Brough Reservoir

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Brough is a small irrigation reservoir located in western Uintah County. Brough is still managed as a trout water. Because of a 2012 invasion of warmwater fish from higher in the drainage, it is no longer considered a Blue Ribbon fishery. Brough was known for large rainbow and brown trout. Brown trout are not as plentiful as before and rainbow trout are healthy, but no longer considered to be trophy-sized. The largemouth bass population is doing well, but the Division is concerned about all of the sportfish because of the invasion and proliferation of common carp. This water will have normal statewide regulations beginning January 1, 2017 as a result of these changes. Brough will likely be reset through a rotenone treatment in the future. If so, fish above the reservoir will be kept from the fishery by means of a fish screen in order to protect the water from future fish invasions. The reservoir receives very little angling pressure and has a great view of the Uinta Mountains.

Latest fishing report

Anglers report good fishing in the morning hours. They're using pink jigs tipped with mealworms. There are still some thin, soft spots on the ice, so please use extreme caution and drill test holes. Anglers report catching decent-sized rainbows in the 14- to 17-inch range. Statewide regulations are in effect at the reservoir (see Daily Limits on page 18 of the Utah Fishing Guidebook). (Last update 02-12-19)


  • Location: Leota Bench in Uintah County.
  • Directions: Drive on SR-88 four miles south of Highway 40, west of Vernal.
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 128 Acres
  • Elevation: 5,115 Feet
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Common Carp
  • Possible catch: Brown Trout
  • Regulations: No special regulations as of January 1, 2017. To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: There are no improvements. Primitive camping is allowed. Boats can be launched from the north side during high water.
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