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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

Warm weather and wind could change ice conditions daily. The reservoir is currently covered with ice and there is some open on the north end. Anglers report seven inches of ice from the boat ramp to the dam, but we advise using extreme caution and drilling test holes as you venture out. The Division issued an emergency change, liberalizing limits at Steinaker. There is no daily bag limit for any species: Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow or Brown Trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. We have been told that boaters will be able to launch through the 2018 summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October 2018, with no storage water in Steinaker for all of 2019.Work on the dam will commence in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock Brown Trout or Rainbow Trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoration of the fishery in 2020. (Last update 02-07-18)

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