The multiple lakes and rivers that call Heber Valley home are any fisherman’s dream. Whether you are an experienced angler or just a tadpole in the pond of the fishing world, there are ample opportunities for you to experience all that Heber Valley has to offer when it comes to fishing. Here is a list of the top fishing destinations so you can find the one that best suits your needs.
Snowmelt from the Uinta Mountains creates one of the most popular fishing destinations in Utah, the Provo River. The river is separated by three sections; upper, middle and lower. The upper Provo flows from the Uintas into Trail Lake, Jordanelle Reservoir and then Deer Creek Reservoir. Provo River is a self-sustained blue-ribbon trout fishery containing fish like Cutthroat, Brook and Rainbow Trout at an average length of 18 inches. In some areas, there are as many as 3,000 or more trout per mile and you can fly fish the river year-round. Due to the length of the river, there are plenty of areas to park along Highway 40, Highway 113 and Provo Canyon.
Deer Creek & Jordanelle Reservoir
The two reservoirs that act as stops for the Provo River are some of the most popular destinations for locals and visitors alike. The unrestricted access of the reservoirs attracts many novice fishermen and their families. Between the two lakes, you can fish Black Crappie, Bluegill & Green Sunfish, Smallmouth Bass, Utah Chub, Walleye, Brown Trout, Carp, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout and Yellow Perch. These two reservoirs are also popular ice fishing destinations in the winter months.
Just 23 miles east of Heber City lies 26.2 square miles of fishing paradise. The quality of the water at Strawberry Reservoir exceeds quality standards and is one of the most productive, natural spawning habitats in the state. Rainbow Trout and Cutthroat Trout are regularly caught at up to 24 inches with the biggest Cutthroat Trout weighing in at 27 pounds in 1930! The spring and fall months are the best times of the fishing off the bank, but the reservoir is a productive fishing spot year-round.
The snowy mountains that create virtually all of the fishing destinations mentioned above is a great fishing spot itself. With over 500 natural lakes, 400 miles of streams and fish you can’t catch in other areas of the state, it’s no wonder why the Uinta Mountains attract so many fishermen every year. The cool mountain air and pure water create the perfect habitat for many populations of game fish. In these mountains you can catch fish like Tiger Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Mountain Whitefish and more. Being the most rugged and remote of the options, be prepared to hike to experience this fishing paradise.
Whether you are looking for a fun family fishing escape or a professional fishing experience, Heber Valley is the ultimate destination when it comes to fishing. Make sure you review the updated 2019 Utah Fishing Laws & Rules and get the proper fishing license and equipment before you embark on your fishing adventure in Heber Valley! So grab your gear and head to Heber Valley this year for an experience you won’t forget.