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Northern Region report

Information compiled by Erica Savage

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Bear Lake

Good

The majority of the lake is ice free and the water temperature is 33.1°F. First Point boat ramp is closed; the dock has been removed and the ice is beginning to buildup. The State Marina, Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach launch ramps are open. The park roads and launch ramps have been plowed and the de-icers have been turned on in the marina channel. Anglers have been catching 12- to 20-inch cutthroat trout on swim baits and 3/4- or 7/8-ounce silver or blue spoons in about 10 to 12 feet of water. Whitefish are biting on small brightly colored jig heads, marabou lures and green or white curly tail jigs. Anglers report good fishing from sunrise until noon near the marina, and slower fishing in the afternoon and evening. (01-11-19)

Blacksmith Fork River

Slow

Unstable ice is forming along the edges and in various stretches of the river. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Anglers are reporting slow fishing for trout. Try using gray magic midges or a white bead head wooly bugger streamer size 8-10. (01-11-19)

Bountiful Lake

Slow

The lake is capped with four inches of ice. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is slow but anglers are catching 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using garlic-scented rainbow PowerBait, ice jigs tipped with wax worms or artificial minnows. (01-11-19)

Causey Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is capped with seven to eight inches of ice, with another six to eight inches of snow and slush on top. There is about four feet of dangerous ice on the west end of the reservoir near the dam. Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch tiger trout off of the bottom in 20 to 30 feet of water. They're also catching 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using wax worms, green tube jigs tipped with nightcrawler, Hali jigs tipped with a wax worm, nuclear ant tipped with a wax worm or chartreuse jigs tipped with a worm. (01-11-19)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

The reservoir is capped with six to eight inches of ice with three inches on slush on top. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. Anglers are catching 10- to 18-inch rainbow trout in 20 to 30 feet of water off of the bottom. Try using orange ratfinkee tipped with a worm and garlic rainbow PowerBait, glow tube jigs or white or chartreuse cutter bugs. Highway 65 is closed for the winter. You can still reach the park via I-84 Morgan or Hennifer. (01-11-19)

Echo Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is capped with seven to nine inches of ice with seven to eight inches of snow on top. The ice on the edges near the boat ramp is only two to three inches thick and is soft and slushy. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Anglers are catching 13-inch rainbow trout in 10 to 30 feet of water near the bottom and suspended. They're also catching 8- to 13-inch yellow perch near the bottom. Try using wax worms with banana smelly jelly, ice jigs tipped with a red worm, white jig head with a pink paddle bug tipped with a nightcrawler, glow bright ratfinkees or a pink jig head with a glow maniac gizilla tipped with a worm. (01-11-19)

Farmington Pond

Fair

The pond is capped with five inches of ice. Please use extreme caution because the ice conditions continue to change. Anglers are catching 10- to 13-inch rainbow trout and 9-inch yellow perch. Try fishing off of the bottom with pink Hali jigs tipped with a wax or meal worm, micro perch jigs or ice flies. (01-11-19)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped five to six inches of ice, with one-half to two inches of slush on top. The ice on the south end near the dam is soft and has water on top. Please exercise extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Anglers report slow to fair fishing for 9- to 12-inch rainbow trout and 5- to 7-inch bluegill in 10 to 12 feet of water off of the bottom. Try using small jig heads tipped with wax worms, mealworms or grubs, ratfinkees, ice jigs or rainbow PowerBait. (01-11-19)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The majority of the reservoir is capped with 8 to 10 inches of ice with about four inches of snow and slush on top. The inlet is capped with about four inches of ice. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing is fair to slow, anglers are catching 12- to 17-inch rainbow trout and 7- to 11-inch yellow perch. Try using a number 14 treble hook tipped with perch eyes or a nightcrawler and perch eye combo off of the bottom. Shrimp, wax worms and spikes are producing if you fish them about 10 feet under the ice. (01-11-19)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

