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Steinaker Reservoir

Steinaker Reservoir is a beautiful State Park located at the foot of the Uinta Mountains. The park has camp sites, restrooms,water, boat ramp and a fish cleaning station. Steinaker has very good rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegill fishing. Trophy size brown trout are also caught at Steinaker every year. Steinaker is also a popular swimming, boating and ice fishing water.

Steinaker Dam is in need of repair. The Bureau of Reclamation is the owner and manager of that dam and has slated the work for fall 2017/spring 2018. The reservoir will be drained down over the course of the 2017 irrigation season and will not be refilled until after the construction is done. They are telling everyone to expect water delivery interruptions in 2018 and to anticipate refilling the reservoir for the 2019 irrigation season. They anticipate a Draft Environmental Assessment to be released in December 2016, at which time there will be more information on the project. We do not anticipate a fish kill right now because of the amount of water remaining once it is fully drained. We will, however, cut our rainbow trout and brown trout stocking in half in response. We also anticipate year-class failure for largemouth bass and bluegill. A single year-class failure will not harm the overall population.

Latest fishing report

Small pockets of water have eight to ten inches of fishable ice. Be prepared for a long walk to the ice. Catch rates have started to slow, but consider fishing for trout in the shallower water, and bluegill in the deeper pockets. If you catch a tagged bluegill, biologists would still like you to report it by texting biologist Natalie Boren at 435-219-2644. Please keep in mind that the reservoir has returned to statewide regulations, so the bluegill limit is 50. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for all regulations. Biologists also urge anglers to practice catch and release to help jump start the population. Please use extreme caution on and around the ice. There is less than five square acres of open water, which equates to about 400 acre feet. Although the water is at deadpool, many fish are still alive. Work on the dam has begun and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown trout or rainbow trout in 2019 — we hope to begin restoring the fishery in 2020. (Last update 01-08-19)

Details

  • Location: Uintah County
  • Directions: Located 15 minutes north of Vernal on Higway 191
  • Type: Blue Ribbon
  • Size: 823 acres
  • Elevation: 5,300 feet
  • Hours: Park open 6 a.m. to 10 p
  • Likely catch: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill
  • Possible catch: Brown Trout
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Boat ramp, campground, restrooms, fish cleaning station
  • Handicap access: There are no ADA facilities