Fishing report - April 24

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
April 23, 2013
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Bear Lake

You can launch boats at the Utah State Park marina, but all other ramps are inaccessible because of ice along the shoreline. 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 is providing good fishing for rainbow and tiger trout. Be prepared for cold, windy conditions. Veteran Utah outdoors reporter Reese Stein recently experienced good fishing for tiger and rainbow trout. Look for his segment on At Your Leisure to be aired on KTVX, Channel 4. Stein used a green tube jig and fished slowly in 20 feet of water. He caught a 25-inch tiger trout that may be the biggest fish he’s ever caught in Utah. Catch rates are rarely fast at this remote reservoir. The Monte Cristo road is still closed. Check UDOT for updates on seasonal road closures.

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

All community ponds have been stocked in recent weeks, and the fishing is great. Community waters are a great place to introduce people to the joys of fly fishing with a fly and bubble.

Causey Reservoir

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. Check UDOT for updates on seasonal road closures.

Echo Reservoir

Try spinners, Rapalas and spoons.

Farmington Pond

All community ponds have been stocked in recent weeks, and the fishing is great. Community waters are a great place to introduce people to the joys of fly fishing with a fly and bubble.

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

The tagged fish contest at Hyrum is now under way. Big fish were stocked and some fun fishing awaits at Hyrum.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

All community ponds have been stocked in recent weeks, and the fishing is great. Community waters are a great place to introduce people to the joys of fly fishing with a fly and bubble.

Kaysville Ponds

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. The Monte Cristo road is still closed. Check UDOT for updates on seasonal road closures.

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 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. The Mirror Lake highway is still closed. Check UDOT for updates on seasonal road closures.

Newton Reservoir

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

Ogden River

Flows are low and clear in the canyon, and fishing is good for bait, fly and lure anglers.

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

The water levels are rising. Fishing activity is down, and success is slow.

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 Great Salt Lake to the Echo Reservoir dam.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Anglers are predicting that post-spawn walleye will become more active in about a month. The North Marina and North Dike access from the State Park are closed until further notice because of the diesel oil spill. 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.

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