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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
2014-10-23
Good
Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that shore anglers are catching lake trout at the State Park Marina and Cisco Beach. Fly anglers are using white zonkers and spinning anglers are seeing success with a glow-in-dark #5 and #6. Boat anglers are trolling flatfish 55 feet deep. Boat anglers are also finding success jigging tube jigs near rockpiles in 55–65 feet of water. Please remember to keep your distance from other anglers.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Fall is a great time to fish from the shore or from a float tube.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-10-23
Good
Water levels are at base flows, but you should still check the levels before heading out. Roundrocks Fly Shop reports that fishing is very good. 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. Anglers report good fishing using hoppers, parachute Adams and blue-wing olives on warm afternoons. There aren't many anglers fishing the river. Thanks to Roundrocks for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-10-23
Good
Fishing is fair during the day, and better in the mid-morning and later evening. One angler had good success catching trout and bass using mepps rainbow-colored spinners (size 2) in the evenings on the north side, as well as in the mornings along the south shore. He also reported that fishing from the docks had been slow. The water is cloudy and visibility is fair.
Causey Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Water levels are good and it is possible to 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
2014-10-23
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
2014-10-23
Good
Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Ranger Kent Cummings report great fishing. Anglers are catching rainbow trout from the shore and boats using rainbow PowerBait with glitter, pop gear and lures. Boaters are catching fish trolling from the middle of the lake. Fishing is good from the shore, too. The lake is starting to fill.
Echo Reservoir
2014-10-23
Slow
The water is very low and there aren't many people fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-10-23
Good
Anglers are doing quite well at Farmington Pond this fall. The fish are very active. They jump and feed at the surface throughout the day. Trout are biting worms and PowerBait about a foot off the bottom. Fly anglers are having success with midges.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Most anglers have been visiting Holmes Creek on the weekends. Fishing pressure is very light on weekdays. Fishing is good for some anglers, and spotty for others. Two anglers fishing on the southwest side of the reservoir had great success mid-day using pink spinners. Another group of anglers had slow success fishing at the same time, but on the east side using PowerBait. When fishing from the shore, be sure to cast in different directions and vary your lure-retrieving speed. 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
2014-10-23
Good
Trout and perch fishing continue to be good throughout the water column. 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. The courtesy docks at Hyrum were removed. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-10-23
Good
Fishing has been good. Fish are jumping at the surface and feeding about 12–8 inches beneath the surface. A few fly anglers using with leeches had the best success letting them sit about eight inches beneath the surface. One angler had good success catching trout using a Li'l Jakes lure. A group of younger anglers had excellent success catching bluegill on worms underneath the bridge on the west side.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-10-23
Good
Kaysville continues to be a great place to fish. One angler caught a trout and six catfish using PowerBait fishing from the bridge in the second pond. The water is quite cloudy with low visibility. Surface temperatures are around 57°F. The ponds were last stocked with 750 nine-inch trout on Oct 14.
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
2014-10-23
Good
The Logan River is fishing very well right now. Brown trout are starting to spawn and you can see them on their redds. Anglers have had the most success fishing zebra midge patterns throughout the day between the second and third dams and in the upper part of the river. Thanks to Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing from boats and from the shore. One angler fished with his four-year-old grandson in a canoe, and they caught and released four rainbow trout in two hours. They were fishing near the boat ramp and using PowerBait about two feet off the bottom. Another family also fished near the boat ramp, but they were on shore. They caught 10 rainbows smaller than 15 inches on yellow-twist PowerBait and had a great time. They said the fishing was fastest around 11 a.m. Other anglers report success using pearl tube jigs. You can either bounce them off the bottom or just use a simple cast-and-retrieve method.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Anglers are catching bass along the rocky shore using perch-colored Rapalas. Water temperatures are around 53°F near the boat docks. Water levels are extremely low on the south and southeast sides, as well as the northern shore. It is still possible to launch boats and other small watercraft from the boat ramp, but please use extreme caution. You do not want to get stuck while trying to launch a larger boat. Please remember that fishing is prohibited along the sandy shore and within 300 feet of either side of the boat ramp and dock.
Newton Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
There haven't been many anglers fishing Newton.
Ogden River
2014-10-23
Good
Lisa Decker has been enjoying brown trout fishing on the Ogden River. She has had good success using a #18 black ant and a dandelion midge.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Anglers are primarily fishing the narrows of Pineview from boats. There aren't many anglers fishing from the shore.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-10-23
Fair
Angling activity has recently tapered off.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-10-23
Good
Fishing continues to be great for 15-inch (and larger!) rainbow trout. Try trolling using jointed Rapalas, pop gear and worms. The reservoir was recently stocked with 50,000 three- to eight-inch rainbows. Shore fishing is fair and the dam area is still the most productive. The lake is still rising and launch conditions are excellent.

Remember to fill out an AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) form each time you launch your boat. You'll find the forms at the top of most launch ramps in the state. Thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-10-23
Good
Be prepared for winter survival conditions. Often times the Uinta lakes are ready for ice fishing by late November.

Mirror Lake Highway lakes: These lakes are stocked heavily and offer good fishing. If the action is slow at one lake, move on to another. Watch closely as the fish are rising. If their jump leaves an air bubble, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. Under those circumstances, use a fly that floats on the surface (a caddis, foam ant or hopper). If the fish rise in a swirl that does not leave a bubble, they are likely taking flies below the surface. At that point, you may want to use a Prince nymph, a hare's ear or a combination of the two. You don't actually need a fly rod to fish this way. Here's how to use your spinning reel with a fly and bubble.

Also, be sure to take your fishing rod with you as you explore the North Slope road on your ATV. Red Rock Adventures has scanned all of the booklets in the Lakes of the High Uintas series. You can download these booklets (which are no longer available in print) and use them with the DWR stocking report to check on stocking patterns for the lakes you want to explore. North Slope drainages include the Bear River, Henry's Fork and Burnt Fork.
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
2014-10-23
Good
Water temperatures are around 75°F and water levels are low. The boat ramp is closed. Any boaters launching in the north marina do so at their own risk. Wiper fishing continues to be steady. Anglers have caught a few crappie and a few catfish. Boaters are catching the most fish, but anglers on the south and west dikes are also catching a few. Rapalas and jigs continue to be the best for wipers. DWR officers have been doing a lot of undercover work at Willard because some people are keeping more than their limit. The South Marina has anglers every morning and night as a result of the good fishing. Thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the report.

 

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