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Utah - Northern Region report

Northern Region report

Information compiled by Nicaela Haig

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Bear Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching a few lake trout by trolling minnow-type lures in 30 to 60 feet of water from the Marina and north into Idaho, at Fish Haven Creek. You can use downriggers to get deeper than 30 feet, but anglers are using deep-diving lure to get down to the 30 foot depth. You might also consider jigging with tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat off of Second Point and the mouth of North Eden Canyon. (06-23-17)

Blacksmith Fork River

Hot

Good news for Cache Valley anglers — the Blacksmith Fork is now quite fishable! Anglers reported pulling in large numbers of brown trout and cutthroat trout. If you have a spinning rod, try using a yellow or black Panther Martin or a simple worm, as both were reportedly successful according to anglers. This week, anglers on the fly did well using stonefly patterns, hare's ears and stimulators. If you are looking for a particularly secluded place to fish, try nearby Rock Creek and Curtis Creek. Both are located deeper in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, near the Hardware Ranch visitor center. ¬ (06-23-17)

Bountiful Lake

Slow

We have not received any reports from anglers this week. However, fishing has recently been slow at Bountiful. For a greater chance of success, check the stocking reports and fish shortly after the reservoir is stocked. Worms and PowerBait are a safe bet at the community ponds in northern Utah. (06-23-17)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

The water at Causey is a dark, almost opaque brown, and the water is flowing over the spillway. One angler reports no bites even after using many different types of tackle. If you still want to try your luck this week, anglers recommend fishing the inlet. (06-19-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

One angler reports good fishing for smallmouth bass from shore. Another shore fisher was doing well on pink PowerBait. (06-23-17)

Echo Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is still full and flowing over the spillway. Access to shore fishing at Echo is easy right now due to the high water levels. When using a wide variety of colors, anglers report catching large numbers of little smallmouth bass. Some anglers did well using topwater lures, while others bounced plastics off the rocks. (06-23-17)

Farmington Pond

Slow

We have not received any reports from anglers this week. However, fishing has recently been slow at Farmington. For a greater chance of success, check the stocking reports and fish shortly after the reservoir is stocked. Worms and PowerBait are a safe bet at the community ponds in northern Utah. (06-23-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Good

One angler reports catching several bass at Holmes this week. (06-23-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Fishing has recently been slow to fair at Hyrum. (06-23-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Slow

We have not received any reports from anglers this week. However, fishing has recently been slow at Jensen. For a greater chance of success, check the stocking reports and fish shortly after the reservoir is stocked. Worms and PowerBait are a safe bet at the community ponds in northern Utah. (06-23-17)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

Two families of anglers reported having a great time catching bluegill on almost every cast with their little ones, especially down in the south pond. A simple worm under a bobber worked very well. (06-23-17)

Logan River

Fair

The water level has decreased slightly and some riffles are developing, but many areas of the river are still unfishable whitewater. (06-23-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Good

One angler reports that their party caught and released several large cutthroat trout and two 17-inch rainbows off of their kickboats. (06-23-17)

Mantua Reservoir

Good

One family of anglers reported a varied catch last week including several perch, bluegill, largemouth bass, catfish, and rainbow trout. Another angler pulled in several largemouth bass, while yet another caught primarily perch. Because of an event happening in Mantua on June 23 and 24 the reservoir will be closed to all other users. (06-23-17)

Ogden River

Good

Anglers report that the water flow on the Ogden River is improving. One angler reported catching a few decent-sized brown trout using Rapalas. (06-23-17)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

Anglers reported a good tiger muskie bite this week. Unfortunately, other anglers report that fishing for crappie during the day has been slow to fair. One group of anglers reported catching a few crappie in about 20 feet of water, but others were unsuccessful. (06-23-17)

Rockport Reservoir

Good

This week, the water temperature was approximately 60 degrees. Anglers report fair to good fishing both by boat and from shore. If you're shore fishing, try using rainbow, corn or chartreuse PowerBait as all of these colors did well last week. If you're trolling, try using pop gear and a worm or Rapala. The fish are a bit deeper this week than they have been recently, according to anglers. (06-23-17)

Uinta Mountains

Hot

Snow remains in the high elevations (above 10,000 feet), but the flow rate of the area's rivers has gone down since last week. Fishing is extremely good at Whitney Reservoir and Lily Lake. On June 19 most of the higher lakes were still covered in ice, but warm temperatures should change that soon if they have not yet already. (06-23-17)

Weber River

Good

Stream flow is starting to come down in sections of the Weber River so it is time to start thinking about fishing. Check USGS stream gauges to see what stream flow is in your favorite reach of the Weber River - https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/current/?type=flow. Even with higher, somewhat off-color water, fishing can be hot in the Weber River. Try using spinners and crankbaits. If you are fly fishing, streamers are working well right now as well as larger nymphs (e.g., San Juan worms, hare's ears, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, sowbugs, etc). (06-23-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Good

In general, anglers reported a good catch for wipers this week, especially on the west side of the reservoir. One angler fishing from a boat reported success trolling a worm harness. Another pair of anglers reports catching over a dozen wipers on the west dike near the light pole by casting crankbaits at the rocks. Chartreuse and orange combination worked best for them, but shad-patterned Rapalas also did the trick. They reported that wipers were hitting these crankbaits extremely close to the bank. Even though they lost a few lures with this method, they felt it was well worth it with the sheer number of fish they caught. (06-23-17)

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