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Willard Bay Reservior

Rating - Good   

Friday, Jan 06 2023
Fishing forecast (December through March): Both ice fishing and open-water fishing are typically more challenging at this fishery due to the abundance of young gizzard shad that are available for sportfish to feed on during the winter months. Quality-size yellow perch can typically be found in both marinas and at the rock piles outside the South Marina. For yellow perch, try using a jig and plastic body tipped with a waxworm, mealworm or nightcrawler. Hard-bodied jigging baits can also be effective. Channel catfish can also be caught in open water or under the ice in the main body of the reservoir using a jig tipped with either a worm or chub meat.When fishing the main body of the reservoir, look for deeper water (6 feet and deeper is considered deep water this year). Ice conditions at this reservoir are highly variable, so be cautious and use good judgment. For current conditions, visit the Willard Bay State Park website. An ice safety guide is available here. Access is plentiful around the reservoir. The most popular access points are the North Marina and the South Marina as well as Freeway Bay on the east side of the reservoir. (Dec. 2, 2022)




Friday, Jan 06 2023



Access Info

Take I-15 Northbound towards Ogden Utah, go past Ogen to the Willard/Perry exit and Follow Signs to State Park One. To go to the North State Park, just continue on I-15 to the North Willard State Park Exit.



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Willard Bay Reservior


Rating - Good

Fishing forecast (December through March): Both ice fishing and open-water fishing are typically more challenging at this fishery due to the abundance of young gizzard shad that are available for sportfish to feed on during the winter months. Quality-size yellow perch can typically be found in both marinas and at the rock piles outside the South Marina. For yellow perch, try using a jig and plastic body tipped with a waxworm, mealworm or nightcrawler. Hard-bodied jigging baits can also be effective. Channel catfish can also be caught in open water or under the ice in the main body of the reservoir using a jig tipped with either a worm or chub meat.When fishing the main body of the reservoir, look for deeper water (6 feet and deeper is considered deep water this year). Ice conditions at this reservoir are highly variable, so be cautious and use good judgment. For current conditions, visit the Willard Bay State Park website. An ice safety guide is available here. Access is plentiful around the reservoir. The most popular access points are the North Marina and the South Marina as well as Freeway Bay on the east side of the reservoir. (Dec. 2, 2022)


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