Fishing report - August 15

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
August 15, 2012
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Bear Lake

Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that the surface water temperature is 73 degrees. Fishing for cutthroat trout has been surprisingly good this past week. Anglers trolling in depths of 60-90 feet along the east side of the lake (near the pump house northward to the scout camp) have had the best luck. Use minnow-type lures with rattles or flatfish trolled from downriggers within 10 feet of the bottom. A few anglers have also been jigging with tube jigs tipped with whole cisco in the same locations. Lake trout fishing has been slow, but anglers are still picking up a few fish while trolling off the east side of the lake at the Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach using flatfish in 80-100 feet of water.

Birch Creek Reservoir

The water level is 40 feet below the high water mark. Fishing is slow.

Blacksmith Fork River

Fishing conditions continue to be great.

Bountiful Lake

Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings.

Causey Reservoir

The water level is very low. Anglers report catching the most fish using green, salmon and orange PowerBait with the line sunk. Float the bait about 12-18 inches off the reservoir bottom and go in the early morning hours. Then try switching to floating marshmallows using the same fishing method as the day progresses. Anglers report catching 10- to 17-inch range rainbow trout. Anglers using worms report slow fishing.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports that this is a good time of year for bullhead fishing. Fishing pressure is very low during the weekdays. Try fishing for catfish at night.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager James Lowe reports that the water is very warm, and as a result, fish are starting to develop spots on their skin from parasites. Fishing has been hot and cold and the water levels are dropping very quickly.

Echo Reservoir

The water level is very low. Anglers report fair success for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout on the shore using Trout Magnets (red with a gold head), jigs and woolly buggers. Other anglers report fair success for rainbow trout while trolling using pop gear with a worm or bright-colored lures at the end. Anglers also report fair fishing using orange or green PowerBait. There has been some fast action using worms for perch reported from the shore, either sinking to the bottom or off a bubble. Small, orange-colored jigs and spinners are yielding success for small to mid-sized bass along rocky areas near the dam.

Farmington Pond

Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of fish.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Water levels are very low and fishing success has been slow.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing for perch, bass and bluegill is still pretty good. Rainbows are still around. PowerBait and worms seem to work well. Anglers are catching fish from the shore and boats. The water level is getting lower, and you can still launch boats with no problems. Fishing for crayfish is excellent.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of fish.

Kaysville Ponds

Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of fish.

Little Creek Reservoir

Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports that the fishing has slowed.

Logan River

Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports that the fishing has slowed.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Anglers are having fair success, mostly for rainbow trout. Fishing is the hottest in the early morning before the sun hits the water. Those who are catching fish are reportedly using yellow, rainbow and pink PowerBait — these are resulting in six- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Anglers also report fair success for rainbow trout using a worm and marshmallow combination. Anglers on boats report catching rainbow trout trolling while using pop gear at about 15-20 feet. Make sure you are aware of the new regulations at Lost Creek: There is a total trout limit of four fish. You are allowed to keep three trout under 15 inches and one trout over 22 inches. All fish, including rainbows, from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released.

Mantua Reservoir

Conservation Officer Cory Inglet reports that anglers are having fair success catching bluegill and rainbow trout.

Mirror Lake

Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that the following Uinta Lakes are fishing really well for trout using nightcrawlers and marshmallows: Bridger Lake, Hoop Lake, Marsh Lake and Stateline Reservoir. Anglers have also been catching trout on a variety of flies and lures.

Newton Reservoir

Because of low water at Newton, boat launching is not recommended. Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports that water levels are getting really low. A few perch are biting.

Ogden River

Water levels continue to remain consistent, although it is a little discolored. The stretch below the mouth of the canyon has been producing good fishing for stocked rainbow trout. Try using traditional baits.

Pineview Reservoir

The old roadbed in the north arm is a great place to catch black bullheads — it’s great fun for kids, too. This fun fishing spot is easily accessed from parking areas on the west and east of the north arm. Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that Pineview surface temperatures are approaching 80 degrees. Use extreme care when handling muskies. We recommend that most are not removed from the water, unless absolutely necessary. Smallmouth fishing is good. Perch are also biting along the shore.

Porcupine Reservoir

Trolling continues to produce fair fishing for kokanee. A few brown trout are being caught from the banks. The water level continues to drop. Four-wheel drive is recommended for boat launch sites. If you head to the East Fork Little Bear River, you may only use artificial flies and lures.

Rockport Reservoir

The smallmouth bass are located in the rocky areas and around the docks. The water temperature is around 70 degrees.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that the Weber River continues to fish very well with standard nymphs. Hare’s ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges should work well this summer. With the warm weather, fishing has been the best in the morning or late evening. If you feel adventurous, try streamers (sculpin patterns, mice and brown or black buggers) after dark when some of the larger browns are more active. Spinners and crankbaits have also been working well. You may want to check flow releases from Rockport and Echo reservoirs at USGS gaging stations before fishing.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Park Ranger Mert Russo reports that fishing for wiper is awesome. The fish are in the rocks of the dike. Remember, if you catch carp, throw them away — do not just leave them sitting on the shoreline for others to clean up. Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports that shoreline anglers were catching wipers near the south marina using clams as bait. Most wipers being caught were eight inches. Trolling anglers were not having much success.

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