Regulations & Camping
- Anglers are limited to artificial flies and lures only and can only harvest one trout longer than 22 inches per fishing trip.
- The majority of shoreline at Minersville is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, but there is a small portion of private property that is off limits. There is a campground and boat ramp, managed by Beaver County at Minersville. Fishing is good from shore, boats, and pontoons.
History of the Reservoir
The reservoir itself was formed in 1914 with the creation of an Embankment dam. Throughout the years, a variety of fishing regulations have been attempted at Minersville, and the current rendition appears to be working.
After years of put-and-take regulations, the state wildlife agency, with the support of local anglers, decided to switch tactics and focus on providing a trophy fishery for trout.
The big fish that anglers love to catch also happen to be quite effective at controlling numbers of Utah chub — a small, 15-20 centimeter cyprinid fish native to western North America. Before the 1990’s, a large population of Utah chub competed with trout in Minersville Reservoir.
Chub reproduce quickly and can overtake a fishery. They take up space and food, limiting resources for other species, including young trout. Once trout, and other predatory fish like smallmouth bass and wipers (a hybrid mix between a white bass and a striped bass) get large enough, however, they turn their attention to chub.
The result is a positive feedback loop where trophy-sized fish flourish—feeding on chub, limiting their numbers, and in turn, growing larger and more populous themselves. It’s the perfect recipe for local anglers.
Special regulations are in place to help ensure the fish reach a chub-eating size.
Minersville Reservoir is impacted during low water years. In drought years, like in 2005, for instance, lower water levels led to a decline in trout populations. But for the most part, the reservoir recovers quickly when conditions are good, and plenty of 18-22 inch trout have been caught in recent years.