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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 50s. 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.

Fishing is fair to good using both trolling and jigging methods. Good areas to fish include off of North Eden and Rainbow Cove. People who are jigging have also done well off of the Points and the edge of the Rockpile. 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/carp meat for better luck. If you are trolling, use Flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes or minnow type lures in #9 to 13 sizes. Try targeting 60 to 80 feet of water, but you might want to try shallower or deeper depending on the day. (10-13-17)

Blacksmith Fork River

Fair

Fishing is currently fair to good for brown trout. Try a spinner or Rapala if you have a spinning rod. If you're using flies, you might consider trying a hopper or elk hair caddis pattern. (10-13-17)

Bountiful Lake

Fair

As fall arrives, the community ponds in northern Utah are being stocked regularly with trout! Fishing at Bountiful was fair to good this week. Traditional methods such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber are a good bet. Bountiful Lake was stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout on October 4. (10-13-17)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

Our Aquatics biologists report that after a late start, the kokanee are running. As of two weeks ago, there were thousands of spawners at Causey. We expect the spawning run to last at least another week. (10-05-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

The reservoir is about 80 percent full and the water temperature is in the 60s. Fishing has been fair to good, according to reporting anglers. The most likely catch this week was rainbow trout. Try trolling using pop gear with a worm on the south end of the reservoir in the early morning. Anglers have reported receiving few to no bites on the east side of the reservoir. Shore anglers recommend using green or rainbow PowerBait or a classic worm-and-bobber setup. (10-13-17)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is currently slow to fair, according to angler reports. The water level at the reservoir is low. (10-13-17)

Farmington Pond

Fair

As fall arrives, the community ponds in northern Utah are being stocked regularly with trout! Fishing is fair to good at Farmington Pond this week. Traditional methods such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber are a good bet. The pond was stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout on October 3. (10-13-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

Sheer numbers rather than size have been the name of the game at Hyrum this week and the last. If you're looking for a place to take children or people new to fishing, Hyrum might be a good place to try. Anglers have been catching huge numbers of tiny fish from shore using simple methods such as fishing off the bottom with PowerBait, using a worm-and-bobber setup, or floating a worm off the bottom with a mini marshmallow. Although one angler who was fishing by boat reported catching a few decent-sized rainbow trout this week, the most likely catch was perch and small bass.

For those interested in more of a 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. (10-13-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Good

Anglers report fair to good fishing this week. As fall arrives, the community ponds in northern Utah are being stocked regularly with trout! Traditional methods such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber are a good bet. Jensen Pond was stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout on October 3. (10-13-17)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

As fall arrives, the community ponds in northern Utah are being stocked regularly with trout! Traditional methods such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber are a good bet. Kaysville was stocked with approximately 1,000 rainbow trout on October 10. (10-13-17)

Logan River

Good

Fishing has been good for both brown and rainbow trout at multiple locations along the river. Crankbaits and spinners have worked well. If you prefer to fish on the fly, try an elk hair caddis pattern. Since there are still a lot of grasshoppers around, you might also be successful using a hopper or a dropper with any beadhead nymph. One angler reported excellent fishing using hoppers in Temple Fork. (10-13-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers report that fishing is still good, even though they reported windy conditions and low water levels. If you're fishing from shore, worms and PowerBait have recently been good to use. (10-13-17)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

Due to the toxic algae bloom at Mantua recently, we have not received any fishing reports from anglers. Before the bloom, fishing was fair to good for bass. As temperatures cool down, we anticipate that trout fishing will pick up. (10-05-17)

Ogden River

Fair

Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout. Try using worms, Rapalas, or spinners. The river was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout on October 11. (10-13-17)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

This week, fishing was fair to good for tiger muskie, perch and smallmouth bass. One angler who was targeting crappie reported no crappie bites, but did get into some decent perch. Normally, we would expect the crappie bite to be picking up around this time of year. Recently anglers have been catching some decent-sized tiger muskie. (10-13-17)

Rockport Reservoir

Slow

Fishing was rougher than usual at Rockport this week, according to anglers. Reporting anglers tried several lures and presentations for an extended period of time and received very few bites. They also observed other anglers on the water having no luck as well. Before this week, several methods worked: worms, spinners, garlic or rainbow PowerBait, or trolling with Rapalas. (10-13-17)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Fishing is still good for tiger trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. This time of year, anglers recommend patterns such as renegades, serendipity, mosquitos, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, hare's ears and San Juan worms. Try a fly-and-bubble setup if you don't have a fly rod. You could also use a spinner or Rapala in blue, pink or orange. Worms under a bobber or floated with a mini marshmallow have also been successful strategies recently, especially in the lakes off of Mirror Lake Highway such as Trial Lake. Be sure to check the weather conditions before you head up to the Uintas! (10-13-17)

Weber River

Good

Anglers are reporting good fishing for brown trout this week. Worms have been a simple and successful bet this time of year, but anglers this week have also caught fish using spinners. Sowbug patterns, especially rainbow sowbugs, did well this week if you're using flies. (10-13-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Fair

The water temperature was in the mid to high 50s this week. Anglers who reported success this week were trolling below 1.5 mph. If you're fishing from shore, you could also try your luck with crankbaits. According to angler reports this week, the catfish bite was fair to good, but the walleye bite was slow. We received almost no reports regarding the wiper bite this week, but last week the wiper action had slowed down considerably. If you're still trying to catch a wiper, try fishing a mussel on the bottom or plastics low and slow. (10-13-17)


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