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Northern Region report

Information compiled by Phil Douglass
DWR Northern Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2014-12-18
Good
Get ready to dipnet for Bonneville cisco (a fish found only in Bear Lake) at the annual Cisco Disco. The free, family friendly event takes place on Jan. 24, 2015. Check out the flyer on Bear Lake's website.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
Nighttime temperatures have been below freezing, so there should be ice on the reservoir. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston. There have not been any recent fishing reports from this remote Rich County reservoir.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-12-18
Fair
The spawn is over, but browns are still protecting their redds (spawning areas). Use caution and avoid stepping on the redds. Richard from Roundrocks Fly Fishing Shop reports that zebra midges and orange egg patterns are working well.
Bountiful Lake
2014-12-18
Good
Patches of ice are accumulating in the slow water just west of the inlet. Anglers report good fishing for the many trout congregating near the inlet. Angling pressure has increased in this spot, and fish are quick to chase a lure, but slow to bite. Anglers are catching fish on PowerBait, worms and flies. The trout are favoring green PowerBait. Fishing from the piers can be a spotty.
Causey Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
Angling pressure continues to be very light. The reservoir still has open water and you can still launch a kayak or canoe. There is a little snow pack on the road, but a 2-wheel drive sedan can easily get to the inlet near Causey estates.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-12-18
Slow
Cutler is experiencing a mandatory water drawdown until early spring of 2015.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-18
Good
Boat anglers are having great success trolling and catching rainbows. You can still launch a boat until the reservoir freezes. There aren't many shore anglers fishing. The first leg of Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be at East Canyon on January 31. The Quad-fishalon is four ice-fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Park Ranger Kent Cummings for that report!
Echo Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
The reservoir still has open water. The water is very low and not many people are fishing here, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-12-18
Good
The trout are active and anglers are having success all around the reservoir. The water is so clear you can see the fish take your line. Anglers are having success using traditional ice fishing plastics and mealworms, as well as traditional open-water lures and baits. Water levels are still good and the clarity is very high. Most anglers have had the best success while fishing during the last two hours of daylight.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-12-18
Good
There aren't many people fishing the reservoir. Water temperatures are around 35°F. There is a light current bringing a lot of debris (and leaving film on the water) near the dam. The water is very clear throughout the rest of the reservoir. There's no ice on the reservoir, so launching non-motorized watercraft should not be a problem. Please remember to show respect and pick up your trash at this privately owned waterbody. And don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-18
Good
Fishing continues to be good. One shore angler interviewed over the weekend reported catching three fish within ten minutes. Orange PowerBait works best. There aren't many perch biting — just trout. Thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-12-18
Hot
Trout fishing is hot. We recently stocked the reservoir with brood rainbows and they are actively biting. Tim and Andrew Bryant recently visited the pond and caught several fish within 30 minutes. Worms and yellow lures worked well, but they had the best success using fluorescent yellow power eggs on a size 20 hook fished 8-10 inches off the bottom. Now is a great time to come out and catch some fish.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-12-18
Good
There haven't been many anglers out on the ponds. The water temperature is around 37°F. There's no ice on the ponds, so now is a good time to fish from a kayak, float tube or any other non-motorized watercraft. Anglers recently reported having great success catching trout using a brown bead-headed fly on a fly rod, or a fly and a bubble with about three feet of leader. The trout seem to congregate near the reeds, so try to cast close to the cattails.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
Nighttime temperatures are below freezing, so there should be ice on the reservoir. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston.
Logan River
2014-12-18
Fair
Richard from Roundrocks Fly Fishing shop reports the Logan and Blacksmith Fork are fishing very similar. The spawn is over, but browns are still protecting their reds. Zebra midges and orange egg patterns are working well. Snow conditions along the Logan River deepen from Ricks Spring up. Some areas are completely frozen over with unsafe ice conditions. The south side of the third dam has unsafe ice. The second and first dams are free of ice.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-12-18
Good
The boat ramp is open again and you can launch boats and other small watercraft. There is a little snow on the road, but it's packed. Water temperatures are around 37°F and the reservoir is completely ice free. The water is very clear and angling pressure is very light.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-12-18
Good
On Dec. 13, the reservoir was all open water. Overall, angling pressure is still very light, but there have been a few anglers venturing out and catching fish. Anglers fishing from the rocky shore on the east side have had fairly good success using lures and small jigs.
Newton Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
The recent warm weather has melted all the ice off the reservoir. Water levels are still low. Launching a boat from the boat ramp is not recommended.
Ogden River
2014-12-12
Good
Bruce Van Horn from Bountiful had a great day on the Ogden, using gray sow bugs and egg patterns. Bruce found fish still hanging close to redds. He caught one that was about 18 inches long.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-12-18
Fair
Water temperatures are around 38°F and the reservoir still has open water. Anglers report fair fishing for perch. The fish are scattered throughout the reservoir, so you can catch them from anywhere, as long as you fish near the bottom. Jigging spoons and ice fishing gear have worked the best so far. Anglers have found schools of crappie at various depths, but the wind has made fishing difficult.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
Watch out for ice and mud along the shady parts of the road leading to the reservoir. The reservoir is ice free. There aren't many anglers fishing the reservoir.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-12-18
Good
Not many anglers were out fishing this week. Bank fishing is slow and not producing very many fish. Boat fishing is better and anglers are catching very nice 18-inch rainbow trout. One angler was having good success jigging from his boat using ice fishing techniques. We're hoping to see some ice in the next week or so. Thanks for the report, Joe!

The Rockport leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon is Feb. 14, 2015. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Please remember to fill out your invasive species form every time you launch your boat.
Uinta Mountains
2014-12-18
Good
On Dec. 17, we checked the ice at Stateline Reservoir, Bridger Lake and Hoop Lake. The ice was ten inches thick at all three waterbodies. You can only access Bridger and Stateline by snowmobile. The road to Hoop Lake had four inches of snow and was accessible by 4-wheel-drive truck, but that could change quickly. The fishing at Hoop and Bridger was very good for rainbow trout. Try using standard ice fishing techniques. Be prepared for winter survival conditions and use extreme caution when checking the ice. The conditions were the same this week as they were in this North Slope Lakes ice fishing video we made in 2009.
Weber River
2014-12-18
Good
Water conditions are low and clear. There are a lot of anglers out fishing, especially over the weekends.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-12-18
Slow
Fishing is slow and there aren't many anglers out on the water.

 

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