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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-01-23
Good
Bear Lake has open water, and there is no ice on the lake. With mild temperatures predicted for this coming week, there is no chance of it freezing over for at least another week. There is just a skiff of snow on the ground and the east side boat ramps are open for launching, but the courtesy docks aren't in the water because of ice formation on the docks. Fishing has been good for cutthroat, lake trout and a few whitefish. Anglers report success while jigging tube jigs tipped with cisco or worms off the bottom in 35 to 70 feet of water. Other anglers are trolling and also catching some fish, but jigging has been the more productive method. The best spots have been off the east side in the Cisco Beach/North Eden area, Second Point and the rockpile off Gus Rich Point. Some fish have also come from off the rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina. The Bonneville Cisco run is expected to begin any day. Anglers have not started dipnetting for cisco along Cisco Beach yet. In years with open water, the cisco tend to begin their run a little later. A few anglers started catching cisco off the rockpile from boats. Remember, you must use lures that are legal for fishing for other types of fish. Foul-hooked cisco can be kept, but any other foul-hooked species must be returned immediately. The Cisco Disco/Polar Plunge/Chili Cook-off will be on Saturday, January 24, beginning at sunrise.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
Ice is about eight inches thick. Fishing is slow to fair with some anglers catching good-sized rainbows and tigers. Be prepared for extreme, windy conditions. We recommend you use an ice tent with good stakes. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-01-23
Fair
The second dam has open water, but there is ice on the bank. Please be extremely cautious.
Bountiful Lake
2015-01-23
Good
On Jan. 22, there were five inches of good ice throughout the pond, with few patches of cloudy ice. There is some open water and unstable ice in the inlet near the boat ramp and the edges near the parking lot are a little soft. We recommend avoiding that area. You can access the ice near the fishing pier on the east side of the pond. Please keep in mind that warmer temperatures can quickly melt the ice. Use extreme caution and common sense when venturing out.
Causey Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The ice is about seven or eight inches thick. Some anglers are venturing out, but they report slow fishing. Please use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for the report.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2015-01-23
Slow
Cutler is experiencing a mandatory water drawdown until early spring.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-01-23
Good
The ice is about eight inches thick and most anglers report very good fishing. Jigs tipped with any kind of worm — nightcrawlers, wax worms and meal worms — have been working very well. Anglers fishing with PowerBait report slow success. The trout coming up are beautifully colored and about 17-18 inches long. Anglers report good fishing near Dixie Hollow and west of the ramp near the dam. Fish are schooling and biting throughout the water column. Because ice thickness varies — and can change quickly in warmer weather — please use extreme caution and common sense. The first leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be held 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
2015-01-23
Slow
The reservoir is mostly capped with ice. There is some open water near the inlets. Because ice thickness varies — and can change quickly in warmer weather — please use extreme caution and common sense. There aren't many people fishing the reservoir
Farmington Pond
2015-01-23
Good
The majority of the pond is covered in seven inches of good, clear ice with a few areas of cloudy ice. There is a little bit of open water and thin ice near the inlet and the edges on the north side of the pond. Anglers continue to report good fishing for rainbow trout. Some are still catching brood stock rainbows that were put in the pond at the end of November.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The ice has thickened up since last week. There is two inches of thin, unstable ice along the rocky and western shore, and four inches of good ice along the edge on the west side. In the middle of the reservoir the ice is 6-7.5 inches thick. Because ice thickness varies — and can change quickly in warmer weather — please use extreme caution and common sense. 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
2015-01-23
Good
Fishing is good, and some anglers are catching their limits in a couple hours. Orange, pink and white jigs tipped with a mealworm or piece of shrimp work best. The ice is about six to eight inches thick. Hyrum State Park is hosting the Best Dam Ice Fishing Contest on Jan. 24. Thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for the report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-01-23
Good
On Jan. 13, there was thin, slushy ice on the south side of the bridge and open water and great fishing on the north side of the bridge. Anglers are having great success catching rainbows using flies. One angler was having excellent success using a yellow rubber worm. Fish were also biting on leeches, blood or San Juan worms and chironomids. Fishing in the open water is excellent! Please stay off the ice.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
On Jan. 22, the first pond was about 50-percent open water on the north end. There is enough open water to allow casting from shore. The ice in all ponds is only two inches thick; it's very weak and unstable, especially around the edges. We recommend staying off the ice for now.
