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The Best Fishing in Utah

Looking for the best fishing in Utah? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Utah. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top fishing spots in and near Utah

  • Provo, Utah

    Backpack to Silver Lake

    4.4
    4.1 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The trail is 4.1 miles roundtrip gaining almost 1,500 feet for the duration of the adventure. Some parts are exposed, so you can get a fair amount of sun.When you're on the trail, you'll get amazing views as you’re hiking to the lake of Mount Timpanogos and American Fork Canyon. This is followed ...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Amethyst Basin via Christmas Meadows

    4.5
    12.57 mi / 2303 ft gain
    Directions: The trail leaves from the Christmas Meadows Trailhead. From Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (US 150) turn on Christmas Meadows Rd. The campground and trailhead are around 3.5 miles down the road dirt road. The road is suitable for low clearance vehicles. Trip Length: 6 miles each way + opt...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Hike and Fish Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir

    4.3
    9 mi / 4182 ft gain
    This is one of my favorite spots in the state of Utah! It is completely secluded high up on the Wasatch front. You can hike here for a nice relaxing day, an overnight camping trip, or do a little fly fishing and hook some fun little brooke and cutthroat trout. The Bell Canyon trail is one of the ...
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  • Kane County, Utah

    Beach Camp On Lake Powell's Lone Rock Beach

    4.6
    Just twelve miles north of Page, Arizona on Highway 89 across the Utah border, Lone Rock Beach is a great open beach where you can drive right up and make camp anywhere you like. There is a $10 fee to get on the beach and it can get a little busy during the summer, but it seems like you can alway...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Backpack to Bloods and Lackawaxen Lakes

    4.8
    4 mi / 1040 ft gain
    This trail is just outside of Big Cottonwood Canyon which forbids both dogs and swimming due to the Salt Lake watershed. As a result, dogs and swimming are more than welcome. Blood Lake and Lackawaxen Lake Trailhead can be reached by driving up Big Cottonwood approximately 15 miles until the tur...
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  • Vineyard, Utah

    Sunset Paddle on Utah Lake

    5.0
    Vineyard beach offers up a convenient place to get your SUP or kayak in the water. This spot is free to enter and allows for swimmers, so if you get tired or just want to hang out, this is a great spot for you. And unlike it's neighbor, Utah Lake is completely fresh water. When you head out on yo...
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  • Kamas, Utah

    Backpack to Island Lake

    5.0
    6 mi / 1000 ft gain
    You begin at the Crystal Lake trailhead off of the Mirror Lake Highway. On the way to Island Lake you pass several other lakes including, Crystal Lake and Long Lake. The hike is not too hard but there are several switchbacks at the end to get you up above the ridge where the lake is located. It ...
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  • Richmond, Utah

    Backpack to White Pine Lake, Logan

    4.5
    7.6 mi / 1344 ft gain
    You will start from the Tony Grove Lake parking lot and start hiking northeast on the White Pine Lake trailhead. The trail is roughly 3.8 miles to the lake through beautiful Quaking Aspens and Pines. The first 2.5 miles are fairly easy with a slight incline. You will then reach the top of a ridge...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Backpack to Dead Horse Lake

    5.0
    21 mi / 1400 ft gain
    Dead Horse Lake is a lightly trafficked and highly scenic route in the High Uintas Wilderness.  The trail is easy enough to do overnight but I recommend taking an extra day to explore the area around Dead Horse Lake.  From the trailhead you will hike south on the West Fork Blacks Fork trail.  The...
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  • Hanna, Utah

    Explore Grandaddy Basin

    5.0
    Grandaddy Lake is the largest lake in the High Unitas. While Grandaddy Lake can have plenty of hikers, there are over twenty lakes within a two-hour hike within the Grandaddy Basin. Most hikers don’t go beyond Grandaddy lake, making the area a fantastic area to explore and camp. Elevation in the ...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Kayak at Little Dell Reservoir

    3.8
    Located just 20 minutes from the heart of Salt Lake City, Little Dell Reservoir is the perfect quick getaway for a recreational paddler or angler.The reservoir is surrounded by mountains in Parleys Canyon, just off of Interstate 80 and along Utah State Route 65. The parking and ranger station are...
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  • Kane County, Utah

    Hike Hole in the Rock

    5.0
    Hole in the Rock is a historic site in Utah where the Mormon Pioneers had to dynamite a path down the mountain to get through to the Colorado River. The pathway at Hole in the Rock is still cleared out, and you get to hike through the path that these enduring people traveled, bringing wagons down...
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  • Lake Powell, Utah

    Hike to the Ancestral Puebloan Ruins in Forgotten Canyon

    4 mi / 200 ft gain
    The Ancestral Puebloan Ruins found up Forgotten Canyon can only be described as awe inspiring and humbling. The small adobe brick homes are known as the Defiance House. It is believed that there were a couple of families (15-20 people) who dwelled in these homes circa 1200 A.D. These ruins can ...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Backpack to Ryder Lake

    4.7
    18 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Ryder Lake is accessed via the Stillwater Trail, beginning at the Christmas Meadows Trailhead off of Mirror Lake Highway. The trail heads due south from Christmas Meadows along the Stillwater River. It winds through lodgepole pine forests and skirts alpine meadows, gradually gaining elevation. A...
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  • Oakley, Utah

    Backpack to Cutthroat Lake

    4 mi / 280 ft gain
    There isn't a trail to Cutthroat Lake so for a portion of the hike will be cross-country.  I highly recommend bringing a GPS but with intermediate route-finding skills you should be able to find your way.  We used the Gaia GPS app and this made the hike much easier.  The distance depends on the r...
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  • Kamas, Utah

    Hike to Weir Lake

    5 mi / 800 ft gain
    Weir Lake is one of many mountain lakes located in the High Uintas near Kamas, Utah. The trail can be accessed off the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway about 33 miles east of Kamas and starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead. There is a parking lot near the start of the trailhead, but expect it to be fairly...
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