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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2016-12-02
Good
The Bonneville whitefish spawning run has finally started. Anglers are just beginning to catch them in good numbers, and the fishing should continue to improve during the next week. The spawning run should last for about two weeks or so. Water levels are lower this year, so you may need to try different spots to find the fish. One of the best places is off Cisco Beach, where there is plenty of rocky shoreline habitat that these fish prefer. Use 1/8- or 1/16-ounce jigs tipped with a small piece of worm and fished along the bottom. Try fishing close to the shore in water that's 5 to 15 feet deep. The nice part is that you can catch these fish from the shore as well as boats. Anglers are also picking up some whitefish while fishing off the Utah State Park marina. Fishing for lake trout and cutthroat trout has been very good for anglers who are jigging with tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Try fishing off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, the rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina, and off South Eden/Cisco Beach in depths of 30 to 65 feet. Anglers are also doing fairly well while trolling with downriggers in these same locations using both Rapalas and flatfish. Anglers casting off Cisco Beach and the state park marina can catch lakers and cutthroat trout using spoons or large spinners at this time of year. Please remember, if you catch a cutthroat trout that doesn't have a healed fin clip, you must release it. Launching is available at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps. The water level at Rainbow Cove is dropping, so if you are launching a larger boat, be careful about not backing in your trailer so far that it will go off the end of the concrete ramp. There is a large dropoff at the end of the ramp that could ruin a trailer axle.
Blacksmith Fork River
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good. Egg patterns are likely the best bet as brown trout are spawning. You may also want to try other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will likely slow down because of the colder weather. Watch a short video about Recognizing and Protecting Brown Trout Spawning Areas.
Bountiful Lake
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is improving and more anglers are catching trout. Try fishing with PowerBait on the bottom, worms under a bobber or spinners. There are still some brood stock fish in the pond and some anglers are catching them on spinners. You can usually see the brood stock swimming near the inlet channel.
Causey Reservoir
2016-11-25
Fair
Fishing is fair. Very few anglers are visiting the reservoir, if any. The water is very low. Use caution when you walk down to the water.
Echo Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good, but very few anglers are visiting the reservoir. Anglers have reported catching fish from the dam and trout in the evening. Try using nickel-planted or orange spoons with black spots, or other spinners and lures.
Farmington Pond
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good using nymphs and flies near the inlet or worms and nightcrawlers around the pond. If you're fishing with bait, fish on the bottom or under a bobber. The water level is good.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
Few anglers are fishing the reservoir, but those that do report good fishing for catching trout. Try fishing with a worm under a bobber or on the bottom, with PowerBait on the bottom or with a lure. Anglers fishing from non-motorized watercraft also report good fishing. Please pack out your garbage and pick up any trash you see. The pond is private property, so make sure you obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number before fishing.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good for trout. Floating PowerBait off the bottom seems to work the best, but you may also want to try using a worm and marshmallow combination. Anglers are catching some nice-sized fish, but mostly smaller ones. Fewer people are fishing at Hyrum because of the cold weather.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is very good. Anglers are catching trout on a wide variety of baits, lures and flies. Fishing seems to be best near the bridge, near the inlets and on the south side. Patience is key: cast your line and wait and the fish will soon bite.
Kaysville Ponds
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good for trout, and some bluegill and catfish, using PowerBait and worms. You may also want to try using flies and spinners.
Logan River
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder. Watch a short video about Recognizing and Protecting Brown Trout Spawning Areas.
Ogden River
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder. Watch a short video about Recognizing and Protecting Brown Trout Spawning Areas.
Pineview Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is good. Boat anglers report good fishing for crappie and perch using smaller jigs and baits. The crappie and perch are hanging out in groups. It can take some time to find them, but once you do fishing is hot. Few anglers are fishing because of the cold.
Rockport Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
Fishing is very good and most anglers are catching their limit. There are fewer boat anglers because of the cold weather, but they are still catching fish. Shore anglers report good success fishing just off the bottom with garlic-and-corn PowerBait.
Uinta Mountains
2016-11-25
Unstable ice
Ice fishing is just around the corner. Some of the rivers and lakes are already freezing. Whitney is half covered in ice, but you can still fish from the shore. Lilly and Beaver lakes are both frozen, and some of the rivers are starting to freeze too. Use caution with any of the ice because it may be thin or unstable.
Weber River
2016-11-25
Good
The water levels are low in many places throughout the river. Fish seem to be congregating in the deeper pockets of water. Egg patterns are the best bet because the brown trout are spawning. You should be able to catch fish with other nymph patterns. Dry fly fishing will slow down as the weather get colder. Watch a short video about Recognizing and Protecting Brown Trout Spawning Areas.

Law enforcement officers are still encountering anglers who think they are okay to fish in the river on posted private property, but who are actually trespassing. You must have written permission to fish waters that flow through posted private property. If you're fishing in a Walk-in Access area, make sure you obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2016-11-25
Good
The water temperature has dropped to 46°F. It's cold, but still too warm for ice. Watercraft anglers report good fishing for wipers, perch and catfish. Fishing isn't fast, but it is consistent. Try fishing in deeper water using smaller baits and lures. Anglers are catching fish from dike by fishing with mussels placed a few feet under a bobber or off the bottom.

 

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