Utah fishing guide

Welcome to your key source for all fishing-related information in Utah. Discover not only the prime fishing spots but also learn about the diverse species inhabiting these waters. Stay informed about the latest fishing regulations and licensing requirements for fishing in Utah

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Lakes and reservoirs for fishing in Utah

Below are the largest and most popular lakes, reservoirs, and bays for fishing in Utah. Each Utah body of water includes information on fish species, analytics, and a map with fishing spots

Licenses for fishing in Utah

In Utah, fishing license fees vary based on age, residency status, and the duration of the license. Residents and non-residents have different pricing, and there are also special rates for disabled veterans. For more detailed information and to purchase a fishing license online, it's recommended to visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website.

Category License Type Resident Price Non-Resident Price
1-Year Fishing Age 12–13 $5.00 $10.00
  Age 14–17 $16.00 $34.00
  Age 18–64 $40.00 $94.00
  Age 65 and older $31.00 -
3-Day Fishing - $19.00 $31.00
7-Day Fishing - $30.00 $51.00
Disabled Veteran 1-Year Fishing - $12.00 -
Setline Fishing Permit (Valid with current license) $22.00 $25.00
Reciprocal Permit Flaming Gorge - $30.00

Fishing Regulations in Utah

Prohibited Gear and Fishing Methods
  • Use of explosives, poisons, or electrical devices for fishing is illegal.
  • Fishing with nets, traps, or seines is allowed only with specific permits and in designated areas.
  • Use of live fish as bait is limited in certain waters to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Snagging fish is not allowed except in designated areas during specific seasons.
  • Spearing and bowfishing are permitted for certain species in specified waters.
Catch Limits
  • Trout: Daily limit varies by area, typically 4 fish with size restrictions in some waters.
  • Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth): Daily limit of 6, with a minimum length of 12 inches in most waters.
  • Walleye: Daily limit varies by lake, often 6 fish with size restrictions.
  • Channel Catfish: Daily limit of 8, no size limit.
  • Panfish (Bluegill, Crappie, Perch): Daily limits vary, often 50 combined.
  • Northern Pike: Daily limit varies, with size restrictions in some waters.
  • Muskellunge: Daily limit of 1, minimum length of 40 inches.
  • Whitefish and Cisco: Limits vary by area, with some waters having no limits.
  • Tiger Trout: Daily limit varies, with size restrictions in some areas.
  • Kokanee Salmon: Seasonal limits apply, often with a daily limit of 4 fish.
Restrictions on Access to Water Bodies
  • Access to some waters may be restricted for environmental conservation or public safety reasons.
  • Fishing on private property requires explicit permission from the landowner.
  • Special regulations for fishing in state parks and wildlife refuges.
  • No fishing zones enforced around certain infrastructures like dams and fish hatcheries.
  • Seasonal access restrictions in certain areas for fish spawning and habitat management.
Zones of Special Regulation
  • Catch-and-release areas for certain species, especially trout.
  • Areas with gear restrictions, such as artificial lures only or fly fishing zones.
  • Slot limits for bass and other species in certain lakes and rivers.
  • Special regulations in waters with high fishing pressure or ecological sensitivity.
  • Trophy fisheries with enhanced size and bag limits in selected areas.
Protection of Rare Species
  • Fishing for endangered or threatened species is strictly prohibited.
  • Special regulations in habitats of rare or sensitive aquatic species.
  • Research fishing for rare species requires special permits.
  • Reporting accidental catches of rare species is important for conservation efforts.
  • Areas with significant ecological value may have additional fishing restrictions.
Seasonal Restrictions
  • Closed seasons for specific species during spawning or migration periods.
  • Ice fishing regulations, including shelter and gear restrictions, during winter months.
  • Seasonal closures in sensitive ecological areas for species protection and habitat restoration.
  • Temporary closures during environmental events or for population studies.
  • Special regulations for early and late fishing seasons in certain areas.

Most popular cities for fishing in Utah

The largest and most popular fishing cities in Utah. Cities in Utah include information on fishing, as well as a map with fishing spots. Explore the cities to know what fish are caught and in which bodies of water.