Fishing report - March 21

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
March 21, 2012
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Bear Lake

Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that there is open water across the lake. You can launch a boat at the Utah State Park marina, Rainbow Cove and Spinnaker Point marina. Ice is stacked up along the shoreline at First Point, which is preventing launches from that ramp. Fishing is good for cutthroat trout and whitefish. Whitefish are biting on the rockpile area, in about 45 to 50 feet of water. Use small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with a mealworm or salmon egg. Cutthroat trout are also biting. Try jigging and trolling on the rockpile area in 50 to 70 feet of water and off the Cisco Beach area. Try trolling Rapalas and flatfish or even dodgers with lures. Anglers who are jigging are using either marabou or tube jigs, tipped with cisco fished right on the bottom.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that the reservoir is still covered with more than one foot of ice and the edges are solid. The reservoir is about 75 percent full. You can drive right up to the base of the dam without much trouble, but the road is muddy. Anglers report fair success for tiger trout using jigging Rapalas. You can also use small teardrops tipped with maggots for rainbows. It helps to use a depth sounder since the rainbows are typically suspended between the ice and the bottom.

Blacksmith Fork River

Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that the water is clear. Brown trout fishing is good with either beadheads or Rapalas.

Bountiful Lake

See the DWR stocking report online for current trout stocking information.

Causey Reservoir

Conservation Officer Chad Wilson reports receiving little pressure. It is usually good in the open water near the ice shelf this time of year. There is open water around the shoreline. Use extreme caution. The ice is unsafe.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Biologist Chris Penne encourages anglers to take advantage of early spring foraging activities of catfish. Penne also suggests that pre-spawn walleye activity should be good.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports the fishing is average. The ice is melting a little on the edges and is slushy. There’s not too much traffic on the ice. Use caution.

Echo Reservoir

Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that fishing was slow last week. Anglers caught some trout early in the morning or late in the evening, using white paddlebugs or tube jigs. The ice is 12–14 inches thick. The edge of the ice is getting thin, so please use caution.

Farmington Pond

See the DWR stocking report online for current trout stocking information.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

When the reservoir conditions were checked last week, the ice was almost gone. Layton angler Tom Davenport enjoyed good fishing for small rainbow trout using a #18 pheasant tail nymph.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that fish are biting off the bank at Hyrum Reservoir. The ice off conditions are causing the fish to feed well. Use caution. The ice is unsafe.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

See the DWR stocking report online for current trout stocking information.

Kaysville Ponds

See the DWR stocking report online for current trout stocking information.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Aquatics Technician Phil Tuttle reports that fishing was fair to slow this weekend. Most fish were biting at 10 to 15 feet under the ice. The ice is starting to soften up on the edges a little, but anglers are still able to get on and off the lake without a plank. White and chartreuse paddle bugs fished best tipped with PowerBait and a mealworm. Anglers willing to walk or sled further away from easy access points seem to be catching more fish. Four-wheel drive is required to reach the boat ramp. Use caution: the ice is unsafe. Make sure you aware of the new regulations at Lost Creek: 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

The ice has mostly disappeared from Mantua. The back southeast corner is mostly ice-free and offers good opportunities for small, hand-launched, non-motorized watercraft. With this week’s warm temperatures, the ice should go fast. Fishing success was good for small trout at the inlet.

Newton Reservoir

Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports unsafe ice conditions. There is about 30 yards of murky water along the shoreline.

Ogden River

Recent hatches of blue-winged olives have been providing anglers with fast fishing. Use a parachute pattern with a small prince nymph.

Pineview Reservoir

Conservation Officer Chad Wilson reports that much of the reservoir still has ice. Use caution on the ice, as it may not be safe.

Porcupine Reservoir

Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that the ice conditions are unsafe. Roads to the reservoir are slick. Four-wheel drive is recommended.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby reports that the fishing continues to be steady. The ice is solid but always use caution. The warm weather is making the edges soft in the afternoon. Fish seem to be at 15 to 20-foot depths, but in no particular spot. They are biting on traditional baits, ice flies, wax worms, PowerBait and nightcrawlers. The ice-fishing challenge has been extended until the end of May. The contest sponsors have all agreed to extend their offers. Five out of the 46 tagged fish have been recently caught. For more information, see the state parks site.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that the flows from Echo Dam are still low, so the river is pretty small downstream until Lost Creek adds some water. Flows between Echo and Rockport have been holding steady between 90 and 100 cfs. The entire Weber has been fishing well with standard nymphs (hare’s ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges). Conservation Officer Chad Wilson reports that the lower portion of the river is receiving low pressure. Anglers are catching bigger fish using worms or Rapalas.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Conservation Officer Mike Kinghorn reports that fishing is slow. Boats have reported picking up a few walleye. The water temperature was reported at 32 degrees. Park Ranger Mert Russo reports that some crappie and wipers are biting as well.

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