Location: Spring Lake is located in Utah County. The pond is located in the town of Spring Lake which is between Payson and Santaquin. From the temple in Payson it is exactly a one mile drive. Just head over to State Street, then turn onto Spring Lake Road.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Green Sunfish
Fishing Regulations: Spring Lake falls under the community pond fishing regulations of Utah. The daily limit is 2 fish. Anglers are encouraged to voluntarily release all Largemouth Bass. Waters are open to fishing only when the community parks are open to the public.
Park Regulations: Spring Lake Park hours are from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Use at other times shall be considered trespassing and may be prosecuted. No overnight camping. No littering.
The rainbow trout is native only to the rivers and lakes of North America, west of the Rocky Mountains, but its value as a hard-fighting game fish and tasty meal has led to its introduction throughout the world. Rainbow trout are gorgeous fish, with coloring and patterns that vary widely depending on habitat, age, and spawning condition. They are torpedo-shaped and generally blue-green in color and have a pink streak along their sides, white underbelly, and small black spots on their back and fins. When fishing in Spring Lake you will most likely catch more rainbow trout than any other fish. This lake is periodically stocked with rainbow trout to keep the population up and flourishing.
The bluegill is a species of freshwater fish sometimes referred to as bream, brim, or copper nose. Bluegills live in the shallow waters of many lakes and ponds, along with slow moving areas of streams and small rivers. They prefer water with many aquatic plants, and hide within fallen logs, or water weeds. They can often be found around weeds where they spawn or search for food. In the summer adults move to deep, open water where they suspend just below the surface and feed on plankton and other aquatic creatures. Bluegills try to spend most of their time in water between 60 and 80 degrees F, and tend to have a home range of about 320 square feet during non-reproductive months. They enjoy heat but do not like direct sunlight. However, they will linger near the water surface in the morning to stay warm. Bluegills are usually found in schools of 10 to 20 fish. Bluegills are common in Spring Lake. If you look into the shallow waters around the bank you will often find many bluegills darting in and out from under rocks and vegetation. Their top fins are also very prickly to protect them from predators.
Muskrats are large rodents that live near water. They have thick brown fur, and a long furless scaly tail. They can grow up to two feet long (with tail). Their rear feet are webbed for swimming, and their eyes and ears are very small. Muskrats live in marshes or alongside ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams. Muskrats also burrow holes in stream or pond banks. At least one entrance hole will always be above the water line. The muskrat breeding season starts in late winter and ends in September. A female muskrat can have up to five litters per year, with up to ten young in each litter. Muskrats are active throughout the day, but they are especially active when it gets dark. They are excellent swimmers and can stay underwater for 15 minutes. Their tales are used to steer and they can swim forward and backward. They also can chew food underwater. When a muskrat builds a lodge, it help a lot of animals besides itself. Lodges can also be the home of snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, and Canada Geese. Racoon are also known to den in old muskrat holes. When muskrats eat large number of cattails, they open up areas of shallow water. This provides good hiding places and nest sites for water birds, and allows other water plants to grow.
Other Info: Spring Creek flows from here and eventually empties into Utah Lake.