Utah Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: WARNING: The water is dangerously shallow in many areas of Utah Lake. Use extreme caution. State Parks patrol and tow vessels were recently stuck and had to be towed. They can use a Mud Buddy boat for retrieval, but that is it. There is a great possibility that if you get your boat stuck, you can be rescued, but your vessel may stay put. It will become the vessel operator's responsibility retrieve your boat by other means. In the State Park Marina, it is best to use the middle ramp on the north side of the harbor and proceed to the southwest corner of the middle dock to pick up and drop off. Currently, the end of the ramp is marked with orange buoys, but as the water level drops be careful not to back your trailer off of the end of the ramp. The water at the Lincoln Beach launch are is also dangerously low. Use extreme caution if you're launching a boat. You may want to try using a float tube to reach fishable water depths.

    Catfish are biting at depths of four to six feet. Try fishing with bait on the bottom during the early morning or late evening. Another option is to use carp or white bass meat tipped on your hook. Cooler temperatures will improve walleye fishing.

    Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 42 percent full.


  • Location: Utah County
  • Directions: Access from many locations in Utah County. The state park is three miles west of I-15, from exit 268 in Provo. For more information on conditions, call Utah Lake State Park at (801) 375-0731.
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 96,600 acres
  • Elevation: 4,500 feet
  • Hours:
  • Likely catch: Bullhead Catfish, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass
  • Possible catch:
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Restrooms, camping, fishing, picnicking, boating
  • Handicap access: Yes
  • Site description: Utah Lake is Utah's largest freshwater lake and is a popular fishing destination. It offers channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass and several different species of panfish. Utah Lake State Park provides public east shore access to the 96,600-acre lake for power boating, sailing, canoeing or kayaking, and also provides camping and day-use facilities.

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