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Utah Lake State ParkUtah Lake State Park is situated on the shore of the state’s largest freshwater lake. The lake covers 96,600 acres, although low the last few years the lake is now full. The lake isn’t very deep, averaging 10 feet in depth.

There are many activities to do on the lake, fishing being one of the most popular. There are a number of species in Utah Lake. Catfish and Walleye are the most frequently pursued versions of fish. Walleye can be caught all season long, although spring and fall are the most productive times. Throwing jigs or crankbaits around Lincoln Beach, Bird Island or the Geneva Bubble-Up is the best way to fill your creel with these delicious fish. Tube jigs, or small whistler jigs tipped with dead minnows both work well, as do trolling Wally Divers behind planer boards. Be sure and check out Basspro.com for their selection of lures.

There have been some rather large catfish taken out of Utah Lake. Night fishing can often be quite productive. Catfish can be caught all over the lake, find someplace with some weeds or likely looking cover. Throw out a pungent bait like shrimp, carp meat, or some type of processed stink bait. If you don’t catch fish soon move to a new spot, keeping mobile isn’t a bad tactic when looking for big catfish. Don’t spend any more than ½ hour at a non-productive spot.

Bullheads, Bluegill, and White Bass are also caught in the lake, these can all be found near weedbeds. Throw out worms or small jigs tipped with worms. If you Boat Rampsaren’t catching them off the bottom, try under a bobber or float.

The state park has several very nice boat ramps, the marina has plenty of places to tie off while you park the truck. Personal watercraft and other boating accessories can be rented at the marina as well, call Watercraft and Boating Accessory Rentals465-4741 to reserve them in advance. There are many picnic areas available as well, as opposed to the campsites the picnic areas are nicely shaded and well spaced. Day use for the park is $9.00, this is for picnicking or launching a boat.

The Lakeshore campground has 54 sites, Lakeshore Campgroundpretty much none with any natural shade. With the absence of any real shade most of the campsites have an awning. This lack of natural cover also ensures that there is no privacy to any of the sites, you will get to know your neighbors. Regardless, the sites are all nicely maintained and the bathrooms are nearby and clean. Each site features a picnic table, fire ring and grill. During the peak summertime season, reservations are Lakeshore Campgroundrecommended. Single sites are $17.00 per night, with a $7.00 reservation fee.

The Provo River Trail is nearby as well, this paved trail is a nice diversion for folks looking to bicycle, hike or just plain old stroll along the river.

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cover   Utah Atlas and Gazetteer
by DeLorme (Editor)

Book Description
Rely on the Utah Atlas & Gazetteer for the utmost in trip planning and 
backcountry access. Contains topographic maps with unbeatable 
detail, plus gazetteer information on great places to go and things to do. 
Scale equals 1:250,000 or 1"=4 miles. Contour Interval is 300'. Each 
page covers 37 miles... Read more

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Travel Smart: Utah

Hidden Salt Lake City and Beyond: Including Park City, Deer Valley, Alta and Snowbird

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A Guide to Non-Typical Catfish Fishing Techniques Part III

Fishing the Cracks for Crappie

 

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