If you talk to some Wasatch Front residents, they’ll try to convince you that any fishing trip in Utah is going to involve a solid chunk of time spent in the car. But the truth is, in a place like Davis County, you don’t need to go nearly as far as you might think.
There are several great creeks, reservoirs, and ponds you can get to without crossing county lines. And, the crowds won’t be nearly as bad as places like the Provo and Weber rivers or Strawberry and Flaming Gorge reservoirs. Whether you’re into traditional methods or fly fishing, there’ll be somewhere for you to test the waters in Davis County.
Right off the legacy parkway, this 50-acre lake has a mixed bag of species for anglers to catch. Bluegill, largemouth bass, and trout, to name a few. While no motorized craft are allowed, anglers can float (which can be an advantage) to get away from other fishermen on the shore.
Perfect for quick outings in the early mornings and in the evenings. Right in the town of Farmington, this pond offers anglers the chance to catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, and stocked rainbows.
Right next to I-15 in Kaysville, four separate ponds make up 5-6 acres of fishable water. When they stock in the fall and winter it’s likely you’ll run into some rainbow trout. Other times of year the most species to catch are largemouth bass and bluegill.
A local gem, it’s hard to imagine a trout stream being closer to town or easier to access. Just follow Farmington Canyon Road for the first couple of miles until the pavement ends (you can also fish anywhere along the road, if you can find a place to park). From there you can choose between jumping in and fishing upstream, or following the trail toward the waterfall to get to some really unpressured fish. A small fly rod and attractor dry flies is the best set-up for this creek.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
This scenic, tree-lined 35-acre reservoir lies near the edge of Layton, Utah, adjacent to the Valley View golf course. This is a great spot to get into some largemouth bass with traditional plastic gear. Floating isn’t allowed, but there is good access around the reservoir (just beware of the dense vegetation in the spring/early summer).
Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area
For the adventurous fly-angler, there some great carp fishing opportunities in Davis County. That’s right, I said carp. For those of you who haven’t tried it, carp fishing is one of the most fun things you can do with a fly rod, and is pretty similar to going after bonefish on saltwater flats. The Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area is full of the shallow-water environment that carp love. Give it a shot, it’ll test your sight-fishing abilities and presentation skills with these wary fish.
Before You Head Out
For more detailed information on equipment, recent fishing reports and regulations, or to get a license, stop by Anglers Den, Cabela’s, or Sportsman’s Warehouse, all of which can get you set up with everything you need. As you can see, you have plenty of options when it comes to fishing in Davis County. And if you don’t find success at one of the spots, there are several others nearby to try your luck. You won’t be disappointed.
Originally written for Utah Office of Tourism.