Johnson Reservoir

Middle Bear Basin

  • Recommended Fishing Water
  • Family Fishing Water

Johnson Reservoir in Franklin County is 41.9 acres at an elevation of 4,881 feet above sea level.

This is a 50 acre irrigation reservoir surrounded by large cottonwood trees. It offers basic facilities with boat ramp, dock and restrooms with a variety of warm water game fish.
From Preston, head east on Oneida Street about 3 miles. Veer left at the corner onto N 2800 E. Stay on N 2800 E at the fork and continue about another 1.5 miles to the reservoir.

Facilities

Motor Restriction
No
Boat Ramp
Yes
Dock
Yes
Toilet
Yes
Campground
No
ADA Access
No

Recommended Game Fish

Fish Species Observed in Surveys since 1990

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size Location
5/10/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/19/2017 Rainbow Trout 755 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/11/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,751 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/27/2016 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/26/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/21/2015 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/18/2014 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/20/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,740 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/23/2013 Rainbow Trout 999 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/23/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,755 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/22/2012 Rainbow Trout 743 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/15/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,752 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/16/2011 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/10/2011 Rainbow Trout 1,740 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/27/2010 Rainbow Trout 759 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/25/2010 Rainbow Trout 1,751 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/22/2009 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/23/2009 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/16/2008 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/25/2008 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/18/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,752 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/13/2006 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
7/5/2006 Tiger Muskie 151 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/14/2006 Rainbow Trout 1,740 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/21/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,001 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/27/2004 Rainbow Trout 748 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/14/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,749 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/1/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
6/18/2002 Tiger Muskie 82 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/15/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/6/2000 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
6/16/2000 Tiger Muskie 106 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/20/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/15/1999 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/19/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/21/1998 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/15/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/29/1997 Tiger Muskie 345 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/24/1997 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/28/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
11/4/1996 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/24/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/3/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/12/1994 Rainbow X Cutthroat Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/6/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/6/1994 Rainbow X Cutthroat Trout 2,800 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/31/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,007 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
3/16/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/15/1992 Rainbow Trout 2,035 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
3/3/1992 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/25/1991 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/24/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/5/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,415 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/5/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,375 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/21/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
3/30/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/12/1989 Rainbow Trout 2,001 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/13/1989 Rainbow Trout 3,051 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/24/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,640 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/22/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
3/25/1988 Rainbow Trout 3,040 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/15/1987 Rainbow Trout 5,060 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/3/1987 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/2/1987 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
3/30/1987 Rainbow Trout 3,053 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/15/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/15/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,990 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/24/1986 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/23/1984 Rainbow Trout 3,006 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/15/1983 Rainbow Trout 1,619 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/18/1983 Rainbow Trout 1,045 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/15/1983 Rainbow Trout 2,050 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/23/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/20/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/21/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,120 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
3/25/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/24/1980 Rainbow Trout 9,100 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/17/1980 Rainbow Trout 3,090 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
7/23/1980 Rainbow Trout 2,250 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
7/23/1980 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/6/1980 Rainbow Trout 2,350 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/16/1980 Rainbow Trout 4,100 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
11/7/1979 Rainbow Trout 4,510 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/3/1979 Rainbow Trout 5,830 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/17/1979 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/8/1978 Rainbow Trout 1,700 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/29/1978 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/9/1978 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
11/9/1977 Rainbow Trout 3,080 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/4/1977 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/28/1977 Rainbow Trout 1,650 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/30/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/28/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/19/1976 Rainbow Trout 10,000 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/27/1976 Rainbow Trout 5,355 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
11/3/1975 Rainbow Trout 3,900 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/9/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,300 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/8/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,300 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/7/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,300 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/23/1975 Rainbow Trout 5,010 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
11/19/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/9/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/16/1974 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/17/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,530 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/4/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,200 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/3/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
9/21/1973 Rainbow Trout 9,375 Less than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/9/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,570 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/26/1973 Rainbow Trout 6,580 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
11/13/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
11/7/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/31/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/15/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,400 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/11/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,400 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/17/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
8/26/1971 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
5/19/1971 Rainbow Trout 4,480 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/6/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/2/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
3/31/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,200 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
12/22/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,250 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/24/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Adults Johnson Reservoir
5/2/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
10/21/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
4/15/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,600 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
11/20/1967 Rainbow Trout 1,900 Greater than 6 inches Johnson Reservoir
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

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Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rule Waters
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

Regional bag and possession limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

No Special Rules for Johnson Reservoir.
Southeast Region Bag Limits
Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
  • None under 14 inches
Brook Trout
  • Brook trout limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for brook trout
Cisco (Bear Lake only)
  • Cisco limit is 30
Kokanee
  • Kokanee limit is 6
Sturgeon
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required (see fishing regulations for details)
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes brown trout, lake trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, trout hybrids
  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • In rivers and streams, only 2 of the 6 trout may be cutthroat trout
  • Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately
Whitefish
  • Whitefish limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish
Protected Nongame Fish includes leatherside chub, bluehead sucker and Bear Lake sculpin
  • May not be harvested or possessed
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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