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Northern Region Fishing Report

Bear Lake

Good

Bear Lake is all open water. You can launch boats at the Utah State Park marina, First Point, Cisco Beach and Rainbow Cove boat ramps in Utah, and courtesy docks are in the water at all locations. There is also boat launching available on the Idaho side of the lake at their East Shore State Park ramp and North Beach ramp. There have been no sign of cisco along Cisco Beach as of Jan. 15, however, boat anglers are reporting they are just beginning to catch one or two cisco off the Rockpile by jigging. The cisco run could begin any day, but more likely it will begin around Jan 20. Since it will very likely be open water conditions, you should plan to bring up waders. It is also advantageous to have a second person jigging a lure with no hooks on it to attract the cisco closer to your net. When you scoop the cisco, you can scoop up the attractor lure and not worry about it tangling in your dip net. Anglers are doing good to excellent for cutthroat trout and some lake trout by jigging off the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area as well as off Second Point and Cisco Beach. Trolling should also work well in these areas. If you are jigging, use tube jigs or swim baits in various colors in 1/2- to one ounce sizes and 3 to six inches long. Try tipping them with cisco, sucker meat or Gulp minnows. Reliable colors are white, green and motoroil. If you are trolling, use Flatfish in U-20 or similar sizes or minnow type lures in #9-13 sizes. Cutthroat trout and lake trout can be found in any depths at this time of year, so if you are trolling parallel to shore, try close to shore in 10 feet of water or less and keep moving all the way out to 80 feet or more. Pay attention to your sonar. Once you locate fish, target those depth strata. Shore anglers are doing well along Cisco Beach both bait fishing and casting for cutthroat trout. Fly anglers are also able to do quite well at this time of year with large flies such as egg-sucking leeches or articulated bunny flies. Reports from this weekend show that anglers are also catching some Bonneville whitefish off the Rockpile using smaller jigging spoons (Kastmasters, buckshot, Hopkins, etc.) and tipping their lures with worms or Gulp worms. You can even add a small dropper ice fly about 8 to 12 inches below the main lure and tip that with a maggot. (01-18-18)

Blacksmith Fork River

Good

One angler who fished the Blacksmith Fork a couple weeks ago did well using a zebra midge and pheasant tail nymph. Since then, we have not received any angler reports from this water. (01-18-18)

Bountiful Lake

Unstable ice

On Jan. 11, the ice was unsafe. One angler who drove by the pond last weekend before the warm and rainy spell saw three people ice fishing: two next to the docks and one in the middle of the lake near one of the islands. Use extreme caution if attempting to fish on the ice. (01-18-18)

Causey Reservoir

Slow

One angler who fished Causey on Jan. 11 said that the ice was about 12 inches thick near the dam and that fishing was slow. Very few people were fishing the ice. Another angler who checked the ice on Jan. 12 said that there were a couple feet of water at the edges. (01-18-18)

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

Fair

On Jan. 15, one angler said that the ice on the reservoir was approximately four inches thick. (01-18-18)

Echo Reservoir

Fair

Use caution if you are going out to fish at Echo. One angler who fished Echo on Jan. 15 said that the ice is still fishable, but the edges were soft and a plank was recommended. (01-18-18)

Farmington Pond

Slow

On Jan. 11, the pond appeared to have potentially unsafe ice. Before recent warm temperatures and rain, there used to be approximately 8 to 10 inches of ice. Use caution. Fishing has been slow for several weeks. (01-18-18)

Holmes Creek Reservoir

Fair

One angler who fished the reservoir on Jan. 10 said that there was open water or soft ice for the first three to five feet off of shore, but then the rest of the reservoir had a solid six inches of ice. They caught six planter-sized trout in three hours. Recent warm weather might have changed ice conditions or made the ice unstable since then, so use caution. (01-18-18)

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Good

The ice is five to six inches thick, but one angler described the middle as questionable. One angler who fished the reservoir on Jan. 16 caught three rainbow trout. Another group of anglers who fished on Jan. 13 reported less fishing pressure than other popular ice fishing destinations (about 10 people fishing). On that day, there was some open water on the south end, with five inches of very clear ice with no snow on top. This group of anglers fished near the Hyrum State Park Beach Area and caught three eight-inch perch in an hour. (01-18-18)

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair to good at the pond, and according to one report from Jan. 11 there is no longer any ice. Try tipping a jig with waxworms or mealworms. (01-18-18)

Kaysville Ponds

Good

On Jan. 11, the ponds were half-frozen with unsafe ice but the fishing on the open water was good. Try a jig tipped with waxworms or mealworms. (01-18-18)

Logan River

Fair

Fishing has been fair to good on the river these past few weeks. One angler who fished this week several miles above the dams on January 15 caught one brown trout and one mountain whitefish between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. using a Copper John nymph. Beyond these fish caught, they received no other bites. (01-18-18)

Lost Creek Reservoir

Slow

One angler who fished the reservoir on Jan. 12 said that there was open water in the middle of the reservoir with six to seven inches of ice on the dam arm. They fished for a little over an hour in the afternoon and caught nothing. Another angler who fished on the same day said that the edges of the ice were soft and they only got one bite after fishing for most of the day. (01-18-18)

Mantua Reservoir

Slow

According to one angler on Jan. 8, the ice was 5 to seven inches thick with soft edges. Fishing was slow. (01-18-18)

Ogden River

Fair

Fishing has recently been fair to good on the Ogden, but we have not received any angler reports these past couple weeks that might indicate what patterns are working best. (01-18-18)

Pineview Reservoir

Fair

Ice fishing for perch is slow to fair, according to angler reports this week. One angler said that the ice was six inches thick everywhere they drilled when they fished the reservoir on Jan. 12. This same angler has been successful on Pineview these past couple weeks fishing for perch in about 30 to 40 feet of water using spoons and a dropper both tipped with perch eyes or meat. Gulp maggots have also been successful. This angler found that dropping everything to the bottom, counting to five and slowly lifting the rod worked well for them. Other presentations will work, but this was the one that did well for this angler in particular. Keep in mind that fishing pressure has been very heavy on Pineview. One angler who fished the reservoir on Jan. 13 said that there were 400 to 500 people fishing off of Cemetery Point. Both this angler and several other anglers they spoke with that day said that fishing was slow all over the reservoir, with only a few small perch caught over the course of several hours. There were many fish on the finder, but few willing to bite. On that day, the ice was five inches thick, nearly clear and very slippery. (01-18-18)

Rockport Reservoir

Unstable ice

On Jan. 16, one angler who checked ice conditions said that there is no safe ice on the reservoir right now. (01-18-18)

Uinta Mountains

Good

The frozen lakes along Mirror Lake Highway are only accessible by snowmobile or foot, but the fishing is good for rainbow trout. The lakes along the highway had approximately 18 inches of ice beneath two to three feet of snow. If you're looking for some good ice fishing and don't mind the remote location, deep snow and cold temperatures, anglers recommend accessing the higher lakes from the Wyoming side. (01-18-18)

Weber River

Fair

Fishing on the Weber has been fair to good. One angler last week reported catching a few decent-sized rainbow trout. Another angler reported catching one good-sized brown trout. Anglers have recently recommended a hare's ear, sowbug or zebra midge pattern. (01-18-18)

Willard Bay Reservoir

Slow

An angler who checked the reservoir on Jan. 17 said that the North Marina was covered in a sheet of ice. There was some open water off of Eagle Beach. The water temperature was in the mid-30s, according to one angler. Fishing has been slow. (01-18-18)


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