Fishing Report for Northern Utah March 22, 2012

BEAR LAKE: (March 22) Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that as of March 15, after a tough week with ice forming all over the lake making fishing and access difficult, the warm weather and wind has opened up entire lake. Boat launching is excellent at the Utah State Park marina, Rainbow Cove, First Point and Spinnaker Point marina. There is no snow on the ground. Fishing continues to be good for cutthroat trout and fair for whitefish. The Bear Lake whitefish spawn is winding down, but some whitefish are biting on the rockpile in about 45 to 50 feet of water using small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with a mealworm or salmon egg. Cutthroat trout are also biting. Try jigging and trolling on the rockpile area in 50 to 70 feet of water and off the Cisco Beach area. A few cutthroats are being taken from the shore off the Bear Lake state park marina casting spoons or crank baits in the morning. If you are trolling, try Rapalas and flatfish or even dodgers with lures. Anglers who are jigging are using either marabou or tube jigs tipped with cisco fished right on the bottom.

BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (March 22) Biologist Scott Tolentino reports the reservoir is still covered with over one foot of ice and the edges are just starting to weaken. The reservoir is about 3/4 full of water. You can drive right up to the base of the dam without much trouble, but the road muddy. Anglers report fair success for tiger trout using jigging Rapalas. You can also use small teardrops tipped with maggots for rainbows. It helps to use a depth sounder since the rainbow are typically suspended between the ice and the bottom

BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (March 22) The blue wing olive hatch has started and fishing is good. Take advantage of pre-runoff conditions while they last.

BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (March 22) Spring stocking for trout is well underway. Check the DWR stocking report for updates. The new community water booklet is now available for download or at DWR offices. This great booklet has a listing of fishing waters that are close to Utah's residential areas.

CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (March 22) It's now possible to fish from a small, hand-launched boat from the north arm.

CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (March 22) Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports that one angler had success for walleye and crappie using a multicolored jig.

EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (March 22) Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that the ice is melting away on the edges, making it unsafe to travel. A couple people were spotted casting into open edges. The fishing success is unknown because there aren't many anglers out there. Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports that the ice is breaking up in the bays. Shore fishing is possible around most of the lake and the inlet is open.

ECHO RESERVOIR: (March 22) Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that the ice is unsafe. There is some fishable open water from the shore.

FARMINGTON POND: (March 22) Spring stocking for trout is well underway. Check the DWR stocking report for updates. The new community water booklet is now available for download or at DWR offices. This great booklet has a listing of fishing waters that are close to Utah's residential areas.

HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (March 22) The fishing conditions are great! It's the perfect time for some spring trout fishing.

HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (March 22) Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports that the ice is now off Hyrum Reservoir. Boaters should be prepared for cold-water conditions. Wear lifejackets. The courtesy dock should be in soon.

JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (March 22) Spring stocking for trout is well underway. Check the DWR stocking report for updates. The new community water booklet is now available for download or at DWR offices. This great booklet has a listing of fishing waters that are close to

KAYSVILLE PONDS: (March 22) Spring stocking for trout is well under way. Check the DWR stocking report for updates. The new community water booklet is now available for download or at DWR offices. This great booklet has a listing of fishing waters that are close to

LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (March 22) There are no recent reports of ice conditions or angling activity, but just a few miles away a Birch Creek Reservoir, the edges are starting to weaken a little. Be aware that conditions may be similar.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (March 22) Aquatics Technician Phil Tuttle reports that the ice at Lost Creek is sketchier every day. Please use EXTREME caution if you choose to get on and off the ice. Many of the shorelines have 10 to 15 feet of open water now. Brave anglers still report success for rainbows near the boat ramp. It would be advisable to call it a year as far as ice fishing is concerned. Ice-off fishing should be fabulous at Lost Creek this year. Four-wheel drive is required to reach the boat ramp.

Make sure you 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 22) The reservoir is now ice-free.

NEWTON RESERVOIR: (March 22) The reservoir is now ice-free.

OGDEN RIVER: (March 22) Flows are in pre-runoff condition and the water is slightly turbid. Take advantage of great weather and fishing conditions before spring runoff starts. There have been reports of blue wing olive hatches going on.

PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (March 22) As of March 20, there was open water in the narrows and a little near the Port Ramp, but not enough to get a boat out. That will most likely change by the weekend. Overall, the reservoir is still about 50 percent ice-covered.

PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (March 22) The ice conditions at the reservoir are unsafe.

ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (March 22) Joseph Hamby reports that the fishing continues to be steady. The ice is now pulled away from the edges. The fishing challenge has been extended until the end of May. The contest sponsors have all agreed to extend their offers. Five out of the 46 tagged fish have been recently caught. For more information, see the state parks site.

WEBER RIVER: (March 22) Biologist Paul Thompson reports that the warm weather brought the Weber up and made it off color. Water releases from Echo Reservoir have also begun for the spring. Fishing between Echo and Rockport reservoirs is the best bet for this time of year, because this reach has few tributary inputs keeping the water clarity better than the reach below Echo Dam. When water clarity is good, spring fishing on the Weber is excellent. Standard nymphs (hare's ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges) should work well this spring.

WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (March 22) Park Ranger Mert Russo reports that Willard is still slow. The water is not warm enough. Aquatics Biologist Chris Penne reports that some walleyes and wipers are biting on worms trailed behind bottom bouncers.

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