Fishing report - May 9

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
May 9, 2012
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Bear Lake

For updates on fishing conditions, call the recorded information line at 435–946-8501. Please keep in mind that Swan Creek is closed until July 14 to protect spawning cutthroat trout.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Both the upper and lower reservoirs were checked last week. They are now filled to capacity and spilling. The water is blocking the walking paths, and the only way to get uplake from the dam is to carry a float tube or other hand-launched craft up over the dam and to the water. The area is often windy.

Blacksmith Fork River

Anglers report that stoneflies are starting to appear in small numbers. The flows have been increasing, but clarity is still pretty good.

Bountiful Lake

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

Causey Reservoir

Check the DWR stocking report for updates on stocking. Until the reservoir is stocked, anglers may have better success fishing from a small boat in the upper reaches rather than along the shoreline.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Reservoir levels are high, and the water is turbid. Anglers report good fishing for catfish, which should improve even more as temperatures rise.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that anglers are catching a lot of nice rainbows. Surface temperatures are still in the 40s, and the water is spilling over the dam. Anglers have had great luck from shore with PowerBait. Boating anglers have had similar success with Rapalas at 20- to 35-foot depths. One angler caught a 26-inch, 10-pound rainbow trout near the dam using a jig head with a worm and PowerBait.

Echo Reservoir

Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that fishing has been fair this past week. Anglers have caught trout from the shore, using PowerBait or worms. Fishing has also been good for boaters who are trolling with pop gear and a worm. The reservoir is nearly full.

Farmington Pond

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Anglers recently reported good fishing for rainbow trout with PowerBait. One angler reported success with Pistol Pete fly patterns. This pretty little reservoir in the foothills of Layton received more than 5,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout in April.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing is excellent. If you’re in a boat, use spoons or Rapalas with red or orange bellies. If you’re on the shore, try PowerBait and worms. They seem to be working well. Last Monday, a fisherman said that he caught an eight-pound brown trout, and a camper recently pulled out a four-pound rainbow.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Anglers recently reported good fishing for rainbow trout with PowerBait.

Kaysville Ponds

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

Little Creek Reservoir

Windy conditions can make it a little challenging to fish here. The reservoir was stocked with 3,400 rainbow trout in late March, so fishing should be great.

Logan River

Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that the river was stocked on April 27. Fishing is slow, but one angler reported catching a large brown at Second Dam.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Shoreline fishing was good near the boat ramp using PowerBait and worms. Anglers who trolled were catching fish with Rapalas and squids (with a dodger or pop-gear). 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.

Mantua Reservoir

Conservation Officer Mike Kinghorn reports that anglers are catching some nice-sized trout. Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that bluegill fishing is good.

Mirror Lake

Angler David Carlin reported fishing at Smith/Morehouse Reservoir recently. The ice was nearly gone, although there was still a small amount of slush around the dam. He fished up and down the west shoreline using PowerBait. He had a lot of snags and no bites. There was debris all over the surface. Fishing was very slow. Water temperatures were in the low 40s. The bite should improve as the water warms up.

Ogden River

Pineview Reservoir is at capacity, and the river’s flows have increased. Anglers report success with bead-head streamers.

Pineview Reservoir

An angler recently reported hooking a large tiger muskie on a gulp swimbait, but the fish broke off. The water temperature was 54 degrees, which is still too cold for panfish and bass.

Porcupine Reservoir

Fishing continues to be slow. Anglers report catching some smaller browns. On the East Fork Little Bear River, water clarity is good. Flows have not increased much from last week. On the river, you may only use artificial flies and lures.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby of Rockport reports that 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. Many fish are surfacing for flies. The fishing challenge will continue until May 31, courtesy of the sponsors who agreed to extend their offers. This week, another tagged fish was caught. The lucky angler won a snowboard worth $500. Another angler reported catching a large 25-inch, eight-pound brown trout.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that the water releases from both Rockport and Echo reservoirs are still low for this time of year. The entire river is fishing well, but the lower reaches (from Mountain Green downstream) have been running higher and off-color on some days because of the recent warm weather. Standard nymphs (hares 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).

Willard Bay Reservoir

Fishing has been slow to fair for catfish, walleye and wiper. Crappie have moved into the North Marina. Try fishing for them with crappie jigs and tube jigs, slowly retrieved or under a bobber. Tipping the jigs with some PowerBait Crappie Nibbles may help. Walleye, wiper and catfish are the main catch from both shore and boat. Boating anglers are catching fish with bottom bouncers and crankbaits trolled slowly. Shoreline anglers have had success with crankbaits, jigs and flies. Fly-fishing anglers may do best with Zonker minnows or woolly buggers. Park Ranger Mert Russo wants to remind the public about the gizzard shad. They are getting big, and some anglers are mistaking them for odd-looking wipers with smaller mouths. Having them in your possession is illegal.


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