Northern Utah Fishing

Fishing Streams

The Logan River east of Logan and the Blacksmith Fork (including Left Fork) are known for year-round fly fishing for trout and whitefish.

Winter is one of the best times to fish the Weber River for whitefish and trout, or the Ogden River for rainbow, cut-throat, and brown trout. The Bear River has catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass that are plentiful in the summer.

Big Cottonwood Creek Along with numerous lakes in the area, Big and Little Cottonwood Creeks and Mill Creek, east of Salt Lake City, are popular trout waters.

The Provo River, running through Provo Canyon and northwest of Deer Creek to the Uinta Mountains, is one of Utah's most popular fly fishing rivers for trout. The Upper Weber River off Hwy 189 near Wanship and Coalville is excellent for browns, rainbow, and whitefish.

Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam is one of the best trout fishing rivers in the world. Jones Hole Creek in Dinosaur National Monument below Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery, Carter Creek and Sheep Creek west of Flaming Gorge are popular for trout in summer and fall. Uinta Mountain creeks north of Duchesne and Roosevelt brim with wild and stocked trout. The Duchesne River, Rock Creek, Lake Fork River, Yellowstone River, Uinta River, Whiterocks River, Ashley Creek, and Brush Creek are also fishing streams.

All tributaries into Scofield Reservoir are excellent for trout fishing. Special regulations may apply; inquire locally for details. The Price River just below Scofield Reservoir Dam has rainbow trout fishing.

Fishing Lakes

Bear Lake has large populations of Mackinaw and native cutthroat. It is also famous for the annual winter 'cisco run'. The small Bonneville cisco, native only to Bear Lake, attracts hundreds of people each winter to fish through the ice. Year-round fishing from shore is excellent on the east side of Bear Lake. Little Creek Reservoir, a small reservoir west of Randolph, is a favorite for brook and rainbow trout. Porcupine Reservoir southeast of Avon has Kokanee salmon as well as trout.

Pineview Reservoir has plenty of catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass for summer fishing. Mantua Reservoir has large-mouth bass and bluegill. Famous since the 1920's is Strawberry Reservoir, covering more than 17,000 acres 30 miles east of Heber City off Hwy 40. It has food, services, and two boat ramps. Five miles west of Heber City, Deer Creek Reservoir is a favorite for trout, perch, walleye, and largemouth bass. Jordanelle Reservoir is the newest fishing destination in this area. A Fishing Derby is held at Echo Reservoir every June.

Willard Bay, a freshwater impoundment adjacent to the Great Salt Lake, has catfish, crappie, walleye, and largemouth bass.

Good fishing can also be found at several small reservoirs near Tooele, Grantsville, and Vernon. Utah Lake is popular for walleye, as well as catfish, white and largemouth bass.

The Uinta Mountains have over 1,000 lakes of which 650 are stocked with trout. Lake Flaming Gorge is a year-round trophy fishery for brown and lake trout. Starvation Reservoir 8 miles west of Duchesne has walleye and bass, Pelican Lake 25 miles southeast of Roosevelt has bluegill and bass, Steinaker Reservoir 5 miles north of Vernal has rainbow trout and bass, and Crouse, Calder, Red Fleet, and Matt Warner Reservoirs have trout. Red Fleet Reservior is 15 miles north of Vernal east off Hwy 191. Crouse and Calder Reserviors are both about 20 miles north of Vernal, then 20 miles east on Diamond Mountain Road.

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