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Fishing Report for Northern Utah July 20, 2012

BEAR LAKE: (July 20) Cutthroat trout fishing remains good for anglers who have been trolling in depths of 30–60 feet along the west side of the lake. The cutthroat trout spawning season is over, and the fish are feeding now that they are back in the lake. The surface water temperature is about 66 degrees. Good spots have been off the four rockpiles just north of the marina and off the Swan Creek area up into Idaho. Use minnow-type lures in four- to seven-inch lengths that have rattles or try flatfish in the U-20-M2 sizes trolled from downriggers. You can also try jigging—use whole cisco or jigs tipped with cisco. In the mornings, the fish can be found shallower, but when the sun comes up, the fish will go deeper (down to 60 feet or more). Lake trout fishing has been slow, but anglers are still picking up a few fish while trolling off the east side of the lake at the Rainbow Cove and South Eden areas. They are in 60–80 feet of water and using flatfish.

Other Bear Lake Valley fishing opportunities include the Garden City Community Fishery Pond and Laketown Reservoir. At the pond, fishing is excellent for rainbow trout. Use worms (about three feet under a bobber), flies and a bubble, PowerBait or marshmallows. Fly fishing has also been excellent using woolly buggers and nymphs. The best fishing is in the mornings and evenings when the sun is lower. At Laketown Reservoir, the water levels are low and fishing has been slow for hold-over rainbows from last year. These fish are 16 to 19 inches long and can weigh up to almost three pounds. The reservoir will not be stocked again this summer. You can drive to the reservoir, but you may need four-wheel drive, if the road is wet and muddy. Use woolly buggers and bead-headed nymphs. Worms on the bottom have also been working well.

BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 20) The water clarity is good, but that usually changes in August with annual algae blooms. Water levels are dropping fast. Weather conditions during the day are generally hot and windy. Mornings and evenings are the best time to fish at the reservoir.

BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (July 20) Look for hopper action to be good right now. Several rattlesnakes have been reported by anglers, so use caution. The tributaries through Hardware Ranch have undergone extensive rehabilitation work over the past several years and also offer good fishing.

BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (July 20) Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of catfish.

CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (July 20) Recreation activity has picked up with warmer temperatures. Use a small, hand-launched boat to access some of the back inlets where fishing has been good for rainbow trout.

CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (July 20) Anglers are still reporting good success for smaller catfish.

EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 20) With the cooler weather, the fishing has improved along the deeper ends of the lake. The dam area is producing the most solid results, with most fishing along the stretch reporting some success. The best fishing was with worm-and-PowerBait combinations. The garlic PowerBait is working well, along with the rainbow and yellow varieties.

ECHO RESERVOIR: (July 20) The Bureau of Reclamation is doing repair work on the dam, but they have indicated that it has been drained as low as they intend to go. The fishing seems best in deeper water. Bait fishing from shore is producing spotty results. The boat fishing is best using small- and medium-sized shad raps.

FARMINGTON POND: (July 20) Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of fish.

HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 20) Fishing success continues to be slow during the day. Two anglers interviewed on July 17 had fished all morning without any success. Warmer temperatures have almost shut down trout fishing success. Try targeting warmwater species—this reservoir is known for producing some good-sized bass.

HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 20) Water levels are rapidly dropping, and water temperatures are increasing. Trout success has tapered off in the past two weeks, but anglers are reporting that fishing success is increasing for bass. For more information about the Hyrum State Park Fishing Classic, visit the Hyrum State Park Web site or call the park at 435–245-6866.

JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (July 20) Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of catfish.

KAYSVILLE PONDS: (July 20) Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of catfish.

LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 20) As of August 1, the trout limit will increase to eight fish because the reservoir is being drawn down to serve irrigation needs. Trout will not be stocked again until autumn.

LOGAN RIVER: (July 20) Anglers have had success with PowerBait for rainbow, brown and brook trout. Fly patterns that have been successful include stimulators with tan, grey or olive bodies and mosquitos.

LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 20) Evenings and mornings are producing the best fishing success. Bait fishing is good from the shore with worms and PowerBait. (Rainbow appears to be a favorite choice among anglers.) Make sure you are aware of the new 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: (July 20) Northern Region Aquatics Manager Craig Schaugaard says that this is always a great time of year for bluegill fishing. Try using small jigs tipped with a piece of worm.

MIRROR LAKE: (July 20) Angler Brent Hayes and his family visited Smith/Morehouse Reservoir and did well. Collectively, his four children caught a total of 17 fish, and he was so busy helping them that he didn't get to toss in a line. All of the fish were rainbows that varied in size. They used pink sparkle PowerBait and were about 300 yards down from the inlet on the west side. There are a lot of people fishing in the Uintas right now, and it helps to give yourself and other anglers some space, if at all possible. Please keep in mind that Arctic grayling that were stocked as fingerlings in 2008 are now reaching catchable size and offer a unique angling opportunity at Smith/Morehouse. Also, please remember that there are fire restrictions if you're recreating in the Uinta National Forest.

NEWTON RESERVOIR: (July 20) Anglers report that water levels are still good for boat launching, but the water visibility is only about three feet.

OGDEN RIVER: (July 20) The water level is high. The lower Ogden is being stocked with rainbow trout about every two weeks, and anglers report fair success using salmon eggs and PowerBait. Try using prince nymphs and scud patterns for fly fishing. Spin anglers are seeing success using small sinkers and drifting worms.

PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (July 20) Fishing for catfish (black bullheads) is yielding some results for anglers who are using worms up the coves. Fishing for bass is improving with small spinners, jigs and worms.

PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (July 20) Water levels have dropped. Trolling anglers are picking up a few smaller kokanee and fair-sized browns. If you head to the East Fork Little Bear River, you may only use artificial flies and lures.

ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (July 20) Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has been good at Rockport. Boaters are doing well with a variety of lures and baits. The trout seem to be 12 to 20 feet down. There have been good reports from the shore anglers as well. Smallmouth bass fishing is starting to improve. The water temperature is around 66 degrees. State park personnel are still in the process of replacing the fish-cleaning station with the grinder type and should have the new one in soon.

WEBER RIVER: (July 20) Biologist Paul Thompson reports that fishing is good with standard nymphs (hare's ears, Prince nymphs, pheasant tails, scuds/sow bugs and midges). 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. You may want to check flow releases from Rockport and Echo reservoirs at USGS gauging stations before fishing. Conditions continue to change.

WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (July 20) Wipers are boiling at Willard. Anglers are catching small wipers and a few catfish from the south dike. Please remember that the wiper limit is three fish.

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