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Northern Utah Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Nicaela Haig

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Bear Lake

Good

Bear Lake surface water temperature is in the low 60s and dropping. The water level is basically at full capacity and boat launching is possible at all ramps on the Utah and Idaho sides of the lake. This includes the Bear Lake State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah as well as the East Shore State Park and North Beach in Idaho.

During the last week, anglers have reported that they have started catching some lake trout and cutthroat trout by both jigging and trolling. Some anglers did well off the Gus Rich Point and Rockpile area, and others did well off of the Cisco Beach area. As the lake trout prepare to spawn, this is a good time to target those fish while they are still feeding. If you prefer to jig, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in half to one-ounce sizes and three to six inches long. You can tip your lure with cisco, sucker, or carp meat for better luck. If you are trolling, use Flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes, or minnow type lures in #9–13 sizes. Try targeting 60 to 80 feet of water. Depending on the day however, you might want to try shallower or deeper. (09-29-17)

Blacksmith Fork River

Fair

While we have not received any reports from anglers this week, fishing has recently been fair to good. If you don't have flies, try using a Rapala or spinner. (09-29-17)

Bountiful Lake

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good for bluegill and catfish. Productive strategies have been fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber. Keep an eye on the stocking reports, as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best in the first few days after the water is stocked. (09-29-17)

Causey Reservoir

Fair

DWR Aquatics biologists report that after a late start, the kokanee are running. As of last week, there were thousands of spawners. We expect the spawning run to last at least another one to two weeks. (09-29-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees. Fishing was fair to good for wipers and rainbow trout. One angler reported good success trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Multiple anglers reported no bites at all on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommended using PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup. (09-29-17)

Echo Reservoir

Good

Fishing has been fair to good for small bass and perch as well as rainbow trout. Worms have worked well. Anglers reported good fishing by the dam if they were on a boat, or from the rocks on the east side of the reservoir if they were fishing from the shore. (09-29-17)

Farmington Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair with anglers reporting catching bluegill and rainbow trout. The pond was last stocked with rainbow trout on September 13. Keep an eye on the stocking reports, as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best in the first few days after the water is stocked. (09-29-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fair

Fishing for bass and trout has been fair. Try using topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout. (09-14-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees and the reservoir is 60 percent full. The State Park reports that fishing for perch has been very good, with worms working well. Trout fishing is fair but picking up. PowerBait, worms and trolling have been best. If you're looking for an additional challenge, the Hyrum State Park Tagged Fishing Classic is ongoing. The contest began on September 16, 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017. Catch one of the specially tagged fish in Hyrum Reservoir and turn the tag into a Hyrum State Park employee for a prize. See the State Park's website for rules and additional details. (09-29-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

Fishing has been slow to fair. Keep an eye on the stocking reports, as fishing at the community ponds tends to be best in the first few days after the water is stocked. (09-29-17)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

Fishing has been good as Bluegill were hitting almost any bait. Nightcrawlers are always a good one to try first, but anglers were also pulling in a few catfish as well. One angler reports catching a 14 inch bass last week using a rubber frog. If you're looking for a place close to home to take children fishing, Kaysville might be a good water to consider. (09-29-17)

Logan River

Good

One angler reported great success at Second Dam over the course of multiple days this week. They reported pulling in some nice-sized brown trout and several decent rainbow trout using crankbaits and spinners. Another angler reported good fishing on the Logan using a green Panther Martin. Recently fly fishing has been good as well, but we have not received any recent reports on what patterns are doing best. (09-29-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Hot

According to reports, the reservoir is about 10 feet below the high mark from earlier this summer and the water clarity is good. We received several reports of anglers catching huge numbers of fish or decent-sized fish from shore. Rainbow trout and cutthroat trout were the likely fish to catch this week. Worms did well, but anglers recommended virtually any type of PowerBait. One lone group of shore anglers reported a peaceful morning of fishing virtually all by themselves, with very few boats out on the water or other anglers around them as they caught large numbers of fish. One angler who was trolling reported catching multiple rainbow trout above 22 inches. (09-29-17)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

Due to the toxic algae bloom last week, we have not received any fishing reports from anglers this week. Before the bloom, fishing was fair to good for bass. Once temperatures begin to cool off, we anticipate that trout fishing will pick up. (09-29-17)

Ogden River

Good

Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout this week. Try using worms, Rapalas or gold Panther Martins. The river was stocked with 1,600 rainbow trout on September 13. (09-29-17)

Pineview Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has recently been slow to fair at Pineview for tiger muskie, bass and crappie. (09-21-17)

Rockport Reservoir

Good

Fishing for rainbow trout and perch has been good. Anglers recommend fishing shallow. Worms, spinners and small jointed Rapalas have worked well. Shore fishers reported that PowerBait did well – especially garlic, peach and rainbow. (09-29-17)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Anglers report good fishing for tiger trout and rainbow trout this week. Woolly Buggers did great this week. Several lakes in the Uintas were recently stocked with arctic grayling. Smith-Morehouse Reservoir in particular was stocked with over 22,000 grayling on September 19. If you don't have flies, try using a spinner, worm under a bobber, worm floated off the bottom with a mini marshmallow or PowerBait at many of the lakes off Mirror Lake Highway such as Trial Lake and Mirror Lake. Be sure to check the weather conditions before you head up to the Uintas. (09-29-17)

Weber River

Good

Anglers are reporting good fishing this week. However, bear in mind that the river is running high and muddy according to some reports. The Upper and Middle Weber are not quite as turbid. Anglers this week recommend worms. (09-29-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Good

The water temperature is approximately 65 degrees and the reservoir is full. Several anglers have reported good fishing for catfish. One angler reports good success for catfish by fishing the north end of the reservoir using a Gulp minnow tipped with nightcrawler. A nightcrawler alone has also done fairly well for catfish recently. A few anglers reported catching wipers both from the shore and by trolling, but we also received a couple reports of slow wiper fishing at Willard. If you're targeting wipers, try fishing in the evening using mussels or a lure that imitates a shad. (09-29-17)


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