Willard Bay Reservoir

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.

Latest fishing report

Fishing at Willard is fair for several species, including wipers. Be aware that Willard Bay State Park might be extremely busy during the holiday weekend. This week, we did not receive any particularly hot fishing reports from any one angler. Instead, most of the reports were of small numbers of fish being caught, but not entirely slow. One angler who was trolling this week reports catching one wiper and one walleye over the course of a two-hour-long fishing trip. Another angler fishing in the evening caught one wiper and one catfish. We also received several angler reports from people who caught wipers both from shore and by boat using all of the standard methods one might use to catch a wiper. If you'd like to learn more, check out the DWR Wiper Seminar online. If you're fishing for wipers from shore, mussels have been working well. Keep moving around and fishing different areas if you're not getting into any fish. Fishing for wipers can be hit-or-miss at times, but hooking into one of these hard-fighting fish can be highly enjoyable. The crappie bite was fair last week, with some anglers getting into a few large fish, but we did not receive any angler reports on the quality of the crappie bite this week. (Last update 05-26-18)


  • 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: Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Wiper
  • Possible catch: Bluegill, Common Carp, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Green Sunfish
  • 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