Location: The area loosely referred to as the Boulder Mountain is located in Wayne and Garfield counties and includes Boulder Mountain, the Aquarius Plateau, Griffin Top and Escalante Mountain. It is roughly bounded and accessed by Highway 24 on the north, Highway 12 to the east and south and Forest Road 154 to the west.There are approximately 80 fishable lakes or ponds in the area. There are several Forest Service campgrounds at the major access points. Some of the best fishing at these lakes occurs in fall. Types of fish: The Boulder Mountain is best known for its brook trout. Lakes on the mountain also contain rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, tiger trout, splake, and grayling. How to fish: A popular technique is fishing a black marabou jig with spinning gear. A long rod will enable you to jig the lure near cover (vegetation, logs, etc). Flyfishers will generally do best using a sinking fly such as a wooly bugger, leech or scud pattern. The old reliable worm will also work. Special regulations apply to some of the lakes so check the proclamation. These are high elevation lakes so be prepared for any changes in weather.
Latest fishing report
Several of the Boulder Mountain lakes are closed to fishing until April 2019. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook to see which lakes are closed. Lakes are icing over and snow is limiting access. Anglers report more than seven inches of ice and fast fishing for brook trout at Donkey Reservoir. You will need an ATV to access Donkey due to the creek crossings being iced over. (Last update 11-29-18)
- Location: Wayne & Garfield Counties
- Type: Trophy
- Size: 1-50 acres
- Elevation: 7,000-11,000 feet
- Likely catch: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout, Arctic Grayling
- Possible catch: Rainbow Trout, Splake
- Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
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