The Weber River in Utah offers some of the finest trout fishing in the state and is often overlooked. The head waters originate in the high Unita Mountains and travel some 125 miles through canyons, valleys and two lakes (Rockport Reservoir and Echo Reservoir) before emptying into the Great Salt Lake.
Among the fish to be found in the river are Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bonneville Cutthroat Trout Rainbow Trout and a large population of Mountain White fish. Channel Catfish, Common Carp and Utah Suckers are also present in areas of the river.
Flying fishing and spin fishing are common; there are sections of the river where bait fishing is permitted providing angling opportunities for all levels of fishermen. There are some special regulations in sections of the river as well so please check the fishing proclamation before fishing. There is also much private land along the river but the Division of Wildlife Resources has obtained some angler access to some of the private land along the river. Look for signs and respect private property.
The Weber River is home to many large Brown Trout. 20” plus trout are abundant in the river with some pushing 30”. Trout fishing can be good anytime of the year but fall is an excellent time to fish for large Brown Trout. During the winter, Mountain Whitefish offer great fishing opportunities (especially for fly fisherman).
Fly fishing with nymphs can be excellent. Try a beaded nymph, prince nymph, midge pupae, hare’s ear or an egg pattern. There are also the common hatches to look for while fishing dry flies. A Griffith’s gnat, hoppers, may flies and caddis flies often produce results. Spin fishermen should use spoons, spinners, or fish imitating crank baits across the current and in deep pools for successful fishing. Marabou or soft plastic jigs fished in the deeper pools can also produce good results.
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We Fish Utah Staff