Willard Bay Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Fishing has been spotty. On good days, most people are catching their limits, and on slow days, they aren't catching many fish at all. Crappie have come on pretty strong with the warmer weather. Many people are limiting out. The best crappie fishing has been along the shoreline. The marinas are producing a few fish but the water is very shallow. Walleye fishing is still steady. Wipers have slowed down a bit, but anglers are still catching some from the shore and boats. Many thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the report.


  • 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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