Fishing report - September 4

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
September 3, 2013
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Bear Lake

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

Birch Creek Reservoir

The water level is dropping and will continue to do so as irrigation demands continue through late summer. Fishing will improve with cooler fall temperatures.

Blacksmith Fork River

Summer fly fishing is at its best. Water conditions are very good. Try using hoppers, stimulators, beetles or ants.

Bountiful Lake

The catfish action has been good, but it seems to have tapered off since the last stocking on Aug. 3. Check the DWR fish stocking report for stocking updates.

Causey Reservoir

In order to protect spawning salmon, the fall kokanee rules are now in place. The possession of red salmon is prohibited until the end of September. See details in the Utah Fishing Guidebook.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Anglers report good fishing for bass, catfish and crappie. Water temperatures are perfect right now, and fish are actively feeding.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Anglers report that fishing is a little slow. They are catching bass by the dam with jigs. Any color but primarily white works well. Anglers are catching rainbow trout form the bank using PowerBait and worms. Boat anglers report that a worm harness bouncing off the bottom was working well too.

Echo Reservoir

Anglers report that the boat ramp is out of the water. Nearly 40,000 small rainbow trout were stocked mid-summer — these fish should provide good fishing next year after they have attained some growth. Fishing is reported as slow, but are they catching rainbows and perch from the shore. Try rainbow PowerBait tipped with a worm. A small skirted white and green plastic jig, and worms with a bobber, work well for catching perch.

Farmington Pond

Check the DWR fish stocking report for recent stocking information.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

The water level is very low. To catch trout, try traditional baits, spinners and wet flies. For bass, try buzzbaits near shaded areas and structure.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Anglers report that the boat ramp is posted with a ‘launch at your own risk’ sign.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Check the DWR fish stocking report for recent stocking information. Catfish fishing is good. The water level is very low, and you may encounter some shoreline algae. The pond is used as an irrigation source for Syracuse City, and water demand has been high this year.

Kaysville Ponds

Fishing for small bluegills and bullheads remains good. A new sportfish was introduced this year when DWR stocked eight-inch wipers in the ponds. These fish should provide some great fishing once they get a little bigger. Try using small fish imitations like jigs, spinners or Rapalas in white or silver colors.

Little Creek Reservoir

The water lever is very low and access around the shore is difficult, especially near the dam where the water is the deepest. The dam is covered in cobble rocks that are very slipery. The slick rocks and slope of the dam make it very difficult to fish from the shore. The best fishing will be from a canoe or a float tube. The fish are actively raising for gnats. Try very small griffith’s gnats, Pistol Pete’s or other streamers.

Logan River

The Right Hand Fork of the Logan River will be closed to access on Aug. 27–28 for the removal of brown trout. This project is part of the DWR’s cutthroat trout restoration efforts in the Logan River drainage. Anglers report good fishing in the Franklin Basin area.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Anglers report that the boat launch is still usable, but a little muddy at the bottom.

Mantua Reservoir

The water level is very low. Fishing from the north pier is almost impossible because of low water and thick vegetation. Shore and boat anglers interviewed on Aug. 27 reported slow fishing.

Mirror Lake

Late summer and fall offer some of the best fishing of the year in the Uintas. Anglers continue to report great fishing on lakes and streams. Check the DWR fish stocking report for recent stocking information on Uinta lakes.

Newton Reservoir

DWR fisheries managers recently inspected the reservoir and reported that while the reservoir is low, there is a sediment bar that will keep the level from dropping lower. Boat launching has ceased for the season. The water clarity is very soupy and fishing is reported as slow. The daily limits have been increased at Newton Reservoir.

Ogden River

The water level is high, but there are still good areas to fish. In fact, fishing may be a bit better because the water is slightly turbid, and the fish will not spook as easily as when the water is crystal clear. Fishing is good using pheasant tails, hare’s ears and prince nymphs below a stimulator. Fish were taking both the surface fly and nymph.

Pineview Reservoir

Anglers report good fishing for muskies and bass. Try fishing early morning or late evening hours to avoid heavy boating activity.

Porcupine Reservoir

In order to protect spawning salmon, the fall kokanee rules are now in place. The possession of red salmon is prohibited until the end of September. See details in the Utah Fishing Guidebook. Water levels are low and boat launching may be difficult in some areas. Check the Natural Resource Conservation Service website for reservoir-capacity information.

Rockport Reservoir

State Parks reports that the reservoir and all facilities have reopened after a temporary closure due to the Rockport 5 fire.

Weber River

Anglers report fair fishing from Echo Reservoir to South Weber. Spin anglers are having most success with large Rapalas and spinners. Fly anglers have had good success in this section using sow bugs, San Juan worms and midge patterns. The best fishing has been early in the morning before the water temperatures rise. From Morgan up to Echo Reservoir, the water is running high and off color. Water temperatures are warm, so get the fish in and released quickly. Remember that all cutthroat trout, or trout with cutthroat markings, must be immediately released from the Great Salt Lake to Echo Reservoir dam.

Willard Bay Reservoir

Due to low water levels, both the north and south marina boat launches are closed. Launch boats at your own risk.

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