Fishing report - May 2

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
May 2, 2012
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Bear Lake

Anglers are reminded that Swan Creek is closed to protect spawning cutthroat trout until the second Saturday in July.

Birch Creek Reservoir

The ice is off but there haven’t been recent reports on fishing success. Fishing should be good for rainbow and tiger trout.

Blacksmith Fork River

Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that fishing continues to be good for anglers who use small beadheads and bait.

Bountiful Lake

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that the fishing is fair.

Causey Reservoir

Check the DWR stocking report for updates on stocking.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Anglers report good fishing for catfish. It should get even better as temperatures rise.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that the fishing has been consistently good for rainbows. There aren’t many anglers due to bad weather. Fishing was good trolling worms and pop gear as well as Rapalas with an orange belly. Anglers caught fish from the shore using PowerBait under a bobber. Fish seem to be in depths of five to 20 feet all over the lake.

Farmington Pond

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

This pretty little reservoir in the foothills of Layton received over 5,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout in April.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Water conditions are good. For updates on fishing success, call the state park at 435-245-6866.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

Kaysville Ponds

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

Little Creek Reservoir

The reservoir was stocked with 3,400 rainbow trout in late March — fishing should be great.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Fishing is good from the shore near the boat ramp using PowerBait and worms. Anglers trolling were catching fish using Rapalas and squids with a dodger or pop gear. Make sure you are 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

Conservation Officer Mike Kinghorn reports that fishermen are catching nice-sized trout right now. Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that fishing for bluegill is good.

Mirror Lake

Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson reports Smith Morehouse Reservoir is accessible; however, there is still too much ice to fish. We estimate it’ll be another week or two. Hwy. 150 (Mirror Lake Highway) is open to mile marker 22. There is some camping access along the highway. Beaver Creek and the Provo River are fishable along Hwy 150. Hwy. 35 (Wolf Creek Highway) is open the entire length from Woodland to Hannah.

Newton Reservoir

The trick for fishing for tiger muskie in the spring is to enjoy the water clarity to sight fish for these monsters. Once the temperatures get hot, recreational boating increases and makes the water cloudy.

Ogden River

Warmer temperatures bring insect activity and the fish are responding. Fishing has been good with stonefly nymph imitation patterns. The stonefly hatch (which offers some fun fishing opportunities) should take place in May this year.

Pineview Reservoir

Crappie action should be starting soon as the temperatures warm up and stabilize. This winter anglers saw large schools of crappie and caught some up to 10 inches, so anticipation is high that spring fishing will be good for these tasty panfish.

Porcupine Reservoir

Fishing continues to be slow. Anglers are having some success catching smaller browns. The water clarity is good at East Fork Little Bear River. Flows have not increased much from last week. Remember, artificial flies and lures only.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby of Rockport reports that the lake is open water. The fishing has been good, especially near the south end. The wedge dock is in for launching. Traditional baits are working well. Boaters have had luck with Rapalas, spinners and bait. Lots of fish are surfacing for flies. The fishing challenge has been extended until May 31.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that water releases have decreased from both Rockport and Echo reservoirs and the entire river is clear and fishing well. Water clarity can change quickly with warmer weather and water releases, but when clarity is good, spring fishing on the Weber is excellent. Standard nymphs (hare’s ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges) should work well this spring. This is also a great time of year to fish streamers (sculpin patterns and brown or black buggers). Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson reports that the Weber River between Wanship and Coalville currently has low flows. The water quality is good. Angler pressure has been light.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Aquatics Biologist Chris Penne fished Willard Bay on Saturday, April 21. Fishing was slow to fair for catfish, walleye and wiper. Crappie have moved into the North Marina and fishing is good using crappie jigs and tube jigs slowly retrieved or under a bobber. Tipping the jigs with some PowerBait Crappie Nibbles helps. Walleye, wiper and catfish are biting from both shore and boat. By boat, most fish are being caught with bottom bouncers and crankbaits trolled slowly. From shore, fish are being caught with crankbaits, jigs and flies. Fly fisherman may do best using Zonker minnows or wooly buggers. Park Ranger Mert Russo wants to remind the public about the gizzard shad. They are getting big and anglers are mistaking them for wipers that are deformed with smaller mouths. Having them in possession is illegal.

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