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BEAR LAKE: (November 02) Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that the surface water temperature is in the low 50s. Fishing has been fair for lake trout and cutthroat trout, and it will only get better as the water continues to cool. A few shore anglers are beginning to cast lures in the morning and evening off the state park marina. We completed a gillnetting survey last week, and lake trout are moving into water as shallow as 15 feet. Shoreline anglers should try large spinners such as #5 or #6 Blue Fox or Mepps. Spoons also work well. Boat anglers should see fish stacking up off the rockpile area and off any of the rocky shorelines or points on the east side of the lake. Good lures to try are Rapalas with rattles, crankbaits with rattles and flatfish. Try trolling parallel to the shore, starting shallow and working deeper until you find active fish. Anglers who prefer to jig can catch cutthroat trout and lake trout on tube jigs tipped with cisco or sucker meat. The lake trout run should continue until about mid November. Check the recorded information line at 435-946-8501 for updates on water temperatures. Other fishing opportunities in Rich County include:
Laketown Reservoir: This is a small reservoir that contains sterile rainbow and cutthroat trout. You can easily fish from the shoreline, using traditional baits and lures. Water levels have returned to normal after the irrigation season. No fish were stocked in the reservoir this year, but there are still some fish remaining from previous years. These fish are 16 to 19 inches long and can weigh almost three pounds. Try wet flies such as woolly buggers and leeches. Bank anglers are having the best luck with worms fished on the bottom. Please remember to pack out all of your garbage.
Garden City Community Fishing Pond: Fishing has been excellent for catchable-sized rainbows, and angler pressure has been much lighter than in the summer months. Several of the fish have a small metal tag on the dorsal fin. They were tagged as part of the Garden City Outdoor Heritage Days festival, which was held back in September; however, prizes are no longer available. Fly-fishing anglers have been doing well with muddler minnows, woolly buggers or leech patterns. Another option is to try worms or PowerBait. You can fish them under a bobber (about two feet down) or fish them right on the bottom. You might also want to try using flies behind a bubble.
BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (November 02) Anglers report fair fishing with salmon eggs and PowerBait. The catch rate is not fast, but the fish are fat and healthy. Routine fall population surveys show healthy populations of tiger and rainbow trout at this reservoir. Recent storms may have shut down access over Monte. Float tubes, shore fishing and small, lightweight boats that can be hauled over the dam are the most popular options for anglers. Streamers that imitate leeches and small fish are effective. For shore anglers, traditional baits are also good producers.
BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (November 02) Water levels are rising. The browns are starting to spawn, so watch out for their redds (nest sites) and avoid trampling them. Fall fishing is heating up! Try Prince nymphs and spinners.
BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (November 02) The lake was stocked with rainbow trout in the middle of October. You can check recent stocking activity by visiting the DWR's online stocking report.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (November 02) Shoreline anglers report fair fishing for rainbows with PowerBait. Water levels are low, and the reservoir was recently stocked.
CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (November 02) Fishing activity often decreases sharply in the fall.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (November 02) Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that the water is so low, the ramp cannot be used to launch. Shore fishing has been slow.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (November 02) Water levels continue to be low. Volunteer Jared Provost reports that fishing remains slow. He spoke to one angler who caught a smallmouth bass. The daily limit has been increased to eight fish, effective through Jan. 1, 2013.
FARMINGTON POND: (November 02) The pond was recently stocked with rainbow trout. You can check recent stocking activity by visiting the DWR's online stocking report.
HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (November 02) Several thousand rainbow trout have been stocked this fall. The water level is extremely low. Access to the water is good, but conditions are muddy. You might also want to try Andy Adams Reservoir and Hobbs Reservoir, which have both been recently stocked.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (November 02) Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing continues to be great! Anglers are catching a lot of fish from boats. Shoreline anglers are also doing well. Preferred baits include both PowerBait and worms. Several thousand fish were planted this fall. The tiger trout are still biting, but bass and perch fishing has slowed down a bit. The water temperature is in the 50s, and water levels are rising. The fishing is incredible this time of year!
JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (November 02) Fishing continues to be slow. Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the pond was last stocked.
KAYSVILLE PONDS: (November 02) The ponds were recently stocked with rainbow trout. You can check recent stocking activity by visiting the DWR's online stocking report.
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (November 02) More than 2,500 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked this fall. This small reservoir is very productive, and the rainbows that were stocked here will grow quickly. There's also great access for float tube anglers. The reservoir is now filling back up after an intense irrigation season. A nice picnic pavilion and vault toilets make this a great place for a day fishing trip.
LOGAN RIVER: (November 02) Anglers are taking advantage of the cooler fall days and catching a fair number of rainbow trout. Water levels continue to rise at all three dams. The browns are starting to spawn, so watch out for their redds (nest sites) and avoid trampling eggs.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (November 02) Aquatics Technician Seth Green reports that fishing remains consistent for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Shoreline anglers are having the best success with PowerBait (in various colors), floated behind a water-filled clear bubble. The reservoir is low, but it is still possible to launch a boat. Boat anglers are having the best success while trolling various lures (popgear and a worm or different flatfish and Rapala patterns). Fish are being caught from depths of approximately 40 feet up to the surface. If you are fly fishing, try dark-colored woolly buggers or leeches. The water is cooling down, and anglers can expect to find fish in shallow water in the coming weeks. Make sure you are 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: (November 02) There isn't much fishing pressure. Anglers are catching the trout stocked earlier this year. The five-inch fish stocked in October should provide great winter and spring fishing.
MIRROR LAKE: (November 02) Winter conditions have arrived in the high country, and ice fishing is just a few weeks away! Lower-elevation lakes should still provide good fishing.
NEWTON RESERVOIR: (November 02) Now is a great time to try fishing for tiger muskies.
OGDEN RIVER: (November 02) Fall fishing continues to be great. Try standard nymph patterns and glow bugs. The brown trout spawn is starting, so anglers should be aware of redds (nest sites) and avoid stepping in them.
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (November 02) Anglers report that muskie fishing is a bit slow. The water temperature is now in the high 50s.
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (November 02) Access to the reservoir should be good as long as the weather remains clear. Water levels are rising slowly. Boat access is still not recommended. On the East Fork Little Bear River, water levels are still rising. The brown trout are now starting to spawn, so watch out for their redds (nest sites) and avoid trampling eggs.
ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (November 02) Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has been fair in the early mornings but spotty later in the day. Boaters are using lures, worms and PowerBait. The trout seem to be in the deeper, cooler water. Shoreline anglers also report better fishing in the mornings. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or PowerBait. Some anglers have reported catching perch in the Juniper campground area. The water temperature is around 55 degrees. Now that the water is rising, the wedge dock has been put back into the reservoir. The day-use fee decreased as of Nov. 1. Fishing should really start to improve as the water temperature cools.
WEBER RIVER: (November 02) Biologist Paul Thompson reports that irrigation season is over, and all of the reservoirs have reduced their releases. The Weber River will likely continue at current flow levels for the remainder of the fall/winter. Visit the U.S. Geological Survey streamflow website to see the fall/winter flows for your favorite stretch of the Weber River. With reduced flow, fish will be more concentrated, which makes this an excellent time of year to catch brown trout on streamers. The browns are starting to spawn, so watch out for their redds (nest sites) and avoid trampling eggs.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (November 02) Fish population surveys conducted last week show good populations of fat and healthy catfish, wipers and walleye. Anglers report that catch rates are slow, but they have caught wipers that weigh up to five pounds.