November fishing report

Nov 3 2009 - 6:17pm

Bear Lake

Anglers report good fishing. Be prepared for extreme weather. We have had to issue citations for people illegally snagging fish. Remember, snagging fish is illegal.

Birch Creek Reservoir

Anglers report fair fishing. Streamers, Rapalas and spinners will likely trigger strikes from aggressive tiger trout.

Blacksmith Fork River

The brown trout spawn will start soon. Please take care to avoid walking through spawning beds.

Bountiful Lake

Conservation Officer Keith Fullenkamp reports hot fishing. Rainbow trout have started biting more in the cooler water temperatures. Anglers are having success in nearly every pond. Anglers at the Farmington, Kaysville, Steed and Jensen ponds were doing particularly well over the weekend. Flies and lures will work, but various colors of Powerbait are working the best. On average, anglers are catching trout between 10 and 12 inches. Remember, the daily bag limit is four fish in any combination of species.

Causey Reservoir

Dedicated Hunter Greg Farley reports good success for 12- to 14-inch rainbows using worms, yellow PowerBait and salmon eggs. One angler caught a Kokanee using green PowerBait.

Cutler Reservoir & Marsh

Anglers report fair fishing. Expect more boat activity out of Benson and Valley View during the waterfowl season.

East Canyon Reservoir & State Park

There is light fishing pressure. Anglers report good success for rainbows in water down to 40 feet.

Echo Reservoir

Fishing has been fast for rainbow trout at the Weber River inlet. Try streamers and spinners.

Hyrum Reservoir & State Park

Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports good fishing. Most anglers are catching their limits, whether they are trolling or casting from a boat or the shore. Anglers are catching good-sized trout and even some 3-pound fish. The water level is rising about a foot a week.

Jensen Nature Park Pond

Conservation Officer Keith Fullenkamp reports hot fishing. Rainbow trout have started biting more in the cooler water temperatures. Anglers are having success in nearly every pond. Anglers at the Farmington, Kaysville, Steed and Jensen ponds were doing particularly well over the weekend. Flies and lures will work, but various colors of Powerbait are working the best. On average, anglers are catching trout between 10 and 12 inches. Remember, the daily bag limit is four fish in any combination of species.

Logan River

The brown trout spawn will start soon. Please take care to avoid walking through spawning beds.

Lost Creek Reservoir

Dedicated Hunter Greg Farley reports slow, but consistent, bank fishing for 13- to 15-inch rainbows. Try green or yellow PowerBait. The morning hours are the most consistent in yielding fish.

Mantua Reservoir

While many people think of Mantua as a home for warm water fish, fall is a good time to pick up trout. There is very little fishing activity right now.

Mirror Lake

Winter weather has arrived and anglers should be prepared for snow and cold. You can still access some of the lower elevation lakes. Contact the Forest Service Ranger District Offices in Kamas, Evanston or Mountain View for weather and access updates.

Newton Reservoir

Fingerling muskie were stocked this summer, so -- to bridge the gap between the older muskie and the newer generations -- it is very important for anglers to release all muskie. Releasing muskie will help ensure good muskie fishing in the coming years. Remember, it is illegal to use whole fish as bait. Anglers who do will be cited. It is also illegal to keep tiger muskies. Anglers can not only be cited for keeping a tiger, but also face the possible revocation of fishing privileges.

Ogden River

The river is running low and clear with very little fishing activity. In the Division's early October surveys, Biologist Paul Burnett found stunning brown trout numbers in the Ogden River and South Fork. Just below Causey Reservoir, there are about 1,100 brown trout per mile. Below Pineview Reservoir, the average is 7,500 browns per mile, 47 percent of which are adults with an average length of 12 inches. Further down the canyon, the number of adult browns drops to 2,000 per mile. Near Dinosaur Park, the fish were smaller. The average size of brown trout increases from Lorin Farr Park downstream.

Pineview Reservoir

The boat launch is in good shape, even with low water levels. Fishing is good for crappie in the narrows. Northern Region Aquatics Manager Craig Schaugaard conducted a population survey on Oct. 29. He said that the numbers of larger perch and crappie are down a little bit from last year.

Porcupine Reservoir

Anglers report light fishing pressure with limited success for kokanees.

Rockport Reservoir

Joseph Donnell reports great fishing with the cooling water temperatures. Fishing from a boat is very productive. The perch and bass are not very active. Two anglers had caught nice 2-lb. rainbows at the river inlet with night crawlers. Others caught 15-inch rainbows.

Weber River

Biologist Paul Thompson reports that water flows have stabilized now that irrigation season is over. Fishing is starting to pick up with consistent flows, and should continue to get better in the next couple of weeks. Fishing is hot right now at the confluence with Echo Reservoir for rainbow trout. If you are using flies, a sinking line helps but isn't necessary. Small conehead buggers are working well for 10- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Fishing can be very fast.

Willard Bay Reservoir

The recent weather really stirred up the water. Be prepared for rough water. Anglers report that fishing is spotty. Regional Aquatics Manager Craig Schaugaard said that recent surveys show good numbers of nice-sized crappie. The number of good crappie is better than Schaugaard has ever seen.

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