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Big fish are lurking in Cache County

This summer, anglers are catching trophy fish in northern Utah

CACHE COUNTY — Cache Valley is home to some of the biggest fish in northern Utah.

Newton Reservoir has some big tiger muskie in it. Using a fly rod, Paul Thompson recently caught and released this tiger. The fish was more than 45 inches long

Newton Reservoir has some big tiger muskie in it. Using a fly rod, Paul Thompson recently caught and released this tiger. The fish was more than 45 inches long.

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Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, encourages you to take advantage of the chance to catch a big fish in the valley this summer.

Cutler Reservoir

Douglass says Cutler Reservoir has long been a well-kept secret among walleye and catfish anglers. "But," he says, "with the new catfish catch-and- release record coming from Cutler, 'the cat is out of the bag.'"

If you're looking to hook a big fish, Douglass says Cutler is a good place to try — anglers are catching catfish up to two feet long.

Newton Reservoir

Newton Reservoir is another place where anglers can tussle with a trophy fish. Paul Thompson, the DWR's Northern Region aquatic manager, recently caught a huge tiger muskie at Newton. The fish was more than 45 inches long.

"This lunker is the biggest fish Paul has ever caught on his fly rod," Douglass says.

Thompson says the water clarity is good right now, and anglers can sight-fish from a boat; just like he did.

Hyrum Reservoir

Until August, anglers at Hyrum Reservoir could leave the reservoir with more than a big fish. This spring, 130 tagged trout were stocked into Hyrum. If you catch a tagged fish, take the tag to the Hyrum State Park office to redeem the tag for a prize.

The tagged fish are part of the park's first annual fishing classic. The classic is a partnership between the park, local businesses and the DWR.

River and streams

Reservoirs aren't the only good waters to fish in Cache County. The county has many rivers and streams that provide great trout fishing in a beautiful setting.

Douglass says the Logan River, one of Utah's Blue Ribbon fishing waters, is a great place to fly fish. "In addition to providing great fishing," he says, "restoration work on the river is also providing great habitat for Utah's state fish, the Bonneville cutthroat trout."

(A video about the restoration project, titled "Cutthroat Trout Conservation Project at Temple Fork," is available on our YouTube channel.)

Other good rivers to fish in the county include the Bear River, the Blacksmith Fork River and the East Fork of the Little Bear River.

"All of these rivers have good access points and good fishing," Douglass says.

More information

Don't forget to check the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook before fishing in the county.

Fishing reports for waters in Cache County, and for other fishing hotspots in Utah, are available at wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots.

Two additional websites — bigfishtackle.com and utahwildlife.net — also provide good, up-to-date fishing information.

If you have questions about fishing in Cache County, call the DWR's Northern Region office at 801-476-2740.

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