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 26) 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 26) 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 26) Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of catfish.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (July 26) Volunteer Joe Olsen reports that fishing is slow, but some anglers are catching smaller rainbows from the bank on the north end using PowerBait or worms. There are a lot of swimmers and kayakers using the resource.
CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (July 26) Anglers report good fishing for smaller catfish.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 26) Volunteer Cody Gaskill reports that a party of three anglers had been out for a couple of hours and had multiple bites, but only caught one fish on the southeast side of the lake. They were using worms.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (July 26) Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports that the fishing at Echo Reservoir is good for perch using worms. Fishing for trout has been slow due to the low water levels. Crews are working on the dam, so the water level has dropped approximately 40 feet. The water is very murky.
FARMINGTON POND: (July 26) Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of fish.
HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 26) 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 warm-water species; this reservoir is known for producing some good-sized bass.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 26) Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing has been excellent, even though the water is a little warm. Bass and perch are biting worms from the banks and boats. The rainbows are still hitting on orange or rainbow PowerBait. We had another three-pound rainbow at the fish-cleaning station on July 25! The water level is dropping, but the fishing is still excellent. For information on the Hyrum State Park Fishing Classic, check out the State Parks Web site or call the park at 435-245-6866.
JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (July 26) Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of catfish.
KAYSVILLE PONDS: (July 26) Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of catfish.
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 26) Sergeant Keith Fullenkamp reports that the fishing at Little Creek Reservoir in Rich County was excellent over the weekend. Anglers were easily taking limits of fish using PowerBait. Some very nice rainbows (up to two pounds) were biting. Plenty of water remains in the reservoir.
LOGAN RIVER: (July 26) Anglers have had success with PowerBait for rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout. Successful fly patterns include stimulators with tan, grey or olive bodies and mosquitoes.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 26) Volunteer Cody Gaskill reports that fishing on the shore of the northeast side of the lake did produce some luck; however, the fish caught had to be thrown back due to the length restrictions. Fishing from the shore close to the dam using worms and PowerBait has produced a few bites. One angler reports that the fishing in this area has been good over the past weeks.
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 26) Northern Region Aquatics Manager Craig Schaugaard says that this is always a great time of year for bluegill fishing—try fishing with small jigs tipped with a piece of worm.
MIRROR LAKE: (July 26) Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson reports that fishing along the Mirror Lake Highway is fair to good. At Pass Lake, fishing is good near the road. It looked like orange PowerBait was working well. Trial Lake fishing is good using worms and a variety of PowerBait. Fishing around the dam area is the place to be. Fishing at Teapot Lake is fairly slow. Butterfly Lake is fishing well with plain old salmon eggs. Also, please remember that there are fire restrictions if you're recreating in the Uinta National Forest.
Arctic grayling that were stocked as fingerlings in 2008 are now reaching catchable size and offer a unique angling opportunity at Smith/Morehouse.
NEWTON RESERVOIR: (July 26) Anglers report that water levels are still good for boat launching, but the water clarity has a visibility of only about three feet.
OGDEN RIVER: (July 26) Volunteer Joe Olsen reports that fishing is slow, but it is the best in the morning and evening. In the lower Ogden, anglers are having some success catching small rainbows using spinners. In the canyon, anglers are using flies. Favorites include Parachute Adams and Copper John's.
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (July 26) Volunteer Joe Olsen reports that bullheads and carp are plentiful in the shallows on the east end. Anglers are having some success catching perch, bass and catfish from the south bank, east of the spillway. There are a lot of water skiers, swimmers, boaters and wave runners on the reservoir.
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (July 26) 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 26) Joseph Hamby reports that the fishing has been good at Rockport. The boaters have done well with pop gear, worms and PowerBait. The trout seem to be 12 to 30 feet down. There have been good reports from shore fishermen as well. Worms, marshmallows and PowerBait are working well. The smallmouth bass are just now coming on and the water temperature is around 69 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 26) Conservation Officer Bruce Johnson reports that Weber River anglers between Coalville and Wanship are having good fishing success. Angler pressure is light to average. You may want to check flow releases from Rockport and Echo reservoirs at USGS gaging stations before fishing.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (July 26) Volunteer Joe Olsen reports that boaters who are fishing on the bottom at the east end have netted several walleye. Fishing from the causeway using white or light-colored spoons near the inlet has produced a few wipers. Fishing on the bottom has netted some nice catfish. There are a lot of water skiers, wave runners and recreational boaters on the water. Sergeant Mitch Lane reports that 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.