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BEAR LAKE: (January 02) The surface water temperature is 33° F. Ice is beginning to form along the shores of the lake, and there is a fair amount of floating ice. If you want to launch a boat, the state park marina is your only option. (And ice is now forming inside the marina, even with all of the de-icers running.) Although the ramp has been plowed, you will need at least a 4x4 — or perhaps chains — to launch. Cutthroat trout fishing has been excellent! Trolling has been difficult because of the floating ice in the lake, but anglers who are jigging are doing very well. If you can troll, use flatfish or rattling minnow lures. Troll them off downriggers near the Gus Rich Point/Rockpile area in about 40 to 60 feet of water. The area off of Second Point has also been good. If you are jigging, use three- to five-inch tube or twister-tailed jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Jigging spoons (such as buckshots and Kastmasters) are also working well. Right now, the cutthroats are feeding on schools of cisco, but the cisco run will not take place until sometime between January 15–25. We will begin daily updates on the answering machine, starting on Jan. 14. You can call435-946-8501 after 5 p.m. for updates on fishing conditions. The annual Cisco Disco will be held on Jan. 26. Here are updates for other popular nearby fisheries:
Garden City Community Fishery Pond: The pond is frozen. Be extremely careful. Ice thickness can vary due to aerators in the pond. To catch fish, use small ice jigs tipped with worms or wax worms.
Laketown Reservoir: The reservoir is frozen, and the ice is about six inches thick. Be careful around the inlet, but the rest of the pond should be fairly solid. Try jigging with typical ice lures and bait.
BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 02) Anglers report catching tiger and rainbow trout. The road over Monte Cristo is now closed, so access is through Logan Canyon or Evanston.
BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (January 02) Snow plows are piling snow along the roadside, which can make access difficult. There is still some open water at the impoundment, but the pullout is covered with snow.
BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (January 02) There haven't been any recent reports.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (January 02) DWR personnel report that the ice is about five or six inches thick. Fishing is pretty slow.
CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (January 02) There haven't been any recent reports.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (January 02) Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that there are very few anglers. Ice is forming in the bays, and the boat ramp is closed to launching.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (January 02) DWR personnel report that Echo Reservoir is frozen, and the ice appears to be safe. Please use caution when checking ice conditions. Fishing has been good using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or mealworms.
FARMINGTON POND: (January 02) The gate has been closed for the season, but the Farmington City Recreation Department says that foot traffic is still allowed.
HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 02) It looks like anglers have been on the ice. Use extreme caution when checking ice conditions.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (January 02) The state park reports that many anglers are ice fishing. There are about four inches of ice. Some of the anglers had great luck with a jig head and wax worms. Other popular choices are small pieces of shrimp. It's a beautiful week to come up to Hyrum and fish! An ice-fishing tournament is being planned for Feb. 2 — details should be available in another week, according to the organizers.
JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (January 02) Fishing has been slow. Anglers reported using flies and baits.
KAYSVILLE PONDS: (January 02) There haven't been any recent reports.
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 02) This reservoir offers a fun day-long outing for someone new to ice fishing. Although it can be cold and windy, it is a great place to use an ice-fishing tent. Parking is right at the edge of the reservoir, so you can retreat quickly to your vehicle if needed.
LOGAN RIVER: (January 02) Ice is forming along the banks, so please use caution. River ice is never stable. When water runs under the ice, it continually erodes and weakens the ice. Don't be tempted to take shortcuts by crossing any river ice.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 02) DWR personnel report that the main body of the reservoir was still ice-free as of Dec. 29. Both the inlet and the boat launch bays are capped with unsafe ice. Launching a boat is not possible now. Shore fishing has been good for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anglers are having the best success with various colors of PowerBait or a worm-and-marshmallow combo. Anglers are starting to catch some larger fish, so it's important to be aware of the 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. Conservation officers are patrolling the area regularly.
MANTUA RESERVOIR: (January 02) DWR personnel report that fishing has been good for rainbows and fair for perch and bluegill. Successful anglers were using an ice jig tipped with a mealworm or wax worm. Most fish were found in 13 to 19 feet of water. The ice is four to six inches thick. Be extremely careful — this reservoir is notorious for having soft spots in the ice.
MIRROR LAKE: (January 02) All of the mountain roads are closed for the winter season. Utah SR-150 (Mirror Lake Highway) is closed at mile marker 14 (Soapstone Basin). State Route 35 is closed at mile marker 12 (Nobletts). Smith and Morehouse is closed at the end of the pavement at Thousand Peaks. If you are prepared for winter survival conditions, this is a great time of year to fish the Uintas. Be sure you have proper clothing, snow machines and power augers to get through thick ice. Personnel at the Kamas Fish Hatchery regularly fish the lakes of the Uintas and can answer questions about access and fishing conditions. They can be reached at 435-783-4883.
NEWTON RESERVOIR: (January 02) DWR personnel report that Newton has moderately safe ice. Anglers aren't catching many fish. Use extreme caution when checking ice conditions.
OGDEN RIVER: (January 02) The water clarity is good. On Jan. 2, lane closures will resume through the canyon as work on the new water pipeline progresses. Try using zebra midges, pheasant tails and Prince nymphs.
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (January 02) DWR personnel report that the ice is getting better at Pineview. The area around the west boat ramp had five inches of ice when checked on Jan. 1. Success has been spotty. Some anglers had success fishing Narrows and Browning Point, with catches of crappie and perch. A few anglers were checked with perch limits (50 fish). Use extreme caution as there are still some open water cracks!
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (January 02) The road to the reservoir is snow-packed and icy. You will likely need four-wheel drive or an ATV to access the area. The reservoir is frozen, but it contains patches of thin ice or open water. Use extreme caution when testing ice thickness.
ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (January 02) Joseph Donnell reports talking to anglers who fished off of Twin Coves. There were 2.5 inches of ice, and the anglers were catching large 18- to 20-inch rainbows! It will be cold this weekend, and the ice will thicken very quickly. Four inches of ice was reported off the ramp.
WEBER RIVER: (January 02) Biologist Paul Thompson reports that the brown trout have finished spawning and late fall/winter fishing conditions will be the standard now. In most sections of the Weber, water flows are low. The fish will be holding in typical locations now that spawning is done. Try a variety of good flies (sizes #14–20) for the winter months. They include pheasant tails, hares' ears, sow bugs, scuds, zebra midges, rainbow warriors, RS2s, and WD40s.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (January 02) The state park reports that there is very thin ice around the edges of the reservoir and just a small amount of new ice in the north marina. The south marina is closed for the winter.