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Guide to top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in UT.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Bear Lake, Fish Lake, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, Lake Powell, Pineview Reservoir, Strawberry Reservoir and Utah Lake are the most popular places for fishing in Utah, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species, including via ice fishing in winter.

  • Bear Lake, UT
  • Deer Creek Reservoir, UT
  • Fish Lake, UT
  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir, UT
  • Jordanelle Reservoir, UT
  • Lake Powell, UT
  • Otter Creek Reservoir, UT
  • Scofield Reservoir, UT
  • Starvation Lake, UT
  • Strawberry Reservoir, UT
  • Utah Lake, UT

Utah offers a wide variety of fishing lakes, each with its unique characteristics and fish species. The state has both warm water and cold water lakes, providing excellent opportunities for anglers to pursue their favorite catches. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about the best fishing lakes in the state, and the species found in each lake.

Warm water lakes in Utah are known for their diverse fish populations, including popular species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, black crappie, yellow perch, and bluegill. These lakes often have water temperatures that are conducive to the thriving populations of warm-water fish. Utah Lake, for example, is a renowned warm water lake where anglers can target largemouth bass and walleye, among other species.

On the other hand, Utah also boasts cold water lakes that are famous for trout fishing. These pristine lakes, fed by mountain streams and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, are home to species like rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and brown trout. Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Strawberry Reservoir are two prime examples of cold water lakes that attract trout enthusiasts from near and far.

Some lakes in Utah can even transition between warm and cold water fisheries, supporting a rich variety of species throughout the year. This diversity of fishing lakes makes Utah a paradise for anglers of all preferences and levels of expertise. Whether you're after bass, trout, or other gamefish, there's a Utah fishing lake waiting to offer you a memorable and rewarding fishing experience.

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Deer Creek Reservoir, Fish Lake, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, Lake Powell, Otter Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir, Starvation Lake, Strawberry Reservoir and Utah Lake are considered the best options for largemouth and smallmouth bass. More...


Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Lake Powell, The Colorado River and Utah Lake are favorite options for channel catfish. More...


East Canyon Reservoir, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Holmes Creek Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, Lake Powell and Utah Lake are the most popular for black crappie. More...

Perch, Sunfish & Panfish

Lake Powell, Sand Hollow Reservoir and Utah Lake are popular spots to fish for bluegill, perch and other sunfish. More...


Deer Creek Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, Lake Powell, Starvation Lake and Utah Lake are considered the top locations for walleye fishing. More...


Bear Lake, Deer Creek Reservoir, Fish Lake, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Lake Powell, Navajo Reservoir, Otter Creek Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir, Starvation Lake and Strawberry Reservoir are the favorite options for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown, golden and lake trout. More...

Striped Bass & Hybrid Stripers

Lake Powell is the best option for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Visit the Utah fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the Utah map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations.


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