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Deer Creek Reservoir, UT

Popular Fish Species Deer Creek Reservoir, UT

Deer Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Deer Creek Reservoir. Fishing for smallmouth bass is particularly good anytime they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow-running crankbaits around rip rap. Other good baits include worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass can also be caught here.

Deer Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

This year, fishing for rainbow trout in Deer Creek Reservoir is on the rise. October and November are good months to catch trout here, especially around the Provo River. Catching rainbow trout here often involves using worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, and crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish.

Deer Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Walleye

Walleye Fishing

The outlook for this year is very good for walleye as a healthy population of walleye are now thriving in the waters of Deer Creek Reservoir this year. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, especially around the area where the Provo River flows into the lake. Walleye tend to concentrate on flats and ledges off the river channels. The best results for catching walleye here is most often by trolling or casting live bait, jigs, worms, spoons and deep-diving crankbaits.

Deer Creek Reservoir Fishing Video

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill and yellow perch at Deer Creek Reservoir in Utah.

Blessed with a nice mix of fish species, Deer Creek Reservoir is a 3,000-acre lake in the northeast corner of the state, at Charleston. It is six miles long with eighteen miles of shoreline.

Deer Creek Reservoir is a beautiful body of water located in the Wasatch Range of Utah. Situated near the town of Heber City, it is easily accessible and a popular spot for fishing and outdoor activities.

Fishing at Deer Creek Reservoir is a favorite pastime for both locals and visitors. The reservoir is home to a variety of popular fish species, making it an appealing destination for anglers of all skill levels. Among the most sought-after catches are largemouth bass, known for their size and aggressive nature, and smallmouth bass, prized for their fighting abilities. Walleye, with their delicious and delicate flesh, are also abundant in the reservoir.

Besides bass and walleye, Deer Creek Reservoir is home to black crappie, yellow perch, and bluegill. These species offer diverse fishing opportunities, ensuring there's always something biting no matter the time of year.

The best time to fish at Deer Creek Reservoir depends on the species you're targeting. Spring and early summer are ideal for bass fishing when the water temperatures start to rise, and the fish become more active. Walleye, on the other hand, tend to be more active during the colder months of fall and early winter.

Most of the time, fishing can range from good to very good for bass, trout, walleye and perch. Fishing from the bank can be good around the lake most anywhere anglers can find access. In winter, ice fishing can be good for walleye, perch, crappie and trout. Boating access is available at Deer Creek State Park on the south end of the lake, and at Deer Creek Island Resort on the east side.

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Primary fish species residing in Deer Creek Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Rainbow Trout Brown trout Bluegill Yellow Perch

Deer Creek Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

Today's Weather & Forecast

Apart from fishing, Deer Creek Reservoir provides a perfect setting for boating and camping. The clear waters and surrounding natural beauty make it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking relaxation and adventure. Whether you're an avid angler or looking for a family-friendly fishing experience, Deer Creek Reservoir offers a little something for everyone in the heart of Utah's scenic landscape.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Deer Creek Cove Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and canoes
435 654-2155

Deer Creek Island Resort
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats
435 654-2155

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Island Beach Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off US Highway 189, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Sunday Canyon Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off State Route 314, this is a five-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Deer Creek Reservoir

TKWatersports Gishing Guides - bass

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Fishing License

Click here for a Utah Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Great Horned Owl Campground - 435 654-0171

Deer Creek Reservoir UT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Deer Creek Reservoir
Deer Creek State Park
Wallsburg, UT 84082
435 654-0171


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