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Northern Region Fishing Report

Bear Lake

Fair

Fishing for cutthroat and lake trout has been fair. Biologists are in the process of sampling the lake this week and have found trout from 45 feet out to over 175 feet. Anglers have been doing the best by trolling with downriggers and minnow-type lures off North Eden. You can also try jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area, but recreational boats are typically on the water by 10 a.m. Fishing slows down after the jet skis and wakeboard boats hit the water. Your best bet is to troll and jig early in the morning from about 6–10 a.m. You may also want to try fishing off the Idaho State Park on the east side of the lake and off of Swan Creek north to Fish Haven. If you are jigging for trout, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one ounce size and three to six inches long tipped with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and chartreuse. Sometimes at this time of year, a squid behind a dodger can really work well too. As for shore fishing, try casting or still fishing with cisco off the Cisco Beach or 2nd Point. You can also try casting with large spinners and spoons. Let your lure sink so that you retrieve it close to the bottom. Remember: the trout limit is two fish. You may keep cutthroat trout with a fin clip, but you must immediately release any cutthroat trout that have all fins intact.

The surface water temperature at Bear Lake is 73°F and the thermocline is between 36 and 60 feet right now. The water levels are high but dropping slowly. You can launch a boat at the Utah State Park marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah. Courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. You can also launch on the Idaho side of the lake at the East Shore State Park and North Beach ramps. (08-10-18)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

Fishing has been best in the early morning and evening. Try using a caddis fly. (08-10-18)

Bountiful Lake

Slow

Fishing is slow to fair. Trout stocking usually resumes in late September when the weather cools. Until then, concentrate on fishing for catfish using baits. This pond has been stocked with over 2,000 catfish this summer. (08-10-18)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow to fair. There is very heavy recreation activity with canoes, tubes and kayaks. Finding a parking spot can be difficult (08-10-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers report good fishing for smallmouth bass and wipers using beadhead florescent-green woolly buggers with a propeller or beadhead florescent-green chartreuse with a propeller. (08-10-18)

Echo Reservoir

Good

Anglers report fast fishing for perch in 15 to 20 feet of water using small jigs tipped with perch meat (08-10-18)

Farmington Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair. Try fishing for trout in the evening or morning because of the warm weather. (08-10-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Good

Water levels continue to drop with irrigation draw downs. The water was at the vegetation line this week. Some large fallen trees are providing good cover for fish. Panfish have been taking emergent flies. Try fishing in the morning or evening. (08-10-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers report good fishing for smaller-sized smallmouth bass and perch using beadhead florescent-green woolly buggers with a propeller or beadhead florescent-green chartreuse with a propeller. (08-10-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is good for catfish, crappie and bluegill. One angler reported good fishing for panfish using flies. Try using a hare's ear pattern. (08-10-18)

Kaysville Ponds

Fair

Trout stocking usually resumes in late September when the weather cools. Until then, concentrate on fishing for catfish using baits. (08-10-18)

Logan River

Good

One angler reported fishing the river two to three times per week in the morning and catching fish up to 16 inches. (08-10-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Fair

Fishing for trout from shore has been fair to good in early mornings. We have not received many fishing reports for this body of water. (08-10-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow, but some anglers report catching bluegill and largemouth bass. There is a lot of moss. (08-10-18)

Ogden River

Good

One angler reported good fishing in the evenings. The angler used a hopper-dropper rig, with a grasshopper on the top and a beadhead pheasant tail for the dropper. Another angler used a size 12 stone fly nymph and a copper john underneath an indicator. Both anglers caught a handful of small fish one night and a 18- and 21-inch brown the next. (08-10-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Good

Anglers report good fishing for nice-sized smallmouth bass. Try using spinner baits or crafish grubs like Gitzits or beavertails. (08-10-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Fair

Shore fishing for trout has been very slow. One group of anglers had four rods in the water with various PowerBait colors and a worm-and-marshmallow setup, but didn't get a single bite in three hours. They did, however, do well for small smallmouth bass using silver blue fox, silver spinners and Kastmasters. (08-10-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

Fishing is good for trout — especially in the morning and evening — using various fly patterns behind a bubble. If fishing is slow at one lake, don't hesitate to pick up and try another of the hundreds of lakes in the Uintas. (08-10-18)

Weber River

Good

Fishing is good in the lower Weber for panfish using nightcrawlers. (08-10-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Good

Catfishing is good using bait in 15 feet of water. One angler caught a lot of 17-inch cats, which were feeding actively. Another angler reported good fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass using a shad-tail spinner. (08-10-18)


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