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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
2014-07-31
Good
Fishing is good along the east side using flatfish or Rapalas close to bottom. Use sonar to locate the fish. There is very little fishing activity on the west side of the lake because of recreational boating.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-07-31
Fair
The water level has started to recede. Brown algae has started to accumulate on the east side of the reservoir near the dam. The water is a little cloudy but the visibility is fair overall. Please help keep this unique fishery clean.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-07-31
Good
It's hopper time. Hoppers are a great way to introduce people to the thrill of having a fish come up and take a fly off the surface of the water. This river is good because there are some areas near the dam that have some open areas that give beginners some casting room. The impoundment above the power plant is also a great place to practice fly casting. Please be aware that there are rattlesnakes in this area.
Bountiful Lake
2014-07-31
Good
Anglers report good fishing for bluegill, carp and catfish. The anglers recommend fishing near the inlet and along the east shore between the two fishing piers using spinners, worms and dough balls. One angler reported frequent bites all day using catfish balls, but he was unable to catch anything. The water is cloudy with low visibility.
Causey Reservoir
2014-07-31
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing. One angler had a few bites within an hour of fishing near the Boy Scout camp using catfish bait, but he was unable to catch anything. Other anglers report slower fishing from the shore near the inlet.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-07-31
Good
Anglers report good fishing for carp and catfish at the Cutler Canyon and Benson marinas. Two anglers caught 10 bullheads. Two bow anglers had success catching carp from a canoe. The water is very murky with low visibility.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-31
Good
Anglers are doing very well from the boat and from the shore. The bass and trout are biting on worms and PowerBait. The tagged fish contest is still underway. Come up and catch a fish to win some great prizes.
Echo Reservoir
2014-07-31
Slow
Fishing success seems to toggle between fair and slow. This past week one angler fished for four hours from a boat, and only caught one fish. The water is very low, the boat ramp is out of the water but boats can still be launched.
Farmington Pond
2014-07-31
Slow
Fingerling wipers were recently stocked and, with the right conditions, should be catchable by next spring. Farmington Pond is primarily used for swimming; not many people are fishing it.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-07-31
Hot
Anglers report hot fishing for bluegill. Try using small hooks and a little piece of worm or salmon egg from the shore all around the reservoir. Anglers also report good fishing for bass and fair fishing for trout. Fish near the surface for bass with worms and traditional bass gear. For trout, float the bait a little off the bottom. Please take a minute to pick up trash, even if it is not your own. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-31
Good
Trout fishing has improved for 12- to 16-inch fish. Many anglers are catching their limit, or close to it, in four to six hours by trolling with Rapalas and spinners, or using PowerBait or worms. Bass fishing has slowed down a bit because there is little to no cover, but anglers are catching two- to four-pound fish. The best bass fishing is on the north and east sides. Perch fishing is decent, but the average fish is very small: around six inches. Hyrum State Park will start a tagged fish contest in September. Thanks to park ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-07-31
Slow
There are more anglers fishing the pond, unfortunately fishing is still slow. This time of the year the best thing to target are catfish. For catfish, try resting stinky baits on the bottom.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-07-31
Hot
Bluegill fishing is hot from the shore and from the docks or the bridges. Bluegill are aggressively taking worms about 12 to 18 inches under a bobber with a single split shot. Anglers report good fishing for black bullhead catfish using worms on the bottom from the piers.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-07-31
Fair
The water levels get very low this time of year because of irrigation demands.
Logan River
2014-07-31
Good
Anglers report fair fishing from the lower dam. A family of seven caught two rainbow trout using PowerBait near the bottom. Other anglers report good fishing using lures and worms. The water is very clear with excellent visibility.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-07-31
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
2014-07-31
Good
Bass fishing at Mantua has been good all year. Anglers report good fishing for bass from boats or canoes using Rapalas. Shore anglers report good fishing using worms and PowerBait. On July 24, one angler caught a small eight-inch largemouth bass from the rocks by casting a salt stick and letting it sink slowly.
Newton Reservoir
2014-07-31
Good
Anglers report fair fishing for bluegill and crappie, and slow fishing for muskie from the shore. The reservoir is low and the boat ramp is completely out of the water.
Ogden River
2014-07-31
Good
Anglers report good fishing. The water is crystal clear with excellent visibility.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-07-31
Fair
Fishing seems best in the early- to mid-morning and in the evening. Anglers report catching a lot of fish throughout the reservoir, but it's taking a long time to catch them. Anglers are catching crappie around the port ramp using worms and curly tail grubs. A couple of anglers have been able to catch muskie using jointed Rapalas. In eight hours, two anglers caught 45 smallmouth bass and a lot of crappie just off Anderson cove.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-07-31
Slow
Anglers fishing on July 24 reported fair fishing in the early morning from a boat. Fishing, though, quickly slowed down as the temperatures increased. Fishing from shore has been very slow.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-07-31
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
2014-07-31
Good
Please remember that there are bears in the Uintas. See bear safety information.

Echo Lake: Fishing is good for golden trout and brook trout using caddis flies. Watch a video about golden trout.

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.

Mirror Lake: Aaron Duncan and his family camped at the Uintas over the July 24 weekend. He reported slow fishing, but said the fish were jumping as the sun was going down. If you see active fish, but can't catch any, watch to see if the fish leave an air bubble. If they do, it usually means they are taking flies off the surface. If that's the case, use a fly that floats on the surface like a caddis, foam ant or hopper. If you see more of a swirl without a bubble, the fish are likely taking flies below the surface. If that's the case, try using a prince nymph, hare's ear or a combination of the two (usually called a Prince Hairy). You don't need a fly rod to fish this way, you can use your spinning outfit.

Smith/Morehouse Reservoir: Fishing is good with a fly and bubble — especially in the morning. See how to rig up a fly and bubble.

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
2014-07-31
Good
Before the dam was opened, anglers reported good fishing for brown trout using PMDs. In the summer heat, anglers report better fishing in the early morning, late evening or during the night. This cool video from the Standard Examiner takes a look at cutthroat trout conservation efforts on the river.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-07-31
Good
Anglers report good fishing for catfish up to 21 inches. Fishing for wipers is still pretty good.

 

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