Fishing report - July 3

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

Fishing is good at Garden City Pond. Improvements have been made to the pond this year, and it’s a great place for families to enjoy fishing. You can call 435-946-8501 for recorded updates on fishing conditions at Bear Lake.

Birch Creek Reservoir

There haven’t been any recent anglers reports on fishing. Try fishing early mornings and evenings. Night fishing might also be productive for tiger trout using streamers or a mouse pattern. Typically, the summer months are slow at this reservoir.

Blacksmith Fork River

There haven’t been any recent reports from anglers, but the water conditions are great. Watch for snakes.

Bountiful Lake

Recently, 3.5-inch largemouth bass were stocked in northern Utah’s community fishing waters. If you happen to catch them, release them so they can continue to grow.

Causey Reservoir

Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to avoid heavy recreation at Causey. There haven’t been any recent fishing reports from anglers.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Anglers report fishing for catfish. Now is a great time to pursue catfish with traditional baits. Trolling can also be productive. Try using a red and white daredevil.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Anglers are reporting good smallmouth bass fishing.

Echo Reservoir

This week’s fish population survey revealed good numbers of smallmouth bass along the dam. With lower water levels, look for fish to be concentrated in areas of good habitat.

Farmington Pond

The water level is low, and fishing has slowed. It’s been a few weeks since the pond was stocked.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Try traditional baits, spinners and wet flies. Please keep in mind that boat fishing is now allowed for small, non-motorized boats. However, the boat launch is only for members of a water-skiing club that has access to the ramp. Any canoes, kayaks and float tubes must be carried to the water and hand-launched. Also, this is a privately-owned reservoir that participates in Utah’s Walk-in Access program. To fish here, you must first obtain a free Walk-in Access authorization number. Nearby at Hobbs Reservoir, anglers have been given citations for using PowerBait. This water is being managed to provide trophy trout and fishing with bait does not allow for effective releasing of fish. Also, this is a privately-owned pond that participates in Utah’s Walk-in Access program. Keeping the area clean will help ensure access to this water.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

The tagged fish contest will continue through the summer. If you catch a tagged fish, take it to the State Park to claim your prize. One angler reported catching (and mostly releasing) more than 100 fish over four days.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

The water level is low, and fishing has slowed.

Kaysville Ponds

A new sport fish has been introduced here. We recently stocked six-inch wipers in the Kaysville ponds. These fish are providing great fishing with a worm about two feet below a bobber. This is the perfect opportunity for kids. Use a small piece of worm and set the hook quickly so the fish can easily be released and continue to grow. For fish that swallow the hook, cut the line and the fish still has a good chance of surviving. (The chances of survival are much greater if you cut the line, versus damaging the gills by reaching through them to get the hook.)

Little Creek Reservoir

Irrigation demands will lower the water levels throughout the summer. Stocking will not resume until the fall. Try fishing in the early morning and evening hours.

Logan River

Stimulator and hopper patterns should be good producers throughout the rest of the summer.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Recent surveys have revealed good growth in cutthroat and tiger trout. Please be aware of the special regulations at this reservoir. All fish from 15 to 22 inches must be released. The bag limit is three fish under 15 inches and one fish over 22 inches.

Mantua Reservoir

Trout, bass and bluegill fishing is good.

Mirror Lake

Please be aware that there are bears are in the Uintas. In the past, bears have headed to the shore to grab dead fish that were left behind. Use effective catch-and-release practices if you don’t plan to keep fish you catch. The use of artificial flies and lures (barbless hooks) is the most effective way to successfully release fish. The Uinta lakes along the highway are now being stocked. They provide great fishing and a way to escape the heat of the city. In an effort to strengthen Utah’s golden trout populations, we will be stocking fingerling goldens this summer. This stocking will not result in immediate fishing opportunities, but may provide fishing opportunities later. For updates on the stocking of lakes in the Uintas, check the DWR stocking report.

Newton Reservoir

Anglers continue to catch panfish and tiger muskies. Early-morning fishing produces the most success, but you can keep catching fish into the late morning. Remember, bait-size restrictions are in place this year for tiger muskies, and all tiger muskies must be released.

Ogden River

In the evening, fish are actively feeding along the bottom. Water levels continue to be low, and the water is clear. Conditions are great for sight fishing, but the fish are very wary. Use your best leaders and stealthy presentations for success.

Pineview Reservoir

Recent reports indicate that anglers are catching smallmouth bass on plastics (senkos and gitzits), but the fish are small. Try crappie-imitating swimbaits and spinnerbaits for bass. Muskie anglers report lots of follows but few strikes. It may be time to try something different, such as buzzbaits.

Porcupine Reservoir

Anglers report fair fishing for kokanee salmon and brown trout.

Rockport Reservoir

Fishing continues to be good. Last week, there were many anglers fishing the west shore.

Weber River

Anglers report fair fishing from Morgan to South Weber. Spin anglers are having the most success with smaller Rapalas and spinners. Fly anglers have had good success in this section using sow bugs and midge patterns. There has been a caddis hatch in the late afternoon. From Morgan up to Echo Reservoir, the water is running high and off color. Fishing has been slow in this section with most of the success coming on bait. Fly anglers are getting a few fish on streamer and worm patterns. Remember that from Great Salt Lake to Echo Reservoir Dam, all cutthroat trout, or trout with cutthroat markings, must be immediately released.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Last week, State Parks reported that they won’t have soil and water sample results until the middle of July, so it will be at least a couple more weeks until we know when the north marina will reopen. Anglers report good fishing for walleye and wipers.

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