Fishing Between The Mighty 5
Anglers overlook Southern Utah as a fishing destination inappropriately assuming red rock country and fish don’t get along. Big mistake. It's easy to fish on your way, or in between visits, to Utah’s national parks and monuments!
As the second driest state in the country, Utah sure has a lot of fishing opportunities. Many anglers overlook Southern Utah as a fishing destination inappropriately assuming red rock country and fish don’t get along. Big mistake. Reservoirs created for water storage make great fisheries and the streams coming out dams provide excellent tailwater fishing.
From colorful varieties of trout in unexpected high mountain lakes to state record bass in low country reservoirs, visitors with a penchant for fishing can wet their lines in a variety of scenic locations.
Fishing on your way, or in between visits, to Utah’s national parks is easy. Make a quick stop for an hour of casting or spend a couple of days at a Utah State Park campground or a resort near the lake.
You don’t need to be an expert or have expensive gear to enjoy fishing on the Road to the Mighty Five. But you do need a fishing license. Visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website for information about purchasing a license.
Fishing with bait is allowed at most Utah fisheries, but there are some special regulations to note in certain locations; make sure to check for special regulations on waters you plan to fish during a trip.
Native Utahn Brett Prettyman grew up exploring the natural wonders of the state and shared them public as an outdoor writer and columnist with the state’s largest newspaper, The Salt Lake Tribune, for 25 years. Brett Prettyman is the author of "Fishing Utah," "Best Easy Day Hikes Capitol Reef Reef National Parks" and is the Intermountain Communications Director for Trout Unlimited. When not covering stories, and sometimes while doing it, he can be found discovering new Utah adventures with family and friends. He also has his own Utah Bucket List. @BrettPrettyman on Twitter
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