Lower Provo River
The Lower Provo above Olmstead Diversion is arguably one of the best trout fisheries in the western United States. This tailwater fishery provides anglers with access to large brown trout and numerous fish between 14 and 18 inches. Anglers visiting this fly and lure-only section will be treated to a truly memorable Blue Ribbon experience.
Large coldwater river > 30 feet wide
Located downstream from the Deer Creek Reservoir, the Lower Provo River, flows down scenic Provo Canyon.
From Olmstead Diversion Dam upstream to Deer Creek Reservoir, the Lower Provo River is artificial flies and lures only. Anglers may keep two trout under 15 inches. For additional information on fishing recommendations consult our Fishing Guidebook.
This section is closed to bait fishing. Artificial flies and lures only.
Pleasant Grove, UT
Lower Provo River
Take exit 263 off of I-15. Follow University Avenue/US-189 north for 6.9 miles. Follow US-189 up Provo Canyon for 3.0 miles. Directions to specific access points can be found on the access point pages for this water.
Depths in this section of the Provo River are seasonally variable. However, average depths range from 2 feet in riffle areas to 6 feet in pools.
Wetted widths in this section of the Provo River range from 30 to 100 feet providing for easy false casting for wading flay anglers.
The Lower Provo River above Olmstead Diversion is 5.9 miles long.
Elevations in this section range from 5,360 feet at the base of Deer Creek Reservoir Dam to 4,900 feet at Olmstead Diversion.
Fly and spinning tackle will provide anglers with excellent action for trout. Using 6X tippet or 4-6 lb test is recommended. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.
Bait is not allowed in this section of the Provo River.
Panther martins, Mepps, and other spinners fished across current can provide anglers with great action. Small shallow-diving crankbaits will also get the attention of trout in this section. Try floating lures when flows are lower. For tips on using lures go to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take me Fishing website.
For information on current flow conditions on the Lower Provo visit the Central Utah Water Conservancy District website.
For information on how moon phase and weather conditions are currently impacting fish behavior and fishing success at this location visit Weather.com.
Although this section of the river does not ice over, lower flows in winter can make fishing difficult.
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We have provided information on six distinct access points along the Lower Provo River. Wading and floating opportunities vary depending upon the access point. Click on the access point to view available access and camping amenities.
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