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Northern Utah Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Nicaela Haig

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Bear Lake

Fair

Fishing has been variable and a bit spotty this week. We received widely differing reports ranging from slow to fair to good. Anglers targeting the Bonneville whitefish have caught a few, but only a few reports we received indicated anglers who were limiting out. Several reports we received from anglers said that fishing was slow and they weren't catching anything, but others reported excellent catching on the lake. If you want to keep going for whitefish, good spots to try include Second Point and Cisco Beach. (12-15-17)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

Fishing is good. If you're looking for a place with very few anglers, the Blacksmith Fork might be one to try. Spinners have been working well lately, but nymphing might also be a productive strategy at this time of year. (12-15-17)

Bountiful Lake

Slow

Fishing has been slow at the pond. (12-15-17)

Causey Reservoir

Fair

We haven't received any recent reports. (12-15-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Slow

According to one angler report, East Canyon is starting to cap with a thin layer of ice. This ice is likely not thick enough for anglers to safely walk on. (12-15-17)

Echo Reservoir

Good

There isn't ice on the reservoir, and it probably won't have any for quite a while. Fishing at Echo was good, but it turned on and off depending on the movement of the schools. One angler noticed that the schools would swim through about once an hour and it would be hot and fast fishing, but completely dead until they came through again. Green PowerBait was a go-to method for success. One angler caught a few healthy 12- to 18-inch rainbow trout. (12-15-17)

Farmington Pond

Good

The ice on the pond is four or five inches thick throughout, and the edges are just as solid as the middle. Fishing is good to hot at the pond, according to angler reports this week. One angler reported nearly continuous catching, and another group of anglers reported good fishing as well. Try using ice flies. (12-15-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Slow

As of Dec. 15, the reservoir was covered in a thin layer of ice with a narrow patch of open water on the edges. Fishing of any kind does not currently appear to be possible. (12-15-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Fair

There is no ice on the reservoir this week. Fishing has been fair for rainbow trout. (12-15-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Slow

The pond is capped with a thin layer of ice. There are still some patches of open water, but fishing is likely to be difficult. (12-15-17)

Kaysville Ponds

Slow

The ponds are capped with a thin layer of ice, with small patches of open water distributed throughout. This ice is likely not safe to walk on and the lack of open water makes fishing of any kind difficult. (12-15-17)

Logan River

Good

Fishing has been good on the Logan. Nymphing is generally a good approach to success on the river at this time of year. Try a Copper John or pheasant tail pattern. (12-15-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Good

Fishing has been good at Lost Creek recently. However, we have not been able to obtain any recent reports on ice conditions at this water. (12-15-17)

Mantua Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is already sprinkled with anglers looking to get into some ice fishing! The ice is four inches thick in most places — just thick enough to bear a person's weight. Be careful and make sure to pack your safety gear. The fishing is fair to good. One angler caught a few rainbow trout and a handful of nice perch and bluegills. On the west side of the reservoir, another angler got into some schools of aggressive perch by jigging. (12-15-17)

Ogden River

Good

Fishing on the Ogden is good to hot this week. One angler who fished the Ogden River below Rainbow Gardens experienced excellent fishing, landing 16 fish in two hours. Some of the brown trout were actively spawning, so they fished in the areas below their redds and caught mostly stocked rainbows feeding on their eggs. They reported great success using a double fly rig: an orange egg pattern with a red zebra midge as a dropper fly. You might also catch quite a few fish using zebra midges. The river is not being fished by very many people, so this could be a great time to go out if you don't mind the cold weather. (12-15-17)

Pineview Reservoir

Fair

No ice has formed at Pineview beyond some thin layers along the edges, according to several angler reports. Fishing has been slow to fair for panfish, bullhead catfish and tiger muskie. The perch bite has overall been better than the crappie bite. (12-15-17)

Rockport Reservoir

Fair

As of Dec. 14, the reservoir still had open water and the surface water temperature was in the low 40s. This is a good time to start fishing deep. One angler recommends fishing approximately three feet off the bottom. One DWR biologist suspects that Rockport won't start capping with ice for quite a while. (12-15-17)

Uinta Mountains

Good

If you're looking for some good ice fishing, the Uintas might be a good choice. Fishing is good at many of the mountain lakes. Tiger trout, rainbow trout and a few brook trout were the most likely catch. The ice is thick enough to walk on at all of the lakes along Mirror Lake Highway, according to anglers. Please be sure to check road and weather conditions before heading up to the Uintas! (12-15-17)

Weber River

Fair

Fishing is fair on the Weber, according to anglers. One angler reports catching a few small rainbows. Try using a Rooster Tail or sowbug pattern. (12-15-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

Thin ice is forming along the edges. One angler reported not seeing any fish on their sonar, much less catching anything. (12-15-17)

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