Willard Bay Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Fishing is good at Willard Bay, especially for boaters. Most anglers on boats are catching limits of wipers. There haven't been many boaters out on the reservoir, but those who are out are catching good-sized wipers. Many are bottom bouncing, using jigs or spinners. Freeway Bay is a good spot to fish, as well as near the light tower. (Note: the light tower is currently down, but it will be replaced once the dike construction is finished.) Shore anglers report fair fishing if you can find a deeper spot to cast to. There are some no trespassing signs in the inlet (by the chainlink fencing). Please stay out of this area and obey the signs, or you will receive a trespassing citation.


  • 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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