Fishing for beginners
How to get started
Fishing is a fun, relaxing activity at Utah's beautiful lakes and rivers. You can spend quality time outdoors with family and friends or enjoy nature in scenic solitude. If you've ever wanted to try fishing, here are the resources and links you need to get started.
Learn to fish
Check out TakeMeFishing.org's online beginner's guide, which provides detailed, step-by-step explanations and videos. You'll also find great tips and techniques by attending Utah DWR fishing events and clinics and reading fishing articles on our website. Kids can learn to fish by enrolling in fishing clubs at Utah's community ponds.
Buy a fishing license
In Utah, everyone under the age of 12 can fish for free! You will need to buy a Utah fishing or combination license if you are 12 or older. Fishing licenses are available online, and at retail stores. Once you have a license, you can store it on your phone with our convenient Utah Hunting & Fishing app.
Know the rules and regulations
The Utah Fishing Guidebook contains the rules you need to know before you start fishing — including special regulations for certain waterbodies. If you want or need to release the fish you catch, here are some helpful catch-and-release tips.
Plan your fishing trip
Want to find a fishing spot close to home — or maybe up in the mountains? Know what baits, lures and flies to bring? We've made it easy to find the fishing experience you're looking for!
You'll find great places to fish in reservoirs, lakes and rivers throughout Utah. On our Fish Utah map, you can search by waterbody name, species type and more. Fishing is a favorite activity at Utah's state parks, community ponds and Blue Ribbon Fisheries.
Sign up to receive emails about fishing forecasts at many popular waterbodies, and visit the online fish stocking report to see the latest details about where and when we've stocked fish around the state!
Check out our fun, info-packed blog posts for more information about learning to fish and for insights about where to go and what to catch!
Work on your fishing skills
These useful tips and videos from TakeMeFishing.org cover many of the basic skills involved in fishing. Take a few minutes to watch them when you're getting started!
- How to tie basic fishing knots
- Best freshwater bait and lures
- How to cast a line and catch fish
- How to release a fish
- Learn more about fly fishing
- The basics of ice fishing
- More about fishing gear and tackle
Cook your catch
These mouthwatering recipes provide a variety of delicious ways to prepare the fish you catch and keep!