Southern Utah has hundreds of lakes and rivers. The Department of Wildlife Resource regularly stocks many of these with fish. This means that this area is fisherman’s paradise. And we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch want to share that paradise with you. This is a list of our top 5 Best Utah Fishing Spots (in no particular order) that are fairly close to the Lodge.
Sand Hollow Reservoir This is one of the state’s most beautiful fishing locations. Sand Hollow State Park contains much of the same geology as Zion National Park. Modern facilities are found on the lakefront. Expect to find bass and bluegill. And don’t forget the Jet Skis.
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.
Boulder Mountain Lakes Boulder Mountain has over 80 lakes and reservoirs, making it easy to hike from lake to lake. Campgrounds and basic facilities are maintained at the most popular locations. Boulder Mountain is close to Capital Reef National Park. Expect to catch large brook and cutthroat trout in these lakes.
Pine Lake Pine Lake is a small, natural lake teeming with rainbow trout. Pine Lake is a great setting for a weekend retreat. The National Forest Service maintains a campground by the lake, with potable running water. Pine Lake is located off Highway 22, near Bryce Canyon National Park. If you want a remote, secret fishing hole, this is it. You can find brook and brown trout here.
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, and for a good reason. Fish Lake and Johnson Reservoir are stocked with 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. Grab dinner at the Fish Lake Lodge.
Of course, there are many more great fishing opportunities in the state. But these are some good ones. For more information on fishing locations visit Utah’s Fish and Wildlife Service.