Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The 9 Best Fishing Spots in Utah County

The 9 Best Fishing Spots in Utah County

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.

Mountain and Lights reflected in Utah Lake

Utah Lake

The 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.

Fisherman wading into Provo River

Provo River

Located 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!

Creek with Foliage all around

American Fork Creek

Located 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.

Boy fishing from a pier

Diamond Fork River

Diamond 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 Farm

This 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.

Highland Glen Park

This peaceful pond located in Highland allows for seasonal fishing, though your catch is limited to two fish per day. However, anglers are encouraged to release all largemouth bass. There is a small boat ramp available for use. You are most likely to find rainbow trout and channel catfish. The park also features a playground, a pavilion, a beach volleyball court, and a swimming area.

Manilla Creek Park Pond

Located in the suburban Pleasant Grove community, this park is a popular destination for visitors of all ages whether or not they are looking to fish. The pond is stocked regularly with rainbow trout, brown trout, and occasionally bluegill, and anglers are encouraged to release grass carp and all bass. The pond, like that of Highland Glen Park, has a daily catch limit of two fish per day. There is a fish cleaning station on site and a marked swimming area on the beach for use during the summer months. You will need a current fishing license in order to fish at this pond.

Salem Pond

A popular destination at Christmastime for the annual tree lighting, you can also visit the community fishery at Salem Pond in the spring and summer to fish for rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass, walleye, or green sunfish. Any grass carp or bass caught must be released. Boating and swimming are available at the pond from May to October. While at the pond, you can also enjoy birdwatching, a playground, grassy picnic areas, and a walking path.

Canyon View Park Pond

This community park and fishery, located in the Spanish Fork, provides a great introduction to fishing for kids in a more controlled environment. The park has a fishing pier and only allows fishing in its pond for kids 13 and under. You are most likely to catch trout, and are encouraged to release all largemouth bass. You can also enjoy birdwatching, nature trails, walking paths, and a volleyball court.

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.