Fishing Report for Northern Utah April 26, 2012

BEAR LAKE: (April 26) Anglers are reminded that Swan Creek is closed to protect spawning cutthroat trout until the second Saturday in July.

BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 26) The ice is off but there haven't been recent reports on fishing success. Fishing should be good for rainbow and tiger trout.

BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (April 12) Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that fishing continues to be good for anglers who use small beadheads and bait.

BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (April 26) Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that the fishing is fair.

CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (April 26) Check the DWR stocking report for updates on stocking.

CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (April 26) Anglers report good fishing for catfish. It should get even better as temperatures rise.

EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 26) Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that the fishing has been consistently good for rainbows. There aren't many anglers due to bad weather. Fishing was good trolling worms and pop gear as well as Rapalas with an orange belly. Anglers caught fish from the shore using PowerBait under a bobber. Fish seem to be in depths of 5 to 20 feet all over the lake.

FARMINGTON POND: (April 26) Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 26) This pretty little reservoir in the foothills of Layton received over 5,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout in April.

HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 20) Water conditions are good. For updates on fishing success, call the state park at 435-245-6866.

JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (April 26) Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

KAYSVILLE PONDS: (April 26) Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair.

LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 26) The reservoir was stocked with 3,400 rainbow trout in late March—fishing should be great!

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 26) Fishing is good from the shore near the boat ramp using PowerBait and worms. Anglers trolling were catching fish using Rapalas and squids with a dodger or pop gear.

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 26) Conservation Officer Mike Kinghorn reports that fishermen are catching nice-sized trout right now. Biologist Kent Sorenson reports that fishing for bluegill is good.

MIRROR LAKE: (April 26) Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson reports Smith Morehouse Reservoir is accessible; however, there is still too much ice to fish. We estimate it'll be another week or two.

Hwy 150 (Mirror Lake Hwy) is open to mile marker 22. There is some camping access along the highway. Beaver Creek and the Provo River are fishable along Hwy 150. Hwy 35 (Wolf Creek Hwy) is open the entire length from Woodland to Hannah.

NEWTON RESERVOIR: (April 26) The trick for fishing for tiger muskie in the spring is to enjoy the water clarity to sight fish for these monsters. Once the temperatures get hot, recreational boating increases and makes the water cloudy.

OGDEN RIVER: (April 26) Warmer temperatures bring insect activity and the fish are responding! Fishing has been good with stonefly nymph imitation patterns. The stonefly hatch (which offers some fun fishing opportunities) should take place in May this year.

PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (April 26) Crappie action should be starting soon as the temperatures warm up and stabilize. This winter anglers saw large schools of crappie and caught some up to ten inches, so anticipation is high that spring fishing will be good for these tasty panfish!

PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (April 26) Fishing continues to be slow. Anglers are having some success catching smaller browns. The water clarity is good at East Fork Little Bear River. Flows have not increased much from last week. Remember, artificial flies and lures only.

ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (April 26) Joseph Hamby of Rockport reports that the lake is open water. The fishing has been good, especially near the south end. The wedge dock is in for launching. Traditional baits are working well. Boaters have had luck with Rapalas, spinners and bait. Lots of fish are surfacing for flies. The fishing challenge has been extended until May 31.

WEBER RIVER: (April 26) Biologist Paul Thompson reports that as of April 19, water releases have decreased from both Rockport and Echo reservoirs and the entire river is clear and fishing well. Water clarity can change quickly with warmer weather and water releases, but when 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. This is also a great time of year to fish streamers (sculpin patterns and brown or black buggers). Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson reports that the Weber River between Wanship and Coalville currently has low flows. The water quality is good. Angler pressure has been light.

WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (April 26) Aquatics Biologist Chris Penne fished Willard Bay on Saturday, April 21. Fishing was slow to fair for catfish, walleye and wiper. Crappie have moved into the North Marina and fishing is good using crappie jigs and tube jigs slowly retrieved or under a bobber. Tipping the jigs with some PowerBait Crappie Nibbles helps. Walleye, wiper and catfish are biting from both shore and boat. By boat, most fish are being caught with bottom bouncers and crankbaits trolled slowly. From shore, fish are being caught both with crankbaits, jigs and flies. Fly fisherman may do best using a Zonker minnows or wooly buggers.

Park Ranger Mert Russo wants to remind the public about the gizzard shad. They are getting big and anglers are mistaking them for wipers that are deformed with smaller mouths. Having them in possession is illegal.

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