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Northern Region report

Information compiled by Rachael Tuckett

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Bear Lake

Fair

Fishing for cutthroat and lake trout has been fair. Biologists are in the process of sampling the lake this week and have found trout from 45 feet out to over 175 feet. Anglers have been doing the best by trolling with downriggers and minnow-type lures off North Eden. You can also try jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area, but recreational boats are typically on the water by 10 a.m. Fishing slows down after the jet skis and wakeboard boats hit the water. Your best bet is to troll and jig early in the morning from about 6–10 a.m. You may also want to try fishing off the Idaho State Park on the east side of the lake and off of Swan Creek north to Fish Haven. If you are jigging for trout, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one ounce size and three to six inches long tipped with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Sometimes at this time of year, a squid behind a dodger can really work well too. As for shore fishing, try casting or still fishing with cisco off the Cisco Beach or 2nd Point. You can also try casting with large spinners and spoons. Let your lure sink so that you retrieve it close to the bottom. Remember: the trout limit is two fish. You may keep cutthroat trout with a fin clip, but you must immediately release any cutthroat trout that have all fins intact.

The surface water temperature at Bear Lake is 73°F and the thermocline is between 36 and 60 feet right now. The water levels are high but dropping slowly. You can launch a boat at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. You can also launch on the Idaho side of the lake at the East Shore State Park and North Beach ramps. (08-10-18)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

Fishing has been best in the early morning and evening. Try using a caddis fly. (08-10-18)

Bountiful Lake

Slow

Few anglers are fishing right now. Anglers reported good fishing for small bluegills using white roostertail lures. Trout stocking usually resumes in late September when the weather cools. Until then, concentrate on fishing for catfish using baits. This pond has been stocked with over 2,000 catfish this summer. (08-17-18)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

The water level is dropping rapidly because of irrigation demands. Fishing is slow. There is very heavy recreation activity with canoes, tubes and kayaks. Finding a parking spot can be difficult. (08-17-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

Angler reports fishing is good for smallmouth and wipers using chartreuse-colored beadhead woolly buggers with a propeller or olive-colored beadhead woolly buggers with a propeller. Also, try using using Mepps and Blue Fox spinner in Firetiger colors. (08-17-18)

Echo Reservoir

Good

Anglers report fast fishing for perch in 15 to 20 feet of water using small jigs tipped with perch meat (08-10-18)

Farmington Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair. Try fishing for trout in the evening or morning because of the warm weather. (08-10-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow during the heat of the day. Try fishing in the evening or morning. Remember: you need a free walk-in access authorization number to fish on this privately owned reservoir. (08-17-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

Angler reports fishing is good for bass and perch using chartreuse-colored beadhead woolly bugger with a propeller or an olive-colored beadhead woolly bugger with a propeller. Also, try using using Mepps and Blue Fox spinner in Firetiger colors. (08-17-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is slow, though fish are actively taking flies. Try later in the evenings. (08-17-18)

Kaysville Ponds

Fair

Trout stocking usually resumes in late September when the weather cools. Until then, concentrate on fishing for catfish using baits. (08-17-18)

Logan River

Good

One angler reported fishing the river two to three times per week in the morning and catching fish up to 16 inches. Try using Hoppers and stimulators. (08-17-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Fair

Fishing for trout from shore has been fair to good in early mornings. One angler recommended corn-scented PowerBait. (08-17-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow, but some anglers report catching bluegill and largemouth bass. There is a lot of moss. One angler recommends using chartreuse-colored beadhead woolly bugger with a propeller or an olive-colored beadhead woolly bugger with a propeller. You may also want to try using Mepps and Blue Fox spinner in Firetiger colors. (08-17-18)

Ogden River

Good

The South Fork of the Ogden River is running clear, but there are a lot of tubers — especially during the weekends. Few anglers have been fishing in the evening during the week. The river below Pineview is running high and turbid. (08-17-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

There is a lot of boating traffic. Anglers report good fishing for nice-sized smallmouth bass. Try using spinner baits or crafish grubs like Gitzits or beavertails. (08-17-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Fair

Shore fishing for trout has been very slow. Anglers report good fishing for trout with popgear and a worm rig. Fishing can be good this time of year for small smallmouth bass using silver blue fox, silver spinners and Kastmaster. (08-17-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Anglers report great fishing, but some are having to move around from lake to lake. Concentrate on getting on the water in the mornings and evenings using various fly patterns behind a bubble. A Division biologist went fishing with his family and reported that the key is finding the fish and then using you what they want. Fishing was hot on the high mountain lakes using standard flies in sizes 14-16 like renegades, brown or gray hackle peacock and buggers. He had much better luck fishing smaller leeches (size 14) and very small dries (size 20 and 22). Fishing was better in the early morning and evening along the shores and weed edges. The standard flies worked okay, but small dries or emergers in brown seemed much more productive. At mid-day, he had success with small leeches on a intermediate sinking line. The streams are on fire for anglers with a hopper-dropper rig. Foam hoppers float well and hold up with a small nymph underneath. Fishing should be be great for the next couple of weeks. (08-17-18)

Weber River

Fair

Few anglers are fishing. Some anglers that caddis hatches are good in the evening. The water flows are low and clear. One angler reported fishing is great on the upper Weber with a bobber and a worm. (08-17-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Good

Angler report good fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass. One angler reported catching his limit of bass and bluegill, along with a few nice-sized crappie. (08-17-18)