Fishing report - May 15

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
May 14, 2013
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Bear Lake

The surface water temperature is 38°F. Shoreline anglers are catching cutthroat trout in the morning by casting spoons off the Utah state park marina and off Cisco Beach. Fish average between three and seven pounds. Gill nets have caught cutthroat trout at depths ranging from 15 to 175 feet, but the shallow areas along the shoreline have produced more and larger fish. Anglers are also doing well for cutthroat trout by trolling minnow-type lures in 10 to 40 feet of water. They are near the state park marina rockpiles, heading north toward the Utah-Idaho state line. Anglers are also trolling the east side, traveling from First Point north to the South Eden delta, finding success in the same depth of water with the same type of lures. Consider releasing some of the big pre-spawn cutthroat trout so they can spawn in the tributaries this spring. Remember, in order to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake, it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). Cutthroat trout with all fins intact must be released. Lake trout fishing is fair in 90–100 feet of water off Gus Rich point. Anglers are using large flatfish and Rapalas off downriggers.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond: The water has been drained to allow repairs at the pond. Once repaired, the pond will be filled and stocked with sterile rainbow trout.

Laketown Reservoir: The ice has melted, and the reservoir is full. Rainbow trout fishing has been good, using small spinners and woolly bugger flys. Also try PowerBait, worms and marshmallows.

Birch Creek Reservoir

At this reservoir, patient anglers will find fair to good action for rainbow and tiger trout. Try using streamers, Rapalas, green tube jigs or bead-head nymphs. Be prepared for cold, windy conditions. The Monte Cristo Road is still closed. Check the UDOT website for updates on seasonal road closures.

Blacksmith Fork River

You’ll find good fishing conditions on the main river and at the impoundment.

Bountiful Lake

Spring is a great time to catch fish with a bead-head hare’s ear. The lake has been stocked and offers great spring fishing.

Causey Reservoir

Fishing is fair with rainbow PowerBait or marabou jigs.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Anglers report fair fishing for smaller catfish. An angler recently set a new state catch-and-release record for catfish at Cutler. Now is a great time to go after catfish with traditional baits.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Some anglers report good fishing for smallmouth bass in the shallow, warmer water near the rocks. Try using Rapalas, PowerBait and spinners from shore. Visit the UDOT website for updates on seasonal road closures.

Echo Reservoir

Fishing has been fair. Anglers are catching trout from the shoreline using a fly and bubble or worms. Boating anglers have found success while trolling with pop gear and a worm.

Farmington Pond

The pond has been stocked and fishing is good. This is a great time of year to catch fish with a bead-head hare’s ear.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fishing has improved for small trout. Try traditional baits, spinners or wet flies. For tips on how to use flies with spinning outfits, see this brief video. The water is rising (it’s now up to the vegetation), which can make access difficult during the summer season. The reservoir is now open to angling from non-motorized boats. (The DWR has a cooperative agreement with the irrigation company that owns this private reservoir). Respect this opportunity by packing out all trash and following the guidelines posted at the reservoir.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Fishing success has started to get a little spotty, so try different areas if the action slows down. You’ll find big fish and fun at Hyrum.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Spring is a great time to catch fish with a bead-head hare’s ear. The pond has been stocked and offers great spring fishing.

Kaysville Ponds

Spring is a great time to catch fish with a bead-head hare’s ear. The pond has been stocked and offers great spring fishing.

Little Creek Reservoir

Anglers report good fishing from float tubes. Try using olive-colored Pistol Petes. The Monte Cristo Road is still closed. Check the UDOT website for updates on seasonal road closures.

Logan River

Fly anglers should try emerger patterns, sow bugs or San Juan worms.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Anglers report good fishing with streamers in brown and olive colors.

Mantua Reservoir

Anglers report that bluegill are active in the warm shallows.

Mirror Lake

Smith Morehouse Reservoir is now accessible, and there’s open water along the shoreline. The Mirror Lake Highway is still closed over the summit, but it’s open to Shady Dell at mile marker 17. Visit the UDOT website for updates on seasonal road closures. Personnel at the Kamas Fish Hatchery regularly fish the lakes of the Uintas and can answer questions about access and fishing conditions. You can reach them at 435-783-4883.

Newton Reservoir

Water clarity in early May provides great opportunities to spot cruising tiger muskies.

Ogden River

Right now, the fishing is hot, especially from the mouth of the canyon downstream. You’ll also find good conditions upstream. The water is low and crystal clear, so it’s easy to spot the fish. Just remember that they can easily spot you too. Fishing below the mouth of the canyon has been good for recently stocked rainbow and tiger trout. Try using a small elk-hair caddis with a bead-head rigged 12–18 inches below it.

Pineview Reservoir

Anglers report catching some smallmouth bass. Fishing will really improve as the weather gets warmer.

Porcupine Reservoir

The water is approximately 10 feet below the spillway and rising. Anglers report slow fishing.

Rockport Reservoir

Fishing has been good. Anglers are doing well from the shoreline with PowerBait, or worms. Boaters report success with Rapalas, spinners or bait.

Weber River

Fishing in Summit County has been good. Anglers report success with RS2s, Rapalas, jigs or spinners. The river has also been fishing well with streamers (leeches and buggers) and nymphs (Prince, pheasant tails, copper Johns and scuds). It doesn’t appear that spring runoff will really affect fishing in the Weber, but the reservoirs are beginning to release more water. You may want to check the nearest stream-discharge measuring gauges before you go fishing. Remember that as of 2013 all cutthroat trout — or trout with cutthroat markings — must be immediately released from the Great Salt Lake to the Echo Reservoir dam.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Anglers report good fishing for walleye along the west dike.

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