Fishing report - April 10

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
April 9, 2013
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Bear Lake

Ice fishing is done for the year. The shoreline areas have melted enough that you can no longer access the ice. However, you cannot launch a boat on the lake because it is still 99-percent covered with ice. The marina has thawed, so as soon as the lake is ice-free, boats will be able to launch. There is no fishing report because there is no lake access at this time. If the warm weather and wind continue, the ice could come off within one to two weeks.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond: The water has been drained to allow for repairs at the pond. Once repaired, it will be filled and stocked with sterile rainbow trout.

Laketown Reservoir: The ice has mostly melted, and the reservoir is full. There isn’t any fishing pressure. The rainbow trout fishing should be good if you use flies, bait or spinners.

Birch Creek Reservoir

There haven’t been any recent reports, but with Little Creek Reservoir opening up just a few miles away, it won’t be long until there is open water at Birch Creek. This reservoir should provide some good spring fishing for rainbow and tiger trout.

Blacksmith Fork River

Be prepared for higher, discolored water.

Bountiful Lake

Fishing has improved with the warmer weather. All community ponds have been stocked in recent weeks, and the fishing is great.

Causey Reservoir

Shoreline fishing is fair for rainbow trout. Try using PowerBait. The best place to launch canoes or kayaks is from the north arm of the reservoir.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Anglers report fair fishing for small catfish.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

One boat was on the water on April 2. The water level is low.

Echo Reservoir

When the reservoir was checked on April 2, no one was fishing. Anglers have reported catching fish from the shore with traditional baits.

Farmington Pond

All community ponds have been stocked in recent weeks, and the fishing is great.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

The small rainbows stocked on March 19 (and some of the holdovers from last fall’s stocking) should provide some good spring fishing. Try traditional baits, spinners or wet flies.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Shoreline anglers have been catching full limits of rainbow trout. Lures and bright-colored baits are the ticket. Keep the bait moving and active. Fishing is good, and with the high water, bass fishing should pick up when we start to get a bit warmer. Right now, there is great cover along the shore.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Trout fishing has tapered off in the past few days, but catfish activity is increasing. All community ponds have been stocked in recent weeks, and the fishing is great.

Kaysville Ponds

All community ponds have been stocked in recent weeks, and the fishing is great.

Little Creek Reservoir

The ice is starting to come off, and there’s some open water along the shore. Trout are actively rising for flies.

Logan River

Be prepared for spring flows and discolored water.

Lost Creek Reservoir

The ice is gone, and fishing is fair.

Mantua Reservoir

The reservoir is open and available for boating. Now is a great time to fish for the trout planted last fall.

Mirror Lake

Kamas Fish Hatchery personnel regularly fish the lakes of the Uintas and can answer questions about access and fishing conditions. You can call them at 435-783-4883.

Newton Reservoir

No anglers were present when the reservoir was checked on April 2. The water is low, but you can still launch a boat.

Ogden River

Flows have dropped this week, and the water is very clear again in the canyon. The fish were actively rising when the river was checked over the weekend.

Pineview Reservoir

The water is rising noticeably every day. Anglers are fishing — in boats and from the shore — but there haven’t been any recent reports.

Porcupine Reservoir

On April 2, Jodie Anderson reported that the road is free of snow, and most of the ice is gone.

Rockport Reservoir

Anglers have been catching many nice rainbows. They are using rainbow PowerBait near the Twin Coves campground. Anglers are also launching small boats from the shore and catching a lot of fish while trolling. The boat ramp is open.

Weber River

The lower Weber was recently stocked with rainbows. Please remember that as of 2013 all cutthroat trout — or trout with cutthroat markings — must be immediately released from the Great Salt Lake to the Echo Reservoir dam.

Willard Bay Reservoir

The North Marina and North Dike access from the State Park are closed until further notice because of the diesel oil spill from the Chevron pipeline. The northern half of the reservoir is closed. The closed areas are marked with buoys and are being patrolled by boat. Division of Wildlife Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife personnel are investigating the possible impacts to the fisheries and the surrounding areas. So far, the impacts seem to be minimal and no dead fish have been found. You can still access the north dike by taking the dirt road north of the State Park entrance gate back to the outlet gate. This can be a good area for springtime wiper fishing. The south marina is also open, and you can launch a boat. Some wipers and crappie were caught this week near the south dike. Remember: Snagging fish and keeping fish that are foul hooked is illegal. If you engage in this activity, you will be issued a citation. Division officers are increasing patrols, and sportsmen volunteers are watching for illegal activities and reporting them using the UTIP poaching hotline.

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