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BEAR LAKE: (February 28) For the latest information on fishing conditions at Bear Lake, call 435-946-8501 after 5 p.m.
The ice is 8 to 12 inches thick with about four inches of snow on top. Over the last week, nighttime temperatures have been below zero every night with highs in the 20s, so the ice is getting thicker.
Fishing for cutthroat trout, lake trout and whitefish improved over President's Day weekend. Anglers are catching cutthroat and lake trout using 4- to 5-inch tube jigs or large jigging spoons, like Swedish Pimples or Kastmasters, tipped with cisco or sucker meat. You may also want to try glow-in-the-dark jigs. The best spots have been along the west side of the lake from south of the marina to the rest area. Anglers have been fishing for trout in 45 to 95 feet of water. Try to get away from other anglers and from the snowmobile and ATV traffic. Noise on the ice can spook the fish and slow fishing, so you'll usually do much better if you get away from the groups. Anglers are catching whitefish off the rockpile in 45 to 60 feet of water using small jigging spoons or ice flies below a spoon. Make sure to tip your lure with a small piece of nightcrawler, a waxworm or salmon eggs. You can also target whitefish over the weedbeds that are parallel to the shore south from Gus Rich Point to the rest area and off the pump house on the east side of the lake in 20 to 35 feet of water. Both Bonneville and Bear Lake whitefish are feeding on cisco eggs over the rocky and weedy areas. Remember: In order to harvest a cutthroat trout, the fish must have a healed fin clip.
Garden City Pond: The pond is frozen, but the ice thickness can vary because of aerators in the pond. Be extremely careful. The water level is low. Try using small ice jigs tipped with worms or waxworms.
Laketown Reservoir: The reservoir is frozen and has about eight inches of ice. You should avoid the inlet, because it has unsafe ice, but the rest of the pond should be fairly solid. Try jigging with ice lures tipped with nightcrawlers or waxworms for rainbow trout up to two pounds. Most fish average 12 to 14 inches in length.
BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (February 28) Be prepared for cold, windy weather. Catch rates are rarely fast during the late winter months, but there is always a chance for big tiger trout and fat, healthy rainbows. The last report from anglers (over a month ago) indicated that fishing was hit or miss. The ice is reported to be more than a foot thick. The road over Monte Cristo is closed, so you'll need to access the reservoir through Logan Canyon or Evanston.
BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (February 28) Try using dry-fly patterns. They should produce good results now that daytime temperatures are rising.
BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (February 28) The lake will be stocked this spring. Watch forthe latest fish-stocking reports.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (February 28) DWR officers visited the reservoir on Feb. 27 and didn't see any anglers.
CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (February 28) Fishing decreases sharply during the winter months.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (February 28) Chris and Randy Jones from Morgan fished the reservoir on Feb. 19 and reported good fishing for fat rainbow trout. They used jigs tipped with mealworms or crappie power nuggets.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (February 28) On Feb. 26, a group of four anglers reported catching only one rainbow trout after several hours of fishing. They fished near the bottom of the reservoir. Another angler reported catching a limit of trout while fishing just 10 feet below the surface.
FARMINGTON POND: (February 28) The gate is closed for the season, but the Farmington City Recreation Department notes that foot traffic is still allowed.
HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (February 28) The ice is still in great shape, and access was good on Feb. 27. Be prepared for slushy conditions in the afternoons, as daytime temperatures increase. Anglers report great fishing for rainbow trout and crappie.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (February 28) Fishing is still hot for rainbows. Try using white or chartreuse tube jigs, or try ice flies tipped with shrimp, wax worms or mealworms. Some anglers are catching perch. The ice is still very good in most spots, but it can be unpredictable near the inlet — use caution. Remember make a plan, take a friend, and bring rescue gear. Here's a look at what to expect if you go ice fishing at Hyrum.
JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (February 28) The ice is gone, and the pond was recently stocked.
KAYSVILLE PONDS: (February 28) The pond was mostly ice-covered when checked on Feb. 27; however, there were a few areas where it looked like the ice was deteriorating. It didn't look like anyone had been on the ice recently. The pond will be stocked this spring. Watch for the latest fish-stocking reports.
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (February 28) Fishing is good. Anglers are catching many fish in the 10- to 12-inch range. Some fish up to 14 inches can also be caught.
LOGAN RIVER: (February 28) Try using bead-head nymphs or Panther Martins.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (February 28) Anglers report that fishing is slow
MANTUA RESERVOIR: (February 28) Try small ice flies tipped with bait. Fishing at Mantua has been fair for trout and slow for panfish.
MIRROR LAKE: (February 28) Choose your fishing days carefully. Bad weather in the valleys is often much worse in the high country. Kamas Fish Hatchery personnel regularly fish the lakes of the Uintas and can answer questions about access and fishing conditions. You can contact them by calling 435-783-4883.
Smith Morehouse has good access for snow machines and even four-wheelers. Fishing is good for rainbow trout, and the ice is nearly a foot thick! This is a great time of year to fish the Uintas if you are prepared for cold, snowy weather. You'll need proper clothing, snow machines and power augers to get through the thick ice. At this time last year, fishing was hot at Whitney Reservoir, but we haven't received any recent reports. Here's a quick video of what you can expect if you ice fish in the Uintas.
NEWTON RESERVOIR: (February 28) Anglers report good fishing for eight-inch perch in shallow water. Try using jigs tipped with waxworms.
OGDEN RIVER: (February 28) Blue-winged olive (BWO) hatches are occurring, and the fish were very active when the water was checked on Feb. 27. Water levels are low and clear, so anglers will need to be stealthy, use proven leaders and cast accurately to catch these fish.
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (February 28) Anglers report great fishing for perch. Families have been having fun experiences with youngsters catching plenty of perch. If you are lucky enough to catch a tiger muskie through the ice, remember to take some quick photos and release it as soon as possible.
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (February 28) DWR personnel report that the roads to the reservoir are icy and snow-packed. Fishing pressure is light at this time of year.
ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (February 28) Anglers report slow fishing.
WEBER RIVER: (February 28) Last weekend, Adam Eakle (KSL Outdoors) aired a program on fishing the Weber River. The program's field guide focused onBonneville cutthroat trout.
Please remember that you must immediately release all cutthroat trout — or trout with cutthroat markings — if you catch them between the Great Salt Lake and Echo Reservoir dam.
Fly anglers report good fishing for brown trout and mountain whitefish in the deeper runs and pools. Try using patterns like bead-head midges, rainbow warriors, pheasant tails, stoneflies and caddis larvae imitations. Midge hatches have been observed.
Spin and bait anglers were few and far between, but some had success with a #6 Panther Martin or with jigs in the deeper pools and runs. Drifting a piece of nightcrawler through the deeper sections also produced fish. This is a good tactic on the lower Weber if you're trying to catch larger brown trout.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (February 28) Fishing is still slow.