Uinta Mountains

There are well over 1,000 natural lakes in the Uinta Mountains and more than 500 of them support populations of game fish. There are also over 400 miles of streams. Fly fishing in the summer and fall months offers some of the fastest catch rates for trout in the state. Standard baits are also effective. During the winter, you'll need a snow machine for access but you'll find great ice fishing.

Latest fishing report

Anglers report great fishing, but some are having to move around from lake to lake. Concentrate on getting on the water in the mornings and evenings using various fly patterns behind a bubble. A Division biologist went fishing with his family and reported that the key is finding the fish and then using you what they want. Fishing was hot on the high mountain lakes using standard flies in sizes 14-16 like renegades, brown or gray hackle peacock and buggers. He had much better luck fishing smaller leeches (size 14) and very small dries (size 20 and 22). Fishing was better in the early morning and evening along the shores and weed edges. The standard flies worked okay, but small dries or emergers in brown seemed much more productive. At mid-day, he had success with small leeches on a intermediate sinking line. The streams are on fire for anglers with a hopper-dropper rig. Foam hoppers float well and hold up with a small nymph underneath. Fishing should be be great for the next couple of weeks. (Last update 08-17-18)


  • Location: Summit and Duchesne counties
  • Directions: Take SR-150 east from Kamas or south from Evanston, Wyoming
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 460,000 acres within the
  • Elevation: Up to 13,528 feet
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Tiger Trout
  • Possible catch: Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Beautiful scenery; non-motorized boating; nearby campground and primitive camping; hiking; backpacking; small boat ramps at Stateline, Whitney, Smith Morehouse, Trial, Washington, Mirror and Bridger lakes
  • Handicap access: Minimal