Fishing report - December 12

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
December 12, 2012
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Bear Lake

The surface water temperature is about 44°F. The Bonneville whitefish are in the middle of their spawning season, which should last another seven to 10 days. You can catch Bonneville whitefish by fishing along rocky shorelines in five to 15 feet of water using small, 1/16- to 1/8-ounce jigs, or size #0 to #2 spinners, and small spoons. Try tipping your lure with a small piece of nightcrawler or mealworm. Fish your lures so that they bump along the bottom. If you fish correctly, you will get snagged on the rocks once in a while. Sometimes the bites are very light, but you need to be able to feel them, so use light tackle (four- to eight-pound line) and a light action rod. Fishing is fair to good for cutthroat trout and lake trout. Try jigging with tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat in 50 to 70 feet of water. Boat anglers should try trolling close to the bottom using flatfish and Rapalas off of the Utah State Park marina rockpiles and the Ideal Beach rockpile areas in 50 to 100 feet of water.

Birch Creek Reservoir

The road over Monte Cristo is now closed, but you can access the reservoir through Logan Canyon or Evanston. Be prepared for ice on the reservoir and use extreme caution when you check the ice conditions.

Blacksmith Fork River

Fishing is fair and the water levels are rising. Try using a hare’s ear, caddis nymph or spinners.

Bountiful Lake

Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the lake was last stocked.

Causey Reservoir

The reservoir was recently stocked. Shore anglers report fair fishing for rainbow trout using PowerBait. The water levels are low.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Fishing is fair. Fishing activity often decreases sharply in the fall.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Anglers report good fishing. They are using streamers to catch rainbow trout.

Echo Reservoir

Volunteer Jared Provost reports slow fishing. One angler caught a smallmouth bass. Until January 1, the daily bag and possession limit for trout is increased to eight trout.

Farmington Pond

The gate has been closed for the season, but you can reach the pond by foot. Expect fair fishing.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fishing is good. Try using traditional baits or a fly and bubble. Pistol Petes have also worked well. Several thousand rainbow trout were stocked this fall. Access to the water is good, but the area is muddy after the recent storms. The water level is extremely low.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing has slowed down. Boat anglers have been able to catch their limits. Try using aorm on a harness. Shore anglers are catching fish, but not as many as a week ago. Try using PowerBait or a worm and marshmallow. Like Hyrum State Park on Facebook.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Try using traditional baits or a fly and bubble. Dodgers below a bubble are working well.

Kaysville Ponds

Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the ponds were last stocked.

Little Creek Reservoir

More than 2,500 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked this fall. Stocked rainbow trout grow well in this small, productive reservoir. There was unstable ice on the reservoir on November 19 with some open water near the inlet. Ice fishing is just a few weeks away!

Logan River

Aquatics Biologist Matt McKell reported on the DWR’s effort to conserve and enhance the native cutthroat trout population in the Logan River drainage. In September 2012, DWR biologists treated the Right Hand Fork with rotenone to remove brown trout and all other fish. Immediately after a second rotenone treatment in September 2013, the DWR will stock native cutthroat trout in the treated portion of the Right Hand Fork. Neither treatment will affect the fish in the mainstream of the Logan River.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Aquatics Technician Seth Green reports slow to fair fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Boat anglers are having success floating PowerBait in various colors behind a water-filled clear bubble. You may also want to try trolling various lures like popgear and a worm or different Flatfish and Rapala patterns. Anglers are catching fish at depths of about 40 feet and up. Fly anglers should try fishing darker-colored wooly buggers or leeches. The water is cooling down and anglers will be able to find fish in shallow water in the coming weeks. Some anglers are catching larger fish. You can still launch a boat. The ramp is relatively clear, even with the recent snowstorm. Lost Creek has special fishing regulations and conservation officers are patrolling the area regularly. Make sure you read the Utah Fishing Guidebook before you head out.

Mantua Reservoir

Biologist Kent Sorensen reports fair fishing. Keny caught a few perch, some rainbow trout up to 17 inches and one big bluegill. The water temperature is between 39 and 41 degrees, and water clarity was around two feet.

Mirror Lake

Snowmobilers should take their ice fishing gear with them: Fishing is good. Biologist Clint Brunson and Kent Sorensen report that Hoop Lake has two to four inches of ice, so use extreme caution. Clint and Kent caught rainbow trout using jigs, plastics and PowerBait in eight to 15 feet of water. They were able to reach this lake in a four-wheel-drive truck, but access could change rapidly. If you go fishing the Uintas in the winter, be prepared for survival conditions.

Newton Reservoir

Angling activity has tapered off. Fishing will be limited until the reservoir ices over.

Ogden River

The recent storms have greatly reduced water clarity. Try using traditional baits, spinners, beadheads or Psycho nymphs.

Pineview Reservoir

There haven’t been any recent reports.

Porcupine Reservoir

Anglers report slow fishing and that there are few anglers are the reservoir. The water level is rising because of the recent rainfall, but we still wouldn’t recommend launching a boat.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby reports that fishing is picking up because of the cooler weather. Boat anglers have had good success for rainbow trout up to 18 inches. Shore anglers report better fishing using worms and marshmallows or PowerBait. The water temperature is around 46 degrees. The wedge dock has been put back in because the water level is rising. State Parks has announced that there will be a Trifishathon at Rockport Reservoir on Jan. 19.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that brown trout have finished spawning. In most sections of the Weber, water flows are lower and fish are staying in the locations that typical following spawning. For winter fishing, try using size #14 to #20 pheasant tails, hares ear, sow bugs, scuds, zebra midge, rainbow warrior, RS2 and WD40 flies.

Willard Bay Reservoir

There haven’t been any recent reports.

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