Thousand Lake Mountain
Directions: From Sevier and Wayne Counties: take turn off from U-72 near Forsyth Res. onto gravel Forest Road. Travel to Heart Lake, then either north to Solomon Basin or south to higher elevation lakes. From Emery County: take remote gravel road south from near I-70 at Fremont Junction, following signs to Solomon Basin.Fishing lakes on Thousand Lake Mountain can be divided into two groups: First, lower elevation lakes are found to the north in Solomon Basin, including Meeks Lake, Morrell Pond, Floating Island Lake, and Farrell Pond. These lakes range up to 8,350 ft. At Solomon Basin, all the lakes can be accessed by vehicle, with the exception of Floating Island Lake which requires a 0.5 mile walk. Meeks Lake and Morrell Pond were treated with rotenone in 1997 to remove illegally introduced Utah chubs and redside shiners. Most Solomon Basin lakes contain a mixture of rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout. Floating Island Lake was treated with rotenone in 1989 to remove stunted brook trout and restocked with a mixture of cutthroat trout, hybrid tiger trout, and hybrid splake. The second group, to the south, are above 10,000 ft with the exception of Round Lake at 8,760 ft. Those over 10,000 ft include Deep Creek Lake, Grass Lake, Neffs Reservoir, and Blind Lake. In addition, a few other very small ponds scattered across the mountain also contain some trout. Vehicle access is available to Round Lake, but 4-wheel drive is recommended. Neffs Reservoir and Blind Lake are accessible by trail from near the Elk Horn Campground. Deep Creek Lake and Grass Lake can be reached by a short 0.25 mile hike from a parking area near the south end of the mountain. Round Lake is stocked with rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout. The higher elevation lakes are typically stocked with brook trout. Grass Lake has been stocked in the past with arctic grayling. Trout in most lakes on Thousand Lake Mountain range up to about 3 pounds, with an even bigger fish being occasionally caught. Fishing from shore and float tubes are popular methods at these lakes. The lakes are generally too small for boats. Commercially prepared baits work well for rainbow trout. Flies, lures, and natural baits work well for other species as well as rainbow trout. Forest Service restrictions on vehicle use and access to lakes need to be followed. Other nearby fishing waters include Fish Lake, Johnson Reservoir, Mill Meadow Reservoir, Forsyth Reservoir, the Fremont River, and UM Creek. Campgrounds, lodges, stores, and gasoline are available at Fish Lake. Other facilities and services are available in Loa and Bicknell.
Latest fishing report
The ice should be safe on most lakes. Access to Solomon Basin is usually possible from Emery County, although you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access the area. Call the Quiet Fly Fisher fly shop at 435-616-2319 for up-to-date conditions and fishing reports. (Last update 01-19-17)
- Location: South-central Utah, N of Loa, S of I-70
- Directions: see site description for directions
- Type: Fishing
- Size: less than 6 acres
- Elevation: 7900 to 10,200 ft
- Hours: no restrictions
- Likely catch: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
- Possible catch: Arctic Grayling, Splake, Tiger Trout
- Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
- Site amenities: primitive camping on Forest Lands, developed campground near Elk Horn guard station
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