near Randlett, Utah
Brough Reservoir is an important
irrigation impoundment located about eight travel miles east of Randlett
in Uintah County, Utah. It is 128 acres in area, has a maximum depth of
56 feet, and sits at an elevation of over 5,000 feet. It is known for
producing large rainbow and brown trout. The Ouray
Park Irrigation Company owns and manages Brough Reservoir--which is
the largest landmark in Utah that carries the "Brough" surname.
Brough Reservoir was named after Jesse Samuel
Brough who lived in Lapoint, Roosevelt and Randlett, Utah, during the
1900's. Jesse Samuel Brough (1884-1958)
was the second son of Mormon pioneer, Samuel
Richard Brough (1857-1947). In 1910, Jesse married Luella Nebeker
(1888-1970) in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they eventually had twelve children.
Jesse became a successful farmer and rancher in the Uintah Basin.
The Brough Family Organization
has stated the following about Jesse
Samuel Brough: "He contributed very much to the building of canals,
roads, etc. in the Ouray Valley, serving as president of the Ouray Park
Irrigation Company for several years. He spent a lot of time and effort
trying to improve the water system in the Valley. In the year 1972, a
reservoir was constructed bearing his name, 'Brough Reservoir'."
about Brough Reservoir
Report: March 11, 2016
Reservoir (Ouray Park Irrigation Company, online 2015)
Ouray Park Irrigation Company
The irrigation water in Brough Reservoir
is an asset and resource of the Ouray Park Irrigation Company and its
Elevation: [over] 5,000 ft.
Location: About 15 miles east of Roosevelt
(6 miles past Gusher).
Access: Take S.R. 88 south from U.S. 40
(Ouray Road). Turn west at the second dirt road past the high power lines.
Follow this road about 2 miles staying left at each fork.
Fishing: Brough Reservoir is noted for abundant
population of [fish].
Facilities: There is no boat ramp, but small
boats can be launched on the north side of the reservoir.
Reservoir (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, online 2015)
Brough Reservoir is a small irrigation impoundment
located in western Uintah County. Brough Reservoir is managed as a trophy
trout fishery. Brough is known for producing large rainbow and brown trout.
Despite being a trophy trout fishery, Brough Reservoir receives very little
Waterbody type: Moderate coldwater lake
Location: Brough Reservoir is located in
Uintah County at an elevation of [over 5,000] feet. This water is near
the towns of Roosevelt, Fort Duchesne, and Vernal, Utah. The UTM coordinates
for this waterbody are 610,473.593 meters east and 4,457,206.475 meters
north. Decimal degree coordinates for this water are -109.700903 longitude
and 40.258033 latitude.
Regulations: Limit 1 trout over 22 inches.
All trout 22 inches or smaller must be immediately released. Artificial
flies and lures only. Consult your fishing guidebook for more information.
Bait restrictions: Use or possession of
any bait while fishing on waters designated artificial fly and lure only
is unlawful. Use or possession of artificial baits which are commercially
imbedded or covered with fish or fish parts while fishing is unlawful.
Manufactured, human-made items that may not be digestible - including
items that have been chemically treated with food stuffs, chemical fish
attractants or feeding stimulants - may not be used on waters where bait
is prohibited. For additional information consult Section R657-13-12 of
the Administrative Rules.
Nearest town: Fort Duchesne, UT.
Distance to Fort Duchesne, UT: 10 [miles].
Directions: From Salt Lake City, travel
east on I-80 east and take exit 146 onto US-40 E. Travel on US-40 E for
115 miles. Turn right onto US-191 N/US-40 E and travel for 15.9 miles.
Turn right onto UT-88 and travel for 3.8 miles. Turn right at sign for
Brough Reservoir and travel 0.7 miles on gravel road. Turn left and travel
for 0.7 miles to the reservoir.
Size: Brough Reservoir is 128 acres in area.
Depth: Brough Reservoir has a maximum depth of
56 feet. The average depth of the reservoir is 31 feet.
Elevation: Elevation of this reservoir is just
over [5,000] feet.
Fishing information: Brown trout, Rainbow trout,
Angling Methods: Shore, Float Tube, Wading.
Suggested Tackle: Spincast, spinning, baitcast,
or fly tackle can be used successfully on this water; providing angling
opportunities for the novice and the specialized angler alike. Lightweight
to medium-light tackle is suitable for all fish you will encounter at
Brough Reservoir. Sinking line is recommended when fly fishing from a
Suggested Lures: Retrieve or troll small spoons,
spinners, and crankbaits. A fly and bubble combination or small jigs will
also provide good action.
