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Steinaker Reservoir

Steinaker Reservoir
Steinaker Reservoir


Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 12/10/2018

Current Conditions

Updated 12-5-2018
Day-Use: Open.
Surface: Thin ice.

Launch Ramp: Closed, due to extremely low water level.

Campground: Open, water is turned off for the season, winter rates apply.
Ice Thickness: A layer of ice has formed over the small remaining areas of water. No recent reports of ice thickness
Water Level: 0%
Water Temp: 32
Fishing Conditions: Those who have been able to access the waters edge have reported good success for large and plump rainbow as well as brown trout. With freezing temps access to the water is becoming possible. Please use caution as the mud/silt is still an issue when you break through the frozen or dried out surface. On January 1, 2019, normal fishing regulations go back into place. With the hope the Bluegill will survive the low water through the summer, we ask anglers to not harvest a full bag limit of Bluegill.

*As of September 10, 2018, the water level dropped below the boat launch ramp for dam repairs. Access to the water is limited to foot traffic. Construction is scheduled to allow for the water level to begin filling Fall 2019.


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Steinaker Reservoir is a large reservoir immediately north of Vernal in northeastern Utah. It is an off-stream impoundment of Ashley Creek, which drains the eastern High Uinta Mountains. A state park at the reservoir provides year-round recreational opportunities.

Fish Species:


Steinaker Reservoir is easily accessible from US-191 about four miles north of Vernal. The highway follows the east shore for about a mile. An access road leads across the north end of the reservoir to the state park, which is on the west side of the lake.

Current Regulations:

Fishing Tips:

In the springtime, shallow-water fishing really perks up once the water temperatures get around 55 to 60 degrees for bass and bluegill, and from ice-off to about 60 degrees for rainbow trout. The fall is another 'hot' time for trout, when the water cools down once again.

During the summer, bass, trout and sunfish all seek out cooler waters, so anglers need to fish deeper.

For bass and bluegill, especially in the spring, try fishing in the shallow waters in and around the submerged vegetation. For rainbow trout, fish just outside the weeds, or in roughly 10 to 15 feet of water or more. Rainbows may be in shallower waters, but it's too easy to catch vegetation when trolling. These tips, in fact, apply to many waters in Utah.

Casting into openings in or near areas with submerged vegetation is usually very productive, especially for bass and bluegill.

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