UT: Millsite Res., a great spring fishery
PRICE, UTAH-While most water bodies in Carbon and Emery counties
lay under a sheet of ice in mid-March, Millsite Reservoir has
opened, and presents an opportunity for some excellent early spring
Millsite Reservoir is the centerpiece of Millsite State Park and
offers a diversity of recreational opportunities, including
camping, picnicking and golfing at its adjacent 18-hole golf
course. The 435-acre reservoir is situated four miles west of the
town of Ferron and State Road 10. The park is within an hour’s
drive of most locations in Carbon and Emery counties and is 165
miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
As the first water to open in Castle Country, Millsite Reservoir
offers some unique qualities for expert and novice anglers
First of all, the reservoir is home to four species of
trout-splake, cutthroats, rainbows and tiger trout-all of which
accommodates multiple angling styles, such as bait dunkers,
spincasters and fly fishermen.
Spring shoreline anglers need not worry about competing
successfully with boaters. Spring trout cruise shallow water and
are within range a cast from the bank.
Those who prefer to fish from a boat will want to watch for
remnants of ice that may remain after cold winters. Although
launching a watercraft from the concrete ramp offers no challenge,
the floating boat dock is often out-of-service until early May, due
to a draw-down of water during winter months.
A number of time-tested baits and lures will put more trout in
the creel of spring line wetters. Bait dunkers have had excellent
luck with worms, PowerBait, salmon eggs or egg sacs. For the early
bird who prefers to throw soft plastics, try a curly tail or tube
jig. The best colors for turbid water are white and chartreuse.
Brown, black or pumpkin plastics attract more fish, swimming in
clear water. Spincasters get the most hits with a Jakes lure,
Kastmaster, Blue Fox, or Mepps. The preferred pattern for spring
flycasters has been a size 6-8 leech or soft hackle fly.
The state park is open year round, although most of its
amenities open in early April. These include modern restrooms,
showers, disposal stations and drinking water. The park is ADA
accessible. The cost for park access is $3 a person and $5 per
carload. The park offers 20 camping sites for $16 per night. The
park features multiple picnic tables and two covered pavilions for
group events. Reservations are not required but highly recommended.
For a reservation, call 1-800-322-3770. For additional information,
search your Internet browser for “Millsite State Park.”
As spring arrives, other Castle Country lakes and reservoirs add
to the list of good fishing destinations, but for the March
angler-itching to drop a line-Millsite State Park is hard to
On the first warm weekend, grab your fishing tackle and family
for a day of fun, followed by a dinner of fresh trout and some