Maybe you plan to visit Utah for its skiing, golfing or hiking. Perhaps fishing is your primary reason. Whatever your rationale, you are unlikely to be disappointed as long as you get some fishing in! Utah is an excellent state for recreational fisherpersons, full of variety and large sized game.
Utah Lake is not only the state’s namesake, but a nationally recognized fishing destination. Catfish, bass, walleye, perch and many others swim within Utah Lake. Trophy sized channel catfish and white bass are particularly impressive and fairly consistent. Striped bass fishing in Utah Lake is the best in the state.
For easily accessible trout fishing East Canyon Reservoir is a great option. This reservoir holds rainbow, splake and even tiger trout. If you want trophy sized rainbow trout in abundance then you must head to Starvation Reservoir. The best choice for tiger trout is Scofield Reservoir, site of Utah’s state record in tiger trout. Scofield is excellent in the winter as well, offering prime ice fishing.
Ice fishing is popular with the state’s cold winters, and many people travel to Utah for that very reason. For updated ice fishing reports try Utah’s online Division of Wildlife Resources website, but do not consider it a substitute for testing the ice when you arrive. Strawberry Reservoir is good for winter rainbow trout and some cutthroat trout. Otter Creek Reservoir is excellent for ice fishing as well.
Mountain whitefish are a relative of the trout that provide good fly fishing. Seek them out in Weber River or Logan River. Another premier fly fishing river is the Provo River, where the water is just deep enough to wade at the edge or get into a small boat or kayak.
Bass are well distributed throughout the state of Utah. Given the population of striped and white bass it is no surprise that Utah also has hybrid wipers. Wipers can be caught in most waterways that hold its parent species, such as Willard Bay Reservoir. Pineview Reservoir has smallmouth and largemouth bass. The state record largemouth and striped bass both came from Lake Powell.
Lake Powell is an all around good choice. Its waters team with bass, walleye, northern pike and crappie. There are also lodges, trailer sites, campgrounds, marinas and more! Perfect for a family fishing weekend or a couples’ fishing retreat.
Likewise, another spot for variety is Deer Creek Reservoir. At this active waterbody you can find perch, walleye and many kinds of trout and bass. Smallmouth bass fishing is especially good there.
Muskellunge are popular in Utah, especially the tiger variety. The best choice for muskellunge fishing is the Joes Valley Reservoir. You can also find trophy sized splake trout there. Pineview Reservoir is another prime fishing hole to try, and not many years back it produced a thirty-three pound tiger muskellunge that topped state records!
Utah fishing licenses are available for purchase online and at licensing agents. Anyone over twelve ears old needs a license, which comes in annual, week long, and one day options (single day extensions available). Residential youth and senior licenses are cheaper. Utah also has a free fishing day every year, so get casting!
Whenever you head out fishing to a new place, it's always best to speak to local anglers. Use fishing forums to ask questions and learn about the most accurate and up to date conditions.