Fishing report - September 19

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
September 19, 2012
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Bear Lake

Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that the surface water temperature is 70 degrees. Lake trout and cutthroat trout fishing has been good and will only get better as the water starts to cool. The mornings at Bear Lake have been brisk this week. The hot spots are off the Gus Rich Point area on the flats in depths of 70-85 feet of water. The best fishing has come from trolling minnow lures with rattles, crankbaits with rattles and flatfish close to the bottom. We’ve also had some good reports from anglers fishing along the east side at 1st and 2nd points and off the Cisco Beach area. Jigging or trolling in depths of 60-90 feet has produced the best results. Tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat have been working for the jiggers. 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

Look for great fall fishing! Now is a good time to start fishing this river and its tributaries, which include Curtis Creek, Rock Creek and the Left Hand Fork of the Blacksmith Fork River.

Bountiful Lake

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that the community fishing ponds are fishing well early in the mornings. Many anglers are catching catfish. Fishing slows later in the day with the warmer temperatures. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the fall stocking schedule.

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) through 6 a.m. on Sept. 29.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

This is a great time of year to fish because the fish are actively feeding — this will taper off as water temperatures begin to cool down. Volunteer Earl Farnsworth reports that the fishing pressure is light; however, anglers are having success fishing for both 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

Park Manager James Lowe reports that trout fishing has been slow at East Canyon. Water levels are still falling very fast. The old dam is now visible—this summer we have lost about 58 feet in vertical elevation and it’s the lowest it’s been in a long time. Folks are still catching some nice crappie and smallmouth bass, but trout are hard to come by.

Echo Reservoir

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

Farmington Pond

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that the community fishing ponds are fishing well early in the morning. Most anglers are catching catfish. Fishing slows later in the day with the warmer temperatures. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the fall stocking schedule.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

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

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that the community fishing ponds are fishing well early in the morning. Most anglers are catching catfish. Fishing slows later in the day with the warmer temperatures. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the fall stocking schedule.

Kaysville Ponds

Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that the community fishing ponds are fishing well early in the morning. Most anglers are catching catfish. Fishing slows later in the day with warmer temperatures. 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

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

Biologist Chris Penne reports that trout are in 30- to 40-foot depths of water. They are being caught trolling pop gear, wedding rings, and also some jigging. The water is beginning to cool down, but it will be a few more weeks before it’s cool enough for the trout to come up to the shallows. 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 morning and evening. Decent-sized rainbow trout are being caught on PowerBait, but trout fishing has been slow for most anglers.

Mirror Lake

Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that fishing is good at most roadside lakes. Try using renegades, parachute Adams, elk hair caddis and black ants. Check the DWR stocking report for updates on the fall stocking schedule. Great fall fishing is in full swing in the Uintas! For something unique, try fishing for arctic grayling.

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 deep.

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 well. Biologist Phil Tuttle also reports fly fishing and spin fishing has picked up with the lower flows over the last week. 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

The water temperatures are near 70 degrees. Fall fishing for bass and tiger muskie is good.

Porcupine Reservoir

Anglers are catching a few brown trout. 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 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. The boaters have done well with lures, worms and PowerBait. The trout are in the deeper, cooler water. Reports from shore anglers are better in the mornings as well. Worms with marshmallows and PowerBait have worked well. 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

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

Park Ranger Mert Russo reports that fishing is fair to good for catfish and bass in the rocks. Biologist Drew Cushing reports that fishing for wipers is good pitching white bass spinner baits and crankbaits toward shore. Catfish and walleye fishing is slow to fair using bottom bouncers and worm harnesses.

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