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BEAR LAKE: (January 09) The lake is ice free. Fishing for cutthroat trout has been good at the rock piles in 40 to 50 feet of water using jigs tipped with cisco meat. The cisco run usually peaks around Jan. 20. Fishing usually picks up for cutthroat and lake trout as the cisco start staging for the spawn.
You can still launch a boat at the State Park Marina. You can also launch on the east side at Cisco Beach and First Point, but there are no docks in the water so we recommend taking a small boat you can launch by hand. For updates on launching conditions, call 435-946-8501 after 5 p.m. Note: Updates are not available until after 5 p.m.
BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 09) On Jan. 1, Randy Haider reports that he and his brother Derek fished all day. They caught one tiger trout early in the morning, but only caught eight- to 10-inch rainbow trout the rest of the day. The pair fished along the north shore points and along the dam. The ice was 10 inches thick.
BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (January 09) Access to the river has improved. The warmer temperatures have melted many of the ice shelves on the river.
BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (January 09) The lake is capped with seven or eight inches of ice. The recent snow storms and warmer weather have left about two inches of slushy water on top of the ice. There are very few anglers fishing on the lake right now.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (January 09) Anglers report good fishing. Some have found large schools of kokanee salmon. If you're searching for a school of fish, try using a good fish finder and a sharp auger (or power auger).
CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (January 09) The owner of Cutler Reservoir, PacificCorp, began a federally mandated drawdown of the reservoir on Oct. 7, 2013. Low water levels may affect boaters by eliminating access to some boat ramps and exposing hazards. PacificCorp anticipates the low water levels to continue into January of 2014.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (January 09) Anglers report good fishing through the ice. There are about five inches of ice on the reservoir. Anglers reported good fishing for larger rainbow trout in the morning by the dam. SR-65 East Canyon is now closed. Don't miss the upcoming Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon fishing tournament.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (January 09) Anglers report slow fishing by the dam.
FARMINGTON POND: (January 09) There haven't been many anglers at the pond recently. Ice fishing is permitted, but do so at your own risk. The road leading directly to the pond is open to foot traffic only.
HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 09) Fishing is good for small rainbow trout using standard ice fishing jigs tipped with waxworms.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (January 02) Anglers report good fishing for trout and perch. Near the boat ramp, trout up to 15 inches long are biting.
JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (January 09) Jensen Nature Park Pond is now open to ice fishing. Biologist James Abbott reported good fishing on Jan. 8 using small jigs with waxworms. The ice is five inches thick, but there are some areas of open water near the inlets. Please use caution.
KAYSVILLE PONDS: (January 09) Use standard ice fishing small jigs, like a Rat Finkee tipped with waxworms. You may also want to try using Hali jigs tipped with waxworms because they have a little weight that makes it easier to feel the bottom when you reach it. The ponds are shallow, but you can easily find fish throughout the water. This is a great place to take someone who wants to try ice fishing.
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 09) If you head to Little Creek, be prepared for extreme cold, wind and thick ice. Highway 39 over Monte Cristo is closed, so to reach Randolph, you'll need to go through Logan Canyon or Evanston.
LOGAN RIVER: (January 09) Anglers report good fishing for small brown and rainbow trout using worms. Ice shelves have formed higher up in the drainage, but the lower ice shelves are disappearing and access is decent. Here's a look at current water levels for many Utah waterbodies, including the Logan River.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 09) Anglers report slow fishing on the east side of the reservoir and near the dam, but good fishing on the west side. Some anglers have caught larger, 15- to 18-inch trout near the dam in early and mid-afternoon. Try using jigs tipped with wax worms or mealworms or use a normal hook and nightcrawler.
MANTUA RESERVOIR: (January 09) Anglers report spotty fishing, though some have caught bluegill, perch, larger trout and even some bass. Try using jigs tipped with waxworms, chub meat or nightcrawlers.
MIRROR LAKE: (January 09) The ice fishing in January can be excellent, but you'll need a snowmobile for access. Whitney, Washington and Trial lakes are the most accessible in the Mirror Lake area. Be prepared for winter survival.
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NEWTON RESERVOIR: (January 09) There is not much fishing activity at Newtown this winter, most likely because of the low water levels.
OGDEN RIVER: (January 09) There haven't been many anglers on the river recently. The recent snow storms have have made access more difficult. We recommend using the established access points in the canyon. Here's a look at current water levels for many Utah waterbodies, including the Ogden River.
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (January 09) Anglers report good fishing with Swedish pimples tipped with a perch eye. On a recent trip, Al Payne from Weber County caught 20 keeper-sized perch. He recommends making sure the shank and point of your hook are completely covered with bait. The fish are biting very lightly, so use a spring bobber with good, lightweight line, Overall, perch are larger than last year. 7- and 8-inch perch are common. The ice thickness has increased to 11 inches.
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (January 09) Anglers report fair fishing for trout but slow fishing for Kokanee salmon.
ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (January 09) Anglers report spotty fishing. Fish are still active in about 40 to 50 feet of water. The ice is more than 12 inches thick. You can use a four wheeler or snowmobiles as long as you launch from the ramp. Don't miss the upcoming Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon fishing tournament.
WEBER RIVER: (January 09) This is usually a good time of year to catch whitefish. Fly anglers report good fishing using sow bugs and midge patterns. All cutthroat trout, or trout with cutthroat markings, must be immediately released from the Great Salt Lake to Echo Reservoir dam. Here's a look at current water levels for many Utah waterbodies, including the Weber River.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (January 09) There are few anglers on the reservoir.