Utahns are known to fish year-round throughout the state no matter the weather. But, with the recent warmer weather, Memorial Day weekend, and the upcoming Free Fishing Day on June 8, locals who cannot bear the cold and ice are starting to prepare for a summer of fishing.

According to Larry Culley of Jans Mountain Recreation Experts, Summit County is home to some of the best fishing in the world. Local water areas are easily accessible and stocked by Utah production hatcheries with thousands of sport fish, including rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, cutthroat, kokanee salmon, and many more.

With 10 different hatcheries in Utah, the UDWR stocks the state's streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs with over 12 million fish and generates an estimated $390 million for the economy of the state.

A fishing license is required to fish. There are also important regulations regarding particular categories of fish, bait, and fishing areas.

If you are a resident, you can purchase a one-day pass for $8 or a one-year license for $26. Licenses can be purchased at local fishing shops or online at the UDWR website.

For fly fishing along the Provo or Weber rivers, Culley recommends getting solid gear and starting out with a friend or a guide.

"You'll need a basic fly rod setup, which consists of a rod, a reel, a line, and some leaders and tippet. You'll want a box for flies and maybe a net," Cully said. "The price sometimes discourages people to fly fish, but it's like anything.


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You can easily buy a $6,500 mountain bike, or you can get a bike for $650 and be happy with that. It's the same with fly fishing. A nominal price to have everything you need is around $200-$250, and you'll have all the gear you need to have an entire summer of fishing."

Summit County is also lucky enough to have several Blue Ribbon fishing areas such as the Jordanelle Reservoir, Middle Provo River, Lower Provo River, Weber River (from Echo to Wanship), and the Strawberry Reservoir.

Other nearby reservoirs include Deer Creek Reservoir, Rockport Reservoir, Echo Reservoir, and East Canyon Reservoir. The reservoirs are stocked with rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass.

To see the current local fishing hotspots, go to the Division of Wildlife Resources' website at http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/ June 8 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. A fishing license is not needed to fish in the state that day. Extra fish will be placed in lakes and reservoirs prior to the Free Fishing Day.