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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-05-22
Good
Angler creel surveys show good fishing for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout. For trout, anglers are mainly trolling with minnow-type lures in water depths of 15 to 30 using flatlines with deep-diving lures or downriggers with lures that run more shallow. The best spots to fish have been along the east side at Rainbow Cove/North Eden and along the west side from Swan Creek to the north to Fish Haven Creek. A few anglers have been jigging using tube jigs tipped with cisco or worms on the bottom in about 60 feet of water off Second Point and Cisco Beach. Remember: you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.

State Road 39 over Monte Cristo is open, so you can reach Bear Lake and other Rich County waters through Monte Cristo. The surface water temperature is about 51 degrees. You can launch a boat at the marina and at both east side boat ramps: First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-05-22
Fair
There have been very few anglers fishing the river this week because of the rain.
Bountiful Lake
2015-05-22
Fair
Very few anglers fished Bountiful Lake last week because of the rain. The water is very cloudy and water visibility is low.
Causey Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Shore anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout using worms. Try fishing the shore near the Boy Scout camps or the shore near Causey Estates. The fish still seem to be fairly shallow. Fishing with a worm a few feet under a bobber is still your best bet. The reservoir about full.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-22
Good
There were very few anglers out fishing because of all the rain. A few anglers reported good fishing from boats or floattubes. One angler caught his limit of 18-inch rainbows shore fishing on the bottom with rainbow PowerBait. SR-65 is open east of Salt Lake City from mile post 3 to 13.2. For news about upcoming events, visit the East Canyon State Park website.
Echo Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Fishing is quite good for boat anglers. Shore anglers report good fishing for 12- to 14-inch rainbow trout using traditional trout baits and lures along shores with steep banks. Some anglers have also been able to catch smallmouth bass using light-colored plastic lures.
Farmington Pond
2015-05-22
Slow
Many anglers braved the rain and fished last weekend, but unfortunately most of them reported very slow fishing. The pond was stocked with 260 six-inch perch. The perch will be a great addition to the rainbow trout, bass, bluegill and green sunfish already at the pond.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
A local angler named Si fished on the east side with his family near the dam. As a group, the two adults and three children caught seven fish in 30 minutes fishing with PowerBait on the bottom. All the kids had a great time. Water levels are very good. The water levels are up by the trees, which is creating excellent habitat and fishing conditions along the shore around the entire reservoir. 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
2015-05-22
Good
Not very many anglers braved the weather, but those that did reaped the rewards. Anglers report great fishing with everything they used. Try using a worm and salmon egg combination or trolling with anything that floats. Bass are nesting in the southeastern part of the lake.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-05-22
Slow
There have been very few anglers fishing this pond. Expect slow fishing.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-05-22
Fair
The ponds are all open for fishing again. A lot of the invasive phragmites have been cut down, which has opened more fishing access for anglers — especially at the second and third ponds.
Logan River
2015-05-22
Slow
The abundant rain has led to very high and fast water flows. The water is off-color too. Very few anglers have fishing the river over the past few weeks.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-05-14
Good
One angler reported having very little success while fishing near the dam. He was using a 1/4-ounce Kastmaster. He got a few larger trout to follow it to shore, but was unable to get the fish to bite. Clinton angler Tim Summers had great fishing all weekend from shore near the boat ramp. He used a worm tipped with green PowerBait just off the bottom. When the wind calmed, he also had success catching cutthroats on a dry fly. He said the fishing was good in the morning, but really slowed down from about 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., then picked back up again around 3:00 p.m. Many thanks to Tim for that report.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing for rainbow trout and bass using worms from the shore. Boat and floattube anglers also report good fishing.
Ogden River
2015-05-22
Good
Very few anglers have been out fishing. The water has been a little off-color because of the recent rainstorms.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Fishing is improving. Anglers report good fishing for crappie using small jigs in chartreuse, pink, red and white. Anglers fishing from boats in 25 feet of water reported the best fishing. The crappie were at depths around 10 to 15 feet. Crappie fishing was best northeast of Cemetery Point, but fishing was slow near Anderson Cove. Anglers are catching a few smallmouth bass in the shallower parts of the bays using chartreuse curly tailed jigs. A few anglers have caught tiger muskies too. One angler was targeting bass when he caught a 15-inch tiger muskie and a larger muskie that got off the jig when it was about 20 feet from shore.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Fishing is good from a boat or the shore. Fishing is better in the evening and into the night. Trolling your favorite lure can be very productive if you get the lure the the right depth. Shore fishing is improving. Some anglers have reported catching over 10 fish. One group of anglers caught 13 rainbow trout by Twin Cove campground (on the east side) using garlic and cheese. PowerBait and nightcrawlers are working well too. Bass fishing is still good. The water is still very cold, so make sure you wear a life jacket — even when you're fishing from the dock. Remember to certify that your vessel is clean and free of quagga mussels. You can find forms at the top of most boat ramps. Thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing — especially if you have boated at Lake Powell or Deer Creek. Read more about the decontamination process.
Uinta Mountains
2015-05-22
Fair
SR-150, the Mirror Lake Highway, is open again. Some of the lakes in the high Uintas have started to open — including Whitney, Lily, Stateline and Hoop Lake. More of these should be open for fishing soon. The area has received about 18 inches of new snow recently. Smith and Morehouse is ice free and the fishing is excellent.
Weber River
2015-05-22
Good
Water visibility is low and the water is very dark because of the recent rainstorms. Conservation officer Dominick Barratt and Rockport State Park ranger Brian Kurta report fair fishing for brown and rainbow trout just below the Rockport Dam using dry fly patterns on brightly colored nymphs.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
Few anglers braved this week's rainstorms. Shore anglers reported good fishing for wipers. Crappie and walleye fishing is slow, but some lucky boat anglers have been able to catch a few.

 

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