DWR: Tips for stream fishing in Utah

PARK CITY, Utah— If you are ready to put the Gone fishing! sign up over the holiday weekend, consider some of these area fishing holes this season. While there are several reservoirs and ponds to explore, don’t miss out on Utah’s incredible stream and river fishing opportunities.

Some smaller streams that are worth a visit include:

  • Currant Creek in Juab and Utah counties
  • The Right and Left Forks at Huntington Creek in Emery County
  • The Right Fork of the Logan River in Cache Country
  • Mill Creek near Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County

Moderate Size streams:

  • The East Fork of the Sevier River in Piute and Sevier counties
  • Duchesne River in Duchesne County
  • Logan River in Cache County
  • Blacksmith Fork River in Cache County

Larger rivers:

  • Weber River in Weber County
  • Provo River in Utah County
  • Green River in Emery County

According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, anglers have ample opportunities to catch various trout species, including cutthroat, brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout. Additionally, the streams and rivers of Utah are teeming with mountain whitefish.

“Many of these fish can be caught fly fishing, using a variety of flies,” Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Sportfish Coordinator Randy Oplinger said in a press release. “Using nymphs can be an effective option because fish spend roughly 90% of their time feeding below the surface, which is where nymphs dwell. Dry flies and terrestrials are a lot of fun to use while fishing as well, and are often easier to fish with because you can see the fish actually taking the fly on the surface. However, they can be a more challenging option.”

Utah’s streams and rivers are still running higher than normal for this time of year, warns the DWR, due to the heavy snowpack from last winter. Anglers need to exercise caution while fishing these waterways. Stay alert and informed to make the most of your fishing experience this year.

“Remember that water tends to be swifter than it looks,” Oplinger said. “Always use caution before attempting to wade in a stream when fishing. It’s a good idea to take another person along when you are fishing or enjoying other recreational activities around water. If you are unable to bring a friend with you, always tell someone where you are going fishing and when you plan to return home.”

Visit the DWR website for additional information.

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