Fishing report - July 4

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
July 4, 2012
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Bear Lake

Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that fishing on Bear Lake has been very good for cutthroat trout. The best method has been trolling with minnow-type lures (with rattles) in depths of 15-30 feet along the west side of the lake. The cutthroat trout spawning season has pretty much wrapped up and the fish that returned to the lake will feed heavily until the water warms up. Right now the surface water temperature is about 59 degrees. Good spots include off the marina and Swan Creek up into Idaho. Use minnow-type lures in four- to seven-inch lengths or flatfish in the U-20-M2 sizes, trolled from downriggers. You can also try jigging — use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. In the mornings the fish are in the shallower water, but when the sun is high the fish go down to 50-80 feet. Lake trout fishing has been fair for trollers off the east side of the lake at Cisco Beach/Rainbow Cove area in 60-70 feet of water using flatfish.

Birch Creek Reservoir

With access limited during much of the spring (due to high water), anglers should find good fishing for tiger and rainbow trout. Try baits, streamers and spinners.

Blacksmith Fork River

Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that anglers continue to have great success for browns on the dam. The river is fishing really well.

Bountiful Lake

Volunteer Doug Murray reports that anglers are catching a few 10-inch channel catfish on the east side of the lake near the dock. Try using worms and secret seven catfish bait. The best fishing is in the evening when it starts to cool off. Trout fishing has been slow.

Causey Reservoir

Volunteer Dan Zumbo reports that the water level is full and fishing is much slower than normal for this time of year. There has been some success using three-inch green tube jigs and Rapalas. PowerBait is effective from shore earlier in the day.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Officer Matt Burgess reports that fishing continues to be fair for crappie, walleye, catfish and bluegill.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that fishing was a little slow last week. Anglers are catching one or two rainbows per day, on average. Some smallies are biting as well. The water level is starting to drop. Volunteer Mark Greenamyer reports that some anglers are having success shore fishing. PowerBait is producing good results for rainbows early in the morning and later in the evening. Bass fishing is steady using black or tan woolly buggers around vegetation.

Echo Reservoir

Volunteer Mark Greenamyer reports that anglers are having fair success fishing for rainbows from shore using PowerBait. The wind was high, knocking the fish to lower depths.

Farmington Pond

Volunteer Doug Murray reports that a few trout and small bluegill are biting, mainly on the west side of the pond. Try using nightcrawlers and a variety of different PowerBait colors. The bluegill are being caught using a small hook and a piece of nightcrawler. Fishing is better in the evening hours.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports that fishing is slow. Recent agreements have been made to allow waterskiing on the reservoir.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing continues to be great. The children’s fishing club is going well and kids are catching fish. PowerBait from shore and boat is effective. Volunteer Mark Greenamyer reports that the use of black and blue jigs near submerged vegetation is yielding good results for bass fishermen. The water is 66 to 71 degrees through the day, and going down three to six inches per day. Tagged fish are still in the lake. For more information visit or call the park at 435-245-6866.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Volunteer Doug Murray reports that a few smaller trout are being caught on the west side of the pond using green PowerBait on a treble hook. Fishing is better in the evening.

Kaysville Ponds

Volunteer Doug Murray reports that a few small catfish are biting in both the north and middle ponds. Nightcrawlers and catfish bait work best. Fishing for catfish is better in the evening. We haven’t received any reports of trout being caught.

Little Creek Reservoir

Anglers report catches of fat and feisty rainbow trout using worms tipped with orange Power Nuggets, PowerBait and for flies, renegades and olive Pistol Petes.

Logan River

Conservation Matt Burgess reports that anglers continue to experience good fishing for rainbows at all three dams.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Volunteer Dan Zumbo reports that the water level is just below full. Fishing is good using PowerBait. The fish are active all hours of the day. Fishing the back of the bays has been good at various depths. Make sure you are aware of the new 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.

Mantua Reservoir

Volunteer Dan Zumbo reports that the water level is full. Anglers are catching bluegill. Early morning hours and before sundown are productive times to fish. A small piece of nightcrawler on a snelled hook under a bobber is effective. Fish sizes are good — similar to prior years.

Mirror Lake

Biologist Wes Pearce reports that the fishing is great in the Uintas. Roadside lakes are being stocked weekly with both rainbows and tiger trout. Try using any type of bait, PowerBait or worms. Fly anglers should use small size 16 or 18 Renegade, Parachute Adams or black ants. Be sure to take advantage of the bonus brook trout limit — especially in streams throughout the Uintas.

Newton Reservoir

Biologist Phil Tuttle reports that tiger muskie fishing has slowed; however, a few anglers report success trolling Rapalas or swimbaits slowly. Fly anglers have had limited success for muskie. There are no reports on panfish. The lake level is still quite high, but is dropping fast.

Ogden River

Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that the Ogden River is fishing well for rainbows and browns. The flows are stable and water clarity is pretty good. Standard nymphs (hare’s ears, pheasant tails, midges and copper John’s), as well as egg patterns, should work well. The Division has been stocking about 1,000 rainbows every two weeks throughout the entire reach in Ogden City.

Pineview Reservoir

Volunteer Mark Greenamyer reports that muskies are going deeper during the day, but anglers are having fair success trolling with top water bait early and using spooks during the day.

Porcupine Reservoir

Porcupine continues to fish slow. There are a few small browns being picked up. On the East Fork Little Bear River, you may only use artificial flies and lures.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby reports that the fishing has been good at Rockport. The boaters have done well with a variety of lures and baits. The trout seem to be 12 to 20 feet down. There have been good reports from the shore fishermen as well. The smallmouth bass are just now coming on. All the large docks are in. The water temperature is around 65 degrees. We are still in the process of replacing the fish cleaning station with the grinder type. The new one will be ready soon.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that the Weber River continues to fish very well with standard nymphs (hare’s ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs, and midges). With the warm weather, fishing is the best in the morning or late evening. If you feel adventurous, try streamers (sculpin patterns, and brown or black buggers) after dark when some of the larger browns are more active. Spinners and crankbaits have also been working well. Check flow releases from Rockport and Echo reservoirs at USGS gaging stations prior to fishing as conditions continue to change.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that the water temperature is 67 degrees and the water is mostly off-colored. There has been quite a bit more fishing pressure. The bottom bouncer/worm harness bite is holding up for walleyes. The crankbait trolling bite was good enough to get a few fish in the boat. Midges become a nuisance if the wind drops below five miles per hour. The shad have hatched and will begin to change things out there shortly.


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