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Utah - Northern Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Nicaela Haig

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Bear Lake


Fishing has improved at Bear Lake. One angler reported catching over ten lake trout and a cutthroat trout. Another caught several large cutthroat trout by trolling the rock pile. Other anglers reported catching decent-sized lake trout. If you're jigging, try using a large pearl tube jig.

The water is approximately 75°F. If you're trolling, try using minnow-type lures and Flatfish in 65 to 85 feet of water. The DWR sampled the lake recently and found the majority of cutthroat trout and lake trout in 85 to 170 feet of water. The highest concentrations of fish were off the east side. One interesting method is to try is troll in the early mornings, before the sun comes up, off the mouths of North Eden and South Eden canyons. Troll chartreuse- or green-colored minnow-type lures on flat lines 100 or more feet behind your boat.

Even though the water is warm, the canyon breezes in the early morning sweep grasshoppers out onto the surface of the water. Cutthroat trout eat these grasshoppers, so sometimes fishing can be fast and furious. Later in the day, try using downriggers to get your line down within five feet or so of the bottom and pay attention to your sonar unit. If you see fish, continue to troll in that same area. If you are not seeing any fish, then move deeper. Try fishing off Cisco Beach, 2nd Point and the two canyon mouths mentioned above. (08-24-17)

Blacksmith Fork River


If you're looking for a gorgeous place to fish for trout, the Blacksmith is a good option right now. Anglers recommend spinners and Rapalas. If you've got a fly rod, try an ant or hopper pattern. (08-24-17)

Bountiful Lake


The fishing has slowed down and anglers targeting trout and catfish report that almost no fish are biting. Other anglers, however, have caught plenty of carp. (08-24-17)

Causey Reservoir


There are no new reports, but fishing has been fair to good for rainbow trout. Try using spinners. (08-24-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park


Anglers report fair to good fishing, especially for rainbow trout. Try using orange PowerBait, spoons or popgear with a worm. (08-24-17)

Echo Reservoir


Echo is a good place to fish if you want a lot of action, but are okay catching smaller fish. Anglers have been catching quite a few perch and smallmouth bass, but only rarely of decent size., one group of anglers reported good fishing from the shore using golden spoons and red spinners on a slow retrieve. Another angler, who was trolling by the dam, caught some nice-sized rainbow trout. (08-24-17)

Farmington Pond


Anglers report that fishing at Farmington Pond has been slow, with almost no action. (08-24-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir


Anglers are reporting slow to fair fishing. Try topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout. (08-24-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park


Anglers report fair to good fishing by boat for perch, bluegill and largemouth bass. Fishing for trout has been slow. One family of anglers caught several small bass over a very short period of time by fishing from shore by the dam. (08-24-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond


Several anglers reported catching tiny wipers. (08-24-17)

Kaysville Ponds


Fishing has been fair to good for bass and catfish, including some decent-sized fish. One angler reports catching a nice-sized catfish from the north pond. Try bouncing a worm off the bottom in the morning. If you're specifically targeting bass, try a topwater lure like a frog. (08-24-17)

Logan River


Anglers report good fishing. Try a Rapala, spinner or jig on a dropshot if you have a spinning rig. If you're fly fishing, anglers report that hoppers, Purple Haze, PMX and ant patterns have done well. (08-24-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir


One angler reported slow fishing. He didn't have any fish bite at all. (08-24-17)

Mantua Reservoir


Anglers report fair fishing. If you're targeting bass, anglers recommend using topwater frogs. Recently anglers have been catching large numbers of perch from the shore, but we have received few reports about bluegill this summer. (08-24-17)

Ogden River


Fishing is fair to good, although many anglers reported catching small fish. Try bouncing a worm off the bottom or using a spinner. (08-24-17)

Pineview Reservoir


Anglers report good fishing for smallmouth bass. A few anglers have been catching tiger muskies recently. (08-24-17)

Rockport Reservoir


Bass fishing has been hit or miss, but anglers are catching some decent-sized rainbow trout and plenty of perch. Try using a dropshot with a worm near the rocks if you're targeting bass. For perch, anglers report that a worm will often do the trick. (08-24-17)

Uinta Mountains


Anglers report good to hot fishing for tiger trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout and rainbow trout. Uinta waters have produced very well this summer. One angler reported catching huge numbers of fish at Washington Lake. Spinners — like Joe's Flies — did well, but you also could find great fishing using a fly and bubble, worm under a bobber, or PowerBait if you're fishing from the shore. If you're looking to beat the crowds, try venturing further away from Mirror Lake Highway where fishing is still good. Fly anglers have recently recommended streamers and dries, but no particular patterns were recommend this week. (08-24-17)

Weber River


Fishing is fair to good. Anglers caught some nice-sized brown trout using hoppers, sowbugs, Copper Johns and beadhead hare's ears. (08-24-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir


Fishing is improving. Last week, anglers reported seeing some small boils. There are no new reports about boils, but anglers are still doing very well for wipers, catfish and smallmouth bass. If you're trolling for wiper, try using a Shad Rap or Rattlin' Rapala. One angler caught several wipers while trolling at 2.5 mph. If you're fishing from shore, try using mussels. Other anglers caught huge numbers of catfish. Try using worms if you're targeting catfish. (08-24-17)

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