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Jordanelle Reservoir, UT

Popular Fish Species Jordanelle Reservoir, UT

Jordanelle Reservoir Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Jordanelle Reservoir, as they are tough fighters and exciting to catch. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Jordanelle Reservoir Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Jordanelle Reservoir is on the rise. Fish for rainbow trout here with worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, jerkbaits and small crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish. When the lake freezes over, try your luck at ice fishing.

Jordanelle Reservoir Popular Fish - Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Fishing

Jordanelle Reservoir continues to have a very healthy population of yellow perch, which have been a mainstay in the fishery for decades. Yellow perch are great table fare, and are a food source for many predator fish in the lake as well. Fishing for yellow perch is simple, their primary diet consists of minnows and other small fish, insects and worms. Yellow perch tend to gather in small groups and hang out on relatively deep structure, near cover and/or drop-offs. Use a small hook and sinker. Bait a small hook with minnows, worms or small jigs using 6 to 10 pound line. They make for an excellent fish fry, are a food source for many of the larger predator fish in the lake, and they are fun to catch in winter when ice fishing.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, yellow perch, kokanee salmon, hybrid striped bass and tiger muskie at Jordanelle Reservoir in Utah.

Jordanelle Reservoir Fishing Video

Located in Jordanelle State Park, Jordanelle Reservoir is a 3,300-acre lake, at Park City. The lake provides about 25 miles of shoreline for fishing enthusiasts to explore. The fishery is managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Jordanelle Reservoir is a beautiful reservoir located in the northeastern part of Utah, near Heber City. It was created in the 1990s as part of the Provo River Project and has since become a popular recreational destination, attracting visitors with its stunning mountain views and excellent fishing opportunities.

The reservoir offers a diverse range of fishing experiences, making it a favorite among anglers of all interests. One of the most sought-after species in Jordanelle is the trout. Rainbow trout and cutthroat trout are abundant and regularly stocked, providing anglers with ample chances to reel in these prized fish. Additionally, brown trout can be found in the reservoir, adding another exciting dimension to the trout fishing experience.

Walleye fishing is also popular in Jordanelle Reservoir. These elusive fish are known for their delicious flavor and challenging nature, making them a top choice for anglers looking for a different type of fishing experience.

Bass enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities at Jordanelle, as both largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are present in the reservoir. The rocky shorelines and submerged structures provide excellent habitats for these bass species, making it an ideal spot for bass fishing.

Kokanee salmon, a landlocked version of the sockeye salmon, is another popular species in Jordanelle Reservoir. Anglers can enjoy targeting these silver-sided fish during the warmer months, and they offer both exciting fishing action and delectable eating.

One of the unique features of Jordanelle is its population of muskie, a predatory fish known for its aggressive nature and challenging fight. Muskie fishing in the reservoir can be exhilarating, and it provides a thrilling opportunity for anglers to target a true freshwater predator.

Additionally, some sections of Jordanelle Reservoir offer opportunities for striped bass fishing. Striped bass are prized for their size and strength, and catching one can be a memorable experience for any angler.

The fishing season at Jordanelle Reservoir typically spans from spring through fall, with the best times varying depending on the species. Spring and early summer are generally ideal for trout fishing, while bass fishing can be excellent throughout the warmer months. Kokanee salmon are usually targeted during the summer, and muskie fishing can be productive in the late summer and early fall.

Jordanelle Reservoir is a versatile and picturesque fishing destination in Utah, catering to a wide range of fishing interests and providing anglers with memorable experiences amidst the stunning natural beauty of the area.

Roadways and trails encircle the lake providing access for fishing from the bank. Canoes and kayaks can be portaged from many accessible areas around the lake, and there is a paved boat launch ramp at the state park for larger pleasure and fishing boats. Anglers are attracted here in search of bass, walleye, trout, perch, salmon, hybrid stripers (wipers) and muskie. There are plenty of camping sites and RV hookups in the park, many right on the water. Keetley Walk In Campground has tent sites near the water.

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Primary fish species residing in Jordanelle Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Walleye Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Brown trout Yellow Perch Kokanee salmon Striped bass Tiger muskie

Jordanelle Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Jordanelle Rentals & Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoon boats
435 615-7397

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Jordanelle State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off W Jordanelle State Park Road, this is a seven-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Rock Cliff Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Rock Cliff Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.


Jordanelle Rentals & Marina
515 State Road 319
Heber City, UT 84032
435 615-7397

Fishing Guides On Jordanelle Reservoir

2024 TKWatersports Fishing Guide Service - bass, trout

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Fishing License

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Hailstone Campground - 435 649-9540

McHenry Campground - 435 649-9540

River's Edge RV Resort - 888 754-4049

Jordanelle Reservoir UT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Jordanelle Reservoir
Jordanelle State Park
515 UT-319
Heber City, UT 84032
435 649-9540


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