Biologist Scott Tolentino reported on Jan. 13 that the temperature was -8 degrees. There’s a lot of ice on the west and south sides of the lake and the marina is completely frozen. The lake is getting close to capping. Call the recorded information line at 435-946-8501 for updates on fishing conditions. The cisco run is just around the corner and the annual Cisco Disco will be held on Jan. 26.
Birch Creek Reservoir
Anglers have reported fair fishing for tiger trout and rainbow trout. The road over Monte Cristo is now closed, so access is through Logan Canyon or Evanston.
Blacksmith Fork River
Ice shelves have formed and are unstable, making access to open water difficult. There is open water farther up the canyon. Please use caution.
The lake is completely iced over. There are very few anglers out on the water.
DWR personnel report that the ice is five or six inches thick. Fishing is pretty slow.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
There haven’t been any recent reports.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
Anglers have been catching four to six good-sized (16–18 inches) fish on a full day excursion.
Fishing is good using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or mealworms.
The gate is closed for the season, but the Farmington City Recreation Department says that foot traffic is still allowed.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
Fishing is good for small rainbows using ice flies and small jigs tipped with wax or mealworms. The ice is six inches thick with some slush under the snow.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
The state park reports good fishing and eight inches of ice. It has been a great week for fishing using a chartreuse jig head with a wax or mealworm just off the bottom. Most anglers interviewed had caught their limit of rainbows. Come up and join in the fun! Hyrum’s Best Dam Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 2. Call Jake Bohme at 435-944-1646 for registration and more information.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
The ice is five inches thick and fishing is good for small rainbow trout. The fish are biting very light, so use new, lightweight line and a spring bobber. All baits tipped on ice flies or jigs have worked well.
The ice is safe, but there are very few anglers out on the ponds.
Little Creek Reservoir
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 use an ice-fishing tent. Parking is right at the edge of the reservoir, so you can retreat quickly to your vehicle if needed.
Use caution with the ice forming along the banks. River ice is never stable. When water runs under the ice, it continually erodes and weakens the ice. Don’t be tempted to take shortcuts by crossing any river ice.
Lost Creek Reservoir
DWR personnel report that Lost Creek still has ice forming. As of Jan. 6, there was a large section of open water in the middle of the lake. Some anglers have ventured out on the ice and found good fishing using worms to catch cutthroat trout. The ice near the dam and around the edge is about four to six inches thick. Anglers are starting to catch some larger fish, so it’s important to be 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.
DWR personnel report good fishing for rainbows and fair fishing for perch and bluegill. Fish were caught on an ice jig tipped with a mealworm or wax worm. Most fish were found in 13–19 feet of water. The ice if four to six inches thick.
All of the mountain roads are closed for the winter season. Utah SR-150 (Mirror Lake Highway) is closed at mile marker 14 (Soapstone Basin). State Route 35 is closed at mile marker 12 (Nobletts). Smith and Morehouse is closed at the end of the pavement at Thousand Peaks. If you are prepared for winter survival conditions, this is a great time of year to fish the Uintas. Be sure you have proper clothing, snow machines and power augers to get through thick ice. Personnel at the Kamas Fish Hatchery regularly fish the lakes of the Uintas and can answer questions about access and fishing conditions. They can be reached at 435-783-4883.
DWR personnel report Newton Reservoir has six inches of ice. Anglers report fair fishing for smaller-sized bluegill, perch, crappie and largemouth using ice flies with wax or mealworms.
The water clarity is good. Lane closures have resumed through the canyon as work on the new water pipeline progresses. Try using zebra midges, pheasant tails and Prince nymphs.
Use small jigs, spoons and teardrops tipped with plastics, wax worms, mealworms, perch eyes and perch meat. Anglers have been catching crappies and perch. Perch eyes and plastics worked the best. The color of jigs, spoons and teardrops doesn’t seem to matter. The ice is five to six inches thick and access is good.
The reservoir is frozen. We highly recommend accessing via four-wheel drive or an ATV. The road to the bottom of reservoir is snow packed and icy, but it has been plowed.
Joseph Donnell reports that Rockport is completely iced over with 8–12 inches of ice. Fishing has been great for 16 to 20-inch rainbows and some perch. OHV are allowed on the ice if they launch from the boat ramp. The first annual ice-fishing tournament was held on Jan. 19.
DWR personnel report that anglers are doing well for whitefish and brown trout. Spin anglers have been seeing success using Rapalas, spinners, and black marabou jigs. Fly anglers have had the best success using sow bugs, hare’s ears and egg patterns. As far as ice goes, the river is open between the Mountain Green and Morgan stretches and is fishing well, but other stretches have a lot of ice, making fishing difficult. Anglers who are able to get out should find fishing success and little pressure from other anglers. Please remember that as of 2013, all cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings must be immediately released from the Great Salt Lake to Echo Reservoir dam.
Willard Bay Reservoir
There haven’t been any recent reports.