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BEAR LAKE: (July 16) Anglers report decent fishing for cutthroat trout and an occasional lake trout. A thermocline, which is the transition zone between the surface water and cooler deep water, has developed and begins at a depth of about 25 feet. The best fishing is at depths of 45 to 65 feet of water using Rapalas and spoons off downriggers near the bottom. The best spots are still off the east side from First Point to the Scout Camp and also from Cisco Beach to Rainbow Cove/North Eden. If you're fishing the west side, try trolling parallel to the shore from Swan Creek north to Fish Haven Creek. You can sometimes catch nice-sized fish by trolling flat lines in the early morning hours off South Eden. The fish are feeding on the insects that get blown off the land onto the water, so try using a minnow-type lure with either a shallow or a deep-diving lip. The surface water is about 64°F. You can launch a boat at the marina and at both east side boat ramps: First Point and Rainbow Cove. Courtesy docks are also in the water at all locations. Remember, you must release all cutthroat trout that do not have a healed fin clip.
BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (July 23) Despite the rain, fishing and the water visibility are very good. Anglers report catching rainbows and whitefish using caddis flies, PMDs and pheasant tails.
BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (July 23) The few anglers that fished the lake report poor fishing. Two anglers fished for six hours and caught many bluegill by fishing just off the bottom with worms along the shore and in the shallow areas that have good coverage.There are quite a few lake visitors kayaking and canoeing.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (July 16) There are not very many anglers fishing the reservoir, but the anglers that are there report fair fishing. One couple fishing near the Causey Estates said they caught one fish in three hours, but got a lot of bites. They caught the fish and had the most strikes between early and mid-morning by fishing on the bottom in the shallow water with a worm. The water level and the water clarity are both very good right now.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 23) Fishing is good in the mornings. Anglers have been catching bass on plastics and worms. The reservoir was recently stocked with 10,000 fingerling wipers. They should be catchable-sized by this time next year.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (July 16) Local angler Mike fished with his family for a few hours in the heat of the day and only had one solid bite (though the fish got away). On a hot day, fish tend to dive to deeper water where it's cooler and there is more oxygen. You can find fish in shallow water early in the morning or late in the evening.
FARMINGTON POND: (July 23) Very few anglers are fishing the pond. One angler reported fishing for about 45 minutes with a worm and salmon egg without any success.
HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 23) Fishing should be good. Try using any topwater fly or fish with worms at a depth of about one to three feet under the surface. For larger bass, try fishing in the morning or late evening using traditional bass lures. Water visibility is excellent. There have been very fews anglers at the reservoir, which should make it a good place to fish during the holiday weekend.
Holmes Creek is a private pond and it is primarily reserved for a boat club. If there is a boater on the water, please use courtesy and give them space. And remember to pack out what you pack in so all anglers don't lose fishing privileges at the pond. Be sure to obtain your Walk-in Access authorization number and sign in at the box before visiting the reservoir.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 23) Fishing has slowed down over the last week. Some shore anglers have caught smaller perch and rainbows using Rapalas, spinners and worms.
JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (July 23) Four anglers targeted catfish using cheese or worms on the bottom, but none of them had any success. Try fishing for catfish just before it gets dark with stinky or live baits.
KAYSVILLE PONDS: (July 23) Fishing is hot for panfish at all four ponds. Anglers have also reported good bluegill fishing using worms suspended from a bobber about a foot under the surface. Fishing can be good from the piers or the bridges. You can also catch black bullhead catfish fishing on the bottom with worms almost anywhere in the pond.
LOGAN RIVER: (July 23) Fishing is good throughout the river. Anglers are catching brown and cutthroat trout using PMDs, pheasant tails and caddis flies. Fishing is slow from the third dam, but a few anglers are catching rainbows.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 16) Anglers report fair fishing from the shore. In the early mornings, you can see fish jumping at the surface throughout the reservoir. One angler caught a nice-sized rainbow trout around 11 a.m. from the shore behind the boat ramp using green PowerBait and letting it float a few feet off the bottom. Many anglers are fishing from paddleboards, or motorized and non-motorized watercraft.
MANTUA RESERVOIR: (July 23) Fishing is very good. Anglers report catching a lot of bluegill by floating jigs tipped with a worm under two to three of water. You can also catch largemouth bass from the shore or a boat using Rapalas and other traditional bass lures. Some anglers have caught perch too. The best fishing seems to be on the east side of the reservoir.
OGDEN RIVER: (July 23) Fishing, water flows and water visibility are good. There are a fair amount of anglers fishing during the week, and many more fishing during the weekend.
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (July 23) Crappie fishing is awesome. One angler and his son caught over 100 crappie on a recent trip. They used anything pink and white or green and black. He recommend fishing in 10 feet of water where there is some vegetation. They fished from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crappie will bite all day, but the best fishing is before 11 a.m.
ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (July 23) Bass fishing is hot, but trout fishing is slow. The water temperature is in the mid-70s on the surface, so fish have gone down to depths of about 30 feet. So try using leaded line or downriggers, or fishing in the early morning or late evening. If you're fishing from the bank, try to fish off of the steeper banks.
Remember to certify that your vessel is clean and free of quagga mussels. You can find forms at the top of most boat ramps. Thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing, especially if you have boated at Lake Powell or Deer Creek. Read more about the decontamination process.
UINTA MOUNTAINS: (July 23) Chris Haramoto reported great fishing at State Line Dam. He and his friends reported catching fish so quickly that they barely had time to get the fish off of the hooks. Chris used a yellow plastic jig floated with a bubble and caught a lot of trout.
WEBER RIVER: (July 10) Fishing is good between Echo and Rockport state parks. One angler caught a nice-sized rainbow trout on a nymph. In the Morgan area, the river has a high water flow and the water is off color. Try using streamers and larger flies in this area. There is a overgrowth in the lower part of the river, which is making it very difficult to fish.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (July 23) Fishing improved last week for shore and boat anglers. The water temperature dropped, so fish are a little more active. You can catch catfish on many different kinds of bait and lures. Wipers have been more aggressive throughout the lake. The water level is still dropping, so use caution while you're on the water. The north marina ramp is at five feet and south marina ramp is at three feet.