The Ute Tribe Fish and Wildlife Department and the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission (URMCC), are in the process of developing a tribal fish hatchery for the Ute Tribe. The proposed hatchery will be located in Big Springs recreational area on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.
The Big Springs tribal fish hatchery will raise traditional sport fish such as Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Brown Trout for tribal fisheries on the Uintah & Ouray Indian reservation. In addition, the hatchery will produce the conservation species, Colorado River Cutthroat Trout for conservation projects on the Reservation. The establishment of the Big Springs fish hatchery will provide the Ute Tribe Fish and Wildlife Department with the ability to manage tribal waters with tribal reared fish. In addition, The Ute Tribe will possess the resources to effectively contribute to the persistence of our native, Colorado River Cutthroat Trout on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.