Fishing report - October 10

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
October 10, 2012
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Bear Lake

Anglers report that lake trout have not yet moved into the shallows for the spawn. Try fall fishing at Laketown Reservoir and Garden City Community Pond — the conditions are great at these waters. For recorded updates on water temperatures and lake conditions, call 435-946-8501.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Fishing is good for fat rainbow trout and tiger trout. Try fishing with streamers and countdown Rapalas.

Blacksmith Fork River

As of last week, there were still some hoppers out, but that could change any day now. Browns are starting to color up. Fall fishing is heating up and the colors in the canyon are spectacular. Hardware Ranch has started seeing frost at night, so the surface action on flies will be coming to an end soon.

Bountiful Lake

Volunteer Glen Burton reports that anglers are catching a few smaller-sized fish using spinning gear and PowerBait.

Causey Reservoir

Biologist Chris Penne reports that fishing is good for tiger trout in the morning. Try using diving crankbaits or crayfish imitations.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Angler pressure is light. Boating activity will increase with the opening of waterfowl hunting season.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that they have run out of ramp because of low water levels. It’s recommended that boaters avoid launching from the ramp. Fishing on the reservoir is good. Try a light canoe, kayak or float tube.

Echo Reservoir

Water levels remain low. The daily and limit possession has been increased to eight trout. This increase will remain effective until Jan. 1, 2013.

Farmington Pond

Volunteer Glen Burton reports that fishing is slow. Some anglers have caught smaller trout and sunfish.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

While this reservoir has not been stocked since April, two others nearby have recently received cutthroat and rainbow trout. Adams Reservoir and Hobbs Reservoir should provide great fall fishing. Check the DWR stocking report for details.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports that fishing is really good. Most anglers are easily hitting their limits on rainbow trout. Nearly 30,000 tiger trout were stocked recently. The average fish size is 5.25 inches long.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Volunteer Glen Burton reports slow fishing. One angler caught a 12-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait.

Kaysville Ponds

Volunteer Nathan Niederhauser reports that the water is brown murky water with a lot of moss on the surface. Anglers found moderate fishing pressure on the center ponds with fair success for bluegill and catfish using worms and stink bait. Success seemed more dependent upon location rather than time of day.

Little Creek Reservoir

Fishing activity is light. Water levels are currently rising. There are still some holdover fish, but fishing will improve as the weather cools down. Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the reservoir was last stocked.

Logan River

Anglers using a parachute Adams are catching brown trout and cutthroat trout. Fish are between seven and 15 inches. As of last week, grasshoppers were still out, so hopper and stimulator patterns may still be effective.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Aquatics Technician Seth Green reports that fishing has remained consistent for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Shore anglers are having the best success with various colors of PowerBait floated behind a water-filled clear bubble. The reservoir is low, but it is still possible to launch a boat. Boat anglers are having the best success trolling various lures, including popgear and a worm or different flatfish and Rapala patterns. Fish are biting at approximate depths of 40 feet and up to the surface. For fly fishing, try darker colored woolly buggers or leeches. The water is cooling down and anglers can expect to find fish in shallow water in the coming weeks. 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

Fall fishing should be great for trout. Nearly 30,000 tiger trout were stocked recently. The average size of fish is 5.25 inches. Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the reservoir was last stocked.

Mirror Lake

Anglers report good fishing at Mirror Lake with pmd fly patterns. Nice-sized tiger trout have been stocked in Butterfly, Pass and other lakes near the SR 150 summit. This is a great time of year to fish the Uintas! Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the lake was last stocked.

Newton Reservoir

Boat launching at the ramp is currently not possible. Water clarity is fair, but it should improve as fall progresses. Some anglers have reported follows by tiger muskies.

Ogden River

Try fishing parachute Adams, stimulators or hoppers on warmer afternoons. Nymph with pheasant tails and hare’s ears any other time of day. Spinners have also been producing fish.

Pineview Reservoir

Biologist Kent Sorensen reports that water levels are dramatically low and much more of the shoreline is exposed. The water is still reasonably clear, but fall turnover is just around the corner and clarity will soon diminish. Water temperatures are in the low 60s. The condition of the Port Ramp is not favorable and trailer damage is a real possibility, even while using care. Smallmouth bass fishing is pretty good and some anglers are catching muskies. Panfish are plentiful.

Porcupine Reservoir

The water level is low. Boat access is not recommended. The water level at East Fork Little Bear River is extremely low. Anglers may find success in deeper pools.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has been fair in the early mornings but spotty later in the day. The cooler weather should improve fishing. Boaters have used lures, worms and PowerBait. The trout seem to be in the deeper, cooler water. Reports from shoreline anglers are better in the mornings. Worms with marshmallows and PowerBait have been good bait choices. The smallmouth bass are in the rocky areas and around the docks. There have been reports of perch caught in the Juniper campground area. The water temperature is around 70 degrees. The new fish-cleaning station is complete. It has a large surface, more sprayers and an automatic grinder.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that the Weber River continues to fish very well with standard nymphs. Hare’s ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges should work well. If you feel adventurous, try streamers (sculpin patterns, mice and brown or black buggers) after dark when some of the larger browns are more active. Spinners and crankbaits also work well. Before fishing, you can check flow releases from Rockport and Echo reservoirs at USGS gaging stations.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Anglers report that wiper fishing is great.

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