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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
2014-08-22
Good
Most fishing activity has been on the east side of the lake, trolling in 65-80 feet of water, though you'll find fish as deep as 180 feet. You can launch boats at the Utah State Park marina, and off the east side at the 1st Point and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. The courtesy docks are installed at all locations. If you want to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake, it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). If you catch a cutthroat with all of its fins intact — even if it's tagged — you must release it. Consider releasing large lake trout in order to maintain the fishery. Lake trout are very slow growing and can easily live more than 35 years in Bear Lake.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
Anglers report good fishing for tiger trout near the mouth of the inlet. One angler reported good tiger trout fishing using PowerBait from the shore, casting out and letting his bait fall to the bottom. The water level has risen about 10 feet since dewatering for irrigation discontinued. Surface temperatures are around 71°F. The water is very clear with a little algae floating on the surface near the shore. This is a great time to come out and catch tigers from the shore.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing for browns and rainbows throughout the river. Size 10 hoppers are working best during the day, and caddis flies are great for the evening. Anglers have also reported success using purple haze and Adams. The water is clear with good visibility, but the level is a little low. Please be aware that there are rattlesnakes in this area. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-08-22
Fair
Fish have been very active and can be seen jumping at the surface throughout the day, but anglers are having difficulty catching them. Most are fishing from the piers, all along the east shore or near the inlet on the north side with worms or other stink baits. Elliott Robinson of Ogden caught a nice 14-inch largemouth bass from the shore near the inlet using a spinner. Trout stocking should resume in the middle of September.
Causey Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
One angler reported slow fishing from the shore across from the dam using a spinner. The water is very clear and surface temperatures are around 68°F. This is the time of year kokanee start to turn red for the spawn. The fish will gather in the inlets over the next month. Possession of kokanee salmon is prohibited during the spawning run. 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
2014-08-22
Good
Now is the time to fish for carp. During the day, you'll find a lot of carp congregating in shade pockets. The visibility is very low and surface temperatures are in the high 70s. Catfishing is still good using worms and stink bait. Bass fishing is slow. One angler caught a small largemouth bass in two hours.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-08-22
Hot
Anglers report hot fishing at East Canyon State Park. If you're fishing from the shore, fish to the right of the boat ramp and down from the cabins and cast towards the buoy — do not go around the point, though. The trout are biting on yellow and orange PowerBait just off the bottom. Boat anglers are catching small bass using worms in the fingers.
Echo Reservoir
2014-08-22
Slow
The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir — even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-08-22
Slow
There's not much angling activity at Farmington Reservoir.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
The water level is very low, freeing up a lot of fishing access from the shore. With the good underwater structure now dry, bass and bluegill fishing may slow down a little. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-08-22
Good
The water levels are a little low, offering a lot of shore access adjacent to the dam. The best time to fish is in the early morning or late evening. Hyrum State Park will start a tagged fish contest in September.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-08-22
Slow
Not many anglers are fishing this pond. Catfish is currently the most likely catch. Try fishing at dawn or dusk when the fish are most active. Fish have been seen jumping throughout the day.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-08-22
Hot
Bluegill and black bullhead catfish fishing is hot. To catch bluegill, try fishing from the piers and the bridge with a small piece of worm or salmon egg. Use a normal-sized worm to catch catfish.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek. The water is very clear and surface temperatures are around 71°F. Be careful when descending to the water from the dam; the rocks are loose. You can see a lot of small fish swimming around the rocks near the dam. You'll see larger fish jumping throughout the reservoir.
Logan River
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing throughout the Logan River. The water is very clear with great visibility. Anglers have had success using purple haze, Adams and PMDs. The river impoundments have recently been stocked with rainbow trout. Many thanks to Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers have had success using green whirly buggers and kokanee lures. Shore anglers report slow fishing, but some are getting bites on hot pink PowerBait fished just off the bottom.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-08-22
Good
The water level is low, restricting any shore fishing to the dam, but it is still possible to launch boats. The water is murky and surface temperatures are around 75°F.
Newton Reservoir
2014-08-22
Good
Water levels are very low. The water clarity is low and temperatures are in the upper 70s. Use caution when driving down to the water; the shore is still wet and vehicles may get stuck.
Ogden River
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing. The South Fork of the Ogden is low, but the water is very clear. Try hopper or stimulator patterns.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
The Amrhein family had a great time fishing while visiting from Colorado Springs. They had the best success fishing in the evening near middle inlet beach. They caught 30 crappie, one perch, one catfish and one monster carp. All fish were caught using a short, dark plastic, segmented worm about four inches long while paddling in a zig-zag pattern in their canoe. They also caught bass in the morning on a white and light blue top water lure. Many thanks to the Amrhein family for the report.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-08-22
Slow
Anglers report slow shore fishing at Porcupine. Daytime surface temperatures are around 75°F. The kokanee are starting to turn red for the spawn. 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.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-08-22
Good
Trout fishing has slowed down, but early morning anglers have caught a few rainbows and browns. The water temperatures have been in the mid-70s. Fishing below the dam is good. One angler caught several nice-sized fish, including a 22-inch rainbow trout. Smallmouth bass fishing is hot for fish in the 10- to 15-inch range. Focus on fishing rocky shorelines using soft plastics or worms. Thanks to park manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2014-08-22
Good
Please remember that there are bears in the Uintas. See bear safety information.

