Fishing report - September 5

Story by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
September 5, 2012
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Bear Lake

Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that the surface water temperature is 71 degrees. Lake trout fishing has started to improve off the Gus Rich Point area (on the flats) in about 70 to 85 feet of water. Anglers have had the most success while trolling minnow lures with rattles, crankbaits with rattles or flatfish close to the bottom. As the water begins to cool, the lake trout fishing should get even better. Fishing for cutthroat trout has remained good. Try jigging or trolling in depths of 60-90 feet along the east side of the lake (near the pump house/First Point/Second Point area). The jiggers 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.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Fishing is slow.

Blacksmith Fork River

Fishing conditions continue to be fair. Try fishing in deeper pools.

Bountiful Lake

Fishing has been slow but should improve as the weather cools.

Causey Reservoir

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

Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports that this time of year is good for bullhead fishing. Fishing pressure is very low during the weekdays. Try fishing at night for catfish.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Park Manager James Lowe reports that water levels are still dropping fast at East Canyon. Fishing has been improving in the early mornings, especially for smallmouth bass. Worms, or anything colored like a crawdad, have been working well. Trout fishing has been slow.

Echo Reservoir

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

Fishing has been slow but should improve as the weather cools.

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Conservation Officer Wyatt Bubak reports that anglers are still catching bass on a variety of bass lures, but reports are sporadic. Trout fishing has been slow.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Volunteer Kyle Halverson reports that fishing is slow from the shoreline. The water level has dropped. Try fishing in deeper water, if possible, for the best success.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Conservation Officer Wyatt Bubak reports fair to good fishing for catfish. Try using worms on the bottom.

Kaysville Ponds

Volunteer Kyle Halverson reports that anglers who use nightcrawlers off the bottom are catching catfish and rainbows in the early evenings. One angler reported catching rainbows with green PowerBait.

Little Creek Reservoir

Fishing has slowed.

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

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 Kyle Halverson reports that shore fishing is fair for largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbows. Bluegill and trout have been hitting nightcrawlers suspended about three feet down, under a bubble. Smaller largemouth bass have been hitting flies in the early mornings and evenings.

Mirror Lake

Water levels are low in Washington, Trial and Pass lakes. All other lakes are full.

Newton Reservoir

Boat launching is not recommended due to low water levels.

Ogden River

Volunteer Kyle Halverson reports that fly-fishing anglers are doing well. One caught a nine-pound brown trout off a mosquito-type pattern on Aug. 29. Other anglers report slow fishing with spinners and Rapalas.

Pineview Reservoir

Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s. The water is relatively clear, and the muskies are moving into shallower areas. Anglers can see good numbers of baitfish on electronics. Try fishing along the rocky areas of Cemetery Point for panfish.

Porcupine Reservoir

The water level is down, and it may be difficult to launch boats in some areas. Anglers are seeing boils in the early evening hours. 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

Fishing has been fair in the early mornings but spotty later in the day. Boaters have done well with lures, worms and PowerBait. The trout seem to be in the deeper, cooler water. Shoreline anglers also report better fishing in the mornings. Try using worms, marshmallows or PowerBait. 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 good fishing with standard nymphs. Hares’ ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges should work well this summer. 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

Conservation Officer Cory Inglet reports that fishing at Willard Bay is slow. However, the wipers are boiling right about when it gets dark. If you can find a boil, the fishing is very good. Any lure that resembles a gizzard shad should work well. (Try lures in silver and black.) Anglers are also catching some smallmouth bass and walleye. Catfish fishing is fair.

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