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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
2014-08-29
Good
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.

Fall is a great time to fish Bear Lake! There are fewer boats on the water after Labor Day, making the lake a quiet haven for anglers to explore. The tackle shop in Garden City has the GPS locations of the habitat rockpiles posted on their website. They also have a flyer with helpful tips on fishing the lake that was a team effort with Bear Lake Biologist Scott Tolentino. The Community Fishing Pond in Garden City was recently stocked and offers a fun place for families to fish.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-08-29
Fair
Anglers report good fishing for tiger trout near the mouth of the inlet. The water level has risen and irrigation has stopped. The water is very clear with a little algae floating on the surface near the shore. This is a great time to catch tiger trout from the shore. Fall is one on the best times to fish this reservoir
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-08-29
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
2014-08-29
Good
Carp and catfish are a plentiful catch at Bountiful. Most anglers are catching both species near the inlet or anywhere along the eastern and north-eastern shores. The best baits are dough balls for carp and hotdogs for catfish, although any stinky bait will work for the catfish. Fish have been very active and can be seen jumping at the surface throughout the day, but anglers are having difficulty catching them. On Sept. 25, one angler caught two bass, two catfish and a large carp all on worms. Trout stocking should resume in the middle of September.
Causey Reservoir
2014-08-29
Fair
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
2014-08-29
Good
Catfish fishing is good using worms and stink bait. Be sure to use mosquito repellant at night.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-08-29
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
2014-08-29
Slow
The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir — even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-08-29
Slow
The inlet creek is flowing again and the water levels have come up. There are fewer people swimming in the pond since school started. Surface temperatures are around 69-71°F. Trout stocking should resume in the middle of September.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-08-29
Good
You can see lots of smaller bluegill and bass cruising around near the rocks and the fishing dock. There are lots of fish jumping at the surface. If you plan to release your fish, please do so immediately and handle the fish with care. Many dead, catchable-sized trout were left at the base of the dam. The water level is now down below the rocks on the dam. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting this privately owned pond.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-08-29
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
2014-08-29
Slow
Not many anglers are fishing this pond. Trout stocking should resume at the beginning of September.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-08-29
Hot
Bluegill and catfish fishing is hot. The best spots to catch fish are the fishing piers and bridges in the second and third ponds. Fishing is still good in pond one as well. For bluegill, use a small amount of bait on a small hook and keep it near the surface. For catfish, use worms on the bottom.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-08-29
Fair
This is a beautiful time to fish Little Creek. 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
2014-08-29
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
2014-08-29
Good
The water levels are a little low, but you can still launch boats. The water is very clear and visibility is good. The surface temperature is around 73°F near the boat ramp.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-08-29
Good
The water level is low, restricting any shore fishing to the dam, but it is still possible to launch boats.
Newton Reservoir
2014-08-29
Good
Water levels are very low and the water clarity is low. Use caution when driving down to the water; the shore is still wet and vehicles may get stuck.
Ogden River
2014-08-29
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
2014-08-29
Fair
The low water is moving fish from hides that anglers were finding fish on just a few weeks ago. Many of those hides are now dry! Try looking for flats and drop-offs that could hold bass and baitfish. Muskies often lurk at the edge of these flats to ambush prey fish.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-08-29
Slow
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
2014-08-29
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.
Uinta Mountains
2014-08-29
Good
lease remember that there are bears in the Uintas. See bear safety information.

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
2014-08-29
Good
This is a good time of year to start using streamers, Rapalas and spinners on the Weber.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-08-29
Fair
Success has tapered off over the last few days. Look for fishing to improve as the weather stabilizes in coming days.

 

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