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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
2014-10-30
Good
Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that shore anglers are catching lake trout in the morning and evening at the State Park Marina and Cisco Beach. Tolentino said that the spawning lake trout are biting less. Fly anglers are using white zonkers, or other large white colored streamers, and spinning anglers are seeing success with spoons and Fibrax spinners. Boat anglers are also finding success trolling flatfish off 2nd Point or jigging tube jigs near rockpiles in 55–65 feet of water. Please remember to keep your distance from other anglers.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-10-30
Fair
Fishing should be fair. Try using large streamers in blonde, olive of silver flash colors. You may also want to try Rapala CountDowns. Fall offers some of the best shore and float tube fishing at this reservoir. Take advantage of good weather and great fishing conditions.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-10-30
Good
Round Rocks Fly Shop reports very good fishing. Anglers report good fishing using red or copper flash bugs, brassies and prince nymphs. The water level is at its base flow, and water clarity is very good right now.

Some brown trout are now spawning. Be careful and do not step on the redds (brown trout spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Bountiful Lake
2014-10-30
Good
Anglers report good fishing, especially along the east shore. The water is still very cloudy and visibility is poor. The water temperature has dropped to 55°F.
Causey Reservoir
2014-10-30
Fair
There are not very many anglers fishing the reservoir. The water temperature is around 50°F. The water levels are a little low, but you can still launch a kayak or canoe near the parking area. There are shallow areas near the inlets, but using those may mean a long trek, especially back to your car.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-10-30
Slow
There's currently a mandatory drawdown of the water in the reservoir and marsh. It will last until early next spring.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-30
Good
Fishing is good from a boat or the shore. PowerBait and pop gear are still working well.
Echo Reservoir
2014-10-30
Slow
The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-10-30
Good
Anglers report excellent fishing. One angler had a bite or nibble on every cast. He caught about eight fish in 10 minutes near the inlet creek using pink, garlic Power Eggs. The fish were in the eight- to 1-inch range. Try using one small split shot about two feet from the hook and letting the bait slowly sink when you catch. If you don't get any bites, quickly move your rod and reel it in a few cranks.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-10-30
Good
The water temperature has dropped to about 53°F. In the afternoons, you can see fish jumping within 30 feet of shore. Most of the fish seem to be in the shallow water, so use something that stays near the surface. This is a great place for a float tube, kayak or small non-motorized boat.

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
2014-10-30
Good
Anglers report good and quick fishing for perch using worms along the sandy and rocky shores. The fish are relatively close to the shore; within 10 to 30 feet. The courtesy docks have been removed. The Hyrum State Park tagged fishing contest will run until Nov. 30. Some of the tagged fish have been caught, but you still have a chance to win prizes.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-10-30
Good
Fishing is very good. Trout are biting on PowerBait and flies near the surface. Try to suspend your bait about 8 to 18 inches under a bobber. Fly anglers should try using black or brown leech and traditional nymph patterns under an indicator. Anglers that have fished near the bottom have not had any success.

Mike Clark fished last weekend and reported good midmorning fishing for rainbow trout with a silver Li'l Jakes Spin-a-Lure, a silver Jakes Stream-a-Lure, and a silver and red Super Duper spinner. The fish were hitting the lures about 12 to 18 inches below the surface. They seemed to hit when the lure was being pulled back and was about 20 to 35 feet from the shore. Mike caught and released four fish in less than an hour once it heated up. Mike saw another angler who had phenomenal success during the morning using a spin casting rod outfitted with a fly and a bubble. That angler was using a smaller orange Pistol Petes dry fly off the end of a clear tapered bubble filled with water with about four to six feet of leader off the end of the bubble. He was using a very lightweight line and was casting far into the pond and then slowly retrieving.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-10-30
Good
At the third pond, you can see trout and bluegill cruising the surface near the fishing pier. Try using top water or shallow fishing gear. The water temperature has dropped to around 53°F. The water is much clearer than it has been in recent weeks.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek or to try the fishing at Laketown and Woodruff Creek Reservoir. The reservoir (usually stocked by early November) provides some of the earliest ice fishing opportunities in Northern Utah.
Logan River
2014-10-30
Good
Remington from the Round Rocks Fly Shop in Logan reported great fishing. The water is very clear, but there are numerous leaves floating in the river. Remington mostly caught brown trout, along with a few rainbow trout and whitefish. He was using solitude flash bug and el diablos. Sculpin pattern streamers also worked well towards the evening. Dry fly patterns only seemed to work during the last 30 minutes before sundown. The brown trout are starting to spawn. Take care not to step on the redds (brown trout spawning areas) while fishing.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-10-30
Good
Two anglers reported good fishing from the shore near the boat ramp. One angler used a rooster tail while another used a simple worm and marshmallow. They started fishing around 7:30 a.m. and fishing was a little slow. Once the sun came out, it warmed up and fishing improved. There are a fair number of anglers fishing at Lost Creek from the shore and from boats. The water level is good, and it's still possible to launch a boat.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-10-30
Hot
Anglers report great fishing for bass and trout from a boat or rocky shore between 11 a.m. and midday. Try using gold-, silver- or perch-colored Kastmasters; perch- and rainbow-colored crank baits; or gold lil jakes lures. The fish are staying near the shore. Most are 20 to 30 feet from the shore and start striking 15 to 20 feet from shore.

