Regional Reports-West

Willard Bay

Urbanites of Salt Lake City looking for a quick walleye fix should check out Willard Bay, which rests on the east side of Great Salt Lake, just about an hour north of Salt Lake City via Interstate 15. The bay is contained between massive dikes that control outflow from the Weber River. Bank- and boat-anglers have equal success on walleyes, and fishing can be particularly productive along the north and west shores in late April, May and June. Bank-anglers score with a variety of plastic, curly-tail grubs on jigheads. Chartreuse and white have been the productive colors in past seasons. Boat-fishermen catch fish while slow-trolling (2.5 to 3.5 mph) bottom-bouncers and a harness tipped with a night crawler or a good-sized leech. Size 7 and 9 Rapalas (in the black/silver shad color pattern) and Shad Raps also draw numerous strikes. The daily bag limit on walleyes for Willard Bay is six fish, with only one over 20 inches. Contact: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (801-596-8660).