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Utah - Northern Region report

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Bear Lake


Anglers report good fishing by boat for lake trout and cutthroat trout. The water temperature is approximately 75 degrees. If you're trolling, try using minnow-type lures and flatfish in 65 to 85 feet of water. Recent fishery sampling work revealed that the majority of cutthroat trout and lake trout are in depths of 85 to 170 feet. The highest concentrations of fish were off the east side. Try trolling 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 feet or more behind your boat.

In the early morning, the canyon breezes sweep grasshoppers out onto the surface of the water where they are fed on by cutthroat trout. Sometimes fishing can be fast and furious. Later in the day, use downriggers to get your line down within five feet or so of the bottom. If you have a sonar unit, pay close attention to it. If you see fish, continue to troll in that same area. If you are not seeing any fish, then move deeper. Good spots are off Cisco Beach, Second Point and off the two canyon mouths mentioned above. (09-01-17)

Blacksmith Fork River


Anglers report fair to good fishing this week. Try using spinners or Rapalas. If you're fishing with a fly rod, try an ant or hopper pattern. (09-01-17)

Bountiful Lake


Anglers report slow fishing this week. (09-01-17)

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


Fishing has slowed down, according to recent reports. Successful anglers are mostly pulling in rainbow trout. Try using orange PowerBait, spoons or pop gear with a worm. (09-01-17)

Echo Reservoir


Fishing is still very good for small fish. One angler caught huge numbers of smallmouth bass — including a few larger fish — by casting a nightcrawler and split shot 15 to 20 feet and jigging it toward the shore. When fished on the bottom of the reservoir, this rig also caught a large catfish. Last week, anglers reported success from the shore while using golden spoons and red spinners on a slow retrieve. Another angler who was trolling by the dam got into some nice rainbow trout. (09-01-17)

Farmington Pond


Anglers report slow fishing. (09-01-17)

Holmes Creek Reservoir


Anglers continue to report slow to fair fishing. Try topwater lures for bass or PowerBait for trout. (09-01-17)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park


Anglers are seeing more success! They're catching large numbers of perch as well as some decent-sized trout. Anglers are also reporting catching tons of tiny bass. These little fish are only a few inches long, but have been biting readily and are fun for children to catch. (09-01-17)

Jensen Nature Park Pond


Some anglers have recently reported catching small wipers, but other anglers are not catching anything. (09-01-17)

Kaysville Ponds


There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but fishing last week was fair to good for bass and catfish. A few anglers even caught decent-sized fish. Try bouncing a worm off the bottom in the morning. If you're specifically targeting bass, try a topwater lure such as a frog. (09-01-17)

Logan River


Anglers report good fishing. Rapalas and spinners have worked well. Try hoppers and ant patterns, if you're using flies. (09-01-17)

Lost Creek Reservoir


Anglers reported slow fishing this week. One angler didn't even get a bite. (09-01-17)

Mantua Reservoir


Fishing has been fair. 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 very few reports on the bluegill bite this summer. (09-01-17)

Ogden River


Anglers are still catching brown trout this week. Try bouncing a worm off the bottom or using a spinner. (09-01-17)

Pineview Reservoir


Anglers report good fishing for smallmouth bass at Pineview. A few anglers have recently caught tiger muskies, but there haven't been any muskie catches reported this week. (09-01-17)

Rockport Reservoir


According to anglers, the bite for rainbow trout and perch is still good. Try a dropshot with a worm near the rocks if you're targeting bass. For perch, anglers report that a simple worm will often do the trick. (09-01-17)

Uinta Mountains


Anglers report good to hot fishing for tiger trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout and rainbow trout this week. The waters throughout the Uintas have produced very well this summer, but several anglers this week reported from specific areas such as Pass Lake, Trial Lake and Butterfly Lake. One angler reported catching huge numbers of fish at Washington Lake. Spinners (such as Joe's Flies) did well, but you also could find great success using a fly and bubble, a worm under a bobber, a worm floated off the bottom with a mini marshmallow, or PowerBait. If you're trying to beat the crowds, venture away from Mirror Lake Highway, where the fishing is still good. If you're using flies, try a black beadhead leech. (09-01-17)

Weber River


Fishing has been fair to good, although anglers reported fewer bites this week. Last week, they caught some nice brown trout using hoppers, sowbugs, Copper Johns and beadhead hare's ears. (09-01-17)

Willard Bay Reservoir


Fishing is good to hot at Willard. Many anglers are reporting boils, especially in the shallow areas. Anglers also have reported boils near willows and by the west dike. We have received several reports of anglers quickly limiting out on wiper. Some anglers report catching dozens of wiper. Anglers say that virtually any lure that looks like a shad will do the trick: Shad Raps, Rapalas (such as the Rattlin' Rapala), Kastmasters or pretty much anything white or chrome. Wipers are also hitting mussels. Most of the catches reported were not very large, but the fish are biting aggressively and putting up a fun fight for anglers. Catfishing at Willard has been quite good as well. A simple worm is very successful at bringing in some nice catfish. (09-01-17)

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