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Utah’s “Fishing with the Fox” Contest Begins May 26

This event exists to encourage anglers—local and far—to fish at one of the three designated bodies of water(don’t forget to social distance) and catch one of the hundreds of tagged rainbow trout in the Uintah Basin: Moon Lake, Moose Pond and Steinaker Reservoir. This year, the trout are tagged with a purple tag that says ‘DWR WIN’ with a corresponding number from 001-550. Tags can be registered and turned in beginning Monday, May 26, at 12:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 1, at 11:59 p.m. (*Note: You can catch-and-keep the trout with the tag, OR catch-and-release the trout. If you choose to practice catch-and-release, please just swiftly pull or clip the tag from the trout, then release it.)

This summer, you will want to take advantage of this free, family-fun event. Going fishing at one of the three designated locations will also get you a stamp in the 2021 Uintah County – Dinosaurland Passport to Summer.

So round up your fishing gear, catch a tagged fish, register the information online and be entered for the ‘Alive After Five’ grand finale prize drawing! The prize drawing will occur on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 5-8 p.m. at the Uintah County library park. You must be present to win OR register an alternative person to represent you at the drawing.


To continue to comply with social distancing guidelines throughout the summer months, fish registration tickets and purple tags can be turned in by the following methods:

Once you catch a tagged trout:

1. Go online and register your information on Eventbrite.

2. Print your ‘Tagged Fish Registration Ticket’ and

Option #1: mail it in to

Attn: Fishing w/the Fox contest


318 N. Vernal Avenue

Vernal, Utah 84078

Option #2: Screenshot or download your ticket and email it to: or


3. Turn in all “purple” tags for verification.

Option #1: Mail in the printed registration ticket and your fish tags to:

Attn: Fishing w/the Fox contest


318 N. Vernal Avenue

Vernal, Utah 84078

Option #2: Stop by the UDWR office lobby or Stewart’s Ace gun counter (Roosevelt) and drop off your ‘Tagged Fish Registration and attached “purple” tags into the designated drop box. Make sure your tag is secured somehow: by a staple, tape or in a snack bag.

If you do not have a computer or a smart phone, call the UDWR office, and staff will help you get registered. The Vernal office number is: (435)781-9453. Once tags/registration tickets are received, a confirmation email will be sent from the UDWR to the registered party.

The deadline to register your tag is August 1, at 11:59 p.m.


Reminder: All Utah fishing rules and regulations apply throughout the contest. You must possess a valid fishing license if you are 12 or older. Children ages 12-17 get a discounted rate on their license. You may purchase a Utah fishing license at the UDWR office, online or at any licensed vendor. For more information on fishing regulations, please visit:, or download our app: Utah Hunting and Fishing.



MOON LAKE RESERVOIR: From Duchesne, Utah, take State Hwy 87 north for 19 miles. Turn north onto to 20780 W towards Mountain Home, then continue north 13 miles to the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 131. Follow road 131 for 5 miles to the lake. The lake is about 37 miles from Duchesne on paved roads – although some spots have potholes.

MOOSE POND: This well-signed Scenic Byway site is located about mile 8 on UT Hwy 44, about 19 miles south of Manila or 44 miles north of Vernal. Take Highway 191 north for 30 miles, then continue straight on Highway 44 for 10 miles. The pond will be on the left hand side.

STEINAKER RESERVOIR: From Vernal, Utah, take Hwy 191 north for 5 miles and Steinaker Reservoir is located on the west side of the highway. The reservoir can be accessed on both the west and east sides of the reservoir. Please park in designated parking areas along Hwy 191 for accessing the east side of the reservoir. To access the Steinaker State Park facilities, the boat ramp and the west side of the reservoir, take a left on UT State Road 301, located on the north side of the reservoir. A State Park pass is required to enter on the east side of the park.

Thank you to participating sponsors:

  • Stewart’s Marketplace/Ace Hardware


It is the DWR’s goal is to keep our staff and the public safe. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing and following all restrictions and recommendations from state and local health officials. We encourage you to do the same and to practice social distancing and responsible recreation during any outdoor adventures. Any changes to regulations may affect our events and available opportunities. Please keep an eye on your email and follow us on social media for the latest updates.

For more information, call Tonya Kieffer-Selby (UDWR) at 801-995-2972 or Anthony Christianson (UDWR) at 435-828-0008


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