Fishing report - October 3

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
October 3, 2012
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Bear Lake

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

Fall is typically the best time to fish this reservoir. Try CountDown Rapalas (in brown trout color) or streamers.

Blacksmith Fork River

There are still some hoppers out and fish were taking stimulator patterns and foam ants. 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 Nathan Niederhauser reports that water quality and water levels are good and anglers are enjoying moderate fishing pressure with good success for bluegill. Try using worms. Catfish fishing is reported as slow. Try early in the morning or later in the evening.

Causey Reservoir

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

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Volunteer Doug Plowman reports that anglers who fished for crappie with a single-tail jig and a float had the most success. Some anglers also caught perch and smallmouth bass with a leech. Angler pressure is light.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Volunteer Timothy Marks reports that shore anglers are catching a few rainbow trout using pink PowerBait. The reservoir’s water level is very low.

Echo Reservoir

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

Farmington Pond

Volunteer Nathan Niederhauser reports that the water level is low at this pond, but water quality is good. Anglers enjoyed good fishing for small rainbow trout using worms and PowerBait. Fishing pressure is light with peak hours starting at about 6 p.m.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Look for fishing to improve with cooler temperatures. Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the reservoir was last stocked.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports that anglers are catching good-sized rainbow trout on just about anything.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Volunteer Nathan Niederhauser reports that water levels at this pond are normal with fair water quality and clear water flowing into the pond at several inlets. Fishing pressure is light with good success for catfish using bread dough and stink bait.

Kaysville Ponds

Volunteer Nathan Niederhauser reports that the water is brown murky 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 seems more dependent upon location, rather than time of day.

Little Creek Reservoir

Water levels are raising and are pretty good right now. 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

Volunteer Trevor Plowman reports that fishing is fair to good. Anglers are having some success catching nine- to 15-inch rainbow trout using hamburger and salmon eggs. A mixture of bread and tuna, PowerBait and eggs also worked reasonably well. Nightcrawlers and spinning bait were not as successful. Upper Logan River: Anglers had the most success catching brown trout and cutthroat trout. Fish were between seven and 15 inches, and an adult mayfly was the most effective. Grasshoppers and caddis flies were nearly as good. Fish were caught on the surface. Evening and morning fishing seemed equally as good.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Volunteer Timothy Marks reports that fishing is fair. Shore anglers are catching rainbow trout using PowerBait from the shallower ends of the lake. Boaters report fair fishing using Rapalas and sticking to shallower water. 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.

Mirror Lake

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

Water clarity is fair, but it should improve as fall progresses. Some anglers have reported follows by tiger muskies.

Ogden River

Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that the Ogden River is fishing pretty well right now. Fly anglers are doing well on standard nymph patterns, including hare’s ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and copper Johns. Flows in the canyon reaches seem to be the best right now, and the water is pretty clear, but all reaches of the Ogden are fishing pretty well. Biologist Phil Tuttle also reports that fly-fishing and spin fishing has picked up over the last week with the lower flows. The water is running clear. Try fishing hoppers on hot afternoons and nymphing with pheasant tails and hare’s ears any other time of day. Spinners have also been producing fish.

Pineview Reservoir

Volunteer Timothy Marks reports that tiger muskie fishing is very good. One angler caught several using jointed Rapalas. Shore anglers report catching a few crappie using chartreuse grubs.

Porcupine Reservoir

The water level is low. Anglers report that the fishing is slow.

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 also 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. The water temperature is around 72 degrees. The new fish-cleaning station is done. It has a large surface, more sprayers and an automatic grinder.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports 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 have also been working well. Before fishing, you can check flow releases from Rockport and Echo reservoirs at USGS gaging stations.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Park Ranger Mert Russo reports that fishing is fair to good for catfish. Anglers are having success catching catfish in the middle of the lake with worms. Crappie and walleye fishing is fair. Wiper fishing is hot.

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