Although Tooele County is mostly an arid environment, there are several locations where anglers can test their skill. Most reservoirs are regularly stocked throughout the summer, and there are remote streams and other waters that produce impressive fish as well.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir is typically planted with several thousand trout each summer, along with Grantsville and Vernon Reservoirs. Each reservoir has mature holdovers that lurk in the depths, and a few of them, some real monsters, are landed each year.
With the Deseret Peak Wilderness Area and scenic Stansbury Mountains to the west, Grantsville Reservoir is considered to be the most popular fishing spot in Tooele County. But bass fishing at Horseshoe Springs in Skull Valley and at Blue Lake south of Wendover are popular, too.
Fishing in South Willow Canyon, and also at Clover Creek on Johnson’s Pass, are known to produce quality trout.
Children under 14 don’t require a license, but are limited to two fish. For current information on fishing in Utah, see www.wildlife.utah.gov.
How to get there:
For Grantsville Reservoir, take Highway 112 or 128 into Grantsville. Turn south on West Street and drive four miles, and turn right on the access road.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir: take Highway 36 for half a mile south of Tooele City and turn left on Settlement Canyon Road. Continue into the canyon for one mile.
Vernon Reservoir: access by taking Highway 36 south of Vernon for one mile and then turning right on the Cache-Wasatch National Forest Access road. Follow road to the reservoir.