Utah Fishing

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Number of Fish Species:  68

State Sportfish (fresh):  Bonneville Cutthroat Trout

Notable Records:  a 2 lb 7oz. bluegill from Mantua Reservoir, a 25 lb northern pike from Yuba Reservoir, a 6 lb kokanee salmon from Strawberry Reservoir, a 26 lb 12oz. cutthroat trout from Strawberry Reservoir.

Fishing Regs:  To view the regulations click here or download them (right click, save as) here (Utah fishing regs).

Fishing License Info:  

  Residents Non-Residents
Annual $26.00 $70.00
1-day $8.00 $12.00
7-day $16.00 $32.00

For more license info. click here (page 6).

Quickcast:  Utah is definitely one of the drier states in the Union and whats more is it’s 1700 square mile Great Salt Lake that is devoid of fish.  Great Salt Lake is the largest non-Great Lake in the US and though millions of years ago it supported fish populations its salinity can be 7 times higher than that of the ocean and therefore no fish live there.  Bear Lake, in the north, on the other hand supports cutthroat trout and lake trout.  In the upper-central region is Lake Utah.  This lake hosts bullhead, carp, channel cats,crappie, bass and walleye.  A short distance to the east is Strawberry Reservoir where fishermen have pulled out several state records.  Some species lurking in this reservoir are cutthroat trout, kokanee and rainbows.  To the southwest is Sevier Lake which is situated amongst probably the driest part of the state and is a dry lake as a result.  Coming out of the Sevier Lake region is Sevier River which attracts fishermen to its Blue Ribbon Fishery of browns, rainbows and cutthroat trout.  Parallel to the Sevier but on the eastern side of the state is the Colorado River.  In Utah anglers hit the Colorado for catfish but there are also bass and sunfish to be had as well.  The Colorado heads south to Lake Powell where fishermen target smallmouth bass, striped bass, walleye, largemouth bass, crappie and channel cats.