Uintah & Ouray Tribe ("Northern Ute")
Fish and Wildlife Department
P.O. Box 190, Ft. Duchesne, Utah 84026
Phone: (435) 722-5511
Fax: (435) 722-2677
Contact: Everett Manning
The Uintah and Ouray Ute Tribe, sometimes referred to as the Northern Ute Tribe, has a dedicated staff of a full-time Fisheries Biologist and Wildlife Biologist that oversee related resource management activities and programs on the approximately 1,000,000 acre reservation located in eastern Utah. Fisheries management activities and programs include coordinating tribal public recreational fisheries programs centered around a series of man-made reservoirs and hundreds of miles of perennial streams located on tribal trust lands, and the management of a very active native fish restoration/recovery program involving various perennial watersheds that transect tribal trust lands. The Tribe’s Fisheries program is also responsible for supervising the development of two important cold-water fish hatchery sites located on tribal lands. Enforcement of Tribal fishing, hunting and recreation regulations are provided by the Fish and Wildlife’s corps of tribal Conservation Officers, all of which are all federally commissioned officers.
The Trust Lands of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation contain 600 stream miles and twelve reservoirs. The range of fisheries opportunities range from arctic graylings, brook trout, and Colorado River cutthroat trout in the cold high mountain wilderness headwaters, to smallmouth bass, catfish, and northern pike downstream in the warmer waters of the Duchesne, White and Green rivers. In between, the Tribe’s Fish and Wildlife Department manages its man-made reservoirs and recreational fishing programs for brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and cutthroat trout fisheries. The majority of lakes on trust lands are off-stream reservoirs that have minimal impact on streams which are actively managed by the Tribe for native species.
The Tribe’s Outdoor Recreation program supervises a separate trophy fisheries program along the upper three miles of Rock Creek located on tribal trust lands, which has developed into the best fishery on the reservation, if not the entire state. This particular reach has been designated as a high-quality fishery by the Tribe and is open to Tribal members for catch-and-release only, and is accessible to non-Tribal members with day permit fee available only through the Outdoor Recreation Department.
The N. Ute Tribe receives its supply of stockable fish from the Jones Hole USFWS National Fish Hatchery located in Utah. The Tribe does not have any warm-water fish stocking needs or programs and the Jones Hole NFH facility is a critical facility in providing cold-water trout species for stocking as a resource for subsistence for Tribal members and recreational fishing for Tribal members and non-members alike.
The Uintah and Ouray Tribe is actively involved with a number of native fish management programs that are focused on species such as the Colorado cutthroat trout, Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, bonytail chub and razorback sucker. Restoration and recovery efforts for the warm-water pikeminnow, humpback/bonytail chubs and razorback sucker species continue along the Reservation’s larger rivers while the Tribe moves forward in developing its own hatcheries and reintroduction programs for the Colorado cutthroat trout.
The Unitah and Ouray Ute Tribe works with a number of Federal and State agencies while managing its fisheries resources. The Tribe is involved in a variety of tribal watershed restoration projects and works directly with the USFWS Utah Fisheries Management Assistance Office on recreational fish stocking programs and collaborating on several projects including the Duchesne River Study, the Colorado River Cutthroat Conservation Agreement, Landowner Assistance Projects, and "Elders Pond" Project, to name a few.
The Unitah and Ouray Ute Tribe is interested in the collaboration, advocacy, and technical support provided by the SWTFC. These additional resources complement and strengthen an excellent fisheries program.
Southwest Tribal Fisheries Commission • P.O. Box 190 Mescalero, New Mexico 88340 • (575) 464-8768