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Best places to catch fish on free fishing day

Best places to catch fish on free fishing day

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SALT LAKE CITY — Saturday, anyone can fish without a license throughout Utah. But where are the best spots to catch fish?

Anglers will still have to abide by the fishing guidebooks and pay the state park entrance fees where they apply, but they can forego purchasing a fishing license for that day.

We've put together a list of the best and most accessible spots in Northern Utah to catch fish right now.

Utah Lake

DWR says the fishing rating at this easy-to-access lake has been hot this week. Large channel catfish are in abundance to anglers using worms or stinkbait, though a consumption advisory is in effect for the fish. The department is asking the public not to release any northern pike caught at the lake.

Wrigley Springs Reservoir


DWR reports the fishing at Wrigley is hot right now. Two anglers reported catching and releasing 100 fish last weekend, using nighcrawlers, PowerBait and marshmallows. Catch rainbow and tiger trout.

Rockport Reservoir

Catch yellow perch, rainbow trout or smallmouth bass from this reservoir just outside of Wanship. DWR recommends to start fishing early in the day using PowerBait, worms or lures.

East Canyon Reservoir

The lake was just stocked May 17 with rainbow trout, and shore anglers report catching trout and smallmouth bass with PowerBait and worms. Brown trout, black crappies and tiger trouts are also in the reservoir, though.


If your family doesn't have time to head into the mountains to fish, several ponds throughout Salt Lake and Utah valleys are reporting good fishing conditions. Kidney Pond in South Jordan, Highland Glen Park in Highland and Vivian Park Pond in Provo are all good spots for bait or lure fishing.

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Celeste Tholen Rosenlof


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