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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
2014-07-23
Good
Fishing the deep, cold waters of Bear Lake can require special equipment. Bear Lake Biologist Scott Tolentino compiled an informational flyer that includes tips on how to fish at Bear Lake. He also listed other great fishing spots in Rich County for families and novice anglers. Send an email to phildouglass@utah.gov for a copy of the flyer.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-07-23
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing using spinners and gold Little Jakes lures. They're also catching fish while stripping streamers along the bottom. Please do your part to keep this unique fishery clean.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-07-23
Good
Colton from Roundrocks Fly Shop recently experienced good fishing for browns, rainbows and the occasional cutthroat, using a Fat Albert. He also recommends using different caddis flies and PMDs. For whitefish, use nymph patterns and fish deep. The water is low and very clear. Many thanks to Colton for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for catfish and carp. Larger carp are swimming around the inlet, feeding on the vegetation that floats on the surface of the water. Other anglers report good fishing for small green sunfish and bluegills. Try using small pieces of worm on a small hook. Fingerling wipers were recently stocked, and with the right conditions they should be catchable by next spring.
Causey Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report spotty fishing. Some are catching many fish, while other anglers only catch a few. One group of anglers fished for a few hours and caught one fish using PowerBait. Another angler reported catching 20 fish on July 14 while fishing from shore. The water is dark green and clear with fair visibility.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-07-23
Good
Good fishing for catfish continues! Anglers report good fishing in the afternoons and evenings, using sucker meat.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-23
Good
Ogden resident, Tom Dunn, fished with his father, uncle and grandpa on Saturday July 19. They fished from shore in the morning (7 to 9 a.m.) and caught nine fish, using worms for bait. Fishing seems to be best in the early morning hours. Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing has been great, especially for boaters. Shoreline fishing is fair to good. On Friday, one boater caught an 18-inch, four-pound bass that he planned to put on his wall. The tagged fish contest is still underway. Come up and catch a fish to win some great prizes! Many thanks to Tom and Chris for their reports.
Echo Reservoir
2014-07-23
Slow
Anglers report slow to fair fishing. One angler fished for four hours from a boat and caught one fish. The water is very low. Although the boat ramp is out of the water, boats can launch. The tagged fish contest is still going, and some fish have tags worth $100.
Farmington Pond
2014-07-23
Slow
A lot of locals are swimming at Farmington Pond, but there aren't many anglers out fishing. Fingerling wipers were recently stocked and with the right conditions, they should be catchable by next spring.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for trout and bass. To catch trout from the shore, float some PowerBait about one or two feet off the bottom. Anglers in float tubes are catching bass with frog patterns and pop-gear or anything that sits on the surface of the water. Bluegill are still swimming in the shallows. Try targeting areas with lots of structure. Please take a minute to pick up trash, even if it is not your own, and don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-23
Good
Trout fishing has improved. Many anglers are catching full limits (or close to full limits) within four to six hours. They are using many different methods, including trolling with Rapalas or spinners, or dunking PowerBait or worms. The average fish size is about 12 to16 inches. Bass fishing has slowed because there is very little cover. The north and east sides are the best places to catch bass. Anglers are keeping bass that weigh about two to four pounds. Perch fishing is decent, but the fish are only about six inches long. Hyrum's tagged fish contest will begin in September. Thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-07-23
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing for catfish. The bluegill are still spawning. Fish for them in the shade, and try using small hooks and a small piece of worm, or a single salmon egg.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-07-23
Hot
A young angler sent me a report this week to say he enjoyed great fishing for bullheads and perch. Thanks for the report, Chase! Bluegill fishing is still hot from the piers. The best thing to use is a small, single hook. Then, tip the hook with a small piece of worm or a salmon egg, and place it 12 to 18 inches under a bobber. The ponds are a great place to introduce kids to the fun of fishing. Fingerling wipers were recently stocked and with the right conditions, they should be catchable by next spring.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-07-23
Fair
Visit the reservoir while the water level is decent. It could drop substantially as irrigation demands increase.
Logan River
2014-07-23
Good
All three dams are scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this week.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report fair fishing from the shore. One angler reported good fishing with garlic PowerBait on the east side of the reservoir, adjacent to the dam. Anglers who fished from float tubes recently reported very good fishing. They were using jigs and fishing deep.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing throughout the reservoir, especially north of the knoll on the east side.
Mirror Lake
2014-07-23
Good
Have you ever caught a golden trout in Utah? You can learn more about how to catch them in this cool new video and informative blog post.

One place to catch golden trout is Echo Lake in the Murdock Basin. You'll need a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to reach this lake, and it's a rough, bumpy and slow ride. Try fishing with a size 14 elk-hair caddis. Although there is a four-fish limit for trout, anglers can keep an additional four brook trout in the Uintas. Echo Lake has both brook and golden trout, and anglers are encouraged to take full limits of brook trout.

Anglers report good fishing for the lakes in the Uintas. Seventeen lakes are scheduled to be stocked this week, so this area will be a great place to escape the heat and enjoy some midsummer fishing.
Newton Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for perch and crappie. Smaller bluegill are near the boat ramp and other shallow areas with underwater structure. Water levels have dropped significantly, and new regulations require wakeless speeds across the entire reservoir. The water levels are so low that the boat ramp is now out of the water. It's not a good idea to launch larger boats at this time.
Ogden River
2014-07-23
Good
The water is crystal clear, and visibility is excellent. This is a great time of year to use hopper and stimulator fly patterns!
Pineview Reservoir
2014-07-23
Fair
One angler recently reported good fishing for muskie and bass, using a jointed Rapala.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report good fishing for small kokanee salmon, ranging from 10 to 13 inches long.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Trout fishing slowed down when water temperatures climbed into the mid-70s, but early-morning anglers are still picking up a few rainbows and some nice browns. Fishing below the dam remains good. One angler landed several nice fish, including a 22-inch rainbow! The hottest fishing is for smallmouth bass. Anglers are catching good numbers of bass that range from 10 to 15 inches long. Focus on rocky shorelines and use soft plastics or worms. Many thanks to Park Manager Joe Donnell for the report.
Weber River
2014-07-23
Good
Anglers report better fishing in the early mornings, the late evenings and throughout the night. This cool video from the Standard Examiner takes a look at cutthroat trout conservation efforts on the river.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-07-23
Good
Park Ranger Travis Hancock reports good fishing for wipers at Willard Bay. Anglers are catching them from shore, near the southwest corner of the lake. Thanks to Travis for that report!

 

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