Fishing report - April 17

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
April 16, 2013
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Bear Lake

The strong winds earlier this week blew the ice off the lake and it is now open water; however, there is still a considerable amount of floating ice on the surface and it’s piled up along the east shoreline. Boats can be launched at the Utah State Park marina, but all other ramps are inaccessible due to ice along the shoreline. The Bear Lake valley received about a foot of new snow this week, but the roads are clear and the marina ramp has been plowed. There haven’t been any recent reports on fishing because anglers haven’t been able to access the lake. Cutthroat trout should be biting and anglers should target them in depths of 45-95 feet while trolling or jigging off the Gus Rich Point, 2nd Point and Cisco Beach areas. Try Rapalas and flatfish while trolling, or try jigs tipped with cisco while jigging.

Birch Creek Reservoir

This reservoir should provide some good spring fishing for rainbow and tiger trout. Be prepared for cold, windy conditions.

Blacksmith Fork River

Hardware Ranch Manager Brad Hunt says that angling activity has dropped off with the cooler weather, but the water levels and clarity are still good. Hunt thinks that spring runoff will be lighter this year.

Bountiful Lake

Angling activity has picked up 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.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Anglers report that catfish fishing is heating up.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Try using Rapalas, PowerBait and spinners from shore. Trollers should use dodgers with spinners and spoons. The water level is low.

Echo Reservoir

Try spinners, Rapalas and spoons.

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. Floating bait off of the bottom has worked well. Fishing is good in the day use area east of the boat ramp, below the campground, east of the beach parking lot and the dam. Spoons and Jake’s lures are working well. Dare Devils with green and yellow patterns also work well. Wellsville Pond is busy and many anglers are catching fish. Once again, rainbow PowerBait is the ticket. One angler was having success using Uncle Josh rainbow color floating bait.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

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

Kaysville Ponds

Anglers report good fishing for small trout, bass, bluegill and catfish. All community ponds have been stocked in recent weeks, and the fishing is great.

Little Creek Reservoir

Spring trout fishing is great, but be prepared for cold and windy conditions.

Logan River

Anglers report fair fishing with Panther Martins and Blue Fox spinners.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Anglers report fair fishing with streamers, marabou jigs and spinners.

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

The water level is low, but boats can still be launched.

Ogden River

Flows have dropped this week, and the water is a little off-colored in the canyon.

Pineview Reservoir

Anglers report that spring fishing is here. 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

Anglers should have an easier time accessing the water with their boats, hopefully within the next few weeks with water levels rising. Because of windy and wet conditions, there haven’t been many anglers at the reservoir. If you visit Porcupine, please pack out your garbage and stay on the main road. The property bordering the road is private. Water levels in the East Fork of the Little Bear River are still low.

Rockport Reservoir

Fishing is good. Anglers are doing well from shore with PowerBait and worm. Boaters have had good success with Rapalas, spinners and bait. The fish are near the top of the lake. When the schools start feeding, they aren’t picky about which lures or baits that they’ll hit.

Weber River

Try egg and sow bugs or small crankbaits or spinners. 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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