This is the perfect time of year to fish the high mountain lakes found throughout Utah. The Uinta Mountains in Northern Utah and the Boulder Mountains in Southern Utah are two favorites among Utah fishermen. These lakes have cooler water this time of year so trout are still very active and provide an excellent fishing experience. It is not unusual to catch dozens of fish in an afternoon. Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Cutthroat trout are commonly found through out these waters and with the introduction of Tiger trout to many of these lakes over the past several years, fishing can be fast and furious, If you are lucky you may even catch a Golden Trout or Arctic Grayling. Flies (including Nymphs and leeches) are the lure of choice for may fishermen, but small spinners, power bait and worms are also very popular. If you are not catching fish, mix it up until you find something that works. Try a different fly, lure or bait, change your retrieval speed,or move to a new location or even lake.
These high elevation lakes also provide a cool relief from our hot valley temperatures this time of year, but be prepared for rain. Afternoon thunderstorms are common this time of year in our high elevations. Other precautions when fishing these lakes would include: sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, warm clothing, water and remember that this is bear country. Check with you local sporting goods store for more information before you go. They are a great resource and usually have current information on the lake you want to fish.
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