Fishing in the Zion National Park Area

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Fishing is allowed in the Virgin River in Zion National Park, but it's not a common pastime in the park. Adults fishing must have a current Utah fishing license, but kids under the age of 16 do not need a license to fish inside the park boundaries. The river is not stocked, and only trout may be taken. The rare and unique Virgin River Spinedace is an endangered species which is on the protected animal list. Other fish found in Zion include the Speckled Dace, Flannelmouth Sucker, Desert Sucker, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout and the Brown Trout.  The fish in Zion have adapted to the heavy silt and sizable temperature fluctuations of the river.

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Navajo Lake
This is a great alpine (9,127 ft. elevation) fishing spot with extras like incredible views of Zion National Park, the Kolob Plateau and Pine Valley. There is also some great hiking and biking trails located at the lake. Navajo Lake is a 1,500 acre natural lake that is stocked with Brook and Rainbow Trout. Boats can be rented at the lake venders near the water.

Duck Creek
Another high mountain fishing spot on Cedar Mountain is Duck Creek and Duck Creek Lake. This water is ideal for year-round fishing.  The water flows from the lake into sinks holes. The 10-mile shore-line is often dotted with fishermen.  The water is stocked with Brown, Brook, and Rainbow Trout. The scenery there is picturesque where a charming wooden bridge crosses over the creek and ponderosa pines and aspen are everywhere.  Boats and float tubes are not allowed on Duck Pond or in Duck Creek.

Ice Fishing

For those of you who do not mind the ice, cold or snow, ice fishing is an option. This is a popular sport in some Southern Utah communities. Check out the ponds at Panguitch Lake, Otter Creek and Minersville Reservoir. What makes ice fishing so interesting is that the fisherman moves around rather than the fish. The fish are cold and move little so finding where they are at is the key. Usually each hole is fished for about fifteen minutes before moving on to the next hole. Check fishing reports and local news to make sure the ice is safe to walk on.

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Private vehicles can travel SR-9, from Zion's south entrance, out the east entrance (or visa versa) to the junction of SR-9 & US-89 year-round, 24 hours a day. See tunnel restrictions for Oversized Vehicles. In summer, the only access to the Scenic Zion Canyon Drive is via Zion's shuttle, but during the winter private vehicles can travel in the canyon. Exact dates the shuttle runs may vary.

Zion National ParkNature Notes

Panguitch Lake is a 777 acre, natural lake, located about twenty-minutes east of Cedar Breaks National Monument, in Dixie National Forest. The lake is well known as one of Utah's best trout fisheries. In the Paiute language, "Panguitch" means "big fish." Located at a high elevation, 8,400 ft, the lake freezes in the winter, but as the ice thaws in mid-April the fishing is excellent. The fish include: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout. If you are a fisherman, check out the fishing around Zion.

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