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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is good for cutthroat trout and whitefish, and fair for lake trout. Anglers targeting trout are fishing with tube jigs tipped with cisco and/or worms right on the bottom in anywhere from 35 to 70 feet of water. Try fishing off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, off the new rockpiles north of the marina, at Second Point and along Cisco Beach. Other anglers are trolling and catching fish in these same locations using jointed Rapalas (size 11) and minnow-shaped crankbaits. If you are after whitefish, use a small, 1/8- to 1/4-ounce jig and tip it with a piece of worm or a waxworm. Try using a vertical jigging spoon and then run another short piece of line between the spoon and a small ice fly (about 8 to 10 inches below the spoon). This method works well for both trout and whitefish. Remember, all cutthroat trout without a healed fin clip must be released.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
On Feb. 23, Birch Creek had frozen over again, but the ice was very thin and unstable. There haven't been any anglers our fishing. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston. Many thanks to Conservation Officer John Owen for the report.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-02-26
Fair
The river flow is much lighter than it has been in recent days. The water has a green hue. Some midges have hatched during the warm afternoons. Anglers report success with blue-wing olives, hare's ears and size 16–18 prince nymphs.
Bountiful Lake
2015-02-26
Fair
The recent cold temperatures have left a little ice around the edges where the water meets the shore, but the rest of the pond is open water. Anglers report slow fishing. The water near the inlet is still clear enough that you can see fish swimming. On Feb. 23, one angler had fair success catching trout near the inlet using a pink San Juan worm during the day, then switching to a blue-winged olive in the late afternoon and evening as the sun started to set. The pond stocked with 2,000 nine-inch trout on Feb. 9.
Causey Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
There is finally enough open water from the boy scout camps to the dam and along the dike. There's a little ice in the middle of the reservoir, making fishing from shore or a small watercraft possible. Ice covers the fingers leading to the South Fork inlet and to Causey Estates. We do not recommend venturing out on the ice at this time.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2015-02-26
Slow
Angling pressure is light. A few anglers fished the Benson Marina over the weekend, but the fishing has been very slow.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-02-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing from boats and from the shore. Most anglers are catching their limits. Shore anglers are using garlic-rainbow PowerBait or a worm and marshmallow combination. Most anglers seem to be having the best success on the south side of the reservoir, near the inlet and near the point just west of the boat ramp. You can now dock your boat. Please remember to put the completed quagga mussel inspection form on your dashboard. If no one is at the gate when you come in to pay, go to the boat ramp and pick up a blank form at our big quagga mussel sign. If you don't have the form on your dashboard, you will receive a citation. Many thanks to Park Ranger Kent Cummings for the report.
Echo Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
There is still some very unstable ice on the reservoir. It has melted enough to allow casting from the shore.
Farmington Pond
2015-02-26
Fair
Fishing has slowed down quite a bit within the last few weeks, especially for the larger brood stock rainbows. The water continues to be clear enough that you can see the fish swimming around, even where it is deeper by the fishing dock. Anglers have had continued success near the inlet using chartreuse or white jigs and lures, PowerBait, worms and bread.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
Angling pressure is very light. More anglers are visiting the reservoir on the weekends, but not many. The water is quite clear and visibility is good. The reservoir was stocked with 5,000 nine-inch trout on Feb. 19. You can use a non-motorized canoe, kayak, float tube or kick boat on this waterbody. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting Holmes Creek.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-02-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing. Boat anglers reported success trolling with perch Rapalas, Rat-L-Traps and almost anything else. Boats with two anglers were catching and releasing about 20-30 fish per boat. Shore anglers have had success with worms, silver spinners and PowerBait, and many were catching their limits within three hours. Many thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-02-26
Fair
Angling pressure has been very light. The pond was last stocked with 1,700 nine-inch trout on Feb. 18. There were a few fish jumping at the surface on Feb. 23. Fishing has been very hit-or-miss lately. It's been good one day and bad the next. Overall, most anglers have had success with dark-colored leeches fished a few feet below the surface. Worms and PowerBait have also been effective. Unfortunately, cormorants have returned to the pond, and fishing may stay slow while the birds are here.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-02-26
Fair
The pond was stocked with 750 nine-inch rainbow trout on Feb. 18. Angling pressure continues to be light. A couple anglers fished the third pond on Feb. 23 but didn't catch anything. The water is a little murky and visibility is low.
Little Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
All ice is off at Little Creek. Anglers are seeing better fishing recently than they were a few weeks ago. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston. Many thanks to Conservation Officer John Owen for the report.
Logan River
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is very good throughout the river. Flows are up and the river is experiencing spring-like conditions. Anglers have had success using small, size 20, renegade, typical nymph and brassie patterns. Fishing at the third dam has been fair for anglers catching smaller rainbows using PowerBait. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson, Conservation Officer Chris Schulze and Roundrocks Fly Shop for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
There's enough open water to allow casting form shore near the dam and behind the boat ramp near the inlet. The finger leading to the desert land is still covered in ice, and there is a lot of ice near and in front of the boat ramp as well. The ice touches the shore in some spots, but it's unstable. We do not recommend venturing out on the ice. Since this is one of the few reservoirs experiencing ice-off, it's likely that the fishing is very good.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing has really picked up in the last week. Fishing from the shore, along the rocks and on the east side continues to be fair to good. Fishing is very good for those using water vessels on the south side, near the creek that runs through the reservoir. Fish are biting traditional baits and lures.
Newton Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
All the ice has melted and water levels are slowly rising. There haven't been any anglers out fishing recently. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson and Conservation Officer Chris Schulz for the report.
Ogden River
2015-02-26
Good
The water is crystal clear right now. More anglers have been fishing the south fork of the river, but the action has been slow.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
The ice is gone at Pineview — it's all open water. Angling pressure is very light, but there are a few boaters trolling around. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for the report.
Porcupine Reservoir
2015-02-26
Slow
The ice is gone at Porcupine — it's all open water. Angling pressure is fairly light. A few anglers have been out fishing, but they say it's slow. In The roads are snow packed and icy in the shadowed areas. Many thanks Jodie Anderson for the report.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-02-26
Fair
Fishing is good in the morning, but it slows down later in the day. There haven't been many anglers out fishing the reservoir. There is a giant ice sheet floating around in the reservoir; however, anglers can still fish from the shore and launch a boat. On March 7, Rockport State Park will host their Eagles on Ice program. There will be free hot chocolate and hot dogs. You'll also get a chance to see four live raptors up close, including a bald eagle. Cabela's is a co-sponsor and will bring optics for you to use for free. Many Thanks to Park Ranger Aaron Hone for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2015-02-26
Good
Angling pressure has been very light. This is a great place to get out and enjoy some ice fishing, away from all the city noise. Good choices include Washington, Trial, Whitney and Hoop lakes. Check out this video on fishing the North Slope lakes. Be prepared for winter survival conditions.
Weber River
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is picking up. One angler reported good fishing bouncing a brown jig along the bottom. Ice has started to accumulate on the rocks throughout the river, so be sure to use caution when venturing out.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-02-26
Good
Fishing is reported as fair to good. Some anglers are doing extremely well once they find a school of fish. Anglers are also catching some good walleye and wipers using fire tiger Rapalas.

 

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