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Park City, UT

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.

Basic Info
  • 36° 11° Dec-Feb
  • 55° 25° Mar-May
  • 80° 44° Jun-Aug
  • 59° 27° Sep-Nov
Provo River, Deer Creek Reservoir, Green River, Flaming Gorge, Mirror Lake, High Uintas
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Park City, UT

Brown Trout

Large dark spotting pattern makes this fish stand out against the other trouts. They can be tough to catch and strong. Look for fall runs.

Cutthroat Trout

These fish look similar to Rainbows but with more spotting and the distinctive red slash near the throat.

Kokanee Salmon

Land locked Sockeye Salmon, fast powerful fighters.

Lake Trout

Freshwater char also known as Mackinaw, found mostly in northern North American lakes.

Mountain Whitefish

Favoring cold clear water, these small cylindrical fish mostly inhabit mountain lakes and streams.


Small but mighty, a carnivorous fish with rough scales.

Striped Bass

Stripers are easily identified by dark horizontal stripes across a silvery body. They can grow to more than 48 inches, weigh over 50 pounds and live up to 30 years.

Tiger Muskie

Hybrid offspring of a muskie and northern pike, sometimes known as the fish of 10,000 casts.


Olive and gold in color, Walleyes are native to Canada and the Northern US. They have good vision and thus feed most in low visibility water conditions.

More Park City Outfitters

Fishing with Western Rivers Flyfisher in Salt Lake City

Western Rivers Flyfisher

Salt Lake City, UT

Fly-fishing in Utah and with Western Rivers Flyfisher is a unique fly-fishing experience. From the diversity in wild trout rivers and streams Utah has, to our scenic vistas that we are known for, Utah and Western Rivers has something for everyone who enjoys being outside and fishing with a fly rod. Our Guiding: Many of the fly fishing guide trips these days are run more like a boot camp than a fishing vacation. For example, a full day trip means precisely eight hours of fishing and a half day trip will get you four hours of fishing. Fortunately for you, that’s just not our style. We like to think that we are on your trip, not some predetermined schedule that doesn’t necessarily match the hatch. We are more interested in teaching the many diverse methods of fly fishing, understanding water hydraulics (why fish hold where they do), aquatic entomology, different floral and fauna, fly casting, stream-side etiquette, and how to really enjoy all of the little things that make a guided trip so enjoyable. Fly fishing has much more to offer than just catching fish and that is what we try to bring out in a day on the water. The wildlife and beautiful surroundings of riparian areas are a special place and should not be taken for granted. Not every day is a twenty fish day, but every day spent fishing should be rewarding and enjoyable. We love the days when we are releasing fish after fish and laughing out loud. But we get just as big a thrill from teaching new tricks to seasoned anglers on a slow day, or sharing our knowledge and insight of the area with our guests. We are successful as guides when you have a satisfying day of fishing, regardless of how many fish were brought to hand.

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