East Fork Sevier River, Upper

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The entire 15-mile length of this stream, upstream from Tropic Reservoir, is on Forest Service lands and is open to the public. The stream is easily accessible during the summer from the adjacent gravel roads, which are closed during winter. In addition, smaller tributary streams contain abundant numbers of trout and are fishable, including Robinson Canyon, Swapp Canyon, Crawford Creek, Podunk Creek, Kanab Creek, and others. The river is seasonally de-watered downstream from Tropic Reservoir. The best trout water is above Kanab Creek. There are a lot of shiners below.

Rainbow trout are stocked annually in Tropic Reservoir and are commonly caught in the stream above the reservoir. Wild brown trout are abundant throughout the full length of the main stem of the stream. Browns were initially stocked in 1999 to better utilize redside shiners that are abundant in the reservoir and in lower gradient areas of the stream. Wild cutthroat and brook trout are most abundant in the headwater areas and in tributary streams. Much of the stream and tributaries flow through open meadows that are ideal for fly casting to large pools and undercut banks. Except after storms, the stream is generally crystal clear. Grasshoppers work well as bait or as imitation flies in mid-summer. Trout commonly range in size from 8 to 14 inches.

Other nearby waters include Tropic Reservoir, Pine Lake, the East Fork Sevier River in Black Canyon, Mammoth Creek, Panguitch Lake, Panguitch Creek, and Asay Creek.

Latest fishing report

Access is limited by snow. We have begun work to restore native Bonneville cutthroat trout in this drainage. Blubber and Upper Kanab creeks were recently treated with rotenone to remove non-native fish. Fishing opportunities will be limited in those streams until the cutthroat trout establish in three to four years. (Last update 01-03-19)


  • Location: South-central Utah, near Bryce Canyon
  • Directions: Seven miles south of SR-12 on a gravel road, just west of Bryce Canyon National Park (upstream from Tropic Reservoir)
  • Type: Rivers
  • Size: 15 miles of stream
  • Elevation: 7,800 to 8,400 feet
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • Possible catch:
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: A gravel road and primitive camping on Forest Service lands, and a developed campground at the nearby Tropic Reservoir. There are also gas stations, motels and stores near Bryce Canyon National Park.
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