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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-07-02
Good
Anglers report decent fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout. The best fishing has been near the bottom in 45 to 65 feet of water using Rapalas and spoons off of downriggers. The best spots to fish are off of the east side from First Point to the Scout Camp and also from Cisco Beach to Rainbow Cove/North Eden. If you are fishing on the west side, try trolling parallel to the shore from Swan Creek north to Fish Haven Creek. you can sometimes catch nice-sized fish by trolling flat lines in the early morning off of South Eden. The fish are feeding on insects that get blown on to the water. Try using a minnow-type lure with either a shallow or a deep-diving lip for these early morning feeders. The surface water is about 64°F. You can launch a boat at the marina and at both east side boat ramps: First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are also in the water at all locations. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-07-02
Good
As of June 30, anglers reported good fishing throughout the river. Anglers are catching mostly rainbows and browns using PMDs, caddis flies, pheasant tale nymphs, hare's ear nymphs and ants and beetles. This is also a great time to use hoppers.
Bountiful Lake
2015-07-02
Fair
Anglers report slow fishing from the docks and the shore, despite using lures and different types of baits. Try fishing around dawn. The fish will likely be shallow, closer to shore and more active than midday. With the recent hot temperatures, there are many swimmers frequenting the pond.
Causey Reservoir
2015-07-02
Slow
As of July 1, angling pressure was very light, but many people are escaping the heat and heading to Causey to kayak. Fishing is slow, but likely better during early morning. Anglers report seeing a few fish jumping at the surface near the dam. Water levels are still very good and there was water close to going over the spillway. Water clarity is also good.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-07-02
Good
On July 1, anglers continued to report good fishing. The fish are in deeper water during the day. Whether you're fishing from a boat or from the shore, try fishing just off the bottom. In the early morning when temperatures are a little cooler, fish are usually near the surface or close to the edge. Traditional baits and lures have been working well.
Echo Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Fishing is good for anglers on rocky shores. Success for most boat anglers has slowed down a little bit recently, fishing overall though is still pretty good. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Dominick Barratt for that report.
Farmington Pond
2015-07-02
Slow
As of July 1, fishing pressure had been light as more people flock to the pond to swim.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
As of July 1, shore anglers and those fishing from non-motorized watercraft report good fishing, particularly in the early mornings when temperatures are cooler and the fish are jumping. The water levels are still good and the fish are staying close to structured areas. Surface temperatures are around 76°F. If you're fishing from the shore or from the docks, try using bright yellow PowerBait just off the bottom, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. When fishing from a kayak, Rapalas, spinners, worms and PowerBait work well. Holmes is a private pond and it primarily reserved for a boat club. If there is a boater on the water, please use courtesy and give them space. And remember to pack out what you pack in so all anglers don't lose fishing privileges at the pond. Be sure to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-07-02
Fair
Fishing is slow, but anglers are still catching some fish from a shore or a boat. Try using PowerBait and perch-colored Rapalas.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-07-02
Slow
As of July 1, water levels were still very low and angling pressure was very light. Anglers report better fishing in the early morning versus late afternoon. The most likely catch this time of year is channel catfish. Try using baits that stink and fish off the bottom.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-07-02
Good
As of July 1, fishing was good at all four ponds. One anglers and her dad had a great morning fishing from 5:30-7:00 a.m. The temperature was nice and they caught three healthy bluegill and one bass. Fish are very active and are feeding off the surface at that time in the morning. Another couple of anglers also reported good fishing for bullhead catfishing. They caught six catfish using PowerBait and worms and fishing just off the bottom.
Logan River
2015-07-02
Good
The Logan River is fishing well. Anglers report good fishing for brown trout and cutthroat trout. Try using PMDs, caddis flies, pheasant tale nymphs, hare's ear nymphs and ants and beetles. This is also a great time to use hoppers.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Lost Creek has been receiving fairly good angling pressure from boats. Angling pressure from the shore seems to increase on the weekends and on holidays. On July 1, water temperatures were around 72°F and clarity and visibility were excellent.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Fishing is slowing down. Anglers are still catching fish, but not as quickly. Anglers have caught a few bass and perch, and some shore anglers caught some good-sized trout.
Ogden River
2015-07-02
Good
As of July 1, flows in the South Fork were good and the water was crystal clear with excellent visibility. You can easily see fish swimming around. Angling pressure is fair. Canyon temperatures are much more comfortable than the valley. This is a great place to get out of the heat and catch fish.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
One of our biologists fished Pineview for about four hours on Tuesday morning. The water temperature started out at 72°F and was nearly 79°F by 10:30 a.m. He didn't see any tiger muskies, but fishing was good for smallmouth bass around 15 inches and two pounds. He also got a good number of small, seven- to eight-inch crappies in weedy areas, six to seven feet deep. All fish were caught on jigs. The water is quite clear, except for shorelines disturbed by boat wakes.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Anglers report good fishing. The trout are still biting, especially for those trolling their favorite lures: perch-colored patterns. You'll have the best success fishing during morning hours. Try fishing deeper water. Drift fishing with PowerBait is also producing fish. Anglers report good bass fishing. Try fishing around rocky points anywhere around the lake. Drop Shot rigs with soft plastics in brown and black are working best. Remember to certify that your vessel is clean and free of quagga mussels. You can find forms at the top of most boat ramps. Thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing, especially if you have boated at Lake Powell or Deer Creek. Read more about the decontamination process.
Uinta Mountains
2015-07-02
Hot
Many of the lakes that lie off the beaten path along Hwy 150 are producing quality fishing opportunities. Fish are readily biting on spinners (Jake's and Kastmasters), flies and even nightcrawlers. A local angler recently had good success fishing many of the high Uinta streams. Most of them are running a little high, but the water is quite clear. He had some success fishing in the East Fork of the Bear River. He caught a cutthroat on a #16 purple haze and a brook trout on a #16 Higa SOS dropper. This is a great time to get out of the valley heat, take the family for a hike and enjoy some of the secluded lakes in the area.
Weber River
2015-07-02
Good
Anglers report especially good fishing for brown trout between Coalville and Wanship. Try using dry flies — especially hoppers.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-07-02
Good
Walleye and wiper fishing is really good for boat anglers. Short fishing has slowed down a lot because the water temperature is in the high 70s and fish are looking for deeper water. A few anglers have reported hot fishing during a wiper boil. Other anglers report good fishing for walleye by bouncing Rapalas off the bottom. Wipers are hitting on jigs, Rapalas, worms and mussels. Anglers have caught some good-sized catfish. The water level is low, but steady. Use caution along the eastern shorelines where the water is the lowest and rocks and sandbars are just below the water level. The north marina is five feet deep where you launch and eight feet deep in the channel. The lake itself is 10 to 15 feet deep in the middle, so there is plenty of water still.

 

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