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BEAR LAKE: (November 20) For an update on fishing conditions and water temperatures, call the recorded information line at 435-946-8501.
BIRCH CREEK RESERVOIR: (November 20) Be prepared for ice on the reservoir and use extreme caution when checking ice conditions. The catch rates here are not fast, but the fish are fat and healthy. Routine fall population surveys showed healthy populations of tiger and rainbow trout at this reservoir.
BLACKSMITH FORK RIVER: (November 20) Water levels are rising. Try hare's ear and caddis nymphs or spinners.
BOUNTIFUL LAKE: (November 20) Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the lake was last stocked.
CAUSEY RESERVOIR: (November 20) Anglers who used PowerBait from the shore reported fair fishing for rainbows. Water levels are low, and the reservoir was recently stocked.
CUTLER RESERVOIR & MARSH: (November 20) Fishing activity often decreases sharply in the fall.
EAST CANYON RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (November 20) Park Ranger Jeff Dale reports that a few boats launched off the ramp this week. Fishing remains slow to fair.
ECHO RESERVOIR: (November 20) Water levels are 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 20) The gate is closed for the season, but foot traffic is still allowed.
HOLMES CREEK RESERVOIR: (November 20) Several thousand rainbow trout were stocked this fall. The water level is extremely low. Access to the water is good, but because of recent storms, conditions are muddy. Try using traditional baits or a fly and bubble. Pistol Petes have worked well.
HYRUM RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (November 20) Park Manager Chris Haramoto reports that fishing is still pretty good. Even with the storms and influx of water, several boaters and shore anglers are out trying their luck. Rainbow trout are still hitting, and we have had a few reports of anglers catching perch. Use PowerBait to catch rainbow trout from the shore. Jakes and other lures seem to work well from boats.
JENSEN NATURE PARK POND: (November 20) Try using traditional baits or a fly and bubble. Dodgers below a bubble have worked well.
KAYSVILLE PONDS: (November 20) Check the DWR stocking report for details on when the ponds were last stocked.
LITTLE CREEK RESERVOIR: (November 20) More than 2,500 nine-inch rainbow trout were stocked this fall. This small reservoir is very
Productive, and the rainbow trout stocked here grow well. Ice fishing is just a few weeks away!
LOGAN RIVER: (November 20) Aquatics Biologist Matt McKell reported on the DWR's effort to conserve and enhance the native cutthroat trout population in the Logan River drainage. In September 2012, DWR biologists treated the Right Hand Fork with rotenone to remove brown trout and all other fish. Immediately after a second rotenone treatment in September 2013, the DWR will stock native cutthroat trout in the treated portion of the Right Hand Fork. Neither treatment will affect the fish in the mainstream of the Logan River.
LOST CREEK RESERVOIR: (November 20) Aquatics Technician Seth Green reports that fishing remains slow to fair for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Boat anglers are having the best success with various colors of PowerBait floated behind a water-filled clear bubble. Launching a boat is still possible, and boat anglers are having the best success 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 darker colored woolly buggers or leeches. The water is cooling down and anglers can expect fish to be found in shallow water in the coming weeks. Anglers are starting to catch some larger fish. 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 20) There's not much fishing pressure at the reservoir. 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 20) Winter conditions have arrived in the high country. If you're snowmobiling, don't forget to bring along your ice-fishing gear — there are many places to stop and fish. There have not been any reports from ice-fishing anglers yet, so use extreme caution when testing ice conditions.
NEWTON RESERVOIR: (November 20) The boat ramp is 15 feet away from the water, and it looks like some anglers have been putting small boats in. If there is snow or mud, however, launching will not be possible. Angling activity has tapered off and will likely be limited until the reservoir freezes.
OGDEN RIVER: (November 20) Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that flows in the Ogden River remain low and clear. Fish are still feeding actively and brown trout are spawning in some reaches. Standard nymphs are working well including pheasant tails, copper Johns, hare's ears, sow bugs, standard prince nymphs and purple psycho prince nymphs, all in size 18 or so. Nadolski also heard reports of decent action on the surface using blue wing olive dries. With the flows being so low and clear, the fish are very easily spooked, so anglers should be stealthy on their approach and casting. Ben has had luck with really small pinch-on type indicators, or in really tight conditions. He likes to use a high visibility dry fly as an indicator (a dry-dropper rig).
PINEVIEW RESERVOIR: (November 20) Fishing is slow to fair for perch and crappies. Anglers aren't catching anything huge, but they're able to fillet a few. Most were caught on jigging spoons tipped with a perch eyeball. Try fishing at depths from 28 to 40 feet. Temperatures are around 50 degrees on the surface. The water level is down.
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR: (November 20) Road conditions to the reservoir are wet, but accessible via car. The road around the reservoir is muddy. If possible, use a vehicle with four-wheel drive. The water level is rising.
ROCKPORT RESERVOIR: (November 20) Joseph Hamby reports that fishing has improved over the past week, likely because of the cooler weather. Boaters are catching rainbows that range up to 18 inches. Shoreline anglers are doing better, too. Try a worm-and-marshmallow combination or PowerBait — both have been effective. The water temperature is around 52 degrees. The water is rising, and the wedge dock is back in the reservoir.
WEBER RIVER: (November 20) 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 what fall/winter flows are 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 and nymphs. Brown trout are aggressive this time of year, so they are not as picky. For nymphs, try pheasant tails, copper johns, prince nymphs, hare's ears, and scuds in sizes #14-18. The browns are spawning, so watch out for their redds (nesting sites) and avoid trampling eggs.
WILLARD BAY RESERVOIR: (November 20) Recent fish population surveys show good populations of fat and healthy catfish, wipers and walleye. Catch rates are generally slow, but some anglers have caught wipers that weigh up to five pounds.