Blue Ribbon Fisheries

Fish Lake

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 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, Fish Lake has experienced introductions of numerous fish species, both legal and illegal, over the years. The sport fishery currently consists primarily of rainbow trout, splake, lake trout and yellow perch. A recent addition to the fishery is the tiger muskellunge, the hybrid cross between northern pike and muskellunge. Fish Lake rivals Flaming Gorge for opportunities to catch trophy lake trout. Anglers who are persistent have a good chance of catching a lake trout in the 20 to 40 pound range. In fact, the current spearfishing record for lake trout (32 lbs.) was taken at Fish Lake in 2008. The current angling record for splake (17 lbs.) was caught at Fish Lake in 2006. Fish Lake contains Eurasian watermilfoil. Anglers are encouraged to carefully clean all vegetation from boats, trailers, and other fishing equipment prior to departing this waterbody.

Waterbody type

Large coldwater lake > 200 acres

Location

Fish Lake is located in the Fishlake National Forest near Richfield, Utah. The UTM coordinates for this waterbody are 438,323.23meters east and 4,267,099.70 meters north. Decimal degree coordinates for this water are -111.707807 longitude and 38.550187 latitude.

Regulations

For current regulations, check the Utah Fishing Guidebook.

Bait restrictions

The use or possession of live baitfish and tiger salamanders while fishing is unlawful. Use or possession of corn or hominy while fishing is unlawful. Use of live crayfish for bait is legal only on the water where the crayfish is captured. It is unlawful to transport live crayfish away from the water where they were captured. Use or possession of artificial baits which are commercially imbedded or covered with fish or fish parts while fishing is unlawful. For additional information consult Section R657-13-12 of the Administrative Rules.

Nearest town

Richfield, UT

Distance to Richfield, UT

25

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Fish Lake

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Directions

From Salt Lake City, travel south on I-15. Take exit 188 onto US-50 E. Follow US-50 E for 24.4 miles. Turn right onto UT-260 S. Follow UT-260 S for 4.2 miles. Turn right onto UT-24 E. Follow UT-24 E for 33.8 miles. Turn left onto UT-25 N. Travel on UT-25 N for 10 miles.

Size

Lake is 2,500 acres in area.

Depth

Fish Lake has a maximum depth of 175 feet. The average depth of the lake is 85 feet.

Elevation

Elevation of this lake is just over 8,800 feet.


Fishing information

Sport Species

Brown trout
Common carp
Lake trout
Rainbow trout
Splake
Tiger muskie
Yellow perch

Non-Sport Species

Mottled sculpin
Utah sucker

Angling Methods

Shore
Float Tube
Motorized boat
Ice
Non-motorized boat

Suggested Tackle

Spincast, spinning, baitcast, or fly tackle can be used successfully on this water; providing angling opportunities for the novice and the specialized angler alike. Light to medium-light tackle is suitable for the rainbow trout, splake, and yellow perch that you will encounter at Fish Lake; however, medium to heavy weight tackle is recommended for Lake Trout. Sinking line is recommended when fly fishing from a tube. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website. Note that fly patterns listed in the fly matrix are designed to catch lake trout, splake, and tiger muskellunge. These patterns should be fished in larger sizes (2 through 3/0).

Suggested Bait

Cut bait from legal species, salmon eggs, night crawlers, waxworms, or mealworms will provide bait anglers with great action. For tips in the use of bait go to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Suggested Lures

Small jigs tipped with live bait or a small piece of worm below a float will provide good action for yellow perch. Anglers targeting rainbow trout or splake should utilize small spoons, spinners, or crankbaits. Soft plastics (tubes, curly-tail grubs) tipped with cut bait (shiner, chub, sucker, yellow perch) or a piece of worm also provides good action. When trolling, try popgear and a worm or traditional lures like wedding rings or needlefish. Successful lake trout anglers often troll larger lures, such as Flatfish, Davis plugs, or Rapalas, either by using downriggers or leaded line. Jigging tube jigs tipped with cut bait (shiner, chub, sucker, yellow perch) is another productive method utilized by lake trout anglers. For more information on lures go to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Fly Matrix

Click here to view the Fly Matrix

Current Water or Flow Conditions

Water levels remain fair stable throughout the year at Fish Lake.

Moon Phase and Fish Conditions

For a glimpse at how moon phase, pressure, and other environmental variables may affect the bite at Fish Lake, visit Weather.com.

Seasonal Environmental Conditions

Ice typically begins forming on Fish Lake in late December to early January. Ice off varies, but usually occurs in late March to early April. Water temperatures (oF) range from the lower 40s in spring, to the mid 60s in mid-summer, and back down to the 40s in the fall.

Fishing License Information

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Details


Fish Preparation

Read more about preparing fish on the Take Me Fishing Web site

AIS Transportation Prevention

Learn more about preventing the spread of invasive species

Catch and Release Information

Learn proper catch and release technique

Biological Report

Fish Lake report

Consumption Advisories

See current fish consumption advisories

Disease Transport

To learn more on how you can help prevent the spread of whirling disease and other pathogens visit the Protect Your Waters website.

Services Description

Bait, fuel, restaurants, and grocery items can all be found on-site at one of the three resorts present. Additional services can be found in the Fish Lake area.


Access Points

Numerous access points are available at Fish Lake. Access opportunities range from pull-offs, to day-use fee areas, to full-service marinas. We have provided information on a selection of access points at this water. Although the list is by no means complete, it is designed to provide anglers with information that may help them or their families enjoy the angling experience. Access point descriptions can be found by using the links at the bottom of the page.

Access pointCamping servicesAmenities for the disabledBoat servicesVisitor servicesOther recreation
Bowery Haven MarinaCabinsRV
RestroomsTrails/shoreline paths
RampFuel
RestroomsDrinking water
HikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingCycling
SwimmingMountain biking
Fish Lake Lodge MarinaCabinsRestroomsTrails/shoreline paths
RampFuel
RestroomsDrinking water
HikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingCycling
SwimmingMountain biking
Joe Bush Fisherman Parking AreaRestroomsRestroomsHikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingCycling
SwimmingMountain biking
Lakeside Resort MarinaCabinsRV
RestroomsTrails/shoreline paths
RampFuel
Electrical hook-upsGray water disposal
RestroomsShowers
Drinking water
HikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingCycling
SwimmingMountain biking
SR-25 Pull-outRestroomsRestroomsHikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingCycling
SwimmingMountain biking
Twin Creeks Day-use AreaPicnic tablesRestrooms
Trails/shoreline paths
RestroomsFire rings
Picnic areasDrinking water
Covered picnic areas
HikingWaterskiing
Wildlife watchingCycling
SwimmingMountain biking

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