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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
2014-09-25
Good
Biologist Scott Tolentino reports good fishing on the east side trolling in 85 feet (or deeper) of water. Remember, in order to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). Cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be released, including tagged fish with all of their fins. Consider releasing large lake trout in order to maintain the fishery. Lake trout grow slow and can easily live more than 35 years in Bear Lake.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
The neighboring private access point on the west side of Birch Creek is now part of the Walk-in Access program. With a Walk-in access authorization number, you may walk through the half-mile of private land and enter the reservoir from the gate on the west. Let's show the landowner that sportsmen can be good neighbors.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-09-25
Good
The brown trout are aggressive and preparing to spawn. Anglers report good fishing for browns, rainbows and whitefish using worms throughout the river. Anglers are also seeing success using beaded spinners and a fly and a bubble near the dam. During the day, anglers are having success using black whirly buggers, streamers, hoppers, bates and caddis flies. During the evening, anglers prefer to use nymphs, pheasant tails and scuds. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop in Logan for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report good fishing using spinners. One angler caught five rainbow trout and two bass using spinners on the east side of the pond near the inlet. This angler also caught a few bluegill using worms while fishing on the northside.
Causey Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
The water is very clear and visibility is excellent. The water temperature is around 55°F. There are a lot of small fish congregating around the rocky shore near the dam. Please avoid stepping in the spawning beds in the inlets as eggs are deposited there. To protect spawning kokanee populations, Causey and its tributaries are closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-09-25
Good
Water temperatures have dropped to 63°F, yet the carp continue to be very active during the day. Often times you'll see them jumping at the surface. The water is still very murky with low visibility.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-25
Good
The water temperature is in the low to mid 60s. The boat ramp is down to one lane but, but there's plenty of ramp to use, and plenty water to boat on. Fishing is still good from the shore and trolling. Water recreation has slowed, so anglers shouldn't have trouble finding good spots to fish. Power Bait, Jakes, Rapalas and spoons are working best now
Echo Reservoir
2014-09-25
Slow
The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-09-25
Fair
Surface temperatures have decreased to about 65°F. The pond was recently stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout. Anglers report good fishing with spinners.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
The water levels have dropped farther below the dam. Holmes receives fair fishing pressure. There is a film floating on the surface of the water and the temperature is about 65°F. Trout are still active and can be seen jumping at the surface. Please respect this privately owned pond by picking up trash. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.

