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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-04-17
Good
Anglers report continued success in catching cutthroats at Bear Lake. They are doing best on the east side of the lake, anywhere from Cisco Beach to the Utah/Idaho state line. Trolling and jigging are working well. Anglers who are trolling are using flatfish lures or larger rattling crankbaits. The fish are about 50–70 feet deep. Anglers who are jigging are having success near the rockpile, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach areas (in about the same depths) using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Fishing from the Utah State Park Marina has been fair for cutthroat trout in the morning. The fish are preparing to spawn, so try using spoons and different types of crankbaits. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, the Blacksmith Fork was experiencing spring-runoff conditions, but fishing continues to be good throughout the river. Nymphing seems to have been effective for most anglers. They specifically reported success with blue-winged olive caddis flies, pale morning duns and standard nymphs (Prince and caddis larvae). Many thanks to Clayton Winter for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2015-04-17
Fair
On April 14, anglers reported spotty fishing. Some days are definitely better than others. Last weekend, anglers were catching rainbows and largemouth bass on silver-and-red spoons on the east side of the pond. Other anglers caught rainbows on the south side of the pond while using PowerBait and salmon eggs.
Causey Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
On April 14, water levels were still very good — almost running over the top of the spillway. Angling pressure continues to be very light. Very few people have been fishing at Causey. Last week, we stocked the reservoir with thousands of fingerling tiger trout. These fish, which are a cross between a brook trout and a brown trout, display beautiful colors and patterns on their bodies as they grow larger. Causey supports a good population of tiger trout, with some fish exceeding 20 inches. You can see photos of the tiger trout we planted on our new Facebook page. Many thanks to Aquatics Biologist Chris Penne for that report.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-17
Good
Fishing continues to be very good, and many anglers are limiting out. Shore anglers report success with worms and Power Bait. Boaters report using pop gear and fishing at depths of about 20 feet. Try using shiny spoons or Jake's lures. The boat docks are now in the water, so there is plenty of boating access. For news about upcoming events, including Lek and Loon Day on April 25, visit the East Canyon State Park website. Many thanks to Park Ranger Kent Cummings for that report.
Echo Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing from the steep shoreline. Try using rainbow-colored PowerBait and fish it close to the bottom. The average catch ranges from 15 to 17 inches long. Anglers in boats have been successful while trolling about two miles per hour with Rapalas. Anglers also reported success while trolling with triple teasers and Jake's Spin-a-lures. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Dominick Barratt for that report.
Farmington Pond
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, some anglers reported very good rainbow trout fishing with Li'l Jake lures. Fishing was quite a bit slower for those who used PowerBait or salmon eggs. The Hoffman brothers (Tyler and Alex of Morgan) frequently stop by the pond on their way home from work. They regularly have great success while fishing next to the inlet and using Li'l Jake lures.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
During the week of April 4, fishing was very good for anglers who fished from the dam with bright yellow Power Eggs. Sheldon Pierce of Layton caught five trout in 20 minutes while suspending yellow Power Eggs on a single hook, about three feet from the bottom. Holmes has lighter angling pressure during the week and more pressure on weekends with nice weather. Water levels have risen. Much of the fishing bank on the east and west sides is now under water, just below the treeline. As the water continues to rise, it will submerge the vegetation and create excellent fishing conditions for the warmwater species along the shoreline. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-17
Good
Our last report from the reservoir was on April 14. Fishing has been pretty good lately. Shoreline anglers report success with worms and PowerBait. Boating anglers are catching fish on pop gear and Rapalas (silver, blue and gold). Groups of anglers in boats were averaging about 30–50 fish per boat. Shoreline anglers were having a harder time landing fish and bringing them to shore. The reservoir is completely full right now, which leaves little room for shore fishing. Many thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for that report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-04-17
Slow
On April 6, many anglers reported that the fishing was good, but the catching was slow. Although anglers have been fishing all around the pond (with a variety of baits) and getting lots of bites, they haven't been able to land many fish.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-04-17
Fair
On April 14, the rainbow fishing was a bit slower than normal. A few cormorants are at the pond, which could be playing a role in the slower fishing. Until this past week, though, anglers were successfully catching fish on a variety of baits and flies. They were fishing just off the bottom or in the lower part of the water column.
Logan River
2015-04-17
Good
The Logan River continues to experience early run-off conditions, but fishing is still good, especially at the dams. Anglers report success with blue-winged olive caddis flies, pale morning duns and standard nymphs (Prince and caddis larvae). Many thanks to Clayton Winter for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
On April 14, angling pressure was very light, and only a handful of anglers were fishing. Right now, shore fishing is very slow. Anglers who fish from boats, kayaks and float tubes will probably see faster fishing. Recently, anglers have reported some success while fishing deep with woolly buggers.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, fishing was good from boats and the shoreline. Many anglers are catching bass, bluegill and perch. DWR Conservation Outreach Manager Phil Douglass recently had a great day of fishing with his son and granddaughter. He said that when the wind died down, a large hatch of midges came on. The bluegills were biting, taking worms under a bobber and hare's ear nymphs behind a bubble. Phil was excited to be there when his granddaughter caught her very first fish! Many thanks to Phil for the report. To see photos from Phil's latest trip — and other northern Utah fishing successes — visit and like our new Facebook page. Although recent stormy weather slowed down the fishing at Mantua, there are warm days in the weekend forecast.
Ogden River
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, anglers reported good — but challenging — fishing along the south fork of the river. They were using rooster tails and Panther Martin spinners. The water is crystal clear, so it can be easy to spook the fish.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
Fishing continues to be generally slow, but anglers recently reeled in a few catfish off Browning Point, using worms and a marshmallow. They caught eight fish in about two hours. Another angler, also fishing near Browning Point, caught a smallmouth bass on a chartreuse tube jig tipped with a piece of worm. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for that report.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
Recent storms and cold fronts have slowed down the fishing, but better weather is in the weekend forecast. All of the docks are now in the water, so there should be plenty of dock space available. Remember to confirm that your vessel is free of invasive mussels before you launch. There are mussel self-certification forms at the top of the boat ramp if the entrance station is not staffed. Many thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for that report.
Uinta Mountains
2015-04-17
Good
The recent snow is melting, and open water fishing will be here soon. In preparation for warmer days, check out this video about catching Arctic grayling on the North Slope lakes. Be prepared for soft roads and deep snow conditions. Many thanks to the Kamas Ranger District office for the report.
Weber River
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, fishing was very good on the Weber. Anglers were primarily using flies. Last weekend, we worked with Trout Unlimited to catch and tag some Bonneville cutthroat trout. This was part of a larger effort to monitor the cutthroats' migration patterns throughout the Weber and its tributaries. Here is a recent Fox 13 news story about the project.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-04-17
Fair
On April 13, fishing was a bit slower. Some anglers didn't catch any fish, while others were able to find them and do pretty well. Wipers are still the main bite right now. Anglers are using Rapalas (in blue and silver), jigs (bright orange or red) or mussels. A few walleye, catfish and crappie are biting here and there, but not in large numbers. Many thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for that report.

 

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