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Steinaker Reservoir

Steinaker Reservoir
Steinaker Reservoir


Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 1/23/2017

Current Conditions

Updated  1-17-2017
Day-Use: Open
Launch Ramp:
Campground: closed
Ice Thickness:3-4 inches under 2 inches of slush
Water Level: 60%
Water Temp froze
Fishing Conditions: rainbow very good,
Fish Cleaning Station is CLOSED for the season.
Always check  ice before going out and be careful.  There is a lot of snow , slush and water on the ice.

We do not advise any ATVs or snowmobiles on the ice at this time.

 Vault toilet is open on the boat ramp.
Steinaker Ice Fishing Tournament will be February 4th if we have good enough ice.

The park is open to OHV camping.  You can bring your OHV, to the campground, and ride north on the entrance road to a trailhead that takes you to Doc’s Beach and Red Mountain.  Doc’s Beach is a moderate trail and Red Mountain is advanced only.  You can also access the USFS roads from 2500 W



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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