Fishing report - September 12

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
September 12, 2012
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Bear Lake

Be prepared for stormy conditions. For shore anglers, try fishing at Laketown and Garden City ponds. Laketown has a reputation for rattlesnakes, so use some caution. The jiggers at Bear Lake are using tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Trollers are using minnow-type lures with rattles or flatfish trolled from downriggers near the bottom. For updates on water temperatures, call the recorded information line at 435-946-8501.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours usually bring improved fishing. Be prepared for cold mornings and windy afternoons.

Blacksmith Fork River

Volunteer Earl Farnsworth reports that fishing is slow and fishing pressure is light. Mornings and evenings are the best times to fish.

Bountiful Lake

Check the DWR stocking report for updates on recent stockings. Fishing activity was high on Sept. 5.

Causey Reservoir

Volunteer Kade Bambrough reports that anglers are having some success catching trout near the dam and inlet. Fishing is reported to be fair using bait. A large number of midday recreationists makes for slightly tougher fishing success rates. Reminder: Causey is closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red color (within the high-water mark of the reservoir) from Aug. 15 through 6 a.m. on Sept. 29.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Volunteer Earl Farnsworth reports that the fishing pressure is light. Anglers are having fair success fishing for bullhead and channel catfish using chicken liver. One angler was having success fishing for bass using rubber jigs and shrimp.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Volunteer Mark Greenamyer reports that shore fishing with PowerBait is producing fair fishing for rainbows in the late morning and early evening. Bass fishing is fair throughout the day — look around vegetation, and use jigs.

Echo Reservoir

Volunteer Mark Greenamyer reports that the water is extremely low. Anglers are having limited success fishing for trout from the shore using any baits or lures. The daily bag and possession limit has been increased to eight trout, effective from Aug. 15, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013. Echo’s water levels are low due to work on the dam.

Farmington Pond

Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the recent stockings.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fishing will start to improve with cooler temperatures. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the fall trout-stocking schedule.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports that water levels have been stable and are slowly beginning to rise. Boats can still easily access the reservoir from the ramp. The cooler temperatures are increasing fishing success for rainbow trout and perch.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fishing activity is very light, even in the afternoons. Conservation Officer Wyatt Buback reports fair to good fishing for catfish using worms on the bottom. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the fall stocking schedule.

Kaysville Ponds

Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the fall stocking schedule.

Little Creek Reservoir

Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the fall stocking schedule.

Logan River

Volunteer Earl Farnsworth reports that anglers are catching mostly rainbow trout at all of the dams along the river. Hamburger, worms, and PowerBait seem to work at all times of the day. Spinners and flies work well earlier in the morning and in the evening. The Right Hand Fork of the Logan River is going to be chemically treated to remove non-native brown trout. The DWR will replace them with native Bonneville cutthroat trout. The limit will be eight trout through Jan. 1.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Volunteer Kade Bambrough reports that fishing is hot. Anglers using PowerBait near the dam report limits of 14- to 16-inch trout. Fly fishermen around the boat ramp are having great success on streamers and woolly buggers. 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.

Mantua Reservoir

Volunteer Kade Bambrough reports that panfishing is steady around most of the lake. There are reports of largemouth bass in and around cover in the mornings and evenings. Decent-sized rainbow trout are being caught on PowerBait, but trout fishing has been slow for most anglers.

Mirror Lake

Water levels are low in Washington, Trial and Pass Lakes. All other lakes are full. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on recent stockings.

Newton Reservoir

Volunteer Earl Farnsworth reports that fishing is good for smallmouth bass, bluegill and perch using spinners, jigs and worms. Anglers have been having limited success fishing for tiger muskies in the middle of the reservoir where it’s deeper.

Ogden River

The water is low and clear. You can see the bottom clearly for the first time since late spring, so try not to spook the fish. Volunteer Mark Greenamyer reports that anglers are having good success fly fishing with pheasant tails and small dry flies. Fishing is slower with a spin cast and PowerBait. Fishing is slow until late morning.

Pineview Reservoir

Volunteer Mark Greenamyer reports that the weekend weather caused slow fishing overall. Trolling for tiger muskies produced fair fishing on late Sunday. Fishing around vegetation produced fair results in the evenings. The water temperature is in the low 70s. Tiger muskies are moving into the shallow areas and fall fishing is starting to heat up.

Porcupine Reservoir

Anglers are picking up a few browns. The water level is low and launching boats from some access points may be difficult. Boils are noticeable early in the evening. Remember that the reservoir is closed to the possession of kokanee salmon with any red color from Aug. 15 through 6 a.m. on Sept. 29. Also keep in mind that the East Fork Little Bear River and its tributaries (from Porcupine Reservoir upstream to the headwaters) are closed from Aug. 15 through 6 a.m. on Sept. 29.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has been fair in the early mornings, but spotty later. The rainy, cooler weather should improve fishing. Boaters have done well with lures, worms and PowerBait. The trout seem to be in the deeper, cooler water. Shore anglers report better fishing in the mornings as well. Try using worms with marshmallows and PowerBait. The smallmouth bass are in the rocky areas and around the docks. The water temperature is around 72 degrees. The new fish-cleaning station should be ready soon.

Weber River

Anglers are still seeing some action with hopper patterns. 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 work well. With the warm weather, fishing has been the best in the morning or late evening. 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. For the latest information on flow releases from Rockport and Echo reservoirs, check the USGS gauging stations.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Volunteer Kade Bambrough reports that fishing for catfish is good. Anglers are catching them from boats and the shore with nightcrawlers on the bottom. Wiper fishing is picking up with boils closer to dark.

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