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Utah - Northern Region report

Information compiled by Nicaela Haig

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Bear Lake


Fishing at Bear Lake has been fair to good by boat. The average water temperature was approximately 70 degrees. Anglers reported varying success on the water this week, with some catching lake trout and others receiving no bites at all. One angler recommended fishing off the bottom with a large white tube jig tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Pickings are slim if you're looking to fish from the shore, but you can still try the east side of the lake. (07-21-17)

Blacksmith Fork River


Fishing has been decent for brown trout. Recently, spinners have produced well. (07-21-17)

Bountiful Lake


According to anglers, fishing has been fair for catfish. (07-21-17)

Causey Reservoir


Both the spillway below the dam and the reservoir's inlet are doing very well. Below the spillway, one pair of anglers caught many smaller-sized rainbow trout on garlic PowerBait and worms, as well as a nice tiger trout on a gold spoon. Another angler reported catching a huge number of trout in the inlet. If you're looking to beat the crowds, fish early in the morning. Bring a float tube if you have one! (07-21-17)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park


One family had a great time catching rainbow trout, a couple of which were decent-sized (above stock). Other anglers reported similarly good catches at East Canyon, although a few said that they had almost no bites. One group of anglers reported that fishing in the morning was slow and the bite didn't turn on until the early afternoon. (07-21-17)

Echo Reservoir


The smallmouth bass bite continues to do well for anglers using a boat and fishing from the shore. A few groups of anglers reported catching rainbow trout this week. (07-21-17)

Farmington Pond


Fishing is slow to fair at Farmington Pond. Try fishing early in the morning or late in the evening using worms or PowerBait. (07-21-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir


If you want to fish somewhere close to home, the bite has been excellent at Holmes this week. Several anglers reported that they're still catching decent-sized (above stock) rainbow trout using worms or PowerBait. Bass fishing is hot as they are still on their beds. Try plastics for them. Because of the large numbers of kayakers on the pond recently, you might want to consider fishing early in the morning to beat the crowds. (07-21-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park


While trout fishing has been very slow, the state park reported that the bass bite is starting to pick up. Anglers are having more success using plastics to target bass. (07-21-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond


Fishing success has been variable, with some anglers catching fish and others having no luck. Recently, anglers have been catching bluegill and catfish. (07-21-17)

Kaysville Ponds


Anglers reported good fishing for catfish and bluegill this week. (07-21-17)

Logan River


Two groups of anglers reported catching brown trout and cutthroat trout in the river this week. (07-21-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir


Fishing has recently been fair to good for brown trout and rainbow trout. Worms and PowerBait are a safe bet. (07-21-17)

Mantua Reservoir


Anglers reported that the fishing overall has been better in the morning. Shore fishing for tiny perch and sunfish is still good, but fishing for more substantial bluegills has been poor according to anglers. Largemouth bass fishing has recently been fair to good. (07-21-17)

Ogden River


Brown trout have been biting recently, and the river was recently stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout. (07-21-17)

Pineview Reservoir


If you haven't caught a tiger muskie yet, don't give up! Anglers have reported success with big lures like a perch-pattern Rapala, a jerkbait, or a large spinner. Keep casting in shallow water. Anglers recommended fishing from a boat or kayak to improve your chances of success. This week, three different anglers reported success with the perch-pattern Rapala in particular. (07-21-17)

Rockport Reservoir


Anglers are doing extremely well at Rockport both from the shore and by boat. One group of anglers had an excellent experience catching tons of perch and smallmouth bass. For both types of fish, they used a nightcrawler tipped with a salmon egg. They also caught perch using a Ratfinkee tipped with a Berkeley Gulp one-inch minnow in shad color. They were fishing right off the bottom in 15 to 20 feet of water. Another group of anglers caught a large number of fish by casting about 30 feet out from the shore. (07-21-17)

Uinta Mountains


Breathtaking views and gorgeous fish – what more could you want? There are a large number of reports from anglers of all ages who had great success in many of the waters in the Uinta Mountains using a variety of tackle. Fishing has been hot for trout including tigers, rainbows and brooks. Anglers have caught a large number of fish, although their size has varied. While one angler reported catching a 24-inch rainbow trout and another family caught some huge tiger trout. Quantity is the name of the game this week as many others reported catching smaller fish. A group of anglers caught a large number of rainbow trout at one of the lakes using PowerBait. Up near Crystal Lake, anglers caught some beautiful tiger trout. Try using a fly and bubble, as this was a successful approach for many anglers this week. (07-21-17)

Weber River


Fishing for brown trout has been consistently good on the Weber River, and this week is no exception. The river's flow between Echo and Rockport has looked very good, but many other stretches are also fishable. Anglers have reported pulling in some beautiful brown trout from the river this week. (07-21-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir


Anglers reported catching more catfish than wiper. Some anglers are doing well for wiper while others are only coming back with catfish. A shore fisher caught a very large wiper by paying attention to a boil that was approaching off of the shore. However, we have not received very many reports of boil sightings from anglers this week. Anglers had good success fishing off of the west side of the reservoir in the early morning. Another angler, who was trolling, caught two nice-sized wiper and a few catfish, while another said that 1.5 mph was the ideal speed to troll. Try a silver spoon, blue-and-white shad pattern lures or a perch-pattern Rapala. (07-21-17)

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