Eastern Utah Fishing Waters
See the latest proclamation for current info about regulations on these waters.
The Castle Country/San Rafael area offers a multitude of great fishing spots that should satisfy the stream fisherman, lake enthusiast, and the shore angler. Shore fishing doesn't always mean sitting. Walking along the shoreline and finding irregularities along the bank or in the water can yield great results. Shore fishermen are successful when casting near areas that provide the fish with shelter and food, such as inlets, bays, fallen trees, dams and/or spillway areas. Fishing offers opportunities for a lifetime of outdoor fun and relaxation. Be sure to check Fish and Game regulations for all areas prior to fishing.
Fishing Lakes and Streams in Eastern Utah
Fishing can be a great pastime for the physically challenged. Our area offers a variety of spots that provide good access and fishing to those with physical disabilities. Included are Gigliotti Pond in Helper City, Beaver Dam inlet area at Scofield Reservoir, Huntington North Reservoir, and Millsite State Park. For more detailed information, call the nearest Utah Division of Wildlife Resources' office or visit the DWR's Web site at wildlife.Utah.gov.
Scofield Reservoir, located in Carbon County in Eastern Utah, is an excellent Utah fishery for rainbow and cutthroat trout fishing, including all tributaries into the reservoir. Rainbow trout fishing is very popular along the Price River just below Scofield Reservoir Dam. Trolling is effective on the lake in early summer and still fishing from a boat near the islands is good until the reservoir freezes. Ice fishing is a favorite past time at Scofield in the Winter. Winter fishing continues at the edge of the ice sheet as the ice recedes in early spring. Other types of summer and winter recreations in the area include hunting, snowmobiling, ATV trails, and camping. Scofield Reservoir is the site of a State Park which provides trailer and tent camping, garbage disposal, water, barbeque pits, flush toilets, hot showers, a fish cleaning station and boat ramps. Overflow camping is not allowed in direct proximity to the reservoir, but there is primitive camping available nearby on forest service land in the Fish Creek drainage. There are also a convenience store and sanitary dump site available in the nearby town of Scofield on the south shore of the reservoir. Scofield is accessible from US-6 between Spanish Fork and Price(near Soldier Summit), turning west onto State Road 96, and driving approximately 9 miles in a southwesterly direction to the reservoir. It can also be reached from U-31 between Fairview and Huntington via U-264 and then traveling north to the reservoir.
Electric Lake at the high elevation of 9,000 feet is popular for relaxed fishing of cutthroat trout. Tackle restrictions have been lifted at Electric Lake and baits are now permitted. However, be sure to check with the Utah Fish and Game for updated fishing rules and/or restrictions. There is some shoreline access but some walking is necessary. The lake features a boat ramp and there is a Forest Service campground in the area. Electric Lake, located at the top of Huntington Canyon, can be reached by driving the National Scenic Byway State Road 31 from either Fairview or Huntington.
Ferron Reservoir is on the east side of the Wasatch Plateau at the high mountain headwaters of Ferron Creek. The unrestricted public access shoreline is owned by the Manti-La Sal National Forest and there are facilities for camping, with usage fees charged. The Ferron Campground has 30 campsites with picnic tables, fire pits, privies, and drinking water, however trash must be carried out. The reservoir is typically stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout and fishing is the primary form of summer recreation. Boats can usually be launched on the reservoir. Nordic skiing and snowmobiling are also enjoyed in the winter season, and Ferron Canyon is maintained as a snowmobile route in the winter. The reservoir is directly accessible from the road between Ferron and Mayfield. The Ferron Canyon route is the better maintained road. From Ferron, travel west past Millsite Reservoir and continue on the gravel road as it ascends Ferron Canyon, enters a narrow side canyon and climbs to a high bench area. Ferron Reservoir is 25 miles west of Ferron City. From Mayfield, travel up the canyon, crossing the plateau on Skyline Drive at 10,500 feet and descend into Ferron Canyon. Ferron Reservoir is 23 miles east of Mayfield.
Millsite Reservoir and State Park features boat and shoreline fishing for prime cutthroat and rainbow trout. Excellent spring and winter fishing. The State Park features 20 campsites, several picnic sites, two large covered group pavilions, fire pits, drinking water, modern rest rooms & hot showers, sanitary disposal station, boat ramp, boat docks, and a sandy beach. There is also lawn areas for tenting. Reservoir is located off of SR-10 and west of Ferron Utah.
Cleveland and Huntington Reservoir are located on the Energy Loop: Huntington Canyon portion of the National Scenic Byway. They are high elevation lakes (7,800 ft to 8,800 ft) which feature excellent rainbow trout, cutthroat and tiger trout. No boat ramps are featured, and primitive camping is permitted in the immediate area. However, there are various established Forest Service campgrounds in the canyon. These reservoirs can be located by driving SR-31 from either Huntington or Fairview, or accessed from SR-6 via U-264 and then connecting to SR-31.
Joe's Valley Reservoir is located on the eastern slope of the Wasatch Plateau of Emery County in the Manti-La Sal Mountains. It is directly accessible from U-10 near Castle Dale via U-57 on the south or U-29 on the north. The reservoir is located approximately 12 miles west of Orangeville, Utah. Public accessibility is basically unrestricted. The reservoir is nestled in a beautiful valley area and has a shoreline owned primarily by the Manti-La Sal National Forest with some private lands on the southwest shoreline. Fishing is the primary activity, featuring rainbow, cutthroat, splake, brown, and lake trout. However, boating, camping, and swimming are also thoroughly enjoyed, with Nordic skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Fishing is generally very good with excellent ice fishing in the winter. Recreational facilities are fairly extensive and there are some commercial facilities which include a marina, general store, and restaurant located at the reservoir (providing gas, camp equipment, fishing tackle, boats, minimal groceries, and boat storage). Near the boat ramp is a trailer camping area with 17 sites available. Two campgrounds (46 site and 18 site) are located in an area on the west side of the reservoir. Fire rings, standing grills, tables, vault toilets, water and asphalt pads are available. Several fisherman parking areas and restroom facilities are located at convenient places around the reservoir.
Gigliotti Pond is a newly-created urban fishing pond in Helper City. There is no fee to fish at the pond, but a current fishing license is required for anglers 14years-of-age and older. Fishermen will have a chance to catch trout, largemouth bass, and bluegill.
Price River shoreline offers excellent stream fishing for the nature enthusiasts who like to get out and walk a bit, or find a quiet spot where they can sit and relax while getting their "catch". The river begins as a tributary from Scofield Reservoir and continues down Price Canyon through the town of Helper and along the Helper Walkway. There are some great fishing spots to be found as the river wanders through Price, continuing to the town of Wellington. It then zigzags along through the area of Woodside to continue on until connecting with the Green River.
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