Southern Utah has hundreds of lakes and rivers that are regularly stocked with fish. This means that we live in a fisherman’s paradise. And we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch want to share that paradise with you. A complete list of Southern Utah 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.
Boulder Mountain Lakes Boulder Mountain has over 80 lakes and reservoirs. Locals claim it is the best fishing spot in the state. Brook and cutthroat trout are likely to be found here. Campgrounds and basic facilities are maintained at the most popular locations. Boulder Mountain is close to Capital Reef National Park.
Sand Hollow Reservoir This is one of the state’s best 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 bass and bluegill.
Pine Lake Pine Lake is a small, natural lake teeming with rainbow trout. Pine Lake is a great setting for a remote, weekend retreat. The National Forest Service maintains a campground by the lake, complete with running water. Pine Lake lies off Highway 22, near Bryce Canyon National Park.
Virgin River The Virgin is responsible for creating the remarkable scenery in Zion National Park. The best fishing on the Virgin is found on the north fork of the river, just below Navajo Lake. Rainbow trout are the most common catch.
Fish Lake and Johnson Reservoir These two lakes are part of the Fish Lake National Forest. They are among the most popular fishing spots in Utah. Fish Lake and Johnson Reservoir host a variety of species, including splake, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout 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.