Nearby Andy Adams was stocked with rainbow trout on Sept. 10. Hobbs Reservoir is now open. Remember, artificial flies and lures only. Please see the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more details.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-09-25
Hot
Anglers report hot fishing for trout using lures from the shore. Two anglers report visiting the reservoir every day for the last 10 days and catching trout on almost every cast. They didn't have success using bait. Any shiny lure works very well. Spinners have been working best — especially when the sun is shining. The water level and clarity is good for this time of year. Often times, you'll see schools of trout cruising the shoreline. The Hyrum State Park tagged fishing contest will run until Nov. 30. A few tagged fish have already been caught, but many are still out there! Prizes include, but are not limited to: Camp Chef two burner stove and portable campfire, fishing supplies from Al's Sporting Goods, Sportsman's Warehouse gift cards, a one-year supply of Coca-Cola, a one-year supply of Pepsi, dutch oven from IFA, many gift cards to local restaurants and even cash!
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-09-25
Good
The pond was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on Sept. 24. The average size of the fish stocked is about nine inches, and many are as big as 12 inches. The water is fairly cloudy with low visibility and surface temperatures are around 63°F. Anglers have had great success catching stocked fish using spinners.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-09-25
Hot
Angler Michael Alexander fishes for catfish in the evenings and he pulled in a 28-inch whiskered wonder out this week! The Brigham City Senior fishing club visited the pond on Friday Sept. 19 and collectively caught 40 fish: ten black bullhead catfish, a couple rainbow trout and the rest bluegill. The fish were caught on worms and PowerBait either suspended from a bobber or resting on the bottom. For those anglers using float tubes or other non-motorized watercraft, many large catfish and bass have been caught in areas that are not targeted by folks fishing from the shore.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek.
Logan River
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report good fishing for brown trout preparing to spawn. Anglers are having success throughout the river using egg patterns, streamers and hoppers during the day. Try usig dry flies and nymphs near Tony's Grove and Temple Fork. Whitefish are biting on scuds in the lower sections of the river. Rainbows and cutthroats are biting on black whirly buggers. Now is a great time to come out and fish the Logan. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report good fishing along the shore near the boat ramp using worms and PowerBait, letting them rest on the bottom. During a recent survey of Lost Creek, we found healthy populations of rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and Utah chub. The majority of the trout surveyed were within the slot limit (15-22 inches) with a few fish over 22 inches. One cutthroat was 25 inches and weighed five pounds. The majority of the bigger fish were found deep along the shore in the north finger. Water temperatures are around 63°F with fair visibility.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Water temperatures are around 63°F with cloudy water and low visibility. Underwater vegetation has started to grow near the surface, but you can still cast from shore. The inlet stream on the southeast side is very low. Most boat anglers are fishing in the coves on the east side of the reservoir. On Saturday, Sept. 27, Brigham City will host the annual Dam Donut Ride around the reservoir at 8:00 a.m.
Newton Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
There haven't been many anglers visiting the reservoir. The water is very cloudy with low visibility and surface temperatures are around 60°F.
Ogden River
2014-09-25
Good
The South Fork of the Ogden has good flows with crystal clear water. During the week, angling pressure is light on this section of the river. Magpie and Botts campgrounds are currently open and offer easy access to the river. Other campgrounds up the river are closed, but you can still access the river from pull-outs. The river through town was recently stocked with rainbow trout.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-09-25
Fair
On a recent fishing trip, Biologist Chris Penne hooked a tiger muskie while trolling in his kayak. He was trolling at 2-3 mph with perch-colored crank baits. You can see muskies cruising the shallow waters in the morning, then dive deeper in the afternoon. Other anglers report fair fishing for smallmouth bass along shores and points using motor oil colored tube jigs.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-09-25
Slow
Possession of kokanee salmon is prohibited during the spawning run. This reservoir is closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red coloring from August 15 through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of September. Anglers report slow fishing overall, but slightly better fishing for rainbow trout near the inlet stream using nymphs or any brass bead-headed flies.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Trout fishing is picking up with the cooler weather. On the converse, bass fishing is slowing down. Trolling with your favorite gear works well. Bank anglers are doing well with PowerBait. The good news is that the ramp is still open and you should have no problem launching a boat. The large crowds are gone so now is the time to come fishing and relax! Many thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-09-25
Good
The fall colors are spectacular right now, and the fish are actively feeding. Try fishing with a fly and bubble rigged with two flies. Or try a stimulator pattern on the top and a emerger soft hackle pattern on the bottom in size 14 or 16. Fish were readily taking both patterns this week.

Mirror Lake Highway Lakes: These lakes are stocked heavily and offer good fishing. If you don't find good fishing at one, move on to another. Watch closely as the fish rise — if their jump leaves an air bubble, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. Use a fly that floats readily on the surface like a caddis, foam ant or hopper. If their rise is more of a swirl that doesn't leave a bubble, they are likely taking flies below the surface. Use a prince nymph, hare's ear or a combination of the two called a Prince Hairy. You don't need a fly rod to fish this way—you can use your spinning outfit.

Uintas North Slope Lakes: Anglers interviewed Sept. 15 were doing good fishing with bloodworm patterns at Bridger Lake. Be sure to take your fishing rod with you as you explore the north slope road on your ATV.

Red Rock Adventures has scans of the Lakes of the High Uintas booklet series available for download. The books, which are out of print, contain useful information on these lakes and how to find them. Download the pdf files.
Weber River
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report slow fishing throughout the river because of low water levels and lots of aquatic vegetation. Brown trout should pick up as they are more aggressive in preparation for the spawn.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-09-25
Good
Anglers report good fishing for wipers, walleye and catfish.

 

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