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Willard Bay Reservoir


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Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 12/22/2014

Day-Use: 
Open
Surface: 
Open
Launch Ramp: 
Closed
Campground: 
Partially Open
High Temp: 
39 (7 Day Average)
Low Temp: 
31 (7 Day Average)
Water Temp: 
40 Degrees (Taken at the North Marina)
Water Level: 
North and South Marina Boat ramps are closed due to low water. Launching is at own risk. Less than 50%
Fishing Conditions: 
Good (Wipers, Catfish)
Additional Fishing Info: 

Visit http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots for more information

 

Good. Both the North and South Marina have been steady and many individuals have been catching their bag limits. Remember to have your fishing licenses accessible and ready to be checked.  Always read the fishing proclamation for current regulations.  Listed below are the bag limits for Willard Bay State Park including the inlet South Marina channel.  

Remember when measuring a fish

1. Place the fish on it's side with the jaw closed

2. Squeeze the tail fin together turn it so you can obtain the maximum overall length

3. Measure a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme tip of the tail fin.

Crappie: 10

Wipper: 3

Channel Catfish: 8

Walleye: 6 One may be over 24"

Possession and use of commercially sold and preserved gizzard shad is allowed.  Otherwise, possession on gizzard shad, dead or alive is unlawful

 

 

Other Information: 
Cold temperatures present hazards, prepare and plan accordingly.

 BOTH THE NORTH AND SOUTH MARINA BOAT LAUNCHES ARE CLOSED DUE TO LOW WATER LEVELS.  LAUNCHING A VESSEL IS AT OWNER'S OWN RISK.

Depths:

South Marina: 9"-17" (Docks)                        

                         8'-10' (Channel)

North Marina: 3' (Dock)

                         1'-5' (Marina)

                        6'-8' (Channel)

Willow Creek Campground is partially open to walk-in campers only (no reservations). Portable restrooms are available, running water is seasonally shut off. Cost for Willow Creek camping is $15.00/night.

Cottonwood Campground is partially open now through Sunday, November 23rd to walk-in campers only (no reservations). Water and electric hook-ups are available. Cost for Cottonwood is $20.00/night.

 

The north and south marina boat ramps are now open.  Launching a vessel is at your own risk.  Underwater hazards do exist.  Make sure to have all safety equipment in working order and onboard prior to launch.  Certificate of Decontamination are required to be filled out and displayed on all vehicles that have launched a vessel.  Failure to do so may result in a citation.

 

Willard Bay Reservoir is located about 10 miles north of Ogden, with two off-ramps from I-15. It is not a big lake, by comparison to some of the other wiper waters in the country. This manmade shallow bowl is only 10,000 acres in size, but it has several clearly defined areas popular with wiper chasers. In several places around the lake there are underwater "trenches" gouged out by heavy equipment during the dredging and dike building process. These depressions sometimes provide enough extra depth to attract and hold more fish.

Willard Reservoir is a portion of the Great Salt Lake that was diked off and dewatered. It was then filled with water from the Weber River that would otherwise have flowed into the Great Salt Lake, and stored for irrigation and other uses as may be needed on the northern Wasatch Front.

Willard Bay is a very popular reservoir with both boaters and fishermen. The current state record Wiper, weighing in at 9 lbs. 12 oz., was caught at Willard Bay. Wiper - a hybrid between a white bass & a Striped Bass, are are known for being aggressive fighters, and are very popular with local Utah anglers.

The Northeast corner of the reservoir has traditionally been a good place to catch crappie. Most years the water is high enough to provide flooded stickups, where crappies prefer to spawn. However, in low water years, they have to settle on using some gravel and weed beds...and not much of that. When this happens, there is likely to be a poor spawn with low recruitment.

Wipers are caught all over the reservoir, with trolling being the most popular method to catch them. A popular place to troll is past 'the lightpole', the light pole that is out on the dike. See below for more fishing location tips.

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