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Northern Region report

Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2015-03-26
Good
There is no snow on ground, and you can launch a boat at the marina and both east side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove. There are courtesy docks in the water at all locations. Fishing continues to be very good for cutthroat trout; anglers are catching a few lake trout too. Anglers targeting the trout are fishing with tube jigs tipped with cisco and/or worms right on the bottom in 45 to 65 feet of water. The hot spots are off the rockpile near Ideal Beach, Second Point and along Cisco Beach toward Rainbow Cove. Some anglers are trolling and doing well using flatfish, Rapalas and dodger/squid combinations. The Bear Lake whitefish spawning is pretty much over and we haven't received reports of whitefish caught in the last week. Remember, all cutthroat trout without a healed fin clip must be released.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
The ice on the reservoir was unstable on March 23. The edges are opening up, but not quite enough allow casting from shore. We do not recommend venturing out on the ice at this time. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You'll need to access Birch Creek through Woodruff, from either Logan Canyon or Evanston. Many thanks to Conservation Officer John Owen for the report.
Blacksmith Fork River
2015-03-26
Fair
On March 16, anglers reported good rainbow trout fishing on the upper portions of the river on nymphs and zebra midges. The river flows are good and angling pressure continues to be fairly light. This is a great time to fish the river.
Bountiful Lake
2015-03-26
Good
On March 23, local angler Chris Becraft and a friend braved the wind and rain for a great day fishing. They fished for a few hours on the north side of the pond and caught four trout and one 5-inch largemouth bass. For trout, they used PowerBait/worm combination and a Joe's fly with inline spinner. Local angler Cory Haddock also reported good fishing on Saturday. Between these two anglers, they caught 15 fish! Many thanks Chris and Cory for the reports.
Causey Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
On March 17, the reservoir was completely ice free. Water levels are higher, making it easier to launch boats and other small watercraft. Angling and recreation pressure continues to be very low. Causey is a good, quiet spot for you to fish.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2015-03-26
Good
On March 21, anglers reported good fishing for catfish at the Benson Marina using chicken livers. Angling pressure has increased with the warmer weather — especially on the weekends. Cutler is perfect for catching bass, catfish and bowfishing for carp.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-26
Hot
Now is the time to take advantage of the hot fishing at East Canyon. Boat anglers are doing very well using flashers in down riggers. You could also try slowly trolling with PowerBait just off the bottom. A group of anglers caught their limits of fish in only 45 minutes. Shore fishing is excellent as well. The fish seem to really favor rainbow PowerBait when suspended just off the bottom. Please remember that if you are going to launch any boat at East Canyon, you must complete a quagga mussel self-certification form and place it on your dashboard. If you don't have the completed form on your dashboard, you will receive a citation. If no one is at the gate when you arrive, just drive down to the boat ramp and pull a blank quagga self-certification form out of the mailbox that's under the big quagga mussel sign. We need your help to keep quagga out of East Canyon. Many thanks to Park Manager Chris Haramoto and Park Ranger Kent Cummings for the report.
Echo Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
The angling pressure is very light right now.
Farmington Pond
2015-03-26
Good
Fishing continues to be good for most anglers. One angler caught six trout with bead-headed nymphs, scuds and leeches. Another angler also had good success catching about 25-30 fish in two hours using a brown leech and damsel flies. The pond was last stocked on March 16 with 499 nine-inch trout.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2015-03-26
Fair
There haven't been many anglers out fishing the reservoir. Some anglers have been fishing from the shore while others have been fishing from kayaks and inflatable rafts. Some shore anglers caught 9-inch trout using PowerBait under a bobber. The trout are active and can be seen jumping at the surface throughout the day. 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
2015-03-26
Slow
Anglers report good fishing. PowerBait has not been as effective as worms. If you're fishing from the shore, try using silver spinners and different Rapalas. Anglers trolling have had success using any lure with blue on it. You should also try perch and trout Rapalas. Many thanks to Park Ranger Eric Bradshaw for this report.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2015-03-26
Fair
Cormorants and pelicans are swimming around the pond, but fishing continues to be fair. Last weekend, a family of six caught four brood stock trout near the bridge. Another couple caught some nine-inch rainbows — all on worms and PowerBait. The water is murky and visibility is low. The pond was last stocked on March 18 with 1,000 nine-inch trout. Please be sure to clean up any trash, fishing tackle and lures.