Weber River Drainage: If you are looking for a remote backcountry experience, try the Weber River Drainage. This week, Northern Region Fisheries Manager Paul Thompson and Biologist Matt McKell found good populations of trout in this area. They fished Fran, Rhodes, Olsen and W-59 and had action in all of them. They caught a lot of 10- to 12-inchers, but also caught some up to 16 inches. They used black ants (#14-12) on the surface, but did really well with #6-8 woolly buggers (black with green and flash or black with orange and flash). The Weber River Drainage can be assessed east of Oakley.

Fish, Sand and Round lakes: Fishing is good for grayling. Try using small black ant patterns. These lakes, located in the back country in the Weber River Drainage, contain large populations of arctic grayling. The grayling are sustained through natural reproduction. Small black ant patterns have been effective.

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 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 raise is more of a swirl that does not leave a bubble, they are likely to be 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.

Smith/Morehouse Reservoir: Scout troop 1257 recently went camping near Smith and Morehouse and had a great time catching fish. Five of the seven boys caught 10- or 11-inch rainbow trout. A medium-sized bubble filled half way placed above a snap swivel with three to five feet of leader, a single hook and brown PowerBait worked best. Try casting it out and letting it sink to the bottom with the occasional jig.

Uintas North Slope streams: Stream fishing on the north slope has been good for the past couple weeks using caddis and hopper patterns. These streams are great places to take beginning fly anglers because there are some open areas to cast. With the small streams, massive casts are not necessary and the beginner can simply flip a fly and a hungry trout is usually waiting! One angler recently took his grandson to one or these streams on his first fly fishing trip and he caught 19 fish — most were small, but it was a fun experience. Reminder: the East Fork of Smith's Fork 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.

Uintas North Slope lakes: Be sure to take your fishing rod when you explore the north slope road on your ATV. The North Slope drainages include Bear River, Henry's Fork and Burnt Fork.

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
2014-08-22
Good
Anglers report good fishing near the mouth of Weber Canyon. Elliott Robinson of Ogden caught a nice brown on a spinner while is friend was able to land his first whitefish using a dry fly.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-08-22
Fair
On a recent fishing trip to Willard Bay, DWR Biologist Chris Penne reported that the catfish and wiper fishing has slowed down quite a bit. The wipers have plenty to eat with the abundance of forage in the reservoir, but they should start boiling soon. Many thanks Chris for the report.

 

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