Little Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
The ice is now six to seven inches thick and anglers say that fishing is good for rainbow trout. Be prepared for cold, windy conditions. Ice tents are recommended. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston.
Logan River
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
There's unstable ice covering half of the First, Second and Third Dams. There are ice shelves throughout the river, until you reach Rick Springs where the ice covers the river (there are some open pockets of water). These ice shelves are very slippery and extremely dangerous. Overall, angling pressure has been fairly light. Please use caution and common sense when venturing out.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-01-23
Fair
On Jan. 10, fishing was slow to fair. Some anglers are bringing in rainbows and cutthroats within in the slot limit. If you happen to go on a good day, the fishing can be quite exciting. One little girl caught a five-pound cutthroat near the dam. The ice is six inches thick with a little slush on top. Use caution and common sense when venturing out. The road leading to the boat ramp is not maintained during the winter and is covered with a mixture of packed and powdery snow.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-01-23
Good
Anglers continue to report good fishing throughout the reservoir. The ice is only about four inches thick. Please be very cautious when venturing out on the ice.
Newton Reservoir
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
Very few anglers have been fishing the reservoir. The ice is very unstable and we recommend staying off for now.
Ogden River
2015-01-23
Good
Most of the ice shelves have melted off the rocks leaving open water throughout most of the upper river. The rocks can still be very slippery. Use caution when venturing out.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing throughout the reservoir. Some lucky anglers have been able to catch a few crappie and perch. The ice is unstable in many places throughout the reservoir. One anglers said he could feel the ice bowing under the weight of him and his gear: about 220 pounds. Please use caution and common sense if you venture out.
Porcupine Reservoir
2015-01-23
Unstable ice
The ice on the east side of the reservoir is about five inches thick and there's some open water in the middle of the reservoir. Anglers report slow fishing throughout the reservoir. The roads to the to the reservoir are icy. We recommend using a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Please use caution and common sense when venturing out.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-01-23
Good
Fishing mid-week was great, but slower over the weekend. Anglers are catching nice 17 to 20-inch rainbows and browns. The south end of the reservoir — about ten feet down — anglers are catching 20-inch fish. We haven't received any reports of perch. Try moving around and using every lure option you have. With the two-pole license option, there are now more possibilities. The Rockport leg of the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon is Feb. 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. Please remember to fill out your invasive species form every time you launch your boat. Thanks to Joe for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2015-01-23
Slow
Smith and Morehouse is capped with ice. Use common sense and extreme caution when venturing out. The road leading to Hoop Lake is mostly snow packed and can be accessed with a four-wheel-drive truck, snowmobile or ATV. The fishing was slow to fair with a few instances of quick hits. Between three anglers, about 18-24 fish were caught, most of which were rainbows. Anglers also caught four small arctic grayling and one 16-inch cutthroat trout. All fish had vibrant colors. Bridger Lake sometimes experiences winter-kill, so the fishing in January may not be as good as it was in December. Other good choices include Washington, Trial, Whitney and Hoop Lake. Check out this video on fishing the North Slope lakes. Be prepared for winter survival conditions.
Weber River
2015-01-23
Good
Much of the ice shelves have melted off the rocks leaving open water throughout most of the upper river. The rocks can still be very slippery. Please use extreme caution when venturing out. Even the rocks underneath the water can be ice-covered and slippery.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-01-23
Slow
The ice has thickened up, despite the recent warmer temperatures. There haven't been many anglers out fishing, but we've seen some ice skaters. Thanks to Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the report.

 

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