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21 reservoirs to check out for Memorial Day weekend

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21 reservoirs to check out for Memorial Day weekend (Photo: Jordanelle State Park / KUTV)

Are you planning to hit the water for Memorial Day weekend? If you answer yes, be prepared for the weather.

Aside from recreating, fishing over the holiday is something many do and can be done by buying a license. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days and can be purchased online or from a DWR license agent. Reservoirs and the fish in them are listed below courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Northern Utah

East Canyon Reservoir (Morgan County): Offers rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, wiper, black crappie, brown trout, kokanee salmon, splake and tiger trout.

Mantua Reservoir (Box Elder County): Offers bluegill, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch, green sunfish and smallmouth bass.

Northeastern Utah

Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Daggett County): Offers burbot, cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, brown trout, channel catfish and common carp

Matt Warner Reservoir (Uintah County): Offers rainbow trout, brown trout and tiger trout

Red Fleet Reservoir (Uintah County): Offers black crappie, mountain whitefish, tiger trout, walleye, wiper, yellow perch, brown and Colorado River cutthroat trout

Moon Lake (Duchesne County): Offers brook, rainbow, tiger and Colorado River cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, splake, Arctic grayling and kokanee salmon

Central Utah

Utah Lake (Utah County): Offers northern pike (which anglers should keep unless it has a tag), black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, common carp, walleye, white bass, brown trout and Bonneville cutthroat trout, green sunfish, largemouth bass, yellow perch and June sucker (although anglers should immediately release these since they are endangered). The white bass fishing is hot right now, and other species, like catfish, should provide good fishing action by June.

Yuba Reservoir (Juab County): Offers channel catfish, common carp, northern pike, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, Utah sucker, walleye, wiper and yellow perch

Jordanelle Reservoir (Wasatch County): Offers brown trout, kokanee salmon, rainbow and Bonneville cutthroat trout, smallmouth bass, Utah chub, wiper, yellow perch, black crappie, largemouth bass, splake, tiger muskie and Utah sucker

Strawberry Reservoir (Wasatch County): Offers rainbow and Bonneville cutthroat trout, and kokanee salmon

Deer Creek Reservoir (Wasatch County): Offers largemouth bass, rainbow and Bonneville cutthroat trout, smallmouth bass, walleye, black bullhead catfish, bluegill, brown trout, common carp, green sunfish, Utah sucker and yellow perch

Southeastern Utah

Scofield Reservoir (Carbon County): Offers Bear Lake cutthroat, tiger and rainbow trout as well as tiger muskie and wiper

Millsite Reservoir (Emery County): Offers Colorado River cutthroat, rainbow and tiger trout and splake

Recapture Reservoir (San Juan County): Offers black bullhead catfish, bluegill, green sunfish, largemouth bass and northern pike

Blanding Reservoir No. 4 (San Juan County): Offers rainbow and tiger trout and largemouth bass

Southern Utah

Enterprise Reservoirs (Washington County): Offers rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and green sunfish

Kolob Reservoir (Washington County): Offers cutthroat, brook, tiger and rainbow trout

Paragonah (Red Creek) Reservoir (Iron County): Offers Bonneville cutthroat, tiger and rainbow trout

Yankee Meadow Reservoir (Iron County): Offers Bonneville cutthroat, brook and rainbow trout

Newcastle Reservoir (Iron County): Offers rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, wiper and green sunfish

Kent's Lake (Beaver County): Offers brown, brook, tiger and rainbow trout

RELATED: State parks, public lands open for Memorial Day weekend

Recreate responsibly

DWR states that while several COVID-19-related restrictions have recently been lifted, Utahns are still encouraged to practice social distancing while outdoors and should remain at least 6 feet away from others who may be fishing at the same waterbody. If a waterbody looks crowded and social distancing will be different to maintain, you should try visiting a different waterbody. You should also stay home if you are feeling sick.