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Fremont River - Bicknell - Utah

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Brassie
Blue-Winged Olive Late Afternoon 20-24 Frostbite, BH Pheasant Tail
February Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Brassie
Blue-Winged Olive Late Afternoon 20-24 Frostbite, BH Pheasant Tail
March Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Brassie
Blue-Winged Olive Late Afternoon 20-24 Frostbite, BH Pheasant Tail
April Blue-Winged Olive Afternoon 18-24 Sparkle Dun, Adams
Midges Late Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Brassie
May Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
Blue-Winged Olive Afternoon 18-24 Sparkle Dun, Adams
June Terrestrials Mid-morning until Late afternoon 14-20 Hoppers, Ants
Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
July Terrestrials Mid-morning until Late Afternoon 14-20 Hoppers, Ants
Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
August Terrestrials Mid-morning until Late Afternoon 14-20 Hoppers, Ants
Caddis Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
September Terrestrials Mid-morning until Late Afternoon 14-20 Hoppers, Ants
Mahogany Dun Afternoon 16-20 Parachute Adams, Purple Haze
October Blue-Winged Olive Afternoon 18-24 Sparkle Dun, Adams
Mahogany Dun Late Afternoon 16-20 Parachute Adams, Purple Haze
November Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Brassie
Blue-Winged Olive Late Afternoon 20-24 Frostbite, BH Pheasant Tail
December Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Brassie
Blue-Winged Olive Late Afternoon 20-24 Frostbite, BH Pheasant Tail

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Fremont River in Bicknell is a veritable paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts, promising an impressive catch with diverse fish species. Noteworthy spots for the best fishing experience include:

  • Upper Fremont River: This spot is home to brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout, with abundant fly hatches all year round.
  • Lower Fremont River: Provides an opportunity to catch large Brown trout. It’s less crowded and promises a solitary, peaceful experience.
  • Fishlake National Forest: The Fremont River’s journey through this area provides not only good fishing but also beautiful views.
  • Capitol Reef National Park: Here, the river has smaller trout, but the spectacular canyon environment makes it a memorable fishing spot.

Remember, it’s an absolute must to follow all rules and regulations of the Fremont River, including obtaining the appropriate fishing license.

Best Access Points

The Fremont River boasts excellent fly fishing opportunities, with many good access points around Bicknell. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner, here are the top spots:

  • South of Bicknell: The river is accessible via Highway 12, which winds along the river itself. Try near Sunglow Campground for some great trout fishing.
  • Bicknell Bottoms: This marshland area plays host to a variety of fish species. The closest access point is via the Trout Creek bridge.
  • Mill Meadow Reservoir: A great site for catching large brown and rainbow trout, accessible from the junction of Highway 24 and 72, north of Loa.
  • Upper Fremont River: Accessible via a number of smaller roads off Highway 72, this area is prime for catching big brown trout, especially in the late summer and fall.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: Found in the river year-round, these fish are a popular target for fly fishers due to their size and fighting spirit.
  • Rainbow Trout: Another common species in Fremont River, Rainbow Trout can reach impressive sizes and are known for their aggressive fights on the line.
  • Bonnethead Shark: Although not commonly targeted, the Fremont River is also home to Bonnethead Sharks, which can offer a challenging and exciting experience for fly fishers.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Known for their fight and ability to use the river’s current to their advantage, Smallmouth Bass are often targeted by fly fishers on the Fremont River.
  • Bluegill: These smaller fish are a great species for beginner fly fishers to target, as they are abundant and easy to catch.
  • Channel Catfish: Although usually pursued with bait rather than flies, Channel Catfish can be found in the Fremont River and offer a unique fly fishing experience.
  • Carp: These adaptable fish can be found in various parts of the river, making them a flexible target for fly fishers.
  • White Sucker: Known for their hearty fight, these fish can offer a fun challenge for fly fishers on the Fremont River.

About The River

The Fremont River is a picturesque waterway that originates in the highlands of Utah and meanders 95 miles southeast to meet the Colorado River. Its history is steeped in the lives of the Fremont, a Native American culture known for their distinctive pottery and rock art. The Fremont lived by the river’s banks between 700 -1300 AD giving the river its name. Today, the river passes through the quaint town of Bicknell, a charming stop offering breathtaking views of the watercourse. Bicknell was once known as Thurber, named after a local entrepreneur A.K. Thurber. However, in 1914, to bag a chance at a desperately needed free library, the town changed its name to honor Thomas W. Bicknell, a philanthropist offering libraries as gifts! The Fremont River – Bicknell stretch is part of a remarkable continuum of history, culture, and stunning natural beauty, weaving a tapestry of the human and natural history of the region.
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