Once the last of the snow has melted and the ponds, rivers, and lakes are no longer frozen over, it is officially fishing season in Utah County. Whether a novice or an expert, and no matter what you are hoping to catch, there is a fishing spot in the area that is sure to meet your needs. Check with each location regarding hours, rules, permits, and catch limits before your visit.
Utah LakeThe water quality at this spot might not be as pristine as at some of the other spots on this list, making it less than ideal for swimming, but that does not mean it is not worth a visit. This lake is known for more hardy species of fish that can withstand the environment of the lake, so be on the lookout for plenty of catfish and bass. The lake has about 70 miles of shoreline, with most fishing spots easily accessible via a short walk or hike. There are also roughly half a dozen boat ramps located around the lake.
Provo RiverLocated in Provo Canyon, the Provo River is widely considered to be one of the top fishing spots in Utah and is a must-visit when you are in the area. It is one of the most-fished rivers in the state. The river is split into two regions—upper and lower—and both are extremely popular, which may mean more crowds on weekends and warm-weather days. You are likely to find dense schools of large brown and rainbow trout here. Locals recommend checking this spot out in the spring, before the fish populations become too depleted or the crowds become overwhelming. Make sure you dress warm! The water is cold!
American Fork CreekLocated within American Fork Canyon as part of the Tibble Fork Reservoir, American Fork Creek is a great spot to introduce your kids to stream fishing. This is a mild-flowing stream and is regularly stocked—rainbow and brown trout are common catches here. If you make a visit early in the spring when snow is still melting, use caution as the water levels may be higher than usual. If you are more interested in lake fishing or would just enjoy a change of scenery, you can explore fishing at other parts of Tibble Fork Reservoir while you are in the area.
Diamond Fork RiverDiamond Fork River, located in Spanish Fork Canyon is already a very popular camping destination, making it a logical visit for fishing enthusiasts as well. You are likely to find brown trout or cutthroat trout here, and it is a highly recommended spot for fly fishermen as well, so long as they proceed carefully. If you visit in early spring, the river and its surroundings may be too muddy and therefore slippery. Summertime is perfect for a weekend of camping and fishing in the river. It is located off of Diamond Fork Road just off of U.S. Highway 6.
Spring Lake Trout FarmThis hatchery and fish farm is perfect for someone who would prefer a more controlled fishing environment and a guaranteed catch at the end of the day—a great stop for families with kids looking to try fishing for the first time. Located in Payson, they have been in business since 1912. They offer fishing at $6 a pound, which includes the use of equipment, bait, and cleaning and filleting your catch. If you prefer catch and release, you can enjoy fishing for $5 per person per hour. No license is required and no catch limits are in place.
Fishing is a great outdoor activity for the whole family when the weather is nice; it is peaceful and allows you to spend time in nature. It is a great opportunity to teach kids about wildlife as well as helping them develop a sense of patience. Utah County is full of wonderful fishing spots that are perfect for you and your friends and family.