Echo Reservoir

Directions: Take I-80 east of Salt Lake City and continue on to Coalville. Take Coalville exit into town, then turn north on main street. Reservoir just north of town. Can also take I-84 from Ogden to Echo junction, then take cutoff to reservoir.

Description: Large reservoir (about 1,500 acres) located on Weber River at the head of Weber Canyon. Fairly shallow with a muddy bottom and water level that fluctuates throughout the year.

Fish: Rainbow, Brown, Catfish, Smallmouth, Perch

What works: Troll with flatfish, needle fish, triple teaser or small pop gear and worm. Bright colors work best early season. Use brass or copper lures summer and fall. Bait fishermen try salmon eggs, Power Bait in rainbow, orange or chartreuse, or night crawler with marshmallow. Smallmouth go for spinners, plastic baits in crayfish or minnow colors, and poppers in the spring and fall.

Details: Best in the spring through mid-July and in the fall. Best summer fishing is mornings and evenings when power boaters are off the water. Often overlooked, this water has larger than average fish, including many trophies. For larger fish troll Rapalas along western shore and across face of dam. Bait fishermen do well south of marina and from boats in Weber River channel in 10 to 20 feet of water. Because of the nature of the reservoir, fish move often. Fish for catfish in shallow mud flats with night crawlers, shrimp or other "stink" bait. Smallmouth on rocky shore on west side and face of dam.

Notes: Has private marina and beach along east side. Limited shore access because of freeway on west side. Section of Weber River between Echo and Rockport, and flowing from reservoir down Weber Canyon, offers excellent fishing.