Southern Utah has hundreds of lakes and rivers that are annually filled with fish. For the avid fisherman, there is no better place to enjoy the sport. A complete list of fishing locations is beyond the scope of this blog, so we’ll concentrate on our five favorite lakes and rivers (in no particular order) all of which are fairly close to the Lodge.
1. Virgin River The Virgin is responsible for creating the remarkable slot canyons in Zion National Park. The best fishing is along the north fork of the river, just below Navajo Lake. Rainbow trout are the most common catch. This spot is popular with fly fishermen.
2. Sand Hollow Reservoir This is one of the state’s premier fishing destinations. The Sand Hollow State Park is really a continuation of the geological formations of Zion National Park, making it a beautiful location. Modern facilities are found on the lakefront. Expect to find mostly bass and bluegill.
3. Pine Lake Pine Lake is a small, natural lake teeming with rainbow trout. Pine Lake is a great setting for a remote, weekend mountain retreat. The forest service maintains a campground by the lake, complete with running water. Pine Lake lies off Highway 22, near Bryce Canyon National Park.
4. Boulder Mountain Lakes The Boulder has over 80 lakes and reservoirs, and scores of quick alpine streams, making it a sportsman’s haven. Locals claim it is the best fishing spot in the state. Brook and cutthroat trout have the highest populations in most of the lakes. Campgrounds and basic facilities are found at the popular locations. Boulder Mountain is close to Capital Reef National Park.
5. Fish Lake and Johnson Reservoir These two lakes are part of the Fish Lake National Forest. They are some of the most popular fishing spots in Utah. Fish Lake and Johnson host a variety of stocked species, including splake and cutthroat, rainbow, brown and brook trout. The aspen leaves in the fall make these lakes even more spectacular.
There are great fishing opportunities everywhere in the state, but we maintain the best of the best, are in Southern Utah. More information on fishing locations can be found by contacting the Utah’s Fish and Wildlife Service.