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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
2014-10-17
Good
Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that fishing continues to be good on the east side for anglers who are jigging and trolling in 75 to 85 feet of water. Remember, you may only keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake if it has a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). If the cutthroat trout has all its fins intact — and even if it's a tagged fish — you must release it.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
Angler Tom Ogden visited the reservoir this past week and reported consistent fishing for rainbow trout. They ranged from 15–17 inches long. He used a medium-sink (#3) line in the morning with a size 6 beadhead Canada blood leech, a size 6 beadhead black/green/pearl soft-hackle fly and a size 6 beadhead (white bead) tan/brown soft-hackle fly. In the afternoon, he used fast-sinking line (#7) and size 4 beadhead (white) tan/green/pearl crystal bugger, a #6 beadhead purple leech and a size 6 beadhead black/orange woolly bugger. The water temperature was 54–55°F, and the algae reduced visibility to about four or five feet. Check out the DWR video that highlights Birch Creek Reservoir and other fun fall fishing spots in northern Utah.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-10-17
Good
Round Rocks Fly Shop reports that fishing is very good. The water was a little murky recently, but it should be nice and clear now. Anglers are catching browns, rainbows and cutthroats. Throughout the day, anglers are having success with nymphs, especially shiny nymphs like El Diablos or white PMDs. During the last 30 min of the day, anglers are having success using size 18 or 20 traditional dry flies. Thanks to Round Rocks for the report. 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
2014-10-17
Good
Two anglers reported good fishing on Oct. 13. They caught three trout in one hour while fishing from the pier on the east side of the lake. They used orange PowerBait and fished it just off the bottom. Bountiful Lake was last stocked on Oct. 6 with 1,000 nine-inch trout. It should be stocked again sometime this coming week.
Causey Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
One angler reported slow fishing on the west bank, near the Causey Estates inlet. He fished for an hour without any success. The water is very clear, and visibility is excellent. 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
2014-10-17
Good
There will be a mandatory drawdown of the water in the reservoir and marsh, starting on Oct. 20. Low-water conditions will last until early next spring, and will likely affect anglers' fishing success and hunters' access to boat ramps.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-10-17
Hot
Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that anglers are catching rainbow trout from boats and the shoreline, using standard baits and lures. Trout are very active in the cooler water, resulting in great fishing for anglers. Thanks to Chris for his report.
Echo Reservoir
2014-10-17
Slow
The water is very low, and there aren't many people fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-10-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing at Farmington for rainbow trout. The reservoir was last stocked on Oct. 6 with 1,000 trout, and the fish are very active. They jump at the surface throughout the day, offering good fishing for fly anglers and bait anglers alike. The trout are biting on standard dry flies and nymphs as well as PowerBait eggs and worms. Overall, the fishing at Farmington has been great this fall.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
Most anglers have been visiting Holmes Creek on the weekends. Fishing pressure is very light on weekdays. Earlier this week, one angler had a great day targeting crappie and trout. He fished all along the western shore and caught a lot of crappie. He fished for about an hour, starting at 9:45 a.m., and used perch-colored Rapalas. He also caught trout off the point on the eastern shore, using a black-and-yellow Panther Martin spinner. 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
2014-10-17
Good
Anglers report good fishing at Hyrum. Those who are having the most success are in boats near the cove on the east side. Shoreline fishing has slowed a bit but is still good for perch. Try using worms on the bottom of the reservoir. Most of the trout have moved away from the rocky dam, but some can still be caught. One angler recently caught a large rainbow at around 9 a.m. using rainbow PowerBait floated about two feet off the bottom. 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. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-10-17
Good
Fishing has been very good, and anglers are catching the larger trout that were stocked last week. One angler has fished the pond every day for the past two weeks and reports great success with both blue Fox spinners and red-and-white Mepps spinners. Meadow Creek Pond in Roy and Glassmans Pond in Ogden — which are both nearby — were also stocked with large brood fish earlier in the week. The daily limit at all community ponds is two fish. If you see someone exceeding the limit, please call 1-800-662-3337.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-10-17
Good
One angler and his daughter recently had a great time fishing the ponds for trout. They caught their limit using worms and PowerBait on the bottom. They also caught and released another 10 fish using top-water flies. On Oct. 13, an angler caught bluegill and trout on spinner baits while targeting bass in the third pond.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek or to try the fishing at Laketown and Woodruff Creek Reservoir. Water levels are rising, and the reservoir should be stocked with rainbow trout in the next couple of weeks. (It is usually stocked in late October or early November.)
Logan River
2014-10-17
Good
The Logan River is fishing very well right now. Anglers are catching browns, rainbows and cutthroats. Throughout the day, anglers are having the most success with nymphs, especially shiny nymphs like El Diablos or white PMDs. During the last 30 minutes of the day, anglers are having more success using traditional dry flies (in size 18 or 20). Now is a great time to come out and fish the river. Thanks to Round Rocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-10-17
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
2014-10-17
Good
Bass fishing has been incredible at Mantua. Anglers are catching bass all along the rocky shore on the west side of the reservoir. Fishing is best in the evening, but you can still catch fish throughout the day. Try using spinner baits and perch-colored Rapalas. The bass are in the shallow water, so cast parallel to the shore. 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
2014-10-17
Fair
Water temperatures have dropped to the high 50s, but anglers are enjoying the beautiful fall weather and good fishing.
Ogden River
2014-10-17
Good
Some anglers report tough fishing in the south fork of the river. For fly fishing, the team at Anglers Den recommends using Prince nymphs (in size 16 or 18), sow bugs, Copper Johns, blue-wing olives (in size 18 or 20) or Parachute Adams. For spinners and lures, try using small Rapalas with a brown trout or rainbow trout pattern. A Blue Fox Vibrax (in size 1 or 2) should also do well. Thanks to Anglers Den for the report! The Magpie and Botts campgrounds — which offer easier access to the river — are still open. Other campgrounds up the river have closed, but you can still find access points. Check out the DWR video that highlights the Ogden River and other fun fall fishing spots in northern Utah. 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.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
Anglers are catching some large tiger muskie this fall! They are primarily fishing the Pineview Narrows area in boats. Few anglers have been fishing from the shoreline. Check out the DWR video that highlights Pineview Reservoir and other fun fall fishing spots in northern Utah.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-10-17
Fair
On a recent trip, an Ogden family enjoyed fishing the reservoir near the inlet. They fished for six hours, using worms on the bottom, and caught one brown, two rainbows and eight kokanee salmon.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-10-17
Good
You'll find really good trout fishing from a boat. The fish are about 15 feet down, and anglers are catching them while trolling with pop gear and worms. Rapalas are also working well. The water temperature is about 58°F. Bank fishing is best in the dam areas, using either PowerBait or worms. We've had beautiful weather lately, and our campgrounds remain open all year. For those who love to ice fish, we are just starting to plan the second annual Wasatch Back Quadfishalon! Thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for that report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-10-17
Good
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
2014-10-17
Good
Roger from Smitty's Tire and Service reports fair fishing for brown trout. The browns are concentrating on digging their redds (spawning areas) as they prepare to spawn. Nymphs seem to work best this time of year. Try using egg patterns, Prince nymphs (in size 16 or 18), sow bugs, Copper Johns, blue-wing olives (in size 18 or 20) or Parachute Adams. For spinners and lures, try using small Rapalas with a brown trout or rainbow trout pattern. 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
2014-10-17
Good
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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