Utah Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Good
  • Conditions: Water levels continue to drop, and the lake is very shallow in many places. Please use caution when launching your boats. The American Fork boat launch has two feet of water (or less) in the harbor. Many areas are inaccessible due the low water levels. Boats can still launch out of Lincoln Beach, but try staying in the middle of the channel. Anglers are reporting water levels at 7.5 feet near Bird Island, so be aware when approaching it. We've also heard that vehicles can access the rock shelf near the springs. Anglers who use nightcrawlers on the bottom early in the morning or late at night are catching plenty of catfish. You may want to try tipping your hooks with carp or white bass meat. White bass have been very active in the early-morning hours. They are near the boat ramps and biting on small tube jigs. Carp are still active and have been seen in shallow areas around the shore. Water temperatures are hovering around 75°F at midday. Mosquitoes are out in full force, so take some bug repellent when you're out. Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 55 percent full.


  • Location: Utah County
  • Directions: Access from many locations in Utah County. The state park is three miles west of I-15, from exit 268 in Provo. For more information on conditions, call Utah Lake State Park at (801) 375-0731.
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 96,600 acres
  • Elevation: 4,500 feet
  • Hours:
  • Likely catch: Bullhead Catfish, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass
  • Possible catch:
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Restrooms, camping, fishing, picnicking, boating
  • Handicap access: Yes
  • Site description: Utah Lake is Utah's largest freshwater lake and is a popular fishing destination. It offers channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass and several different species of panfish. Utah Lake State Park provides public east shore access to the 96,600-acre lake for power boating, sailing, canoeing or kayaking, and also provides camping and day-use facilities.

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