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Willard Bay Reservoir


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Willard Bay
Willard Bay

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Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 12/7/2019

Current Conditions

Ice is Never 100% Safe! — Do not judge ice safety on thickness alone. Ice does not form or maintain a uniform thickness. Snow, wind, slush, temperature, and other factors can cause ice thickness and strength to vary greatly, even within inches. Recreate on ice at your own risk and verify ice thickness as you head out. Click here to learn more ice safety tips.

Day-Use: Open

Water Surface:

NORTH MARINA- Open water, some ice around boat slips and fishing dock.
SOUTH MARINA– Open water
BAY– Open water
SOUTH INLET- Open water
Launch Ramp
NORTH MARINA: Open
SOUTH MARINA: Open
Courtesy docks and fishing docks in the water year round
Conditions: Snowy and slippery.
All restrooms are closed for the season. Vault toilets are open.
Campground:
Cottonwood- CLOSED- Full trailer hook ups.
Willow Creek- Open- No hookups
South Marina- Open -full trailer hook ups and tent camping available
Camping by reservation or first come first serve the day of arrival if not reserved.
Water Temp: 43 degrees
Water Level: 8-20ft average depth of water in marina’s. Water levels may fluctuate
Additional Fishing Info: Visit http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots for more information.
  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
  • Wiper: 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

Monte Cristo Conditions: https://www.snowut.com/Grooming

Other Information:

  • Wear your life jackets.
  • As always launching boats is at the owners risk.

Last Update December 6, 2019

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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