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BEAR LAKE: (January 24) The cisco run began yesterday. There were a few anglers dip netting cisco off the Cisco Beach at first light, but the fish schools were small. Over the next few days the run should pick up and fish should be thick by this weekend. Now that the run has started, we expect fish to be along the shoreline and spawning for 7–10 days. There were also a few cisco dip netted off the Utah State Park marina, but they were more sparse than at Cisco Beach.
Ice on Bear Lake is three to six inches thick and there is no open water. If you come up for ice fishing, we urge you to use caution because there could be some thin spots due to methane vents or springs. You can jig/snag limits of cisco on the rockpile in about onw hour. Remember, if you foul-hook any whitefish, cutthroat or lake trout, they must be released.
Fishing has been very good for cutthroat trout and whitefish using jigging spoons (Swedish pimples and Kastmasters) tipped with cisco or sucker meat. Try off the rockpile, south of Gus Rich Point, the pump house, and 1st and 2nd points in water 40–70 feet deep. Remember, cutthroat trout must have a healed fin clip in order to harvest. Whitefish like to hang out over the rocky bottom or weed bed areas to eat cisco eggs, so try tipping your lure with a salmon egg, nightcrawler or wax worm. A few lake trout are being caught in water 65–90 feet deep off Gus Rich Point using the same lures used for cutthroat. Call the recorded information line at 435-946-8501 after 5 p.m. for updates on fishing conditions. We will continue to update the answering machine every other day.
BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 24) Anglers report spotty fishing for tiger trout and rainbows. The ice is reported to be over 12 inches thick. The road over Monte Cristo is now closed, so access is through Logan Canyon or Evanston.
BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (January 24) Ice shelves have formed and are unstable, making access to open water difficult. Please use caution. Try standard nymph patterns for catching brown trout and whitefish.
BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (January 24) The ice is reported to be over six inches thick, and fishing activity has increased. Anglers report fair fishing for small rainbow trout.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (January 24) DWR personnel report that fishing is pretty slow. Some anglers have experienced good fishing for big tiger trout near the cliffs.
CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (January 24) There haven't been any recent reports.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (January 24) Jeff Dale from East Canyon State Park reports that anglers are pulling up 16- to 18-inch rainbows. The activity level is average to a little slow, and it may take some patience to find fish. The ice thickness is good. Six inches of ice were reported last week.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (January 24) Fishing has been good using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or mealworms.
FARMINGTON POND: (January 24) The gate is closed for the season, but the Farmington City Recreation Department says that foot traffic is still allowed.
HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 24) Fishing is good for small rainbows using ice flies and small jigs tipped with wax or mealworms. The ice is six inches thick with some slush under the snow. In addition to good trout fishing, anglers are occasionally pulling out largemouth bass. For a change of scenery, try Hobbs and Andy Adams Reservoirs nearby.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (January 24) Ice conditions are great for ice fishing at Hyrum. Many anglers are reporting good fishing. The current hotspots seem to be closer to shore. White, pink and chartreuse jigs or ice flies tipped with any type of worm are working well. There are reports that old, reliable PowerBait is working, too. Perch fishing has been slow, but the fish that have been caught are nicely sized.
The weather will be nice, so if you want to learn ice fishing basics, come to the park for Winterfest this weekend.
JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (January 24) Fishing at Jensen Pond in Syracuse was very good over the weekend. Ice anglers are catching quantities of 18-inch brood stock trout. Most fish are being caught on jigs tipped with mealworms fished two feet under the ice.
KAYSVILLE PONDS: (January 24) The ice is safe, but there are very few anglers out on the ponds.
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (January 24) Not many people make it up this way, but it's a fun drive and easy to get to. You can usually see a lot of antelope, elk and along the way. This reservoir offers a fun day-long outing for someone new to ice fishing. Although it can be cold and windy, it's 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 24) Use caution with the ice along the banks. 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 24) Anglers report slow fishing.
MANTUA RESERVOIR: (January 24) Fishing at Mantua is reportedly amazing this week. Fishing is good for panfish and trout. Use ice flies in pink, green and black, blue and white, or orange and white colors, tipped with wax worms. Brigham City is hosting a family ice fishing day on Jan. 26. Biologist Chris Penne will be there to help fillet fish and provide tips on ice fishing.
MIRROR LAKE: (January 24) Fishing at Whitney Reservoir was hot at this time last year, but we haven't had any angler reports so far this year. For a glimpse of what it's like to ice fish in the Uintas, watch this short video.
Chris Penne reports good fishing for rainbow trout at Smith/Morehouse Reservoir using small jigs tipped with mealworms or salmon eggs. The lake is about two miles from the parking area and accessible by ATVs (snowmobiles or four-wheelers). The ice is nearly a foot thick. 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 24) There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
OGDEN RIVER: (January 24) The water level is still low and constant and the clarity is good, but a little off-colored. Lane closures are in effect and parking in the canyon is restricted for the first three miles. The canyon is usually above the inversion and the sky is brilliantly blue! Try using zebra midges, pheasant tails and prince nymphs.
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (January 24) Fishing is good for smaller perch. Use small jigs, spoons and teardrops tipped with plastics, wax worms, mealworms, perch eyes and perch meat. Perch eyes and plastics are having the best results. Colors of jigs, spoons and teardrops don't seem to matter. The ice is five to six inches thick. Anglers report that angling activity and fishing success has really picked up.
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (January 24) The ice is 9 to 12 inches thick and anglers report slow fishing. The roads are snow packed and icy. We highly recommend accessing via four-wheel drive or an ATV.
ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (January 24) Fishing is good and the ice is in good shape. Anglers are catching fish all around the lake. The traditional baits are working well. Try ice flies tipped with wax worms, nightcrawlers or PowerBait. The ideal depth has been 15 to 25 feet. If fishing is slow, try moving around.
WEBER RIVER: (January 24) DWR personnel report that anglers are doing well for whitefish and brown trout. Spin anglers have been seeing success using Rapalas, spinners, and black marabou jigs. Fly anglers have had the best success using sow bugs, hare's ears and egg patterns. As far as ice goes, the river is open between the Mountain Green and Morgan stretches and is fishing well, but other stretches have a lot of ice, making fishing difficult. Anglers who are able to get out should find fishing success and little pressure from other anglers. Please remember that as of 2013, all cutthroat trout or trout with cutthroat markings must be immediately released from the Great Salt Lake to Echo Reservoir dam.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (January 24) State park personnel are seeing some ice fishing activity with a little success. One local fisherman said the crappie are beginning to bite.