The surface water temperature is 72 degrees. The water level is currently at 5,921.45 feet, and it finally peaked for the year on Aug. 1. Bear Lake rose an unprecedented 11.6 feet compared to last fall’s levels, and more than 9.25 square miles of shoreline has been inundated by the higher water. Shoreline vegetation that grew on dry ground over the last few years is now submerged and dying, which has produced a lot of floating dead weeds. Right now, you can launch at the Utah State Park Marina, the east side boat ramps at First Point and Rainbow Cove, the Idaho state park east beach and the Idaho state park at the north end of the lake. Avoid launching at Cisco Beach, if possible. The concrete portion of the ramp is well underwater, and there is a lot of soft sand and loose rocks that make it easy to get stuck. All boat ramps have courtesy docks in place at this time. Fishing continues to be fair to good for cutthroat trout and a few lake trout. Anglers report the best success when trolling in water (80–100 feet deep) off Gus Rich Point south toward the rest area and along the east side from Second Point northward. The best lures have been flatfish and Rapalas. Anglers found better fishing when using downriggers or heavy bottom bouncers to get the lure down near the bottom. A strong thermocline has developed, beginning about 30 feet deep.
Laketown Reservoir: On the southeast end of Bear Lake Valley, at Laketown, the reservoir is full, and fishing has been good. The reservoir was restocked last week with catchable-sized sterile rainbow trout (about 10 inches long). Bait anglers report good fishing with PowerBait and worms. Others have had success with small spoons and spinners. You might also try dry flies in typical damselfly patterns. Green or brown woolly buggers always work well. The road (200 East Street) is in good shape, but there are a couple of rough areas, so four-wheel drive is recommended. Don’t forget to fill out a self-service angler survey card which is in the box adjacent to the parking area or at the top end of the reservoir. Finally, please keep this area clean and pack out what you pack in (no garbage service is available). We don’t want to lose the opportunity to fish this body of water.
Birch Creek Reservoir
Conservation Officer Jade Sumsion reports that tiger trout fishing has slowed at Birch Creek.
Blacksmith Fork River
Recent storms have made flows high and turbid, but there has still been a fair amount of angling activity.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports that fishing is improving at Hyrum. Anglers report catching good-sized rainbows near the river inlet. The water level is still high.
Little Creek Reservoir
The reservoir is beginning to drop slightly, but the fishing has been excellent. The reservoir has been stocked with catchable-sized sterile rainbow trout (about 10 inches long). There are also some fish that survived the winter and are now up to 18 inches long. Anglers report great fishing with PowerBait and worms. If you want to cast from shore, use small spoons and spinners. This is an ideal reservoir for a float tube. It’s also a good reservoir for fly fishing. You can catch fish using typical dry fly and nymph patterns. Access to the reservoir is by an improved county road, so cars can easily make the trip.
Conservation Officer Jade Sumsion reports that anglers are catching fish on the Logan River at First Dam, Second Dam and Third Dam. PowerBait seems to work well as does the secret weapon: hamburger. Tony Grove anglers have had a lot of success using PowerBait in green or yellow.
Angler Chad Dalton of South Weber reported using a jerkbait to catch a largemouth bass that was just over 20 inches long. He also reported good fishing for bluegills. On this trip, he brought along a friend who had never been fishing before, and both had a great time. Mantua is the perfect place to take someone who has never fished before.
Uinta lakes are continually stocked and offer great fishing.
Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that fishing has slowed at Newton.
The flows are great on the main Ogden and the South Fork.
Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that Pineview is beginning to come down a bit — it’s just over a foot lower this week. The water is still clear, and temperatures are in the low- to mid-70s. Muskies were willing to follow but not bite last Friday morning. Recreational boat traffic picked up at about 11 a.m.
Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that anglers have had some success when trolling with pop gear for kokanee and rainbows. Please remember to pack out what you pack in. No garbage services are available.
Biologist Paul Thompson reports that flows and clarity continue to improve. If you’re fly fishing, try the standard nymph patterns (e.g., pheasant tails, hares’ ears, prince nymphs and midges). If water clarity is still an issue, try using a larger fly (one or two sizes larger) to make the fly more visible. Spinners and crankbaits should also work well right now.
Willard Bay Reservoir
Biologist Kent Sorenson caught four walleyes and two channel cats last Saturday morning. The weather was overcast, and the water temperature was about 76 degrees. Kent trolled (at about 3–3.5 miles per hour) and used crankbaits in the south half of the reservoir. Blue and silver colors worked best.