SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is honoring Free Fishing Day — the one day of the year when you can fish at any public waterbody without a fishing license — on Saturday, June 6. 

“Because you don’t need a license to fish that day, it’s the perfect time to take a family member with you and introduce them to the sport,” Randy Oplinger, sport fisheries coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said in a statement on the division’s website. “And, early June is one of the best times to fish in Utah. All of the fish in the state, both warm-water and cold-water fish, are active and willing to bite this time of the year.”

While the requirement for having a fishing license is lifted Saturday, entrance fees to state parks and other areas may still apply, according to Although COVID-19-related restrictions are easing up in many parts of Utah, people are still encouraged to practice social distancing outdoors, remaining at least 6 feet away from others who may be fishing in the same area, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

The division also recommends visiting a different waterbody if it looks crowded, and staying home if you’re feeling sick.

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Here are 15 locations the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recommends exploring (all information is pulled from 

Northern Utah

  • East Canyon Reservoir (Morgan County)
  • Mantua Reservoir (Box Elder County): This is a good place for beginners, since bluegill are usually near the shore in June, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Northeastern Utah

  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Daggett County)
  • Moon Lake (Duchesne County)

Central Utah

  • Utah Lake (Utah County):
  • Yuba Reservoir (Juab County)
  • Jordanelle Reservoir (Wasatch County)
  • Strawberry Reservoir (Wasatch County)
  • Deer Creek Reservoir (Wasatch County)

Southeastern Utah

  • Scofield Reservoir (Carbon County)
  • Millsite Reservoir (Emery County)
  • Recapture Reservoir (San Juan County)

Southern Utah

  • Kolob Reservoir (Washington County)
  • Paragonah (Red Creek) Reservoir (Iron County)
  • Kent’s Lake (Beaver County)

For additional information about Utah waterbodies — and the fish they carry — visit

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