The pond is capped with an unknown thickness of ice. The northwest corner of the pond is open and anglers are catching 10- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Try using rainbow PowerBait on a small jig or traditional baits. (01-11-19)

Kaysville Ponds

Fair

All four ponds are capped with one-half to three inches of ice. Please use extreme caution as the ice conditions continue to change. Fishing pressure is low. Anglers report catching 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Try using hair jigs, ratfinkees, or blade baits off of the bottom. Yellow and pink are reliable colors. (01-11-19)

Logan River

Good

Ice is forming on the banks and on various stretches of the river. Fishing for trout has been fair to slow. Anglers are catching 10- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Try using a gray midge size 18-22, gray magic midge size 18 or an orange micro egg size 14-16. (01-11-19)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Slow

The road leading up to the reservoir is partially covered in snow in some areas. The road from the dam to the boat ramp is not maintained during the winter; you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access this part of the reservoir. The reservoir is capped with 7.5 to eight inches of ice, with one-half to seven inches of snow and slush on top of the ice. Fishing is slow, but anglers are catching 15- to 18-inch cutthroat trout in about 20 feet of water. They are also catching the planter-sized rainbow trout that are suspended in about 10 feet of water. Try using a white jig head tipped with a manic craw plastic, white tube jig or white cutter bugs. (01-11-19)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is capped with four to five inches of soft ice, with four inches of snow and slush on top. Anglers report slow fishing for perch, trout, bluegill and largemouth bass. Try using ice flies tipped with perch meat or eyes, wax worms, orange garlic Power eggs, Northland UV green forage minnow tipped with maggots or perch eye or a micro perch jig. There are road closures at the reservoir for the Mantua East Spring re-piping project. While the work continues, access to the south side of the dike road will be closed. The Public Works Administrative Office will notify the public when access reopens. If you have questions about the project, please call 435-734-6615. (01-11-19)

Ogden River

Slow

Ice is forming along the banks and on various stretches of the river. Anglers report slow fishing for trout. Try using traditional baits. (01-11-19)

Pineview Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with four to nine inches of ice with slush and water on top. Anglers are catching six- to 13-inch crappie in 30 to 40 feet of water, four- to seven-inch perch and small bluegill. Try using tungsten jigs (any color), small jig heads tipped with wax worms or perch eyes in about 30 to 36 feet of water off of the bottom or white paddle bugs tipped with meal or wax worms. You may also want to try green ratfinkee tipped with perch meat or eyes. (01-11-19)

Rockport Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped with seven to eleven inches of ice with snow on top. Fishing is fair to slow. Anglers are finding success fishing at 10 to 20 feet for trout and 30 to 40 feet for perch. They are also catching 10- to 19-inch rainbow trout and 6- to 12-inch perch. Try using neon jigs tipped with nightcrawler or mealworms, 1/16-ounce chartreuse jig heads with glowing spiketail bodies tipped with worm, pink ratfinkee tipped with a wax worm or 1/16-ounce glow shot spoon tipped with a worm. For trout, try using one-inch white tube jigs, paddle bugs tipped with wax or meal worms, orange or chartreuse ratfinkee. (01-11-19)

Uinta Mountains

Good

All of the lakes and reservoirs are capped with ice. Please use extreme caution when you enter the ice and drill test holes. Most of the lakes and reservoirs are only accessible by snowmobile. (01-11-19)

Weber River

Good

The water temperature at midday is 40 degrees and visibility is about 18 inches. Fishing for trout is good to fair. The best stretch to fish is the Wanship from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Try using gray magic midges, white bead head woolly bugger streamers, red bead head prince, orange micro eggs or white zonkers. (01-11-19)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is capped but we haven't received reports about how thick it is, so use caution. The north marina has four to five inches of solid clear ice. Anglers are catching 10- to 12-inch perch off of the bottom. Try using ice jigs tipped with wax worms, perch meat or eyes. (01-11-19)