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Information compiled by James Abbott

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2016-02-05
Good
The entire lake is frozen, and the fishing has been very good. The thickest ice (8 to 10 inches) is in the southern part of the lake south of Gus Rich Point, but the Rockpile area is now accessible and the ice is about 4 to six inches thick where the anglers have been fishing this area. People are also riding four-wheel vehicles and snowmobiles all over the lake. However, use extreme caution since Bear Lake has many areas where there are springs and/or methane gas vents and there may be no ice or thin ice in these areas. Ice thickness of the east side varies from about five inches to eight inches in most places. Finally, since this question gets asked a lot this time of year: Ideal Beach resort will allow anglers to drive in through their property and park on the beach in the plowed out area. Cost is $3 per person per day and is the closest access to the Rockpile. Garden City plows several areas too. One is about quarter mile north of Ideal Beach on 250 East Loop Street, and parking is free. Another popular ice-fishing access point is on 150 South Street in Garden City. The ice anglers are doing very well for cutthroat trout, lake trout and whitefish. The best spots for trout have been on the southwest side of the lake east of the highway pull-offs in water from about 50 to 70 feet deep. Also, the rockpile is fishing really well. Good lures to use for jigging include vertical jigging spoons such as castmasters and Buck Shots, but tube jigs tipped with cisco are the hottest lures at this time. Also, jigging rapalas are working for trout. For whitefish, the best spots have been off the weedbeds in 17 to 30 feet of water south of Gus Rich Point, along the east side at the pump house and between First Point and Second Point, and right on top of the rockpile. The rockpiles just north of the Utah State Park marina haven't had a lot of pressure yet, but the fishing on those should also be very good for both trout and whitefish. For whitefish, use smaller jigs (1/8 ounce) jigging spoons and ice flys, and tip your lure with a small piece of worm, wax worm or salmon egg.

