Fishing report - November 21

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

For an update on fishing conditions, call the recorded information line at 435-946-8501.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Be prepared for ice on the reservoir and use extreme caution when checking ice conditions. The catch rates here are not fast, but the fish are fat and healthy. Routine fall population surveys showed healthy populations of tiger and rainbow trout at this reservoir. Please keep in mind that SR-39 over Monte Cristo is now closed. To access Birch Creek, you’ll need to go through Evanston or Logan Canyon.

Blacksmith Fork River

Water levels are rising. Try hare’s ear and caddis nymphs or spinners.

Bountiful Lake

Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the lake was last stocked.

Causey Reservoir

Anglers who used PowerBait from the shore reported fair fishing for rainbows. Water levels are low, and the reservoir was recently stocked.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Fishing activity often decreases sharply in the fall.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports a foot of new snow. If you’re planning a fishing trip, please be prepared for conditions.

Echo Reservoir

Water levels are low. Volunteer Jared Provost reports that fishing remains slow. He spoke to one angler who caught a smallmouth bass. The daily limit has been increased to eight fish, effective through Jan. 1, 2013.

Farmington Pond

The gate has been closed for the season, but foot traffic is still allowed.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Several thousand rainbow trout were stocked this fall. The water is extremely low. Access to the water is good, but because of recent storms, conditions are muddy. Try using traditional baits or a fly and bubble. Pistol Petes have worked well.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing is very good. There are still boaters and a lot of shore anglers at the reservoir. The state park removed the courtesy dock, but boats can still access the lake at the boat ramp. The water level is slowly rising.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Try using traditional baits or a fly and bubble. Dodgers below a bubble have worked well.

Kaysville Ponds

Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the ponds were last stocked.

Little Creek Reservoir

More than 2,500 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked this fall.This small reservoir is very productive, and the rainbow trout stocked here grow well. Ice fishing is just a few weeks away.

Logan River

Aquatics Biologist Matt McKell reported on the DWR’s effort to conserve and enhance the native cutthroat trout population in the Logan River drainage. In September of this year, DWR biologists treated the Right Hand Fork with rotenone to remove brown trout and all other fish. Immediately after a second rotenone treatment in September 2013, the DWR will stock native cutthroat trout in the treated portion of the Right Hand Fork. Neither treatment will affect the fish in the mainstream of the Logan River.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Aquatics Technician Seth Green reports that fishing remains fair for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Shore anglers are having the best success with PowerBait (in various colors) floated behind a clear water-filled bubble. Despite the recent snowstorm, the ramp is relatively clear, and it is still possible to launch a boat. Boat anglers are having the best success while trolling various lures (popgear and a worm or different flatfish and Rapala patterns). Fish are being caught from depths of approximately 40 feet up to the surface. If you are fly fishing, try dark-colored woolly buggers or leeches. The water is cooling down, and anglers can expect to find fish in shallow water in the coming weeks. Anglers are starting to catch some larger fish. Make sure you are aware of the 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. Conservation officers are patrolling the area regularly.

Mantua Reservoir

There’s not much fishing pressure at the reservoir. Anglers are catching the trout stocked earlier this year. The five-inch fish stocked in October should provide great winter and spring fishing.

Mirror Lake

Winter conditions have arrived in the high country. The Mirror Lake Highway (SR-150) is open only to snowmobiles. If you’re snowmobiling, don’t forget to bring along your ice-fishing gear — there are many places to stop and fish. There have not been any reports from ice-fishing anglers yet, so use extreme caution when testing ice conditions.

Newton Reservoir

The boat ramp is 15 feet away from the water, and it looks like some anglers have been putting small boats in. If there is snow or mud, however, launching will not be possible. Angling activity has tapered off and will likely be limited until the reservoir freezes.

Ogden River

Fall fishing continues to be great. Try standard nymph patterns and glow bugs.

Pineview Reservoir

Fishing is slow to fair for perch and crappies. Anglers aren’t catching anything huge, but they’re able to fillet a few. Most were caught on jigging spoons tipped with a perch eyeball. Try fishing at depths from 28 to 40 feet.

Porcupine Reservoir

The road to the reservoir is snow-packed and icy. If possible, use a vehicle with four-wheel drive.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has improved over the past week, likely because of the cooler weather. Boaters are catching rainbows that range up to 18 inches. Shoreline anglers are doing better, too. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or PowerBait — both have been effective. The water temperature is around 52 degrees. The water is rising, and the wedge dock is back in the reservoir.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that irrigation season is over, and all of the reservoirs have reduced their releases. The Weber River will likely continue at current flow levels for the remainder of the fall/winter. Visit the U.S. Geological Survey streamflow website to see what fall/winter flows are for your favorite stretch of the Weber River. With reduced flow, fish will be more concentrated, which makes this an excellent time of year to catch brown trout on streamers and nymphs. Brown trout are aggressive this time of year, so they are not as picky. For nymphs, try pheasant tails, copper johns, prince nymphs, hare’s ears, and scuds in sizes #14-18. The browns are spawning, so watch out for their redds (nesting sites) and avoid trampling eggs.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Recent fish population surveys show good populations of fat and healthy catfish, wipers and walleye. Catch rates are generally slow, but some anglers have caught wipers that weigh up to five pounds.


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