Fishing report - May 8

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
May 7, 2013
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Bear Lake

The surface water temperature is 38°F. Shoreline anglers report good fishing for cutthroat trout by casting spoons in the morning off the Utah State Park marina and off Cisco Beach. Fish are averaging between 3 and seven pounds. Anglers also report good fishing for cutthroat trout by trolling minnow-type lures in 10 to 40 feet of water from near the Utah State Park marina-rockpiles north towards the Utah-Idaho stateline. You may also want to try trolling on the east side from 1st Point north to the South Eden delta in the same depth of water, with the same type of lures. Consider releasing some of the big, pre-spawn cutthroat trout so that they can spawn in the tributaries this spring. Lake trout fishing is fair off Gus Rich point in 90 to 100 feet of water using large flatfish and Rapalas off downriggers. Biologists have been pulling gill nets on Bear Lake this week. The gillnets have caught cutthroat trout at depths from 15 to 175 feet, but the shallow depths along the shoreline have produced more and larger fish. You can only keep cutthroat trout with healed fin clips (usually the adipose fin). You must release any cutthroat trout that have all fins intact.

Garden City Community Fishery Pond: The water has been drained in order to repair on the pond. Once repaired, the pond will be filled and stocked with sterile rainbow trout.

Laketown Reservoir: The ice is melted and the reservoir is full. Fishing is good for rainbow trout using small spinners and wooly bugger flys, or PowerBait, worms and marshmallows.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Patient anglers report good fishing for rainbow and tiger trout, but be prepared for cold, windy conditions. The Monte Cristo road is still closed. Check UDOT for updates on seasonal road closures.

Blacksmith Fork River

Hardware Ranch manager Brad Hunt reports that angling activity has dropped off with the cooler weather, but that the water levels and water clarity are still good. Hunt feels that spring runoff will be lighter this year.

Bountiful Lake

The pond was stocked recently and should provide great spring fishing. Spring is a great time to catch fish with a beadhead hare’s ear.

Causey Reservoir

Fishing is fair with rainbow PowerBait.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

The new Utah record for catch-and-release for catfish was recently set at Cutler. Try fishing for catfish using traditional baits.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Try using Rapalas, PowerBait and spinners from shore. Trollers should use dodgers with spinners and spoons. The water level is low. Check UDOT for updates on seasonal road closures.

Echo Reservoir

Fishing is fair for trout from the shoreline using PowerBait. Boat anglers should try trolling with popgear and a worm. Try fishing either in the early morning or evening.

Farmington Pond

The pond was stocked recently and should provide great spring fishing. Spring is a great time to catch fish with a beadhead hare’s ear.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fishing for small trout has picked up. Try traditional baits, spinners and wet flies. The water level is rising; it’s now up to the vegetation, making access difficult for the summer season.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager Chris Haramoto says that the Hyrum State Park Fishing Classic did not disappoint. Twenty-five tagged fish were caught, and many told a story about how the big one got away. PowerBait and other floating baits worked well. Big fish were stocked and some fun fishing waits at Hyrum.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

The pond was stocked recently and should provide great spring fishing. Spring is a great time to catch fish with a beadhead hare’s ear.

Kaysville Ponds

The ponds were stocked recently and should provide great spring fishing. Spring is a great time to catch fish with a beadhead hare’s ear.

Little Creek Reservoir

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

Logan River

Anglers report fair fishing using Panther Martins and Blue Fox Spinners. On the lower Logan, anglers report fair fishing for brown trout.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Anglers report fair fishing using streamers, marabou jigs and spinners. You may also want to try using PowerBait and nightcrawlers.

Mantua Reservoir

Anglers report slow fishing.

Mirror Lake

Kamas Fish Hatchery personnel regularly fish the lakes of the Uintas and can answer questions about access and fishing conditions. You can call them at 435-783-4883. The Mirror Lake Highway is still closed over the summit, but you can now drive to Shady Dell at milemarker 17. Vehicles can also reach Smith-Morehouse Reservoir, which is still covered in ice. Check UDOT for updates on seasonal road closures.

Newton Reservoir

Fishing is fair. The water clarity in early May makes it easy to spot fish for cruising tiger muskies.

Ogden River

The water levels are low, but the water clarity is crystal clear so it’s easy to spot fish. Of course, that means that they can easily spot you too. Try using a small Adams or gnat imitation.

Pineview Reservoir

The water is rising noticeably every day. Boats and a few shore anglers are testing the waters, but there are no reports on results yet.

Porcupine Reservoir

The water level is approximately 10 feet below the spillway and rising. Angler’s report slow fishing.

Rockport Reservoir

Anglers report good fishing from the shore using PowerBait or worms. Boat anglers report good fishing using Rapalas, spinners or bait. The fish seem to be in the top 20 feet of the reservoir and they aren’t picky when they’re feeding.

Weber River

Fishing is good on the Weber River in Summit County. Anglers on the fly/lure-only section are catching white fish and brown trout using nymph or midge patterns. Anglers have also had success catching trout using Rapalas, jigs or spinners. Please 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

The south marina is open, and it is possible to launch a boat. The north half of the reservoir is closed. The closed area is marked with buoys and is being patrolled by boat. You can access to the north dike by taking the dirt road north of the State Park entrance gate back to the outlet gate. This can be a good area to fish for wipers in the spring.

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