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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
2014-11-26
Good
The Bonneville whitefish run has just begun and should continue from now until about the second week of December. Anglers were just beginning to catch a few whitefish this week and fishing will only get better. The run is about a week earlier than normal. Likely, the cold weather triggered the fish into spawning a little early. Try using a light action spinning rod with four- to six-pound line and 1/16- to 1/8-ounce jigs tipped with a one-inch piece of nightcrawler or mealworm. Cast along the rock shoreline on the east side and off the Utah State Park marina for best results. Anglers report catching both cutthroat and lake trout by trolling with downriggers and flatfish in the U-20 and T-4 sizes. Try fishing the rockpile area off Ideal Beach Resort in 40 to 60 feet of water and from along Cisco Beach northward to North Eden. Begin trolling at about 1.4 to 1.9 miles per hour, but try going faster or slower to figure out what the fish want that day. Focus on jigging for both lake trout and cutthroat trout with tube jigs tipped with cisco in the same locations mentioned above.

The water levels are very good. You can launch all sizes of boat at the Utah State Park marina and off the east side at the 1st Point boat ramp. Due to icing conditions along the shoreline, the docks have been removed at the Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach boat ramps.

Remember, in order to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake, it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). Cutthroat trout with all fins intact have to be released, including fish that are tagged with all of their fins. You may also want to consider releasing large lake trout to help maintain the fishery.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2014-11-26
Fair
The reservoir is still open water. Ice has not started to accumulate. The road over Monte Cristo is closed, so you'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff from Logan Canyon or Evanston.
Blacksmith Fork River
2014-11-26
Fair
There are still a few brown trout spawning. Anglers report fair fishing using egg patterns and zebra midges. Ice shelves are starting to form on the slower sections of the river and there is a thin ice layer forming on the second dam. The water levels are at base flows.
Bountiful Lake
2014-11-26
Good
All of the ice from last week has melted. The water temperature is around 37°F and the pond is all open water. Not many people have been out fishing lately. Many of the trout have congregated around the inlet. The water is very clear by the inlet, so you can see the fish take your bait while you're fishing.
Causey Reservoir
2014-11-26
Fair
There aren't many anglers fishing the reservoir. The water temperaturess is around 40° F, so the reservoir still has open water. The water is very clear — especially around the edges — be careful when you walked down the steep sides.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2014-11-20
Slow
Cutler is experiencing a mandatory water drawdown until early spring of 2015.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-26
Good
There were not any anglers out this past week. The week before, anglers reported good fishing using pop gear and rainbow-colored lures. Shore anglers recommended rainbow PowerBait or a worm and marshmallow combination. There is no ice yet. The wedge dock will stay in the water until the lake freezes. The first leg of Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be at East Canyon on January 31. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars.
Echo Reservoir
2014-11-26
Slow
The reservoir still has open water. The water is very low and not many people are fishing the reservoir, even on the weekends.
Farmington Pond
2014-11-26
Good
There is still a lot of ice covering the majority of the pond. Last week's warmer weather melted a lot of the ice near the inlet. There is now open water near the inlet and along the east side. One angler reported great fishing in the inlet using bright-yellow Berkley power eggs with a single small weight. He would let the eggs float to the bottom with about eight inches of leader on the end. Another angler reported good fishing on Nov. 22 using ice jigs and meal worms under a bobber. The wooden steps near the inlet are covered in ice and are very slippery. Please use extreme caution when you walk to the pond from the parking lot.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2014-11-26
Good
There is a little ice in the cove on the east side and near the dam. The rest of the reservoir is open water with surface temperatures ranging between 32 and 40°F. The water is very clear, especially around the edges. Be careful not to step in the water unless you're dressed for the cold temperatures. There are not many people fishing the reservoir. Please remember to show respect and pick up your trash at this privately owned waterbody. And don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2014-11-26
Good
Fishing is good from the shore and fair from a boat. PowerBait has been effective, but trolling has not. Anglers are catching 14- to 20-inch fish from the shore, with most averaging 15 inches. Ice hasn't started forming yet, so the reservoir is all open water. The tagged fishing contest ends Sunday, November 30. Some tagged fish have already been caught, but there are many still out there.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2014-11-26
Good
Before the cold snap, anglers reported good fishing with worms, PowerBait or a fly and bubble. For flies, try a small #14 or 16 hare's ear or pheasant tail nymph. The pond is completely open water with surface water temperatures around 40°. The Division recently installed some fish habitat in order to improve fishing and give the fish a place to hide from the cormorants in the spring. There have not been many anglers fishing Jensen recently.
Kaysville Ponds
2014-11-26
Good
The warmer weather has melted all the ice, so all four ponds are open water with water temperatures around 40°F. Very few anglers have been fishing here recently.
Little Creek Reservoir
2014-11-20
Fair
Starting Nov. 17, UDOT will close a portion of SR-39 for the season. At that point, you will only be able to access the reservoir from Woodruff, on the Rich County side. Ice may start forming because of recent cold temperatures in Rich County. Use extreme caution!
Logan River
2014-11-26
Fair
There are still a few brown trout spawning. Anglers report fair fishing using egg patterns and zebra midges. Ice is forming on slower sections of the river above the second dam.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2014-11-26
Good
There are not many anglers fishing the reservoir. There is some open water. The surface water temperature is hovering around 40°F. The boat ramp and the road leading to the boat ramp are not plowed during the winter. As of the time we received the report, they were both covered in snow.
Mantua Reservoir
2014-11-26
Good
Fishing is very good for trout using nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Most of the lake is ice free.
Newton Reservoir
2014-11-26
Unstable ice
There are one or two inches of ice on the reservoir, but the ice is unsafe.
Ogden River
2014-11-26
Good
The ice from last week has melted, but the rocks are still very slippery. Use caution when venturing out. The Magpie and Botts National Forest campgrounds are still open, which makes it easier to access to the river. Some brown trout may still be spawning, so be careful not to step on their redds (spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Pineview Reservoir
2014-11-26
Fair
Water temperatures have dropped to around 40°F. The reservoir is still open water, but will probably freeze during the next another cold spell.
Porcupine Reservoir
2014-11-26
Fair
The reservoir is ice free, but the road to the reservoir may be icy or wet.
Rockport Reservoir
2014-11-26
Good
Fishing is fair for anglers trolling from a boat. Fishing is good in the river below the dam. Park manager Joe Donnell and a coworker caught a lot of brown trout using spinners. They caught fish every few casts. Joe reported that there were about three inches of ice at the south end, but it's likely that the ice has melted and we won't see more until the next cold spell. The Rockport leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon is February 14, 2015. The Quad-fishalon is four ice fishing tournaments at four separate reservoirs. You can choose to enter one or all. Cabela's is sponsoring the event and will award an ultimate ice fishing package worth thousands of dollars. Remember to fill out your invasive species form every time you launch your boat.
Uinta Mountains
2014-11-26
Slow
The high country has received over 30 inches of new snow. The lakes are frozen, but ice thickness is currently unknown. Be prepared for winter survival conditions!
Weber River
2014-11-26
Good
The ice that was forming last week has melted off the rocks, but they are still very slippery. Use caution when venturing out. The water level is very low in some places. Some brown trout may still be spawning, so be careful not to step on their redds (spawning areas) while fishing. Watch this helpful video to learn more about redds and how to spot them.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2014-11-20
Slow
Fishing pressure has been very light. On November 16, there were only three parties fishing the reservoir. There was no ice was forming at that time.

 

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