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Guide to fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown, golden and lake trout in local lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

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Utah is a paradise for trout fishing enthusiasts, with its numerous lakes and rivers offering opportunities to catch various trout species. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state. Rainbow trout, brown trout, and cutthroat trout are some of the most sought-after species in the state.

Rainbow trout are one of the most common and widely distributed trout species in Utah. They can be found in many of the state's lakes and rivers, offering anglers plenty of options for targeting these beautiful and acrobatic fish.

Brown trout, known for their elusive behavior and challenging nature, are also prevalent in many of Utah's waters. These wary fish are often found in clear, cold streams and rivers, making them a favorite target for fly anglers.

Cutthroat trout, Utah's state fish, are native to the region and hold a special place in the hearts of anglers. Various subspecies of cutthroat trout, such as the Bonneville cutthroat and Colorado River cutthroat, can be found in different parts of the state.

Many of Utah's lakes and reservoirs are regularly stocked with trout, including lake trout to support recreational fishing. Some popular trout fishing destinations include Strawberry Reservoir, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, and the Provo River.

Utah's state records for trout reflect the exceptional size and quality of fish that can be found in its waters. These records are a testament to the outstanding trout fishing opportunities that the state offers to anglers of all skill levels.

Whether you're a fly angler looking to cast your line in pristine mountain streams or a boat angler seeking the thrill of hooking a trophy-sized trout in a picturesque lake, Utah's diverse trout fisheries provide an unforgettable and rewarding experience for all trout fishing enthusiasts.

Trout Fishing Waters In Utah

Utah is home to excellent trout fishing. Plenty of waters and quality trout. Many of the rivers across Utah have one or more types of trout. Ice fishing for trout is popular in the state. The major lakes with healthy populations of trout include Bear Lake, Currant Creek Reservoir, Deer Creek Reservoir, Fish Lake, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, Lake Powell, Navajo Lake, Otter Creek Reservoir, Pineview Reservoir, Piute Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir, Sevier Bridge Reservoir, Starvation Lake and Strawberry Reservoir.

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Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 26 lbs 2 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 26 lbs 12 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 8 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 33 lbs 10 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 53 lbs 15 oz

Golden Trout

Golden trout

World record: 11 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 2.88 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Utah State Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout came from Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The state record cutthroat trout was taken out of Strawberry Reservoir.

The state record brook trout was taken out of Boulder Mountain.

The state record brown trout came from Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The state record lake trout was caught in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The state record golden trout was caught from Marsh Lake.

The state record tiger trout was caught from Scofield Reservoir.

The state record albino trout was caught from Joes Valley Reservoir.

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocks trout in many waters across the state. Visit their website for details on trout stockings in Utah.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Additional trout information

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