Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that fishing on Bear Lake has been excellent for cutthroat trout and fair for lake trout. The best method is trolling with minnow-type lures with rattles in depths of 20 to 60 feet along the west side of the lake. 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. Now that many cutthroats are spawned out and returning to the lake, they are feeding heavily until the water warms up. Try jigging — use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. A few anglers are catching cutthroat trout casting off the Utah State Park marina dikes in the early mornings. The new community fishing pond in Garden City is providing a nice alternative opportunity to shore anglers. For Bear Lake fishing conditions, call the recorded information line at 435-946-8501.
Birch Creek Reservoir
DWR completed its annual stocking of 30,000 fingerling tiger trout on June 12. There haven’t been any recent reports on fishing success.
Blacksmith Fork River
Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that anglers are limiting out on browns on the dam. The river is fishing really well.
More than 1,000 channel catfish were stocked on May 24. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on catfish stockings.
Try Kastmasters and Rapalas for splake and tiger trout.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
Officer Matt Burgess reports that fishing is fair for crappie, walleye, catfish and bluegill.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
Anglers are starting to see some smallmouth bass action. Fishing has also been good for rainbow trout from boats.
Anglers report good fishing for rainbows using PowerBait and worms from shore. Trolling with pop gear and a worm has also produced good numbers of trout. Many anglers are catching their daily limit.
The last stocking took place a month ago. Check the DWR stocking report for updates.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
One angler fished for channel catfish on the evening of June 12 and had success. Fishing success for trout has tapered off during the heat of the day. Trout anglers may want to try Hobbs and Adams reservoirs, which were recently stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anglers may have noticed waterskiing boats using this private pond. The DWR is working with the owners on making the area open to float tubes also. Until an agreement is made, the area is still closed to boats and float tubes.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports that fishing for rainbows continues to be great. Only a few prizes remain for the tagged fish contest. Nearly a hundred tagged fish have been caught so far. Conservation Officer Matt Burgess says the best time to fish is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information visit the state parks Web site or call the park at 435-245-6866.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports that the fishing is slow. Some trout and catfish are biting.
Danny Alvey from Ogden tied into a big catfish at dusk on June 12 using a piece of hotdog for bait. The catfish action should continue to improve as the weather warms up.
Little Creek Reservoir
This is a shallow reservoir and the water temperatures are rising, which means the trout will be more active in the cooler parts of the day and may be in deeper water in the heat of the day.
Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that anglers are having good success for rainbows at all three dams.
Lost Creek Reservoir
Fishing was good from the shore near the boat ramp using PowerBait and worms. Anglers trolling caught fish using Rapalas and squids with a Dodger or pop gear. Lost Creek has special regulations. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Anglers report great bass fishing. Top-water plugs and poppers have even picked up some bass in the evenings and mornings. Senkos and tube baits have produced some nicer fish this spring. The bluegill bite is tapering off as the spawn is seemingly ending. Good numbers of smaller bluegill are still in shallow waters.
The summer stocking of Uintas lakes is in full swing. Smith and Morehouse received 4,000 fish within the past month. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on stocked waters along the Mirror Lake Highway. These are great lakes to introduce youth and other beginners to trout fishing.
Biologist Phil Tuttle reports that tiger muskie fishing has slowed with the recent cooler weather. A few anglers report success trolling Rapalas or swimbaits slowly. Fly anglers have had limited success for muskie this spring. There haven’t been any reports on panfish. The lake level is still quite high but is dropping fast.
The lower Ogden through town was recently stocked with rainbow trout, but there are also good populations of wild browns throughout the Ogden River. Flows are starting to slowly come down and the water clarity is good. Try standard nymph patterns or small stimulator patterns.
Anglers report catching good numbers of smallmouth bass. Some anglers targeting smallmouth are catching tiger muskies. White jigs and crankbaits are working well for the smallmouth. Fly anglers should try large buggers and minnow imitations fished with a sinking line for smallmouth bass. Biologist Chris Penne completed smallmouth bass population surveys this past week, and he said that several age classes indicated that the populations are experiencing good recruitment.
Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that the fishing is slow. One angler received one bite in about three hours while trolling for kokanee. The water is clear, 60 degrees and down about six feet from full. The fishing pressure is light. East Fork Little Bear River: artificial flies and lures only. Fly fisherman report difficult fishing with the lower water level. Fish can be seen congregated in deeper pools.
Joseph Hamby reports good fishing at Rockport. The boaters have done well with a variety of lures and baits. The trout seem to be 12 to 15 feet down. There have been good reports from shore anglers as well. The bass should be coming on soon. The water temperature is around 60 degrees. The state park is still in the process of replacing the current fish-cleaning station with a grinder type. There is a temporary fish-cleaning station at the wedge dock and the new one should be finished soon.
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). This is also a great time of year to fish streamers (sculpin patterns and brown or black buggers). Spinners and crankbaits also work well. Check flow releases from Rockport and Echo reservoirs at USGS gaging stations before fishing.
Willard Bay Reservoir
Sergeant Mitch Lane reports that wiper fishing at Willard Bay has been good. Some anglers are catching their limit of wipers on the west dike and in Freeway Bay (southeast corner). Remember, the wiper limit is three. Anglers are also catching catfish. Conservation Officer Cory Inglet reports that walleye fishing is good from boats. Some bass are biting along the dikes as well.