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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
2014-11-20
Good
Bear Lake fishing is beginning to heat up now that the cold weather has arrived. Water levels are looking good — they are just about the same as last year at this time. You can still launch boats at the Utah State Park marina and off the east side at the First Point and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. We recently completed our fall gillnet sampling on the lake and found cutthroat and lake trout at depths ranging from 15 to 60 feet. Anglers who have fished over the last two weeks have reported catching mainly cutthroat trout. The lake trout are just beginning to bite now that their spawning season has ended. Anglers are catching both cutthroats and lake trout while trolling with downriggers and flatfish in the U-20 and T-4 sizes. The best spots to fish this time of year include the rockpile area off Ideal Beach Resort (in 40 to 60 feet of water) and along Cisco Beach northward to North Eden. Good starting speeds range from 1.4–1.9 mph, but you can try faster or slower, depending on what the fish want that day. 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 have to be released, including fish that are tagged with all of their fins. You may also want to consider releasing large lake trout to help maintain the fishery. Lake trout are very slow-growing and can easily live more than 35 years in Bear Lake. For those anglers anticipating the Bonneville whitefish run, it should begin around Thanksgiving weekend and continue for the first two weeks of December. Use light-action spinning rods with four- to six-pound line and 1/16- to 1/8-ounce jigs tipped with a one-inch piece of nightcrawler. Cast along the rock shoreline on the east side and off the Utah State Park marina for the best results. Other fishing opportunities in Rich County include:

Garden City Pond: Stocking is completed for the year. Recent improvements at the pond include a paved sidewalk and a dock. Anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout (up to 12 inches) using nymph flies, nightcrawlers under a bobber or PowerBait. Garden City Pond is a community fishery, and the daily limit is two fish.

Laketown Reservoir: The pond is full, and anglers are catching rainbow trout and a few cutthroats with small spinners (#1 size) or with a worm-and-marshmallow combination under a bobber. At Laketown Reservoir, the daily limit is four trout.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
Starting Nov. 17, UDOT will close a portion of SR-39 for the season. At that point, you will only be able to access the reservoir from Woodruff, on the Rich County side. Ice may start forming because of recent cold temperatures in Rich County. Use extreme caution!
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-11-20
Good
Fishing slowed down a bit for most anglers. The fish have become lethargic with the colder weather. Anglers are having some success using small, dark midges and egg patterns in sizes 18, 20 and 22. Brown trout are still spawning and can be seen on their redds. Be careful not to step on their redds (spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them. Water clarity is very good right now, and water flows are normal. Thanks to Roundrocks Fly shop in Logan for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-11-20
Good
The reservoir is starting to freeze. Most of the water is still open and you can cast from the shore. Ice is accumulating around the inlet. Ice fishing is permitted at Bountiful Lake, but we recommend that you wait until the ice is thicker.
Causey Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
The surface temperature is in the 40s and though ice has not started forming yet, it probably will soon. There haven't been many anglers fishing at Causey.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-11-20
Slow
Cutler is experiencing a mandatory water drawdown until early spring of 2015.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-20
Good
The cold weather and wind have kept anglers from fishing East Canyon lately. The few anglers that are out report good fishing using Pop Gear and rainbow-colored lures. Shore anglers are catching fish with a simple worm-and-marshmallow combination or with rainbow PowerBait. There's no ice on the reservoir yet, but it won't be long. The wedge dock is in and it will stay in the water until the lake freezes over. The first leg of Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be at East Canyon on January 31. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Ranger Kent Cummings for the report.
Echo Reservoir
2014-11-20
Slow
The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-11-20
Good
The pond is almost completely covered in ice. There is a little open water around the inlet. Ice fishing is permitted at the reservoir, but do so at your own risk. Ice thickness varies throughout the reservoir, so we recommend waiting to venture out. Prior to freezing, the water level had come up quite a bit and is almost full.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Water temperatures have decreased and are hovering around 40°F. Ice should start accumulating shortly. The water level has come up a little and water clarity has improved; visibility is fair. There haven't been many anglers visiting the reservoir lately. 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
2014-11-20
Good
There haven't been many anglers fishing the reservoir, and there's still no ice. The tagged fishing contest is ongoing until November 30. Some tagged fish have already been caught, but there are many still out there. Thanks to Park Manager Chris Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-11-20
Good
Fishing is still good for small rainbow trout. The fish rise in the evenings. Anglers have had success using worms, PowerBait and a fly and bubble. For flies, try a small #14 or #16 hare's ear or pheasant tail nymph.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-11-20
Unstable ice
All four ponds are almost completely covered in thin, unstable ice. A lure or heavy split shot weight can easily break through the ice. As long as daily temperatures stay below freezing, the pond should completely freeze up very shortly. Ice fishing (permitted at this pond) is usually very good, but we recommend waiting until the ice is thicker before venturing out.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
Starting Nov. 17, UDOT will close a portion of SR-39 for the season. At that point, you will only be able to access the reservoir from Woodruff, on the Rich County side. Ice may start forming because of recent cold temperatures in Rich County. Use extreme caution!
Logan River
2014-11-20
Fair
Fishing has slowed down a bit for most anglers. The fish are rather lethargic because of the cold snap. Anglers report some success using small dark midges and egg patterns in sizes 18, 20 and 22. Brown trout are still spawning and can easily be seen on their redds (spawning areas). Be careful and avoid stepping on the redds while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them. Thanks to Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Fishing was fair for three determined anglers who braved the cold and wind this week. They fished from a boat near the cliffs in the desert finger from about 9 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Using pink, white and green jigs — and fishing deep — they caught seven fish, all within the slot limit. The reservoir is completely open water with temperatures around 40°F. Ice will start forming shortly.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
The reservoir is beginning to freeze over. Prior to the cold snap on Saturday, anglers were having success catching their limits — within an hour or two — using PowerBait and worms. Other anglers were catching bass using black woolly buggers and zugbugs.
Newton Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
The reservoir still has open water but will probably freeze over shortly.
Ogden River
2014-11-20
Good
Ice has started to accumulate on the rocks and over pools of slow-moving water. Please be cautious when venturing out. Be careful and avoid stepping on the redds (spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
Water temperatures have dropped to about 40°F. The reservoir is still open water, but will likely freeze shortly.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
There aren't many anglers out braving the cold weather and strong wind. The reservoir is completely open water. Since this reservoir is higher in elevation and above the inversion, it is one of the last to freeze, allowing shore anglers to fish well into the season.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-11-20
Good
Fishing continues to be really good. The ramp is open and the courtesy wedge is still on the ramp. The lake is starting to freeze over. Most of the south end has several inches of ice, so if you're ready to punch a hold and try ice fishing, you could start there. Try trolling with Rapalas or pop gear and a worm. The Rockport leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon is February 14, 2015. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Remember to fill out your invasive species form every time you launch your boat. Thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-11-20
Good
Be prepared for winter survival conditions. Some years, the ice conditions are suitable for ice fishing by late November.
Weber River
2014-11-20
Good
Ice has started to accumulate in different sections of the river, covering rocks and pools of slow-moving water. Please be very careful when venturing out.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-11-20
Slow
Fishing pressure has been very light. On November 16, there were only three parties fishing the reservoir. There was no ice was forming at that time.

 

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