Get a line, get a pole; Great fishing forecasted for Memorial weekend

A largemouth bass caught at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, December, 2013 | Photo by Michael Hadley courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

SOUTHERN UTAH – Anglers in Utah are in for a special treat Memorial Day weekend. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources forecasts great fishing over the holiday weekend.

“Statewide, this year should provide some of the best fishing we’ve ever seen in Utah,” said Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, “fishing at some of the state’s waters will be as good as it’s ever been.”

The following locations will offer the best fishing for Southern Utahns as they head out with their bait, line and pole.

Panguitch Lake

Panguitch Lake is an ideal spot for catching cutthroat and tiger trout that can reach up to 24 inches in length, Cushing said. The Lake is also stocked with rainbow trout.

Lake Powell

Warm water fish, such as walleye, can be found at Lake Powell.

“Walleye fishing at Lake Powell is red hot right now,” Cushing said.

Cushing suggested using nightcrawlers as bait and findong the depth at which the walleye are biting and stick to that depth, he said.

Black bass and striper fishing should also be good at Lake Powell over the holiday weekend.

Sand Hollow Reservoir

By Memorial Day weekend, the water at Sand Hollow Reservoir should be warm enough to get bluegill and largemouth bass really active, said Cushing.

According to Cushing, bluegill is a great species of fish for kids to be able to catch, as they should be close to the shore this time of year.

Heading north

For anglers looking to head to northern Utah for the holiday, Cushing suggested Starvation Reservoir, Strawberry Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir, East Canyon Reservoir, Willard Bay, and Utah Lake.


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