Provo River Brown Trout

Browns are the most abundant trout in the Provo River system. The have managed to hold their own and to provide excellent fishing in spite of tremendous fishing pressure, drought, irrigation demands on the river's water and other environmental hazards.

Browns generally have golden brown hues with yellow under parts. During the spawn the males are often brilliantly splashed with crimson spots circled with blue halos. The upper body is usually profusely dappled with large, irregular, dark spots. The brown sports a stronger, sharper set of teeth than most trouts.

Browns were first stocked into Utah Lake prior to 1900 and must have entered the Provo River from the lake shortly after.

Many browns approaching 10 pounds are caught in the river each year and fish over 20 pounds are occasionally caught.