Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Northern Region Fishing Report
BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (April 15) Although the fishing at Bountiful Lake has been slow, you'll find fair to good fishing at some of Davis County's other community fisheries. Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that fishing is fair at Maybe, Jensen and Kaysville ponds and good at both Steed and Farmington. Remember, there's a two-fish limit at all community ponds.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (April 20) Conservation Officer David Beveridge reports that the ice is coming off fast. The North Arm has open water, there is some open water off of the dam and the Skull Crack side is opening up too. Anglers report good fishing on the Skull Crack arm with standard baits.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 20) The lake ice is melting and Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports seeing signs of open water. There are more shore anglers, although the fishing is hit or miss. The mouth of the Weber River, Taylor Hollow and Dixie Hollow have all been popular. (Winter day use fees apply to the Dixie Hollow park area.) Dedicated Hunter Jeremy Willden reports success fishing the bottom 20 to 40 feet off shore with yellow and green PowerBait and worms. Floattubers are seeing great action next to the dam. Conservation Officer Jonathan Moser recommends trolling with popgear and a worm for rainbow trout. There is a lot of litter in many of the popular fishing and parking areas as the snow melts, please pack out your trash. If you're fishing from a boat, don't forget to fill out the Aquatic Invasive Species checklists that are on the boat ramp.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (April 20) Dedicated Hunter Jeremy Willden reports light pressure. One angler caught a 16-inch rainbow.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 20) Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports the Hyrum State Park courtesy boat dock is in and the reservoir is at capacity. Anglers report slow fishing but are catching good-sized Rainbow Trout at the east and west ends of the reservoir.
LOGAN RIVER: (April 06) Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that fishing is slow at the Logan River First Dam. Anglers are catching a few trout from the docks.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 20) Conservation Officer Jonathan Moser reports that the ice is almost off. Only a few large ice sheets are left. After a few more days and some windy weather, Lost Creek should be open to boating. Shore anglers report success near the dam with different colors of PowerBait. Try your favorite color. If you're fishing from a boat, don't forget to fill out the Aquatic Invasive Species checklists that are on the boat ramp.
MANTUA RESERVOIR: (April 15) Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that boats can launch and fish the southern and western portions of the reservoir for rainbow trout. There should be many rainbow trout left over from when we stocked the reservoir last fall.
NEWTON RESERVOIR: (April 15) Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that the reservoir was still frozen around most of the lake as of April 8. Some areas have opened on the edges.
OGDEN RIVER: (April 15) Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that the water flows are pretty low, which makes the fish skittish. Fishing has been fair for browns, using small dry flies like blue wing olives (size 18 or 20 works well). You'll also have success with small nymphs like Copper Johns, pheasant tails and hare's ears (size 18 or 20).
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (April 20) Dedicated Hunter Jeremy Willden reports light pressure.Try using worms and marshmallows. One angler caught-and-released three bullheads.
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (April 15) Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that the edges are open around the reservoir.
ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (April 20) Dedicated Hunter Jeremy Willden reports great fishing. He used a variety of PowerBait colors and fished on the bottom from 15 to 30 yards out. The ice should melt by the weekend; the water temperature is between 25 and 30 degrees. The peak fishing times at Rockport are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and in the evenings between 4–5 p.m. Rainbows are averaging 14 to 18 inches. Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson reports the boat ramp is accessible and that all of the shorelines have fishable water. The water levels are rising slowly. If you're fishing from a boat, don't forget to fill out the Aquatic Invasive Species checklists that are on the boat ramp.
WEBER RIVER: (April 20) Biologist Paul Thompson reports that, between Echo and Rockport reservoir, the water clarity improves as you move upstream toward Rockport. The water is cloudy near Coalville, which may make it more difficult to catch fish. From Echo Reservoir downstream to Morgan, flows are low and the water is mostly clear, so fishing should be good. Brown trout are extremely aggressive in the Weber this time of year. Try using darker colors like black, olive or brown. Conservation Officer Jonathan Moser reports that the water is cloudy downstream from about Morgan.
Please notify the Division if you see any violations or problems. Also, remember to please pack out your garbage. Not all the garbage on the river is due to anglers. Garbage gets dumped by many who are just traveling through. However, if every anglers took a few minutes to pick up and pack out garbage, it would certainly improve the area.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (April 20) Mike Bolinski reports that fishing is slow, but anglers are beginning to catch a few black crappies and wipers. The water temperatures have risen to 55 but have been fluctuating with the weather. Fishing pressure has increased significantly. Anglers are lining the shores of the north marina and several boat anglers are fishing the inside and outside of the marina. Try targeting black crappie with small jigs and bait underneath a float. A very slow retrieve has been the most effective method. Some anglers report limited success targeting wipers along the dykes. Try working crank baits erratically. Fishing may slow down this week because of the upcoming cooler weather.