Seasonal Environmental Conditions: Ice typically
begins forming on Brough Reservoir in late December. Ice-off varies, but
usually occurs in late March/early April. Water temperatures (oF) range
from the lower 40s in spring, to the high 60s in mid-summer, and back
down to the low 50s in the fall.
Reservoir (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, 2007)
Fall is a great time for color. And for most of
Utah's anglers, there are few colors they'd like to see more than those
on a big brown or rainbow trout.
Fall is also a good time to check out new fishing
waters. There are fewer anglers in the fall, and the fishing can be red
One place where the fishing has been very hot
this fall sits in the middle of the desert south of US-40 in northeastern
"Brough is a little sleeper of a reservoir
that few know about," says Ed Johnson, fisheries biologist for the
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "Those who fish at the reservoir
in the fall often find that they're the only ones at the reservoir, or
one of only a few groups."
The lack of anglers is somewhat surprising because
the reservoir produces some big trout.
"Brough was full of stunted bass just a few
years ago," Johnson says. "We [UDWR] treated it a few
years ago with rotenone. Then we restocked it with salmonids [trout].
Our goal is to produce a fishery with big fish. We often refer to this
type of management as 'trophy' management.
"We've kept the brown and rainbow trout stocking
rates low to reduce competition among the fish. That produces bigger fish.
By changing the regulations to a catch-and-release, flies-and-lures only
restriction [bait is not allowed], and setting a size limit of 22 inches,
we've managed to get some nice fish in just a few years.
"Last week, a group of us caught fish in
the one- to three-pound range. The fish we caught averaged around one-and-a-half
to two pounds."
"The reservoir is south of highway 40 between
Gusher and Vernal," Johnson says. "From US-40, turn south on
highway 88 to Pelican and Ouray. Just before you reach a farm, you'll
cross under some big metal power lines; when you do, start looking for
a Brough Reservoir sign on the fence line to the west. It should be close
to a wooden telephone pole line.
"From there, follow the dirt road through
the gate, and then look for the small fish signs that will lead you to
"Brough is a small reservoir in the middle
of the desert," Johnson says. "There is nothing there. You can
camp anywhere. Camping is free but there are no restrooms, drinking water,
boat ramps, tables...nothing. It's completely undeveloped."
Johnson says during high water, you can launch
boats from the rocks on the north side of the reservoir. "But during
low water, it gets pretty muddy or too rocky, so I do not recommend trying
to launch a boat," he says. "It's a good way to get stuck, and
there isn't anyone around to pull you out."
Johnson says fishing at the reservoir will remain
good until the water company begins filling it. Then the fishing will
slow as the water gets murky. But you can still catch fish; it's just
The reservoir is also open to ice fishing, but
remember that you may not use bait.
Reservoir (Deseret News Fishing Spot of the Week, December 22,
Directions: Southeast of Duchesne. Turn off Highway
40 and head south on Highway 88 for five miles, then west for two miles
on windy road. About 12 miles north of Ouray.
Description: This is a small - about 90 surface
acres - lower elevation reservoir. Mostly rolling, sagebrush covered hills
around it. little vegetation. An irrigation reservoir so is drawn down
in late fall and winter.
What works: Good water using worms, especially
a worm off a small bobber, for trout. try crayfish-colored crankbaits
and rapala-type minnow lures and bass poppers for smallmouth. Also try
flies near inlets.
Details: This is a good water to use waders and
float tubes. Because of the size a boat is not necessary. Weedy in the
shallows, but can wade out beyond to open water. When working with a worm
and bobber, use enough leader to keep hook about foot from the bottom.
Also stay near bottom when ice fishing. Use small flies around inlets.
Notes: Good place to spend a day. Excellent chance
for a trophy rainbow or smallmouth. Not much camping near reservoir, but
good accommodations at nearby towns. Does not get a lot of pressure. Good
for rainbow when ices over in the winter.
Directions to Brough Reservoir (Hikes and Lands, online 2015)
ft. 128 Acres. Depth Maximum-55.8 ft. Mean-1.2 ft.
Brough Reservoir is accessible from U-88 between
Ouray and US-40. The turnoff to U-88 is 15 miles west of Vernal and 15
miles east of Roosevelt on US-40. Approximately 3.7 miles south of US
40, U-88, a gravel road to the west is an access road to the reservoir.
Hunting is popular at the lake. There is no boat ramp at the reservoir,
but small boats can be launched at certain points.