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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-08-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout by trolling. Anglers have had the best success fishing in 60 to 85 feet of water using Rapalas, flatfish and spoons close to the lake's bottom. The best spot has been off the east side from Rainbow Cove/North Eden up to the Idaho State Park. You'll also find good fishing during this time of year from First Point up to the Scout Camp. If you are fishing the west side, try trolling parallel to shore off Garden City towards the rockpile. There are few anglers jigging now, but that can also produce some good fish this time of year. Try jigging on the bottom at the same depths you would for trolling and use a 0.75- to one-ounce tube jig tipped with cisco, sucker or carp meat. You can launch a boat at the marina and both east-side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. The thermocline is strong right now and is set up between about 36 to 62 feet. Remember: you must immediately released any cutthroat you catch without a healed fin clip.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-08-26
Good
Fishing is very good throughout the river — especially with hoppers, dry flies, elk hair nymphs and PMDs. You may also want to try using a dry dropper with a small bead nymph.
Bountiful Lake
2015-08-26
Good
Anglers report slow fishing for larger fish, but fishing is very good for small bluegill just under the moss along the east shore. Try using a size 6, 8 or 10 hook, cover the top and barb of the hook with a small piece of worm, hot dog or salmon egg. Put your hook just under the floating moss and you should get quick bites. The pond was stocked with catfish on August 13.
Causey Reservoir
2015-08-26
Fair
Two anglers reported slow fishing on Aug. 26 while fishing from the steep shore adjacent to the inlet near Causey Estates. They used spinners, worms and salmon eggs, but didn't have any bites. Recently though, other anglers have had good fishing at dusk using top water flies and lures. Anglers had the best success fishing from about 8–9:45 p.m. using dry flies on the surface and stripping it in. The trout are feeding heavily at the surface. Anglers fishing from non-motorized had more success than those fishing from shore.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-08-26
Good
Fishing is very good for trout and bass — especially in the morning and evening. If you're fishing for trout from the shore, try using a worm and marshmallow. Boat anglers should try fishing at depths of about 30 feet using pop gear or a lure with a trailing worm. Boat and shore anglers are also reporting good fishing for bass using plastics and lures in the shallower water.
Echo Reservoir
2015-08-26
Fair
Anglers report good trout fishing from the rocky shores using PowerBait and letting it float three feet from the bottom.
Farmington Pond
2015-08-26
Fair
Cade Pies reported catching 10 small, seven- to eight-inch catfish in 1.5 hours by the inlet using nightcrawlers. Cade was the only angler at the pond, but there were people swimming and playing.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-08-26
Good
Two anglers report slower fishing this week compared to last week. They usually have good success using worms and fishing them just off the bottom on different points on the east and west sides of the reservoir. Water levels have dropped a little, but there are certain areas with good vegetated structure in the water. These places are easiest to access out in the water using non-motorized watercraft. Water clarity continues to be high.

Holmes Creek is a private pond, and it is 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
2015-08-26
Fair
Bass anglers report good fishing. Trout anglers report slow fishing, but they say it's getting better. Other anglers had success catching bluegill, trout and a bass using worms.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-08-26
Slow
An anglers targeting catfish using stinky catfish bait reported slow fishing. He did get one bite at 9 a.m. and another bite at 10, but he was unable to hook the fish well enough to bring it to shore. Fingerling largemouth bass were stocked a few weeks ago. They should grow to a catchable size about this time next year.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-08-26
Good
Fishing is good for small panfish next to the docks. Anglers report success using hotdogs, mussels, nightcrawlers, mealworms, dough balls and salmon eggs. Most bluegill are feeding off the surface. Catfish and wipers are feeding within the water column. Since school started, angling pressure is low during the day. There are more anglers fishing the ponds during evenings and weekends. The water is murky.
Logan River
2015-08-26
Good
Fishing is very good throughout the river. Anglers recommend using hoppers throughout the day. You should also try using dry flies, elk hair nymphs, ants, beetles, smaller grasshoppers or PMDs. Anglers have also had success using a dry dropper with a small bead nymph.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-08-26
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing using PowerBait off of the bottom. Most anglers are fishing from boats, kayaks or float tubes. There are not many anglers fishing during the week. Water visibility is great.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-08-26
Fair
Boat anglers report good fishing for bass, and for some bluegill in areas right next to the vegetation beds. It's still very difficult to fish from the shore because of the vegetation that's crowding the edges. Fishing is better in the early morning and late evening, and slower during the afternoon. Try fishing on the east side of the reservoir using white, black, purple or chartreuse bass gear.
Ogden River
2015-08-26
Good
The south fork of the Ogden, near the campgrounds, is starting to receive good angling pressure. The water is crystal clear and visibility is excellent.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-08-26
Good
Anglers continue to report good fishing for crappie — especially when fishing in the morning. Two anglers fished from a boat from 7 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and caught 10 or 15 crappie using worms. They said the best fishing was right when it started to warm up for the day. Other anglers report slow fishing for tiger muskies.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-08-26
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. The water temperature is in the 70s, so fish have gone down to depths of 25–30 feet. Small mouth fishing is hit and miss on the west side of the lake and dam. Try heading to the reservoir early in the morning to avoid the recreational boat traffic. If you're looking to catch browns, fish below the dam. Fly anglers are catching nice-size browns right before sunset.

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
2015-08-26
Good
On Aug. 5, Scout Troop 1257 had a great day fishing at Smith and Morehouse Reservoir. Each scout caught a fish and some of them even caught multiple fish while casting from the shore near the boat ramp. Fishing was good all morning, but the best fishing was around 9 a.m. Worms suspended about three feet under a large bobber worked best. A few anglers fishing from canoes also had good success when trolling with garlic-scented PowerBait.
Weber River
2015-08-26
Good
The river is running high in many areas, but the fishing is very good. One angler fished near the Henefer area with a nightcrawler. Other anglers report good fishing using nymphs throughout the day and in the evening. If you're fishing after dark, try using mouse patterns.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-08-26
Slow
The few anglers on the reservoir report very slow fishing. The water levels are low.

 

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