Fishing report - January 2

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
January 2, 2013
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Bear Lake

Anglers report good fishing for trout around the rock piles and along the east shore. For updates on boat launching and fishing conditions, call the recorded information line at 435-946-8501.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Anglers have had fair success fishing for rainbows in the morning hours. The road over Monte Cristo is now closed, but you can access the reservoir through Logan Canyon or Evanston.

Blacksmith Fork River

Snow levels continue to increase. Continued snowfall will begin to restrict access to the river as the plows pile snow along the roadside.

Bountiful Lake

Use caution when checking the ice.

Causey Reservoir

Some anglers have been seen out on the ice, but extreme caution is strongly advised.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

DWR personnel checked on December 19, and the reservoir was entirely covered with a thin layer of new ice. If daytime temperatures remain cold, the ice should build. Use extreme caution when checking the ice conditions.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

There haven’t been any recent reports from anglers.

Echo Reservoir

DWR personnel checked on Dec. 21, and the reservoir was completely iced over. Use extreme caution out on the ice.

Farmington Pond

The gate is closed for the season, but according to Farmington City Recreation Department, foot traffic is still allowed.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Use extreme caution when checking the ice.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

The State Park reports that ice formed on Dec. 20. Use extreme caution when checking the ice conditions. An ice-fishing tournament is being planned for Feb. 2; details should be available in another week.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

DWR personnel checked the pond on Dec. 25 and ice hadn’t formed. There weren’t any anglers fishing the pond.

Kaysville Ponds

Check the DWR stocking report for updates.

Little Creek Reservoir

DWR personnel checked on Dec. 19, and the reservoir was entirely covered with ice. This reservoir offers a fun day-long outing for someone new to ice fishing, although it can be cold and windy. It’s a great place to try out your new ice fishing tent. Parking is right at the edge of the reservoir, so you can get back to your vehicle quickly if you need.

Logan River

Use caution when checking the ice. Ice is forming along the banks.

Lost Creek Reservoir

DWR personnel checked the pond on Dec. 25, and ice hadn’t formed. Anglers reported slow fishing from shore over the weekend. 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

DWR personnel checked the ice on Dec. 23 and observed anglers accessing the reservoir. Extreme caution is advised; this reservoir is notorious for soft spots in the ice.

Mirror Lake

Be prepared for winter survival conditions. This is a great time of year to fish the Uintas if you are equipped with proper clothing, snow machines and power augers to get through thick ice. Personnel at the Kamas fish hatchery fish the lakes of the Uintas regularly; they can answer questions about access and fishing conditions. They can be reached at 435-783-4883.

Newton Reservoir

DWR personnel checked on Dec. 19, and the reservoir was entirely covered with a thin layer of new ice. If daytime temperatures remain cold, the ice should build. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.

Ogden River

The road has been opened back up to two lanes during the Christmas break, but due to work on a new water pipeline, single-lane traffic will resume through the canyon in early January. The water clarity is good. Try using zebra midges, pheasant tails and prince nymphs.

Pineview Reservoir

There are reports that ice is forming, but it is not stable. Use extreme caution.

Porcupine Reservoir

The roads to the reservoir are icy. Access via 4-wheel drive recommended. Ice is starting to form.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has been about the same. Anglers report some success using worms and marshmallows or PowerBait. The water temperature is around 38 degrees. The wedge dock has been put back in because the water level is rising. The main body and wedge dock area are open water.

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 are typical following spawning. For winter fishing, try using size #14 to #20 pheasant tails, hare’s ear, sow bugs, scuds, zebra midge, rainbow warrior, RS2 and WD40 flies.

Willard Bay Reservoir

The State Park reports very thin ice around the edges of the reservoir, with a small amount of new ice in the north marina. The south marina is closed for the winter.

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