Fishing report - February 15

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

Call the Bear Lake recorded information line at 435-946-8501 for up-to-date lake conditions.

Birch Creek Reservoir

The reservoir has two feet of ice, topped with three inches of crusty snow. Fishing is slow to fair for rainbows up to 18 inches long.

Bountiful Lake

Please use extreme caution when testing the ice.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports that anglers have had limited fishing success. They caught a few rainbow trout in the middle of the lake near Taylor Hollow. The optimum fishing depth was 12 to 14 feet. White jigs (tipped with any kind of worm) were working best. A few anglers caught some larger rainbows on the bottom near the west shoreline, across from Taylor Hollow.

Echo Reservoir

Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports fair fishing from early in the month. Anglers caught rainbow trout, using various colors of paddlebugs or Gitzits that were tipped with shrimp or mealworms. Most fish were caught at 12 to 15 feet under the ice. There is at least 12 inches of ice on the reservoir.

Farmington Pond

The pond is closed for the season.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports eight to 10 inches of ice. There haven’t been any recent reports of fishing success. As you approach the edges of the ice, please be extremely careful. The reservoir is filling, and the ice may be unstable at the edges.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Volunteer Ty Anderson reports the ice is 12 inches thick with soft edges. Use caution. The fishing continues to be slow and the water conditions are murky.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports mostly open water. Fishing has been fair for anglers who used PowerBait about 18 inches off the bottom.

Kaysville Ponds

Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports unsafe ice conditions throughout most of the ponds.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Please keep in mind that there are new regulations at the reservoir: The trout limit is four fish. You may keep three fish under 15 inches and only one over 22 inches. All fish (including rainbows) from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released.

Mantua Reservoir

Fishing continues to be good for panfish.

Mirror Lake

Whitney Reservoir has been hot for smaller trout. Access is by snowmobile only, and the ice is more than two feet thick. The ice also has about one foot of slush on top, so use caution if you plan to snowmobile onto the lake.

Ogden River

Fishing has improved with warmer days. Flows are low and clear. Nate Miller from Fish Tech Outfitters has been fishing with midge patterns.

Pineview Reservoir

There are large cracks between the shore and the ice on the main access point at the Narrows. Use extreme caution, especially if you’re fishing at night. The ice is also extremely slick. You may want to use ice cleats for a better grip. Fishing for crappie in the Narrows continues to be good. The fish are in 40 to 60 feet of water and suspended 15 feet from the bottom. The bite is very light.

Porcupine Reservoir

Road conditions to the reservoir are icy, and you may need four-wheel drive to make the trip. The ice is six to eight inches thick. Anglers report slow fishing.

Rockport Reservoir

Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports that the Rockport Reservoir tagged fish challenge now has 45 tagged fish. To date, none of the tagged fish have been caught. Fishing was slow over the weekend. Due to safety concerns, please do not park on the west side of Highway 32. Please park in the pullouts on the east side of the highway or enter the park. The marina is plowed to allow easy access to the ice. Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson wants to remind the angling community to always use caution along the shoreline and when walking on the ice. Several anglers have slipped and fallen on the slick ice. Anglers need to remember to pay their park fees, even along the west shoreline pullouts. Anglers who are using ATVs or snowmobiles need to enter the state park and launch from the boat ramp only. No ATV or snowmobile access is allowed from the west or south shorelines.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that flows from Echo Dam are still low, so the river is pretty small downstream until Lost Creek adds some water. Flows between Echo and Rockport have been holding steady between 90 and 100 cfs. Both reaches have been fishing well with standard nymphs (hares’ ears, pheasant tails, scuds and midges).

Willard Bay Reservoir

Park Ranger Mert Russo reports that fishing is still slow. The ice is extremely unsafe and changing daily. It is not thick enough to walk on safely.

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