There are few scenes as satisfying as standing knee-deep in waders in a stream, casting a line into the creek, angling for the flash of a rainbow trout.
Southern Utah waters are filled with trout species like cutthroat, rainbow, brown, and brook, as well as splake. June is one of the best times to go fishing in Utah, but the season is extended into the fall months because we are a bit further South. Our local spot, Duck Creek Pond, offers prime camping, fall fishing, and an abundance of the rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout.
Here are three other destination hotspots that we highly recommend for fall fishing outings.
Fishing Destination #1: Navajo Lake
Utah’s DNR says this lake is “one of the best splice fisheries in Utah.” You’ll be most likely to haul in a good catch by venturing out into Navajo Lake via boat. Rainbow trout and tiger trout are also common catches. And don’t forget to take a look around! Navajo Lake is surrounded by Dixie National Forest’s pinyon-juniper trees and rolling hills. It’s a relatively small reservoir and only reaches depths of about 25 feet.
Fishing Destination #2: Sevier River
The Sevier River offers two fishing spots: the East Fork and the West Fork. The East Fork contains rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. River access points are dotted along U-22 from Antimony or Bryce Canyon; the best section is a tailwater fishery below Otter Creek Reservoir. The West Fork is more accessible – with rainbow, brown, cutthroat trout, whitefish, carp, and suckers, and is best reached via highway 89 between Hatch and Circleville.
Fishing Destination #3: Panguitch Creek & Lake
The sprawling expanse of Panguitch Creek and Lake can be reached via Hwy 148 to Hwy 143 and is ideal for summer and fall fishing. Cutthroat and rainbow trout are frequent catches in these pristine water bodies that flow from Dixie National Forest. Wild brown trout are found along the lower section of the creek.
Traveling in and need a set-up? Local outfitters can supply maps and fishing licenses. We like local guys, Fremont River Guides, who are familiar with the Brian Head and Duck Creek areas.