The water temperature is around 53°F near the boat docks. The water level is extremely low on the south and southeast sides and on the northern shore. On the east side, the water is low enough that you can walk along a small stream to get closer to the middle of the reservoir. You can still launch a boat or small watercraft from the boat ramp. Use extreme caution, though. You don't want to get stuck while trying to launch a larger boat. Remember: Fishing is prohibited along the sandy shore and within 300 feet of either side of the boat ramp and dock.
Newton Reservoir
2014-10-30
Fair
There are not many anglers fishing Newton. The water temperature is around 53°F. The water levels are still low, though they have risen recently. The water is covering the outlet pipe and about five feet below the boat ramp. You can launch kayaks or canoes on the west side. The shoreline is wet, so be careful not to get your vehicle stuck.
Ogden River
2014-10-30
Good
The Division just completed a survey of the Ogden through town and found healthy fish populations. You can read about the survey in a Standard Examiner article. Be careful and do not step on the redds (brown trout spawning areas) while fishing.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-10-30
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for crappie and perch. There are a lot of anglers fishing on the Yacht Club and Port docks. Crappie fishing has been good in about 30 feet of water near Cemetery Point and towards the narrows. Fishing is slow on cold mornings, but picks as the temperature increases.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-10-30
Fair
More anglers are fishing Porcupine than this time last year. Anglers report fair fishing from the shore in the back of the reservoir, within eye shot of the inlet. Salmon eggs and worms seem to be working well. One angler recommends using a bubble about five feet from his hook with no weights. He would cast it as far as he could, then let the bait slowly sink to the bottom. A few boat anglers reported that they found no success trolling with Rapalas and spinners in about 50 feet of water. The water temperature is between 55–57°F during the day.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-10-30
Good
Fishing is good. Boat anglers are still doing best by trolling. Many anglers are catching one fish about every two hours. The fish are nice and healthy, and usually in the 15- to 18-inch range. Shore fishing is slower. Try moving around and using different baits. The reservoir was stocked with 50,000 rainbow trout. Many of them have made their way into the Weber River. Remember to fill out your invasive species form every time you launch your boat.

We had our first meeting to start planning the second annual Wasatch Back Quad-Fishalon. The Quad-Fishalon is an event that holds four ice fishing tournaments at four different reservoirs. Cabelas is sponsoring the event this year and will be awarding an Ultimate Ice Fishing package worth several thousand dollars! More information will be available on the State Parks website soon.
Uinta Mountains
2014-10-30
Good
Anglers reported good fishing this past week at Trial Lake, but conditions were very cold and ice is forming around the edges. Be prepared for winter survival conditions. Some years, you can safely go ice fishing at some waters in late November.
Weber River
2014-10-23
Good
Clayton from Roundrocks Fly Shop recently had a great day fishing the Weber River. Many people are out fishing the Weber, especially near the Taggart area. Browns are spawning and you can see them on their redds. They're taking egg patterns, midge patterns, sow bugs, blue-wing olives (in size 20) and olive-colored streamers. Be careful and do not step on the redds while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-10-30
Good
Anglers report good fishing for catfish and smallmouth bass. The water clarity is very poor. The temperatures can fluctuate from 30°F to 53°F over the course of the day. One angler reported excellent fishing for catfish using chub meat. He caught 11 fish.

 

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