Utah might be the second driest state in the nation, but because of water storage it offers plenty of great fishing destinations.
Fertile, warm-water fisheries fill lush northern valleys, eastern basins and red rock landscapes of Southern Utah. Cool streams and wild rivers descend from snowcapped mountains, feeding shimmering lakes or pausing in reservoirs where trout reach trophy proportions. Utah is a land known for sandstone icons and The Greatest Snow on Earth, yet throughout the year anglers gear up in pursuit of experiences equaled only by their passion.
In fact, Utah has more than 1,000 fishable lakes and countless fishing streams. A short walk from downtown Ogden, Utah, is a popular urban fishery while residents of the Provo-Orem metropolitan area have one of the state's finest tailwater fisheries flowing virtually into their backyard. You’ll find stunning waterways near national parks and crystal-clear rivers teaming with fish.
To help you find your new favorite fishing hole, Utah adopted Blue Ribbon designations, which identify fisheries of an extremely high quality. Sure, some are popular destinations for both proximity and potential. These rivers and lakes trace the canyons and higher elevations of the Wasatch Front, within minutes of the population corridor. Examples include the Ogden, Weber and Provo rivers or Deer Creek and Pineview reservoirs. But there's also Blue Ribbon fishing cradled by wilderness and wildness — serene and solitary landscapes where the bustle of the city is far out of sight and further out of mind — places free from stress save for threat of a break off; places shared terrestrially only with the midges and caddis, or whatever hatch is currently luring the fish out to dine.
Species range from the popular native cutthroat trout to large mackinaw and brown trout, as well as kokanee salmon, striped bass, walleye, perch, bluegill, whitefish, tiger musky, channel catfish the Bonneville cisco and more.
Catch and release is widely practiced, but in most cases harvest is both accepted and encouraged, with some size and quantity limitations. For up-to-date regulations and information both statewide and for specific waters, please consult the latest Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Utah Fishing Guide.
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Top fish species to target in Park City, UT
Park City on the Fly
Park City On The Fly is a small, locally owned Fly Fishing Guide Service, owned by Ken and Jen Mihal. We have been fishing these amazing Utah Rivers since the 90’s. Fly fishing is our passion! We spend every free moment on one river or another, exploring more undiscovered territory, chasing more, even bigger fish…or trying to get that one that got away! With every one of our vacations being a fly-fishing vacation, we know the importance of an experienced guide; we know what is important in a guide, and we are focused on giving that to you! We live in Park City Utah and have been guiding these local waters since 2001. We have spent thousands upon thousands of days on these rivers and streams fishing ourselves! Patience, attentiveness and passion are a constant in our fishing guides. We are not outfitters that are all about clocks and maximizing our numbers. We absolutely love what we do and it shows!