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

If you're looking to fish the Uinta rivers, be sure to account for runoff conditions. Our most recent river report was on May 6. At that time, the Bear River looked clear and not too fast. The East Fork of the Bear River and Stillwater were both looking good, but the East Fork has likely risen. Hayden Fork is running high. Mill Creek is running high and off-color. The Uinta lakes could be fishing well right now. On May 5, one group of anglers did very well fishing at Smith & Morehouse Reservoir. They hooked into 10-15 fish using either a pink and blue Vibrax Blue Fox spinner tipped with a worm, or a worm with a suspended bobber about 20 inches above it. This group of anglers observed that the fish were very hungry and aggressive. (Last update 05-18-18)


  • 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