Jacob Brewer of Layton recently caught-and-released a tagged lake trout at Bear Lake. He reported the number to biologist Scott Tolentino who was able to determine that the fish was 37 years old! Tolentino said that lake trout are similar to humans in that the cartilage continues to grow throughout their lives. People get larger ears and noses as they get older, while lake trout get exceptionally large fins. Tolentino could tell by looking at its fins that the fish was very old. Visit the Salt Lake Tribune Web site to read the full news story about the angler and the fish.
Anglers report hot fishing. Conservation Officer Keith Fullenkamp wants to remind anglers that the daily limit at a community fishery is four fish from any combination of species. That limit will decrease to two on January 1, 2010 to provide more opportunity to more anglers.
Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports good fishing along the northside, near the dam. Try targeting trout with PowerBait or worms. Fishing is very good on the inlet to the reservoir. Try a variety of flies, like prince nymphs, wooly worms and wooly buggers. Jigs worked steadily across the current and Jake's lures are also effective. Bait fishing is fair with worms or green PowerBait.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports good fishing. Try trolling with worms or PowerBait harnessed to pop gear or silver spinners.
Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports fair fishing for muskie with spoons and Rapalas. 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.
Mike Bolinski reports very limited angling pressure, likely due to the colder weather. Anglers report some success for yellow perch and black crappie. Anglers are fishing the narrows in 30 to 40 feet of water using small jigs tipped with perch meat or similar type of bait. You may catch a lot of fish, but you will likely have to sort through smaller fish to find keeper-sized fish. As long as you're willing to spend the time, you can bring home good perch and crappies for dinner. Tiger muskie has slowed quite a bit. Very few anglers are reporting success. Try trolling or working deep-running crankbaits near pods of baitfish. The tigers are likely hanging around the large groups of small perch and crappies, looking for easy meals.
Joseph Donnell reports good fishing. Try drifting with PowerBait or trolling. The water temperature is cold; about 45 degrees. Fishing in the river is good--especially near the mouth of the reservoir. The ramp is still open and the courtesy dock is in place.
Biologist Paul Thompson reports good fishing at the confluence of Echo Reservoir and the Weber River. Brown trout fishing is picking up. Try small nymphs and streamers. Be careful not to walk through redds, the submerged gravel beds that contain brown trout eggs after the recent spawn. Conservation Officer Rustin Nielsen reports fair fishing in the Weber River from Wanship to Echo Reservoir. Try Mepps spinners. Fishing is slow with flies; prince nymph patterns have been the most successful.
Willard Bay Reservoir
Anglers report fair fishing for catfish. The water temperatures and fishing activity are dropping off significantly.