Fishing in Southern Utah
If you’re thinking of visiting Zion National Park, having a fishing pole handy is always a great idea!
If you are already in the area and forgot your equipment please feel free to stop by one of the many angler shops to pick a license and fishing supplies. Some of these area water have special regulations so please check with local bait shops or the Utah DNR. When visiting Zion Canyon you will be surrounded by many Lakes, Reservoirs, streams and creeks, and most of which have trout or bass in them. You will need a valid Utah state license that can be purchased online at: http://wildlife.utah.gov/licenses/
Please check all fishing regulations as to what types of fish are abundant and the rules and regulations of each body of water. Some areas of water have size restrictions as to what fish you can keep and take from the water. Trout is the most commonly stalked and native fish in Southern Utah. The more common species are: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout, Tiger Trout, CutBows, and small panfish are not uncommon to most waters.
Typical methods of catching trout in the Bryce area include:
- Worms- night crawlers
- Powerbait (all kinds of scents and colors)
- Fly Fishing- dry fly and nymphs
- Spinners- panther martins, Castmasters, rapala’s, bright colored spoons
- Jigs- tipped with worms, or wax worms
- Pop-Gear and a worm when trolling is always hot!
Local Fishing Reports: If you are looking for a great resource for updated fishing reports for local fisheries please feel free to visit: http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/
Top fishing destination located near by Zion Canyon National Park to try:
- Kolob Reservoir
- SandoHallow Reservior
- Lake Powell
- Mammoth Creek
- Panguitch Lake
- Pine Lake
- Yankee Meadows
- Navajo Lake
- Otter Creek Reservoir
- Duck Creek Pond, Aspen Mirror Lake
Ice Fishing- During winter months the lakes ice over with an average of 12” of hard ice. This dose not mean the fishing slow down though, in fact in most case it picks up. The fish are trying to keep their weight on to keep warm so they will eat just about anything you put in front of them. Please check ice reports for safety:http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/