Willard Bay Reservoir

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Walleye and wiper fishing is really good for boat anglers. Short fishing has slowed down a lot because the water temperature is in the high 70s and fish are looking for deeper water. A few anglers have reported hot fishing during a wiper boil. Other anglers report good fishing for walleye by bouncing Rapalas off the bottom. Wipers are hitting on jigs, Rapalas, worms and mussels. Anglers have caught some good-sized catfish. The water level is low, but steady. Use caution along the eastern shorelines where the water is the lowest and rocks and sandbars are just below the water level. The north marina is five feet deep where you launch and eight feet deep in the channel. The lake itself is 10 to 15 feet deep in the middle, so there is plenty of water still.


  • 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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