Utah – Northern Region Report

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Waterbody Report
Bear Lake
2011-02-23
Good
Conservation Officer Jade Sumsion reports good fishing for lake trout and cutthroats along the east side of the lake. Anglers are using everything from cisco to mealworms to regular jigs. Try setting your bait on the bottom, around 60 feet. The lake is not fully frozen over. The ice has cracked in some spots, which is making it very dangerous. There are gaps in the ice in some areas that exceed six inches. Anglers have reported going on the ice in the morning and having the ice explode during the day. This creates cracks and makes it difficult to get back to shore. Please be careful.
Birch Creek Reservoir
2011-02-23
Slow
There were only two sets of footprints on the ice late in the afternoon on Feb. 18, and very little evidence of fishing activity. The temperatures have been very cold. There were six inches of new snow on the road, but it was still passable with a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Blacksmith Fork River
2011-02-23
Slow
On Feb. 19, I interviewed two groups of anglers who had not caught any fish. The flows were low and clear and fish were easily spooked. Some fish were raising in still, shallow pools.
Causey Reservoir
2011-02-17
Good
Reports indicate tigers and rainbows are still providing good fishing.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
2011-02-17
Unstable ice
The ice never really became stable at most access points this year.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
2011-02-23
Fair
Dedicated Hunter Tom Morse reports that there is some slush around the edge of the lake, so approach the ice carefully. The ice is at least 12 inches thick in most areas. Fishing is moderate to fast for rainbow trout. A couple of small groups caught up to 50 fish by noon. Other groups were able to catch up to 16-inch tiger trout using ice flies and cooked shrimp. If you are targeting rainbows, try fishing 15 to 35 feet below the ice. Most anglers found success using green, pink or rainbow PowerBait on treble hooks in the bay near the main marina.
Echo Reservoir
2011-02-23
Slow
Dedicated Hunter Tom Morse reports slow fishing for rainbows near the dam. Some anglers were able to catch fish in the 2- to 2–1/2-pound range in the 15 to 18 feet of water. Try using green and orange medium-sized squid jigs tipped with waxworms or earthworms at depths around 14 feet. You may find faster fishing using chartreuse or white tube jigs near grass creek, south of the boat ramp. The ice is solid around the lake, with some slush along the shore. The ice on the lake is at least 14 inches thick.
Farmington Pond
2011-02-11
Closed
The pond is closed for the winter.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
2011-02-23
Good
The ring of open water is growing and the ice is getting softer at the shoreline. Anglers report eight inches of ice in the middle of the reservoir and good fishing for rainbow trout using tube jigs in about 15 feet of water. I spoke to a group of anglers who used an ice sled to bridge the gap between the shore and safe ice. Use extreme caution: The shoreline is steep and you could be in deep water within just a few feet of shore.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
2011-02-17
Fair
Parking around the dam was crowded this past weekend. Fishing was fair for rainbow trout
Jensen Nature Park Pond
2011-02-23
Fair
There were a fair number of anglers fishing this pond, which was ice-free, on Feb. 20. The people I talked to reported fair fishing for stocked trout.
Little Creek Reservoir
2011-02-23
Slow
The reservoir appears to have filled to near capacity. On Feb. 18, there were six inches of new snow on the road but it is still passable with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The ice is solid and safe.
Logan River
2011-02-23
Fair
Anglers report fair success using baits at first dam.
Mantua Reservoir
2011-02-23
Unstable ice
There were a few people on the ice west of the Maple Creek inlet on Feb. 19. The open water area near the inlet appears to be getting a little larger each week.
Newton Reservoir
2011-02-11
Slow
On Feb. 8, anglers reported slow fishing. Two anglers fished for an hour but had not caught anything.
Ogden River
2011-02-17
Fair
One angler reported some success in the canyon using streamers.
Pineview Reservoir
2011-02-23
Slow
Dedicated Hunter Tom Morse reports hit and miss fishing for six- to eight-inch perch on the north side of Cemetery Point. Some groups reported slow fishing and others were catching their limit. For perch, try fishing on the bottom near rocky points using green ice flies tipped with perch meat or eyeballs. One angler reported catching crappie using a bright orange and green jig tipped with waxworms. The ice is solid along the shore and is 12 to 14 inches thick mid-lake.
Porcupine Reservoir
2011-02-17
Fair
Anglers are reporting that the edges are getting soft and unstable.
Rockport Reservoir
2011-02-23
Good
Assistant Park Manger Kevin Taylor reports that, as of Feb. 22, there is 10 to 14 inches of ice conditions. Access to the lake is good on all sides. Anglers report success in the early hours, from around 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., with some still finding success the rest of the day. Trout have been the most active at about 15 feet below the ice. Try using a millworm or nightcrawler tipped with a pea-sized green PowerBait. There have not been any reports of perch success.
Weber River
2011-02-23
Good
Biologist Paul Thompson reports that flows are great right now throughout the Weber. They vary during the spring, however, as reservoir managers prepare for spring runoff. There is more water in the river right now than usual because they are pulling some reservoirs down to get ready for spring. Thompson recommends checking waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/current?type=flow before you head out to see if the conditions have changed. While the weather is warming, the fish haven’t begun to feed aggressively. They likely will start feeding aggressively in the spring. Fishing is good right now with smaller nymphs, like a #18 zebra midge. Brown trout and mountain whitefish are starting to hit larger nymphs as well.
Willard Bay Reservoir
2011-02-23
Unstable ice
On Feb. 20, there was no ice in the north marina and open water patches elsewhere.