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Northern Utah Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Nicaela Haig

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Bear Lake

Good

The surface water temperature is 48 degrees and dropping. The water level is nearly at full capacity, and you can launch a boat at all of the ramps on the Utah and Idaho sides of the lake, including the Bear Lake State Park marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah and the East Shore State Park and North Beach in Idaho.

The lake trout run is winding down. Last week, anglers reported that they are still catching a few lake trout and cutthroat trout by both jigging and trolling. The weather, however, has played a big part lake access and created hot-and-cold fishing. Fishing is fair in the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area and in the Cisco Beach/Rainbow Cove area. As the lake trout run winds down, fish will begin to feed and should become a little more predictable than they have been during the past month. If you prefer to jig, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one-ounce sizes and three to six inches long. White, green and motoroil are reliable colors. 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 #9-13 sizes. The lake is pretty much the same temperature from top to bottom right now and therefore both cutthroat and lake trout can be found in water from 10 to 100 feet or more. Pay attention to your sonar and, once you locate fish, target that depth strata.

The Bonneville whitefish should begin spawning right around the Thanksgiving holiday. They can be targeted along rocky, shoreline areas using light tackle. Fish in depths from five to 30 feet and use a medium action rod with four- to six-pound line and 1/16-1/8 ounce jigs, spinners in size 1 or 2, or small, one- to two-inch long spoons. Tip your lure with a piece of worm or waxworm and keep it close to bottom. You can also catch these fish using sinking-tip fly line with wooly-buggers or egg-sucking-leach patterns fished close to bottom. Bonneville whitefish are very good eating both fried and baked — though many anglers like to smoke them. The run should last until about December 15. Try fishing along 1st and 2nd Points, Cisco Beach and off the Utah State Park marina dikes. (11-17-17)

Blacksmith Fork River

Fair

While we did not receive any angler reports this week, fishing on the Blacksmith Fork has recently been fair to good for brown trout. (11-03-17)

Bountiful Lake

Good

Fishing has been fair to good. Try fishing the inlet with worms. (11-17-17)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing. (11-17-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers have reported good fishing — primarily for planter-sized trout with a few 15- to 16-inch trout mixed in — since the reservoir was stocked with over 23,000 rainbow trout on October 31. One group of anglers reported catching over 20 planter-sized trout in about four hours. Try using a rainbow Rapala or popgear tipped with a worm. (11-17-17)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

You can still shore fishing, but all of the boat launch ramps are closed. Try using a golden Jake's lure. We have not received any new reports this week, but one angler recently reported a steady bite by the dam. (11-17-17)

Farmington Pond

Slow

Fishing is currently slow. (11-17-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout. Try using worms or PowerBait. (11-17-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

We didn't receive any angler reports this week, but fishing has consistently been fair to good the past few weeks. Perch and trout are the most likely catch. If you're going for perch, try jigging about two feet off of the bottom. For trout, try worms and PowerBait — especially if you're fishing from shore. (11-17-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Slow

Anglers report slow to fair fishing. (11-17-17)

Kaysville Ponds

Fair

Anglers report fair to good fishing for rainbow trout and bluegill. Traditional methods, such as fishing a worm off the bottom or using a worm under a bobber, are a good bet. (11-17-17)

Logan River

Good

Fishing has been good. One angler reported a good whitefish bite last week. If you're looking to get into some whitefish, try using a scud pattern, a beadhead pheasant tail or a beadhead hare's ear. (11-17-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers reported slow shore fishing this week, even after trying all kinds of tackle. Boat anglers reported catching decent-sized, 20-inch trout. One angler reported that two-inch thick ice shelves are forming overnight, then melting quickly when the sun comes out. (11-17-17)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

We did not receive any angler reports this week, but fishing has been consistently slow the past several weeks. An algal bloom warning was still in effect as of November 6, and no updates have been posted since then. Please make sure to clean fish thoroughly and discard the guts. (11-17-17)

Ogden River

Fair

Fishing for brown trout has been fair to good the past several weeks, according to angler reports. Try using worms, Rapalas or spinners. (11-17-17)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

Fishing was fair to good for panfish, bullhead catfish and tiger muskie this week. One group of anglers marked large numbers of crappie, but didn't catch more than 20 in total. They did manage, though, to hook large numbers of bluegill near the shore. Anglers report that crappie they're catching this year are larger than they were last year. One angler reported that fishing slowed dramatically at noon, but other anglers did not mention the time of their catches. A solo angler who was targeting perch in about 25 feet of water caught more than 50, which forced him to choose the largest ones to bring home. f you're targeting perch, try using a Ratfinkee under a Swedish Pimple. Anglers are still catching bullheads, too. Two anglers also reported catching a tiger muskie. (11-17-17)

Rockport Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has been slow, but one group of anglers reported fair trolling this week with a black-and-silver Rapala tipped with nightcrawler. They received several strikes and landed two fish. (11-17-17)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Fishing is good for tiger and rainbow trout. According to one angler, the Uinta lakes are starting to ice over. This angler reported that every lake by the road had a thin layer of ice. Washington had about three inches of ice with some patches of open water. The ice may thicken this weekend because of the cold weather in the forecast. Be aware, however, that fishing on this thin ice is very dangerous. We have received reports of anglers falling through the ice this week. (11-17-17)

Weber River

Good

Fishing appears to have slowed down this week. One group of anglers who fished near Taggart had fish chase their spinners, but only caught one fish. Anglers have caught smaller brown and rainbow trout recently. Try using a Rapala, Panther Martin, a worm on a spinner or a white jig. If you're using flies, you might want to try a sowbug pattern or a San Juan worm above a beadhead. (11-17-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Fair

The water temperature was in the mid- to high 40s this week. Anglers report fair to good fishing for catfish and perch, but slow fishing for wipers and walleye. Catfishing was described in multiple reports as steady: not too fast and not too slow. One angler reports catching a decent-sized perch this week. (11-17-17)

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