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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is good for cutthroat trout. Anglers are doing the best on the east side of the lake from Cisco Beach to the Idaho state line. Try trolling with flat fish and larger rattles crank baits, or jigging. Fish are 50 to 70 feet deep. Anglers that are jigging should fish near the rock pile, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach areas in about the same depths using tube jigs tipped with cisco. Fishing from the Utah State Park Marina has been fair for cutthroat trout in the morning using spoons and different types of crankbaits because fish are getting ready to spawn. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, the Blacksmith Fork was experiencing spring-runoff conditions, but fishing continues to be good throughout the river. Nymphing seems to have been effective for most anglers. They specifically reported success with blue-winged olive caddis flies, pale morning duns and standard nymphs (Prince and caddis larvae). Many thanks to Clayton Winter for the report.
Bountiful Lake
2015-04-24
Good
Fish have been very active and anglers have seen them jumping throughout the day. Fishing is a little spotty. Some anglers report good fishing one day, but slow the next. Most anglers are fishing with worms, PowerBait or salmon eggs. You may also want to try using dough balls and bread.
Causey Reservoir
2015-04-24
Slow
Fishing is slow. Few anglers are fishing the reservoir, so Causey is a good choice if you want to fish in solitude. The water levels are still very good, almost flowing over the spillway, but the water is a little murky.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is very good from a boat or the shore. Try using PowerBait or a worm and marshmallow combo. Boat anglers should try using popgear, shiny spoons or Jake's lures. The cleaning station should be up and running soon. For news about upcoming events, visit the East Canyon State Park website.
Echo Reservoir
2015-04-24
Good
Shore fishing is good. Trying fishing rainbow-colored PowerBait close to the bottom from steep shore lines. Anglers are catching 15- to 17-inch fish. Boat anglers report good fishing trolling at about two mph using Rapalas, triple teasers or Jake's Spin-a-lures.
Farmington Pond
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is good for rainbow trout. The water is a little murky because of runoff and visibility is low. The best fishing is near the inlet using lures, but you should also try fishing from the pier using PowerBait on the bottom.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-04-17
Good
During the week of April 4, fishing was very good for anglers who fished from the dam with bright yellow Power Eggs. Sheldon Pierce of Layton caught five trout in 20 minutes while suspending yellow Power Eggs on a single hook, about three feet from the bottom. Holmes has lighter angling pressure during the week and more pressure on weekends with nice weather. Water levels have risen. Much of the fishing bank on the east and west sides is now under water, just below the treeline. As the water continues to rise, it will submerge the vegetation and create excellent fishing conditions for the warmwater species along the shoreline. Don't forget to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-17
Good
Our last report from the reservoir was on April 14. Fishing has been pretty good lately. Shoreline anglers report success with worms and PowerBait. Boating anglers are catching fish on pop gear and Rapalas (silver, blue and gold). Groups of anglers in boats were averaging about 30–50 fish per boat. Shoreline anglers were having a harder time landing fish and bringing them to shore. The reservoir is completely full right now, which leaves little room for shore fishing. Many thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for that report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-04-24
Slow
Fishing is slow and very few anglers have been fishing the pond. Cormorants and pelicans have returned to the pond, which is likely contributing to the slow fishing.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-04-24
Fair
Fishing is good, but it depends on where you are fishing and what you are using. On April 20, three anglers fished the ponds for a few hours. They moved around a lot and had the best fishing for bullhead catfish from the bridge in the second pond using crescent dough. Trout fishing is slow. The water is clear with high visibility, especially when the sun is out. Despite the pelicans and cormorants, this is a good place to fish for catfish.
Logan River
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is good. Water flows are increasing and anglers report seeing a lot of caddis hatches when the weather is warmer. You may also want to try using blue wing olives, PMDS and standard nymphs.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-04-17
Slow
On April 14, angling pressure was very light, and only a handful of anglers were fishing. Right now, shore fishing is very slow. Anglers who fish from boats, kayaks and float tubes will probably see faster fishing. Recently, anglers have reported some success while fishing deep with woolly buggers.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-04-24
Good
Fishing is great for bass and bluegill when you fish on the eastside of the reservoir.
Ogden River
2015-04-24
Good
On April 20, one angler reported fair fishing in the South Fork near the Botts campground. He fished from 10 a.m.—11 a.m. and caught one trout using a bead-headed pheasant tail. The water is a little murky because of runoff, but this should help anglers because fish will be harder to scare.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-04-24
Slow
Fishing is fair for catfish in the evening as the sun goes down. The cold water means that most of the fish are not very active. Fishing should improve as the weather and the water warm.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-04-24
Fair
Fishing is really good right now. Bank fishing has improved for anglers using PowerBait or nightcrawlers. Try fishing near the dam, in the inlet and south end, or at Twin Coves Campground. If you aren't catching fish, try moving around. Boat anglers are doing very well trolling with their favorite gear. Green seems to be the favorite color. The fish are down at least 20 feet, so leaded line will help (but monofilament should be okay). Remember to confirm that your vessel is free of invasive mussels before you launch. There are mussel self-certification forms at the top of the boat ramp if the entrance station is not staffed.
Uinta Mountains
2015-04-24
Unstable ice
There are still about 35 inches of snow in the Uintas and many lakes are still capped with ice. Be prepared for soft roads and deep snow. The majority of the ice has melted from Smith and Morehouse and there is enough open water to cast from shore.
Weber River
2015-04-17
Good
On April 14, fishing was very good on the Weber. Anglers were primarily using flies. Last weekend, we worked with Trout Unlimited to catch and tag some Bonneville cutthroat trout. This was part of a larger effort to monitor the cutthroats' migration patterns throughout the Weber and its tributaries. Here is a recent Fox 13 news story about the project.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-04-24
Fair
Fishing is good for wipers and fair for walleye, with a few anglers catching catfish. Try using blue- and silver-Rapalas or orange- or red-jigs and mussels.

 

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