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Utah’s top ten places to fish this spring

Warmer weather means better fishing

Drew Cushing is chief of the Division's aquatics section. He works with other DWR personnel and angling groups to ensure appropriate and consistent program direction. Drew is an avid angler and hunter.

Where will you find great fishing over the next couple of months? Here are my ten favorite springtime fishing destinations in Utah:

  1. Pineview Reservoir
  2. Mantua Reservoir
  3. Starvation Reservoir
  4. Flaming Gorge
  5. Strawberry Reservoir
  6. Jordanelle Reservoir
  7. Willard Bay
  8. Yuba Reservoir
  9. Sand Hollow Reservoir
  10. Lake Powell

Where do you go when the weather warms up? Post a comment and tell us more about your favorite fishing hole.

97 Responses to Utah’s top ten places to fish this spring

  1. I love Lake Powell, what a wonderful place!

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    Lake Crescent. Even though it is catch and release, no barb, no bait, those rainbow colors and fighting ability make for a fun day.

  3. Thank you very much for sharing the spots. I appreciate it and I got an idea on where to go fishing next… πŸ™‚ I am also considering some camping side trips, looking forward to see some of your suggestions as well.

  4. Bit disappointed to see Pineview Reservoir at number 10. I would rate it somewhere 4-6 position. Lake Powell is no doubt the best place for fishing.

  5. All great places you mentioned on your list. As for myself I prefer trout fishing in one of the rivers near Salt Lake City, like the Big and Small Cottonwood creeks.

  6. Lake Powell is without a doubt one of the best fishing places that I yet have to see. My friend Mikey told me about it several years ago and I always wanted to see it. I live closest to Willard Bay and that is my main fishing destination….Perhaps I will go to Lake Powell next year… I am really considering it.

  7. Are the best places still the same as back in 2009? Lake Powell is one of the best fishing places I know, but I have no experience with the rest and I’d like to try them.

  8. Lake Powell should be on the top of the list. But then again, I’ve never had the opportunity to fish elsewhere.

  9. I think the Provo river, and lake Powell, are my 2 favorite destinations. I am looking to add a few new spots, and will check out some of the places that others have mentioned.

  10. Been to Lake Powell 1 time back 02… wonderful place.. Trolled at 125 ft and caught into some nice trout on the south end of the lake… Reminded me a little of a small lake I used to go to as a kid up southeast of Santa Barbara CA called Lake Cachuma… ahhh the memories… small lake.. but great fishing.. Haven’t been in years… anyways enough of the reminiscing LOL>>

    Thanks for the post..


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    Who doesn’t love Lake Powell. But I’ve always enjoyed ice fishing in Idaho. Not exactly where we go, my husband does the driving. Cold but fun. A totally different experience than fishing in the river. Thanks for all the good fishing hole ideas.

  12. Ashton, iolite Co

    hey drew, its good to see another fishing enthusiast give out information like this. I’ve only been to Utah once so I went to the Strawberry Reservoir in Wasatch County after my brother in law recommended it. Great trout there! I look forward to trying a few on your list next time I’m in Utah (which should be soon I hope).

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    Hoping to make it out to Lake Powell sometime next spring I hear the fishing is really good there and also the scenery.

  14. Thanks for the info. If I had time I surely would go to those places you mention. I wish they were nearer to our apartment.

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    They sound like a great place to go visit. Unfortunately, I am too far away to visit them.

    Mantua Reservoir looks amazing.

    Enjoy these gems. It would be a shame not to do so!

    Kind regards,

    John Francis

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    I love Willard Bay. It offers great opportunities beyond fishing and boating!

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    We have wanted to visit Utah so badly for the last 3 years! We are collecting research, and this is so helpful.

  18. Wow! Thanks for posting this. For people who loves fishing would definitely go to those places you mentioned to catch some big fish. Lol. I would suggest this to my friends as well. Thanks for the idea.

    Cody Felton

  19. Great information on fishing Utah. Will pass onto my readers. They will love it.

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    Great list! A little disappointed to see Sand Hollow Reservoir at the second spot!

  21. I’m surprised!! I knew Lake Powell as more of a house boating and water skiing lake. I never knew it had great fishing.. I’m headed there in September and will be bringing my gear this time..

    Thanks for the info!

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    I have to say Willard Bay all the way. I went up there with my cousin and have the time of my life. Also the people in Ogden are the best!

  23. Yuba is a great place for fishing.I caught many fish there. Strawberry Reservoir was less kind to me.

  24. I’m another one who will be visiting lake powell later this year, we were planning to do some fishing and this article gets me a bit more excited about it now πŸ™‚

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    My list basically matches yours but I would probably put Willard Bay at the top rather than Lake Powell.

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    The salmon is good protein food that aid in healing, so I recommend fishing as relaxing and as the subject of healthy eating.

  27. I’m in upstate SC and really love fishing in the Saluda River for rainbow trout. I even caught a small mouthed bass recently and was surprised at how big it was.

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    thank you so much, I am also a fisher and I love fishing so much. Thanks for your information, i have friends living in Utah, maybe i’ll see him and we can go fishing together following your direction.

  29. Glad to see your article, I also like fishing, but my technique is not very good, hope to see you fishing techniques to share.

  30. Great article. I live in Australia and the fishing is good here and of course our seasons are opposite so we are just into the second day of summer. Our best fishing spots are acutally the ocean.

  31. Great stuff. My Lake Powell pics taken in 2006 don’t do the lake justice. I’ll have to get back there to see (and fish) the lake again soon.

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    To me the location doesn’t really matter where you fish. It is more about the outdoors, nature and relaxing. During a holiday it is about escaping everything the concrete jungle.

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    Thank you for this effort before this entry with a thinner wishes luck

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    A couple of us from the River Tees are traveling to Utah in August and are mad fisherman. Is there anywhere that offers salmon fishing?

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  35. Moving to Ogden pretty soon, which of these are close to there?

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    Can’t wait to get to Utah to fish and hunt, it is up on our list! My construction company in Central Pa, White Mountain Construction, is a far travel but we just went hunting in Canada and loved it. Utah is next on our list!

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    I was looking ofr information on my fishing trip to Utah and the list helps a very much. Great Info!

  38. good article.

  39. Thanks for sharing ten favorite springtime fishing destinations in Utah, it will be great for me because I am fond of fishing.

  40. Informative, Thanks.

  41. Flaming gorge is stunning and great for activities! The red rocks there really suits the name – flaming.

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    Thanks Drew good article
    Great job.


    great informative article for thanks and gd job.

  45. Wow! Thanks for posting this. For people who loves fishing would definitely go to those places you mentioned to catch some big fish. Tuba is a great place for fishing.I caught many fish there. Strawberry Reservoir was less kind to me.

  46. I visited Flaming Gorge. It was a memorable trip for me but now I should try Lake Powell. I usually try my fishing luck on fishing pontoon.

    Thank you for the informations.

  47. I would put Sand Hollow Reservoir in first place, but I absolutely agree (well, maybe only one more points are in doubt)

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