Fishing report - December 19

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
December 19, 2012
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Bear Lake

The surface water temperature is about 44 degrees. 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.

Fishing remains good for rainbow trout at the Garden City community fishery pond. There have been very few anglers out on the water. Try small spinners (#1 or #2) and smaller spoons. The rainbows are still very aggressive at this time of year. Fly anglers have also been catching fish using small streamers, woolly buggers and leech patterns. Worms, marshmallows and PowerBait will be effective, too. Try fishing the bait under a bobber two feet down or right on the bottom.

The water level is full at Laketown Reservoir. There was a late stocking of catchable-sized (10 inches) triploid rainbow trout in October. Fishing has been good for the newly stocked fish, but there are still some holdover fish from previous years. These fish are 16-19 inches long and up to almost three pounds. Try wet flies, like woolly buggers and leeches. Bank anglers are having the best luck on worms fished on the bottom.

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

There haven’t been any recent reports from anglers.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Anglers report that the ice is unstable and intermittent.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that there are very few anglers out on the water. There is still no ice.

Echo Reservoir

The water levels continue to be low. The daily and limit possession has been increased to eight fish, effective through Jan. 1.

Farmington Pond

The gate has been closed for the season, but foot traffic is still allowed.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Several thousand rainbow trout were stocked this fall. The water level is extremely low. Access to the water is good, but with recent weather, it’s muddy. Try using traditional baits or a fly and bubble. Pistol Petes have worked well.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing has slowed, but the fish are still feeding. Try using PowerBait and worms. One angler had success catching a perch. The weather has been nice most days.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

There haven’t been any recent reports from anglers.

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. On a recent visit, there was unstable ice on the reservoir with some open water near the inlet.

Logan River

There haven’t been any recent reports.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Aquatics Technician Seth Green reports that fishing is fair for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Shore anglers are having the best success with various colors of PowerBait or a worm and marshmallow combo. Even with the recent snowstorms, launching a boat is still possible. Boat anglers are having the best success trolling various lures, including popgear and a worm, or different flatfish and Rapala patterns. Anglers are catching fish at depths of about 30 feet and up. If you are fly fishing, try darker-colored woolly buggers or leeches. The water is cooling down and anglers can expect to find fish in shallow water in the coming weeks. 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

Ice has not formed at Mantua Reservoir.

Mirror Lake

The recent storms have improved snow conditions. 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

Anglers report unstable ice on the north end of the reservoir, but the majority is open water.

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

The roads around the reservoir are muddy. Access via 4-wheel drive is recommended. Ice still has not formed and the water level continues to rise. There are few anglers out on the reservoir.

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 38°F. The wedge dock has been put back in because the water level is rising.

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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