Fishing report - August 22

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
August 22, 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 for cutthroat trout this past week. The best luck has come for anglers who have been trolling in depths of 60-90 feet along the east side of the lake near the pump house, northward to the scout camp. 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. Try trolling off the east side of the lake at the Rainbow Cove and Cisco Beach in 80-100 feet of water using flatfish.

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

Conservation Officer David Beveridge reports that the water level is very low. Anglers are catching a few on south arm (Wheatgrass) but it’s still slow for bank 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 level is still dropping and water temperatures are warming up. Trout fishing has slowed down from the shore, but boaters are still catching a few. We’re seeing a lot of smallmouth bass are biting along the shorelines.

Echo Reservoir

The water level is very low. Anglers report only fair success for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout fished from the shore using trout magnets (red with a gold head), jigs and woolly buggers. Anglers report fair fishing for 12- to 18-inch rainbows using orange or green PowerBait. Anglers report some fast action for perch using worms (sinking to the bottom or off a bubble) from the shore. Small orange-colored jigs and spinners are yielding success for small to mid-sized bass along rocky areas near the dam. Other anglers are reporting fair rainbow trout fishing while trolling and using pop gear with a worm or bright-colored lures.

Farmington Pond

Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Water levels are very low and fishing has been slow.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports that the water level is pretty low, but the boat ramp is still in the water and accessible. Anglers report catching rainbow trout in deeper water.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings.

Kaysville Ponds

Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings.

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. Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Rainbow trout fishing is fair at Lost Creek. Fishing is the hottest in the early morning before the sun hits the water. The anglers catching six- to 18-inch rainbow trout are reportedly using yellow, rainbow and pink PowerBait. Anglers also report fair fishing for rainbows using a worm and marshmallows combination. Anglers on boats are catching rainbows while trolling and 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 success catching bluegill and rainbows.

Mirror Lake

Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that fishing at Butterfly Lake and Pass Lake was good over the weekend. Anglers found good success using pink or orange PowerBait and nightcrawlers with a marshmallow. Anglers also caught trout using various flies. Fishing at Ruth Lake and Jewel Lake was good over the weekend. Anglers caught trout using dry flies. Anglers are also having good success using PowerBait or nightcrawlers. Teapot was recently stocked with rainbows. Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports that angler pressure was high and success was low on the Highway 150 lakes over the weekend. Water levels are low in Washington, Trial and Pass Lakes. All other lakes are full. PowerBait and worms are working the best. Flies work well, too.

Newton Reservoir

Because of low water levels, boat launching is not recommended. Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports that water levels are very 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

Conservation Officer David Beveridge reports that anglers are catching sunfish/bluegill with bubble and bait. Bass fishing is fair to good. We are getting some reports of nice-sized bass being caught.

Porcupine Reservoir

The water level still fairly good. Trolling continues to produce results for kokanee. A few browns are being caught from the banks. 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

Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has been good in the early mornings. Boaters have done well with lures, worms and PowerBait. The trout seem to be 12 to 40 feet down. Shore anglers are doing better in the morning. Worms, marshmallows and PowerBait have been working. The smallmouth bass are in the rocky areas and around the docks. The water temperature is around 72 degrees. What the bass lack in size, they make up for in numbers. Most fish were in the 8- to 12-inch range, but a few fish over one pound were caught, too. To catch smallmouth bass, try using jigs tipped with nightcrawler, diving crankbaits and dropshot with a worm.

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 catfish and smallmouth bass are biting worms and mussels in the rocks. Sergeant Mitch Lane reports anglers are catching a few small wipers using mussels as bait. They are also catching a few catfish.

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