Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that fishing on Bear Lake has been excellent for cutthroat trout and fair for lake trout. The best method has been trolling with minnow-type lures (with rattles) in depths of 20 to 60 feet along the west side of the lake. Good spots have been 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 have spawned and returned to the lake, they are feeding heavily until the water warms up. You can also try jigging — use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. A few anglers are also catching cutthroat trout by casting off the Utah State Park marina dikes in the early mornings.
Birch Creek Reservoir
Anglers should find good fishing for tiger and rainbow trout. Try baits, streamers and spinners.
Blacksmith Fork River
Angler Courtney Bailey fished the river yesterday, and he did well with cicadas and a Copper John dropper. When he returned to his car, he found a large rattlesnake curled up under one of his tires. The snake slithered away into the grass, but snakes are common along the river — watch where you’re walking. Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that anglers continue to have great success catching browns on the dam. There’s also some really good fishing on the river.
Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports that some anglers are using shrimp to catch catfish. The fishing is good, and a few anglers have caught 20-inch catfish.
Volunteer Dan Zumbo reports that the water level is full, and the fishing is much slower than normal for this time of year. Anglers report limited 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
Volunteer Dan Zumbo reports that the reservoir is nearly full. Trout fishing is mixed. Anglers report good fishing for trout by drifting PowerBait. They’ve also caught a few fish while trolling popgear. Fish are in the 14- to 16-inch range. Fishing is fair for smallmouth bass and other species.
Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that fishing at Echo has been slow for trout. Early mornings or evenings are the best times to trout fish. Anglers in boats have been catching trout with popgear and a worm. Shoreline anglers have had some success with PowerBait.
Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports that fishing is fair for those who use worms and PowerBait of various colors. Fishing has recently improved.
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 Ranger Steve Bullock reports that fishing for rainbows continues to be great. Only a few prizes remain for the tagged fish contest. Nearly 100 tagged fish have been caught so far. Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that the best time to fish is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information visit stateparks.utah.gov/stateparks.utah.gov/hyrum/fishingclassic or call the park at 435-245-6866.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports that trout fishing has been fair to good with green or yellow PowerBait.
Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports that fishing is hot for bluegill and bullhead catfish. Anglers report catching trout with green PowerBait and some good-sized channel catfish with various catfish patterns.
Little Creek Reservoir
Anglers have reported catching fat and feisty rainbow trout, using worms tipped with orange Power Nuggets and PowerBait. Fly-fishing anglers are doing well with renegades and olive Pistol Petes.
Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that anglers are catching rainbows at all three dams.
Lost Creek Reservoir
Volunteer Dan Zumbo reports that the reservoir’s water level is just below full. Anglers report good fishing with PowerBait. Fish are active at all hours of the day. Try fishing the backs of the bays and 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.
Volunteer Dan Zumbo reports that the reservoir is full of water. Anglers are still catching bluegill. The most productive times to fish are the early morning hours and right before sundown. A small piece of nightcrawler on a snelled hook under a bobber is effective. The fish are a good size, and catch rates are consistent with past years.
Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of lakes along the Mirror Lake Highway. These are great lakes for introducing youth and novice anglers to trout fishing.
Biologist Phil Tuttle reports that recent cooler weather has slowed fishing for tiger muskie. However, a few anglers report success by slowly trolling Rapalas or swimbaits. Fly-fishing anglers have had limited success for muskie this spring. The reservoir water level is still quite high, but it is dropping quickly.
Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that the Ogden River is fishing well for rainbows and browns. Flows are stable, and water clarity is pretty good. Standard nymphs (hares’ ears, pheasant tails, midges and Copper Johns) and egg patterns should all work well. The DWR has been stocking about 1,000 rainbows every two weeks throughout the entire reach in Ogden City.
Volunteer Dan Zumbo reports that the reservoir’s water level is approximately six feet below full. Muskie fishing is very slow, especially compared to past years. Jointed Rapalas and topwater plugs seem to be the most effective. Smallmouth action has tapered off over the last month or two. Crappie and perch have moved back into deeper water.
Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that fishing continues to be slow. On the East Fork Little Bear River, you may only use artificial flies and lures.
Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has been good at Rockport over the past week. 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 shoreline anglers as well. All the large docks are in. The water temperature is around 60 degrees. State park personnel are still in the process of replacing the fish-cleaning station with the grinder type. There is a temporary fish-cleaning station at the wedge dock, and the new one should be in soon.
Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that although turbidity in the Weber River has increased, anglers are still doing reasonably well. Check the flows released from Rockport and Echo reservoirs at USGS gauging stations before fishing.
Willard Bay Reservoir
Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that the water is 67 degrees and somewhat off-colored. The water level is a couple of feet below full. Fishing pressure has increased. The bottom bouncer/worm harness bite is holding up for walleyes. The crankbait trolling bite has also been good enough to get a few fish in the boat. Midges are bad if the wind drops below five miles per hour. The recent shad hatch should soon improve fishing.