- Rating: Good
- Conditions: The ice thickness varies from 14 to 18 inches across the lake. There are some areas of slush that you should watch out for. Most anglers are finding good to fast fishing, but a few are having a tougher time. If fishing is slow for you, move around — especially away from spots with a lot of anglers — until you find more active fish. Fishing is still good to excellent for perch and small trout near the weedline in 15 to 25 feet. You can catch larger rainbows and splake at depths of 25 to 35 feet on the bottom or suspended at the same depths over deep water. Remember: There is no limit for perch at Fish Lake and any perch you catch can be disposed of in any manner. Anglers are encouraged to remove as many perch from the lake as they can. You can catch lake trout on the bottom in 70 to 100 feet of water, but it requires a lot of patience. Sonar can be very helpful in deep water, whether you're fishing on the bottom or suspended. Good ice may last through the rest of the month, but it's worth calling the Fish Lake Lodge at 435-638-1000 before you go to check current conditions.
- Location: Sevier County, southeast of Richfield
- Directions: 40 miles southeast of Richfield via SR-24 and SR-25
- Type: Fishing
- Size: 2,500 acres
- Elevation: 8,845 feet
- Hours: No restrictions
- Likely catch: Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Splake
- Possible catch: Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Tiger Muskellunge
- Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
- Site amenities: Forest Service campgrounds, three marinas with stores, gas, lodging, boat rentals, launching ramps and fish cleaning stations
- Handicap access: A few points along the shoreline trail
- Site description: Fish Lake is a natural lake where the water level can be regulated, to a small extent, by a control structure at the outlet. The lake covers approximately 2,500 acres, has an average depth of 55 feet, and has a maximum depth of 117 feet.
The lake is one of the most popular fisheries in the state, consistently providing 80,000 to 100,000 angler hours of recreation each year and supporting three marinas. The fishery has changed significantly over the years, originally containing only native cutthroat trout and sculpin.
Numerous introductions, both legal and illegal have taken place over the years. The sport fishery currently consists primarily of rainbow trout, splake, mackinaw or lake trout and yellow perch. A recent addition to the fishery is the tiger musky, the hybrid cross between northern pike and muskellunge. Tiger muskies made their way to Fish Lake via the intentional stocking by the Division of Wildlife into Johnson Reservoir which is located about seven miles downstream from Fish Lake.
Sport fishing opportunities and success varies seasonally at Fish Lake. The lake is very popular with ice-fishers and receives heavy ice-fishing pressure as soon as it freezes over and the ice is safe, usually around the 1st of January. Following ice-out, there is great fishing for splake, most commonly taken by jigging near the weedline. Fishing at night with a dead minnow in early spring can also be effective for splake. By the end of June, splake fishing gets more difficult, and fishing for rainbow trout picks up. Powerbait and worms will work for rainbow trout.
If you have a boat, trolling with popgear and a worm is effective. Best fishing is from a boat but some shore fishing is available in the Joe Bush area, near Lakeside Marina and at the mouth of Twin Creek. Twin Creeks (the stream) is closed to fishing. If nothing else is biting, cast a small piece of worms below a float to catch some small but tasty perch.
There are many other fishing and recreational opportunities in the area. Other fishing spots nearby include Mill Meadow and Forsyth reservoirs for a chance at some nice hybrid trout. Koosharem Reservoir has produced some outstanding rainbows and cutthroat the past two years. The area also offers an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities. Osprey, deer, elk and moose are commonly seen in the Fish Lake basin.