Willard Bay Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Water temperatures are around 75°F and water levels are low. The boat ramp is closed. Any boaters launching in the north marina do so at their own risk. Wiper fishing continues to be steady. Anglers have caught a few crappie and a few catfish. Boaters are catching the most fish, but anglers on the south and west dikes are also catching a few. Rapalas and jigs continue to be the best for wipers. DWR officers have been doing a lot of undercover work at Willard because some people are keeping more than their limit. The South Marina has anglers every morning and night as a result of the good fishing. Thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the report.


  • Location: Box Elder County
  • Directions: Traveling north on I 15, take the exit just north of Smith & Edwards and go west following the signs or go to the Willard exit and go west.
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 9,900 acres
  • Elevation: 4,223 feet
  • Hours: Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Likely catch: Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Wiper
  • Possible catch: Bluegill, Common Carp, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: State Park with 2 boat ramps and fish cleaning stations, camping and day-use sites.
  • Handicap access: Some near marinas
  • Site description: Boat, swim, waterski, and fish on the warm waters of Willard Bay. Camp under tall cottonwood trees that frame the night sky. During winter months, Willard Bay is a wildlife watching area for nesting eagles. Two areas, North and South Marinas, offer all the amenities for a weekend at the Bay.

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