UT: Fishing Report DWR Northern Region March 08, 2012

BEAR LAKE: (March 08) Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that there is open water across the lake. You can launch a boat at the Utah State Park marina, Rainbow Cove and Spinnaker Point marina. Ice is stacked up along the shoreline at First Point, which is preventing launches from that ramp. There is about five inches of new snow on the ground, but the ramps are usable. There is just a little floating ice in some areas, but is not a problem at this time. Fishing has been good for cutthroat trout and whitefish. Whitefish are biting in the rockpile area, in about 45–50 feet of water. Use small jigs or jigging spoons, tipped with a mealworm or salmon egg. Anglers are catching cutthroat trout in the same area, while jigging and trolling in 50–60 feet of water. Cutthroat trout are also biting in the Cisco Beach area. Anglers who are trolling are using Rapalas and flatfish. Anglers who are jigging are using either marabou or tube jigs, tipped with cisco and fished right on the bottom.

BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (March 08) Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that the water is clear. Brown trout fishing is good with either beadheads or Rapalas.

BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (March 08) Trout are now being stocked at community fisheries. See the DWR stocking report for updates.

CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (March 08) You’ll find about 100 yards of open water in the north arm. It’s possible to get a small, hand-launched motorless watercraft into this section of the reservoir. This little open area may provide some good ice-off fishing for anglers in kick boats, float tubes or canoes.

CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (March 08) Biologist Chris Penne says it’s a good time for anglers to try ice-off fishing for walleye and catfish.

EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (March 01) Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports East Canyon ice fishing pressure has dropped off significantly. Anglers are still having fair success. The rainbows aren’t as concentrated and are being caught anywhere from 6 to 20 feet. Ratfinkee jigs tipped with some kind of worm work well. Anglers should use caution getting onto the ice as some melting has occurred around the shoreline.

ECHO RESERVOIR: (March 08) Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that fishing was slow this week. Anglers caught some trout early in the morning or late in the evening, using white paddlebugs or tube jigs. The ice is 12–14 inches thick. The edge of the ice is getting thin, so please use caution.

FARMINGTON POND: (March 08) Biologist Wes Pearce reports that Farmington Pond is open, and it has been stocked.

HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (March 08) The north end of the reservoir has open water.

HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (March 08) The ice is deteriorating.

JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (March 08) Trout are now being stocked at community fisheries. See the DWR stocking report for updates.

KAYSVILLE PONDS: (March 08) Spring stocking has started for trout at community waters. See the DWR stocking report for updates.

LOGAN RIVER: (February 24) Anglers report good fishing with standard nymph patterns. Be prepared for some surface action — the warmer weather has increased fish activity.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (March 08) Biologist Wes Pearce reports that the ice edges were good in the morning and a little soft in the afternoon, but still very accessible. Fishing was very good by the boat ramp. If you fished by the dam, the fishing got better the further away you were from the dam. Fish were suspended at 12–15 feet under the ice. Most anglers are catching lots of rainbows as well as some cutthroats. One angler pulled out a 23-inch, six-pound rainbow on Saturday. If you are going to fish by the boat ramp, four-wheel drive is required. Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports that the shoreline ice is still decent and getting onto the lake is easy at the dam and boat ramp. Anglers were catching 12-inch rainbows near the boat ramp. Fish were holding at depths of around 15 feet. Any kind of bait-tipped jig was producing fish. Make sure you are aware of the new regulations at Lost Creek: 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: (March 08) You’ll find about 200 yards of open water at the inlet on the southeast end. It is possible to hand-launch a small, motorless watercraft in this part of the reservoir. This little open area may provide some good, ice-off fishing for anglers in kick boats, float tubes or canoes.

MIRROR LAKE: (March 01) Late winter fishing can be fast, but the weather is often cold and very windy.

NEWTON RESERVOIR: (March 01) Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that the ice conditions are poor. Accessing the ice not recommended.

OGDEN RIVER: (March 08) The water is clouding up a little, which may improve fishing success. The fish are still actively rising for midges.

PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (March 08) The open water in the Narrows area doesn’t appear to have changed much since last week, but the edges and cracks are looking soft and unsafe.

PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (March 08) The ice edges are soft, and there are a couple of inches of slush on top of the ice. Anglers are still fishing the reservoir, which has five to six inches of ice. As the weather continues to warm, ice conditions will change daily. You will likely need four-wheel drive to reach the reservoir.

ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (March 08) Joseph Hamby reports that the fishing continues to be steady. The ice is solid but always use caution. Fish seem to be in depths of 15 to 20 feet. They are biting on traditional baits, ice flies, wax worms, PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Four tagged fish have now been caught. The ice-fishing challenge has been extended until the end of May. There are 42 tagged fish that remain in the lake. The contest sponsors have all agreed to extend their offers. For more information, see stateparks.utah.gov/parks/rockport/rafterbfishchallenge.

WEBER RIVER: (March 08) The lower river flows are high and becoming more turbid. Biologist Paul Thompson reports that flows from Echo Dam are still low, so the river is pretty small downstream until Lost Creek adds some water. Flows between Echo and Rockport have been holding steady between 90–100 cfs. The entire Weber has been fishing well with standard nymphs (hares’ ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges). Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports that fish are currently very visible, and sight fishing is possible. However, fish were tight-lipped over the weekend, and anglers reported limited success catching browns between Coalville and Wanship. Whitefish activity has been good at Taggarts.

WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (March 08) Northern Region Fisheries Manager Craig Schaugaard says that pre-spawn fishing for walleye should be good. Windy conditions can make boating dangerous on this shallow reservoir.

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