Rockport State Park Reservoir 

Guided Fishing Package

Giant Trout
Yellow Perch
Smallmouth Bass 

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Latest fishing report

Rockport continues to produce fish, including

a fair number of fish that were tagged for the Rockport Tagged Fish Challenge. Anglers have caught 37 tagged fish, and five of them are for the top 10 prizes! The Challenge ended April 30.  Boat anglers are doing well while trolling with their favorite lures. Bank fishing is good, especially if you're using PowerBait near the south end. The Weber River flows into Rockport, and it's been a great spot for fly-fishing anglers. Two tagged fish were caught in the river this past week. (Updated 04-05-2016)
  • Location: Summit County
  • Directions: From I-80 at Wanship head south on Hwy 189 for about two miles.
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 1,189 acres
  • Elevation: 6,038 feet
  • Hours: No restrictions
  • Likely catch: Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass
  • Possible catch: Brown Trout, Tiger Trout
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: State Park with boat ramp, camping and restrooms.
  • Handicap access: Limited to boat ramp area

Giant Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout get their name from the beautiful colors that shine on their skin. Coloration of the rainbow

trout varies widely in relation to sex, habitat, and maturity. Colors on the back of a trout can range from brown, to olive, to dark blue. All rainbow trout have a pinkish band running the length of their body, and a silver underside that fades to pearl white. There are small black spots on their back, fins, and tail.

Trout are members of the salmon family and therefore can grow relatively large. The biggest rainbow trout ever caught was in Canada in the year 2009. The fish weighed 48 pounds. An average mature trout is around 16 inches in length, and weighs between 2 to 8 pounds. Rainbow trout that migrate to larger bodies of water, like the Great Lakes or oceans, can grow much larger and are referred to as "Steel-Heads."

A distinct characteristic of the rainbow trout is an innate desire to

return to spawn in the same stream as they were hatched. During spawning season in the spring, a rainbow trout will find a secluded cove or inlet. A female will dig a depression in the gravel called a "redd" where she will lay her eggs. After a male fertilizes them, the female will bury the eggs in the redd for protection during incubation, and then leaves the nest. If the temperature of the water is cool enough, the eggs will hatch about 21 days after they are laid. Only a few of the 200 to 8,000 eggs that were spawned will live to be adults. The average lifespan for a rainbow trout is 4 to 6 years in the wild.

Rainbow Trout Facts

  • Rainbow trout are predators, and will eat almost anything that they can catch, including insects, small fish, and crustaceans. They will also eat fish eggs, including the eggs of other rainbow trout, and will scavenge on leftover carcasses as well.
  • Trout begin spawning at the age of 3 or 4.
  • Spawning season for rainbow trout occurs in the spring.
  • The rainbow trout has been introduced to every continent except Antarctica.
  • Rainbow trout are part of a group known as black-spotted trout (due to the black spots on their bodies). They may interbreed with other black-spotted trout, like Mexican golden or Gila trout, when located in the same area.
  • The temperature tolerance of rainbow trout is from 32 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Their ideal range is between 55 and 60.
  • The color of rainbow trout meat will vary with diet and environmental conditions.


Perch are popular sport fish species in Utah. Especially the large 12" + slabs found in Rockport. They put up a  great fight, and they are very good eating. They can be caught with a variety of methods, including float fishing, and lure fishing. 

The best way is to use a small hook and cast into the weeds just before the drop off. When fishing with bait, the angler will want to have a disgorger; perch are notorious for swallowing the hook, and will need aid of a disgorger or forceps for unhooking. In many parts of the world, they are also a favorite species among ice fishermen. 

They will take a variety of baits, including minnows, worms, maggots, pieces of raw bacon, and soft shell crayfish, but seem to prefer small fish, night crawlers, maggots, and lures. 

Fly fishing for perch using patterns that imitate small fry or invertebrates can be successful. The record weight for this fish in Britain is 6 lb 3 oz (2.81 kg), and in America 6 lb 4 oz (2.83 kg).

Perch grow to around 5 lb (2.3 kg) or more, but the most common fish to be caught are around 1 lb (0.45 kg) or less, and anything over 2 lb (0.91 kg) is considered a prize catch.

In the winter, the yellow perch and rainbow trout also make Rockport  a great place to fish through the ice.

Smallmouth Bass

Also know an the bronzeback, bronze bass, brownie, brown bass, bareback bass, or the smallie, the smallmouth bass is normally brown in color, with dark vertical bands on either side of its body, and distinctive red eyes. The females are larger than the males, and typically grow to between three and six pounds in weight. The smaller male it normally about two pounds in weight when fully grown. It is not however uncommon to find larger specimens, and the current world record stands at 11 pounds 15 ounces for a fish caught at Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee, in 1955. That said, a fish of just over 12 pounds was reportedly caught at Laurel River Lake, Kentucky, in 2012, but this does not count as it was caught in a gill net.

Unlike its cousin, the largemouth bass, the smallmouth bass prefers reasonably clear water, and particularly favors stream, rivers and waters with a rocky bottom, or plenty of tree stumps. It is also increasingly making its home on the sandy bottoms of many reservoirs and lakes. Like the trout, it is quite sensitive to pollution and will not be slow in moving out of water that becomes polluted, always assuming that there is an escape route for it to follow. It is also most prevalent where there is a good supply of food, and its diet includes insects, crayfish and smaller fish.

America’s Hardest Fighting Fish

The smallmouth bass is particularly popular with anglers because, pound for pound, it is considered by many to be the toughest fighting freshwater fish to be found anywhere in the United States. Indeed, its fighting ability on the top of the water once it has been hooked is a large part of its attraction for many anglers.

Smallmouth bass are wary fish and can be quite a challenge to catch, and the range of both natural and artificial baits used to tempt them is large. In particular, there is a huge range of lures to choose from including crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, plastic lures and jerkbaits. The most popular bait today is the lure, and most lures are fished traditionally using either a bait caster or spinner rod.

It is also possible to fish for smallmouth bass using fly tackle, and this is something that has grown in popularity in recent years, not least because of the challenge and thrill of bringing the fish to the net on a fly line. Fly fishermen tend to use a wide variety of rods and lines, depending on the water to be fished, and will fish both dry and wet flies, as well as nymphs, streamers and imitation baits, such as leeches and crawfish.

To help to maintain a healthy population of smallmouth bass for the game fisherman, the practice of catch-and-release is being encouraged on many waters.


The Rockport area was colonized in 1860. It was named for the rock fort built to protect settlers from Indian uprisings. About 200 people lived there until the land was purchased in 1957 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for construction of the Wanship Dam. Rockport Reservoir is about three miles long and one-half mile wide. At an elevation of over 6,000 feet, it covers more than 500 acres.

Many wildlife species call Rockport home. They include mule deer, chipmunks, jackrabbits, cottontails, yellowbelly marmots, badgers, raccoons, weasels, fox and Uinta ground squirrels. Elk, moose, coyote, bobcat and cougar live in the area, but are seldom seen.

Opened to the public as a state park in 1966.
Park Elevation: 6,000 feet
Park Acreage: 770
Surface Water Acreage: 1,080

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