Fishing report - December 5

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
December 7, 2012
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Bear Lake

The surface water temperature is about 46 degrees. The lake trout have finished spawning, and the Bonneville whitefish should begin spawning in the next week. Anglers report fair to good fishing for both cutthroat trout and lake trout. Trolling and jigging are effective methods. Boat anglers are trolling off the Utah State Park marina rockpiles and in the Ideal Beach rockpile areas. They are in 50-100 feet of water, using flatfish and Rapalas close to the bottom. Jigging anglers are finding fish in 50-70 feet of water, using tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. When the Bonneville whitefish begin to spawn, they can be caught along rocky shorelines in 5–15 feet of water, using small jigs (1/16–1/8 of an ounce), small spinners (in sizes #0–#2), and small spoons. Sometimes, it helps to tip your lure with a small piece of nightcrawler. Fish the lures so they are bumping along the bottom. If you get snagged once in a while, you are fishing correctly. Check the recorded information line at 435-946-8501 for updates on fishing conditions. Other fishing opportunities in Rich County include:

Garden City Community Fishery Pond: Fishing remains good to excellent for rainbow trout. Angler pressure has been very light. Try using small spinners (in sizes #1–#2) and smaller spoons. The rainbows are still very aggressive. Fly anglers have also been catching fish using small streamers, woolly buggers and leech patterns. Of course, worms, marshmallows and PowerBait will work too. Try fishing the bait under a bobber (about two feet down), or fish it right on the bottom.

Laketown Reservoir: The reservoir is full, and there was a late stocking of 10-inch rainbow trout in October. Fishing has been fast for the newly stocked fish, but there are still some stocked fish from previous years. These fish are now 16 to 19 inches long and can weigh up to almost three pounds. Try wet flies such as woolly buggers and leeches. Bank anglers are having the best luck with worms fished on the bottom.

Birch Creek Reservoir

As of Nov. 19, there was no ice. The weather remains fairly warm. Fishing has been slow with spinners and streamers. Try countdown Rapalas in brown trout colors.

Blacksmith Fork River

Whitefish action should be good right now. The DWR’s fall surveys show healthy populations of large whitefish.

Bountiful Lake

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

Causey Reservoir

Shoreline anglers report fair fishing for rainbows with PowerBait.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

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

Water levels continue to be low. Volunteer Jared Provost reports that fishing remains slow. He spoke to one angler who caught a smallmouth bass. The daily limit has been increased to eight fish, effective through Jan. 1, 2013.

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 is extremely low. Access to the water is good but somewhat muddy. Try using traditional baits or a fly and bubble. Pistol Petes are working well.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing at Hyrum continues to be very good. Shore fishing has been steady. PowerBait and worm-and-marshmallow combos seem to be the ticket. Boaters are also having luck with a variety of lures. The Jake’s lure is still pretty popular and working well. Another 10,000 fish were stocked last week.

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

As of Nov. 19, there was ice on 80 percent of the reservoir. More than 2,500 nine-inch rainbow trout have been stocked this fall. This small reservoir is very productive, and the rainbow trout stocked here grow well. 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 that fishing remains fair for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Shore anglers are having the best success with PowerBait (in various colors) floated behind a water-filled clear bubble. Launching a boat is still possible, and boat anglers are successfully trolling various lures (popgear and a worm or different flatfish and Rapala patterns). Fish are being caught from depths of approximately 40 feet up to the surface. If you are fly fishing, try dark-colored woolly buggers or leeches. The water is cooling down, and anglers can expect to find fish in shallow water in the coming weeks. Anglers are starting to catch some larger fish. Make sure you are aware of the 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. Conservation officers are patrolling the area regularly.

Mantua Reservoir

There haven’t been any recent reports.

Mirror Lake

Anglers have reported that some lakes have up to six inches of ice. You can drive to some of the lakes, but that could change with just one snowstorm. Use extreme caution when testing ice conditions, and be prepared for winter conditions.

Newton Reservoir

There haven’t been any recent reports.

Ogden River

Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that flows in the Ogden River remain low and clear. Fish are still feeding actively, and the brown trout are spawning in some reaches. Standard nymphs are working well, including pheasant tails, copper Johns, hares’ ears, sow bugs, standard Prince nymphs and purple psycho Prince nymphs (all in size 18 or so). Nadolski also heard some reports of decent action on the surface, using blue-wing olive dry flies. With the river’s low, clear flows, the fish can spook really easily. Anglers should be stealthy on their approach and while casting.

Pineview Reservoir

There haven’t been any recent reports.

Porcupine Reservoir

The water continues to rise. Launching a boat is still not recommended unless you are willing to carry your boat a fair distance. Road conditions to the reservoir are dry. Fishing pressure is light.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has improved over the past week, likely because of the cooler weather. Boaters have caught rainbows ranging up to 18 inches. Reports from shore anglers are good too. Try using a worm-and-marshmallow combo or PowerBait. The water temperature is around 52 degrees. The wedge dock is now back in the reservoir.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that the Weber River will likely continue at current flow levels for the remainder of the fall/winter. Visit the U.S. Geological Survey streamflow website to see what fall/winter flows are for your favorite stretch of the Weber River. With reduced flow, fish will be more concentrated, which makes this an excellent time of year to catch brown trout on streamers and nymphs. Brown trout are aggressive this time of year, so they are not as picky. For nymphs, try pheasant tails, copper Johns, Prince nymphs, hares’ ears, and scuds in sizes #14-18. The brown trout are spawning, so watch out for their redds (nesting sites) and avoid trampling eggs.

Willard Bay Reservoir

There haven’t been any recent reports.

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