Willard Bay Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Anglers report great fishing. Boaters are catching lots of wipers (often four-pounders). There are still a few walleye biting here and there, but not many. Shore anglers are catching a few crappie. Anglers seem to have the best success early in the morning or late in the evening. DWR's Aquatics Biologist Chris Penne had a great day fishing Willard on Sunday afternoon. He fished from his kayak and caught four wipers while trolling with lipless crankbaits and a plastic grub. The fish were about 10-12 feet deep on the west side of the reservoir. Many thanks to Chris Penne and Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the reports.


  • 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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