Kaysville Ponds
2015-03-26
Good
On March 23, a father and his daughter fished the third pond for about an hour and half and caught some bluegill and trout using worms and flies. Fly anglers also report good fishing in the second pond using dark-colored nymphs and leeches.
Little Creek Reservoir
2015-03-26
Fair
By March 23, all the ice had melted. This is a great place to fish from the shore or from small canoes and kayaks. The trout are active and biting frequently. Please be very careful when descending to the water — the rocks are very loose and it's easy to slip and fall. The road over Monte Cristo is closed. You can reach the reservoir through Woodruff, driving through either Logan Canyon or Evanston. Many thanks to Conservation Officer John Owen for the report.
Logan River
2015-03-26
Good
Anglers report good fishing with nymphs and zebra midges. Angling pressure is good and has increased with the warmer temperatures. Angling pressure at the third dam is good, but fishing is a little slow. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson for the report.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
Tom Ogden fished on March 16 from a kick boat using fly tackle. He caught six rainbows and five cutthroats with a fast-sinking line (#7) and size 4 bead head tan/green/pearl crystal bugger, size 6 bead head black/green crystal bugger, and a size 8 bead head black/green soft hackle fly. The ice is completely melted. Fishing is slow. Many thanks to Tom for the report.
Mantua Reservoir
2015-03-26
Good
Fishing for bass and trout continues to be good for anglers in boats or those fishing from the shore on the south side. Fishing from shore is fair. Bass fishing should continue to pick up as temperatures continue to increase. If you want to catch bass, try using plastics and jerk baits. To catch trout, try using traditional lures, worms and PowerBait.
Newton Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. The water level is high enough to allow launching small boats from the ramp, but we advise you to use extreme caution. A group of four anglers fished from a boat on Saturday and didn't catch anything.
Ogden River
2015-03-26
Good
Angling pressure has been pretty light this week. On March 17, two anglers fished the river up by the Meadows campground. They said the catch was very slow using worms and midge patterns. The previous week's anglers had better success catching rainbows using midges throughout the river. Flows are okay and the water continues to be crystal clear.
Pineview Reservoir
2015-03-26
Fair
Water temperatures are in the 40s. Angling pressure continues to be very light. Many thanks to Conservation Officer Devin Christensen for that report.
Porcupine Reservoir
2015-03-26
Slow
Anglers report slow fishing. One angler who had been fishing the reservoir frequently for long hours caught a very nice brown trout. He was trolling and fishing very deep. Water temperatures have increased since last week, and the fishing may improve as temperatures rise. Many thanks to Jodie Anderson for that report.
Rockport Reservoir
2015-03-26
Fair
Anglers report slow fishing from the shore. Some anglers had fair success fishing the inlet. Those fishing from boats are doing well using spoons. Fish are biting along the east side, just south of the launch ramp around the point. Remember to complete your quagga self-certification form every time you launch your boat. Deer Creek Reservoir recently tested positive for juvenile quagga mussels, so we need boaters to be extremely diligent. Many thanks to Park Ranger Brian Kurta for the report.
Uinta Mountains
2015-03-26
Good
On Marhc 24, there were still four or five feet of snow up in the Uintas. The lakes are still frozen, but the edges are soft and pulling away from the shore. The ice fishing season is coming to a close and spring should be here soon. Watch this short video on catching arctic grayling in the Uintas. Be prepared for winter conditions and deep snow. Many thanks to the Kamas Ranger District office for the report.
Weber River
2015-03-26
Good
On March 23, DWR's Walk-in Access Manager Clint Brunson found some time to fish the Weber and he caught four brown trout in two hours. Two fish were eight inches and the other two were 16 inches. He was nymph fishing pools and deep runs. Most of the fish bit on either Prince Harry's or sow bugs in olive or rainbow colors. He missed a few other hits, but not a bad stretch on the Weber. Many thanks to Clint for that report.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2015-03-26
Good
Anglers report great fishing. Boaters are catching lots of wipers (often four-pounders). There are still a few walleye biting here and there, but not many. Shore anglers are catching a few crappie. Anglers seem to have the best success early in the morning or late in the evening. DWR's Aquatics Biologist Chris Penne had a great day fishing Willard on Sunday afternoon. He fished from his kayak and caught four wipers while trolling with lipless crankbaits and a plastic grub. The fish were about 10-12 feet deep on the west side of the reservoir. Many thanks to Chris Penne and Park Ranger Travis Hancock for the reports.

 

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