Fishing is great at Palisade State Park. Either from the shore or from a boat it doesn’t matter. Remember, only electric motors are allowed on the lake.
There are mainly 3 types of fish that you will catch in the Palisade Reservoir. They are the Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout, and a very few Cutthroat Trout. We also have a few Goldfish that have been put into the reservoir. Here are some pictures and an explanation of each fish. The limit of fish you are able to take from Palisade Reservoir is 4 trout.
A rainbow trout is dark green to bluish on the back with silvery sides. The pinkish to reddish horizontal band typifies the species. The belly may be white to silvery. Irregular and profuse black spots are usually present on the head, back and sides. The pelvic and anal fins are translucent pink to gray-green and tipped in white. The coloration of a river-dwelling rainbow trout is often more vibrant than that of a lake dweller. Rainbow trout also tend to have a fairly blunt snout.
The tiger trout, a cross between a brown trout and a brook trout, has a unique, dark maze-like pattern all over its brownish, gray body. The belly is yellowish-orange as are the pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins. The tail fin is square.
Bonneville cutthroat trout originally inhabited the Bonneville Basin. They have sparsely scattered, large, and very distinctive round spots over the upper body, with few spots on or near the head. Bonneville cutthroat trout are a subdued silver-gray to charcoal color on the upper body, with shades of bronze and pink on their flanks during spawning.
Native to Asia, this nonnative fish is often found in water locations all throughout Utah. Though similar, they can be distinguished from carp by their upper jaw and individual lack barbels. These can grow to be pretty big in size.
To see how the fishing is at Palisade State Park go to the Division of Wildlife Fishing Report!