainder of 2018 due to extremely low water. The reservoir is down to 5 percent capacity, with a depth of only 10 feet. There are some 14- to 15-inch rainbow trout, so it may be worth trying to fish before the reservoir is drained completely. The water level is below the end of the boat ramp, which makes launching a boat very difficult. (Last update 08-09-18)


  • Location: Piute County, near town of Junction
  • Directions: Approximately 35 miles south of Richfield via Hwy 89.
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 2,510 acres
  • Elevation: 5,971 feet
  • Hours:
  • Likely catch: Rainbow Trout
  • Possible catch: Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: State Park. Primitive camping. Portable toilets. Paved launch ramp.
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