Please remember, all cutthroat trout that are caught and don't have a healed fin clip must be released. Large lake trout are not very good eating and take a long time to reach large sizes, and while they are legal to keep, many anglers encourage others to release them.
Blacksmith Fork River
2016-02-05
Fair
Anglers are finding success using small nymphs — 18 and 20 midge patterns or smaller classic nymphs. Dead drifting small leech patterns under an indicator have been successful. Eggs and San Juan worms are working as top-fly, attractor patterns. Most folks are catching a mix of trout and whitefish. Most trout will be browns because they're experiencing a little bit of post-spawn hunger. The upper stretches of the Blacksmith Fork River are a little more difficult to access because of snow and ice. There is still fishable water in the lower areas.
Bountiful Lake
2016-02-05
Good
Anglers success catching trout in many places throughout the pond, especially fishing just off the bottom or 2 to four feet under the ice. The ice is about five inches thick. Family Ice Fishing day is February 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie Gonzales at (801) 292–4422 or sgonzales@woodscross.com.
Causey Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Angling pressure continues to be very light because only a few people are visiting the reservoir. The ice is about 12 inches thick, but it's under many layers of snow and slush. The ice conditions are, so be sure to have good waterproof boots. Wildlife sightings are frequent. Anglers have been seeing turkeys, deer and moose on their fishing trips.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-05
Fair
Fishing continues to be spotty with anglers finding a bit of success in some areas and little success in others. Several report catching fish with shrimp and a variety of worms. Powerbait is semi-effective as well. Most anglers are fishing around 30 to 40 feet. Anglers have best success either fishing on the south side of the reservoir or when moving around when an area seems slow. The most common catch is trout, and they are biting on any type of bait. The trick is finding them.
Echo Reservoir
2016-02-05
Fair
Angling pressure was pretty light this week. Anglers have been fairly successful catching trout and perch at various depths throughout the water column. Try using traditional jigs tipped with wax worms or perch meat just off the bottom or just a few feet under the ice. There is still a layer of slush and snow on top of good ice.
Farmington Pond
2016-02-05
Good
On January 30, Centerville City hosted Family Ice Fishing Day at the pond. The fishing was very good for trout, and most people caught fish throughout the reservoir. Most fish were caught about 6 to eight feet under the ice on small jigs tipped with wax worms and spikes. The ice was about 12 inches thick. Farmington City has closed the first gate, closing the parking lot. Anglers and other visitors will be required to park in other legal areas and walk.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Angling pressure continues to be light. Most anglers visit the reservoir during the weekend. Use caution on the ice because the edges may be soft later in the afternoon. The ice is about 12 inches thick. With the recent rain storms, the strength of the ice varies. Please remember that this pond is private property and requires a Walk-in Access authorization number.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-05
Good
Anglers report success catching lots of fish along the rocky dam and throughout the reservoir. Anglers are catching a lot of perch in depths from 12 to 19 feet using brown plastics and jigs tipped with a wax or meal worm. The ice is solid, about 12 inches thick.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2016-02-05
Fair
Most of the pond is open water, especially on the north side. There is also open water or very thin ice around the edges on the south side. Angling pressure was very light this week.
Kaysville Ponds
2016-02-05
Fair
Ice thickness varies between the ponds. The first pond (north) is mostly open water with a little weak ice on the south side. The ice at the second and third ponds is only about three inches thick. Most anglers are fishing the third pond. Anglers report fishing to be fairly good, mostly catching rainbow trout. The ice at the fourth pond (south) is about five inches thick and has not received any angling pressure recently.
Logan River
2016-02-05
Fair
Small nymphs are the name of the game right now — size 18 and 20 midge patterns or smaller classic nymphs. Anglers have also had some luck dead drifting small leech patterns under an indicator. Eggs and San Juan worms have also been working as top-fly, attractor patterns. Most folks are catching a mix of trout and whitefish. Most trout will be browns because they're experiencing a little bit of post-spawn hunger. The upper stretches of the Logan are a little more difficult to access because of snow and ice. There is still fishable water in the lower areas.
Lost Creek Reservoir
2016-02-05
Fair
Fishing is a little spotty right now; some anglers report good success and others not as much. Anglers report fairly consistent fishing, though overall quicker success around noon. Try fishing shallower water relatively close to shore. The ice is fairly thick, 4–6 inches, but it lies under a few layers of snow and slush.
Mantua Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Anglers continue to report slow fishing. Two anglers recently fished Mantua for four hours without any success. They fished in water three feet to 13 feet deep and fished from the west side to the east side of the reservoir. There is a lot of snow and slush on top of the ice. Be very careful as it is difficult to see unstable ice under the added snow and slush.
Ogden River
2016-02-05
Good
Few anglers have been fishing the river lately. The river is mostly free flowing with a few areas that are covered in ice. Use caution when venturing out.
Pineview Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Anglers report fishing to be slow to fair right now. While fishing the north side of Cemetery Point recently, an angler caught two perch and three crappie from 11 a.m. to noon. Other anglers report success just before sunrise and just after dark. The ice is still thick and safe, but there are a few layers of slush and snow on top of it. Some of the edges may be a little soft as well. Please use caution when venturing out.
Rockport Reservoir
2016-02-05
Fair
Fishing has been fair but there is a lot of pressure especially on weekends. Try moving around and focus on areas that are not getting a lot of pressure. We had a couple more tagged fish caught this past week, and
Uinta Mountains
2016-02-05
Good
Trial Lake is buried under about 55 inches of snow. The gate is closed at mile marker 15, requiring snowmobiles to access the lake. Angling pressure is fair. This is a great time to visit the Uintas.
Weber River
2016-02-05
Fair
The river is mostly open with flowing water, but there are a few areas covered with ice. Use caution when venturing out.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2016-01-29
Unstable ice
Fishing is really slow. The ice is unstable, and there are pockets of open water around the reservoir.

 

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