Fishing report for Northern Utah April 4, 2012

BEAR LAKE: (April 03) Biologist Scott Tolentino reports good fishing for cutthroat trout in 43 feet of water. Try trolling jointed Rapalas (size 11) and flatfish in U20 and T4 sizes.

BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 03) The ice is unsafe.

BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (April 03) Sergeant Mitch Lane reports that fishing at the dam on Blacksmith Fork has been excellent. Anglers have caught many brown trout using common trout baits, but nightcrawlers seemed to work the best. The water level is low at the dam.

BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (April 03) Check the DWR stocking report to see when trout were last stocked.

CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (April 03) The ice was really looking weak about ten days ago, and it's now possible to launch a canoe or kayak in the north arm.

CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (April 03) Anglers have started catching catfish.

EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 03) Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that East Canyon is ice free and fishing has been good. Rainbows have been plentiful and some smallmouth bass are being caught. One angler reported catching a six-pound, 19-inch smallmouth on a woolly bugger.

ECHO RESERVOIR: (April 03) Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that fishing was fair over the weekend. Anglers were catching good-sized rainbow trout from the shore using PowerBait. They had the best success early in the morning. The water is still too cold for the bass to be active.

FARMINGTON POND: (April 03) Check the DWR stocking report to see when trout were last stocked.

HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 03) Fishing has been good for small rainbows.

HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 03) Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing has been excellent. Both the shore and boat anglers are doing well. Most are catching 12- to 14-inch fish, and they are plentiful. The big browns are still patrolling in the lake. Bass fishing is starting to improve and will continue to do so as the water warms up.

JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (April 03) Check the DWR stocking report to see when trout were last stocked.

KAYSVILLE PONDS: (April 03) Check the DWR stocking report to see when trout were last stocked.

LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 03) The ice should be gone soon. Check the DWR stocking report to see when trout were last stocked.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 03) 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: (April 03) Fishing has been good for trout and should soon improve for bass. The water temperature is still below 50 degrees.

NEWTON RESERVOIR: (April 03) Fishing has been slow. Muskie fishing will pick up as the water clarity improves and water temperatures rise. Remember that catch-and-release rules still apply to tiger muskies.

OGDEN RIVER: (April 03) The water is running high and turbid.

PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (April 03) Try slow, patient retrieves for bass. Crappie fishing should improve as water temperatures increase.

PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (April 03) Jodie Anderson reports that the reservoir is full. Anglers had success catching a few smaller browns. On the East Fork Little Bear River, the water clarity is good. Flows have not increased much from last week. You may only use artificial flies and lures on the river.

ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (March 29) Joseph Hamby reports that ice fishing has ended for the year. Shore fishing, however, has been opening up more and more. The south end of the lake is open water, and there are large areas of open water all around the lake. The spring usually brings on some big brown trout and some rainbow trout. 29,000 rainbow trout were stocked last week. The fishing challenge has been extended until the end of May. The contest sponsors have all agreed to extend their offers. For more information, see the State Parks site.

WEBER RIVER: (April 03) Biologist Paul Thompson reports that although flow releases have increased from both Rockport and Echo reservoirs, the river is still fishing well. Water clarity will vary through the spring, depending on warm weather conditions, but water clarity has been good in general. Fishing between Echo and Rockport reservoirs is the best bet for this time of year. This area has few tributary inputs, which keeps the water clarity better than the reach below Echo Dam. When water clarity is good, spring fishing on the Weber is excellent. Standard nymphs (hares' ears, prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges) should work well this spring.

WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (March 29) Park Ranger Mert Russo reports that there is a lot of fishing pressure, but that angler fishing success is slow.

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