Ute Indian Tribe

Largemouth Bass

It has come to our attention that some of the Largemouth Bass in Bottle Hollow are currently being parasitized with roundworm and/or tapeworm. Both of these are common parasites for fish, particularly during summer months. Fish with parasites are safe to eat and do not present a health concern as long as the meat is cooked thoroughly. If you would like additional information, please click the following link for detailed information about cooking and consuming fish with parasites:


Update: We have had several questions regarding the safety of Bottle Hollow for recreation. As these parasites are fish specific, it is completely safe to swim and recreate in Bottle Hollow.

Should you have additional questions, please contact Fish and Wildlife. 


Native Fish Management

In 2004, the Ute Tribe Fish and Wildlife Department (F&WD) began development of a comprehensive plan to manage fish species that are native to the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. This Plan was developed as a cooperative project between the Ute Tribe F&WD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US FWS). In recent history, native fish species and their habitat have been threatened by water development and storage projects, and historic sport fish stocking procedures. As a result, specific management has become necessary for these declining fish species.

The Ute Tribe, Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation is located in northeastern Utah and is a part of the Green River sub-basin of the upper Colorado River Drainage Basin. Fish populations on the reservation include several species that have been identified as needing special management because of threats to their populations and the deterioration of their habitat. Some of these species have been federally recognized as endangered and threatened, and in the State of Utah, as species of special concern.

The Ute Tribe's Native Fish Management Project consists of a few related objectives. The primary goal is to develop and implement a management plan for the fish species that are native to the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. Second, the Ute Tribe F&WD will develop and implement annual management prescriptions to maintain and/or restore damaged native fish habitat. And finally, the Ute Tribe F&WD, U.S. F&WS, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) will monitor the recovery progress of the federally-listed endangered and threatened fish species that occupy the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.

Recreational Management

The F&WD manages and maintains 8 major reservoirs and 6 south slope (Uintah Mountain Range) streams for recreation and angling opportunities. The F&WD maintains an active stocking program and species such as Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Brook trout, Smallmouth bass, Walleye and Lake trout (seasonal) occupy reservation waters. In addition, the Uintah and Ouray Reservation possess some of the states most secluded, beautiful and productive Fly Fishing locations including Rock Creek and Upper Uinta River. Applications for season and day permits, and current proclamations are available here.


Big Game Photos









On July 7, 2020, following a closure due to COVID-19, the Ute Tribal Business Committee re-opened reservation lands to non-members for fishing, boating, and camping. Permits for these activities can be purchased at either the Ute Plaza in Fort Duchesne, or the Ute Petroleum Station in Myton. Both locations have copies of the 2020 Fishing Proclamation available, which outline the rules and regulations for fishing, boating, and camping on tribal grounds.

Any previously purchased annual fishing licenses that were affected by the closure (April 7 – July 7, 2020) will be extended to ensure that no fishing days are lost. These licenses will be extended for a three month period (depending on date of purchase). Should you have an affected license no action needs to be taken; simply keep your expired license which will be valid and honored for an additional three months past the expiration date.

All rules, regulations, and seasons outlined in the 2020 Fishing Proclamation are in effect at this time. In addition, please be aware that groups on tribal lands are limited to 10 people to follow the tribal social distancing policy.

Desolation Canyon still remains closed to non-members for any recreation, hiking, or camping. Any trespassers will be subject to fines and possible impoundment and/or confiscation of property.

If you have any questions, please contact the Fish and Wildlife Department.


 Results of Big Game Draw for Enrolled Tribal Members

The Ute Tribe Fish and Wildlife Department cooperatively manages over 4 million acres of natural resources in the Uintah Basin. In addition to conservation of native species, endangered species, game species and preservation of habitat the Fish and Wildlife Department offers various sporting opportunities to both tribal and non tribal members. 

Each year, the Fish and Wildlife Department makes available big game, waterfowl, upland game, fishing, camping and boating permits to non tribal members throughout the reservation.