Panguitch Lake Area
Panguitch Lake was originally a large natural lake that has been dammed to become a reservoir of over 1,200 acres. The lake is located on the Markagunt Plateau, between Panguitch, Utah and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Brian Head-Panguitch Lake Scenic Byway or Utah’s Patchwork Parkway will take you on a drive you won’t soon forget.
Though the lake receives the most publicity from angling reports, magazine articles and television, there are many other quality waters nearby. There are multiple streams which border the lake and several others within a 20 minute drive. Our Panguitch Lake fly fishing guides will show you why many fly-fishers return to the area each year to experience this world class fishery.
Whether you are in search of dry fly fishing the streams or float tubing Panguitch Lake or one of several other local lakes, our experienced guides are up to the challenge.
The earliest known use of Panguitch Lake was as a fishery by Paiute Indians. In fact, the name Panguitch means “big fish” in the Paiute language. Panguitch Lake was treated with rotenone beginning May 1, 2006 to control the population of Utah chub, which were probably introduced accidentally by anglers using them as live bait. As this treatment removes all fish from the lake, it had to be restocked in May 25, 2006 with 20,000 rainbow trout. The lake has been treated three times since then.
Other Area Waters
Classic small stream waters fished with a dry fly are what give southern Utah its identity. Countless natural lakes and reservoirs will also entice those looking for peaceful and quiet places to bend a rod. Mammoth Creek has a prolific salmonfly hatch among others and Panguitch Creek won’t disappoint with an epic evening caddis.
Panguitch Lake has always been known to grow large trout. Rainbows as well as Bonneville cutthroat are being caught on flies in excess of 10 pounds. Float tubes and pontoon boats are perfectly suitable for fishing these waters, but come prepared for to anchor down in weather as this is a large lake. Fly fishing nearby Navajo Lake is also a wonderful experience. Tree lined emerald waters are home to sizeable rainbows and relatively easy fishing.
Fly fishing Bryce Canyon National Park areas are also great options. Tropic reservoir and its small stream tributaries offer quality water for fly fishers who will also appreciate awe inspiring scenery. Within a short drive of Bryce are the East Fork of the Sevier River, Antimony Creek, North Creek, the Boulder Mountains and many others.
Our Bryce Canyon area fly fishing guides are a must as many of these waters require local knowledge of private stretches and public waters.
Fremont River Guides are experienced professionals and will pick you up at your lodging facility for a day on the water. Flies, gear and lunch are all provided in a full day trip. Call to book your dates as the season is short and guides highly sought after.
Hiking these canyons can be dangerous! It is highly recommended to hire a guide knowledgeable about the trails and weather patterns. The scenery of these canyons and spring creeks inspire all who venture off the beaten path.
Call us for information about fishing private waters near Brian Head and Duck Creek Village with a guide only. There are some exclusive options which you don’t want to miss!