Biologist Scott Tolentino reported having a 25-fish day last week. He was trolling for cutthroat trout with a downrigger in 60 feet of water and using small flatfish. For up-to-date information on the conditions at Bear Lake, call (435) 946-8501 after 6 p.m. daily and listen to the latest recording.
Birch Creek Reservoir
Fishing activity is very light. This past week, anglers reported catching a few nice tiger trout, but they fished long and hard for the ones they caught.
Please remember that the community fishery regulations changed this year. There is a two-fish limit at all community fishing waters.
Dedicated Hunter Gary Gooch reports that the ice is around 16 inches thick. Anglers had some success catching smaller-sized tiger trout, using a small jig tipped with a wax worm.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
There is no indication that anyone fishes the ice near the dam, although biologists suggest that the deeper water is the best place to try for crappie and walleye. Use extreme caution when accessing the ice and do not fish alone. The ice near Benson Marina has open holes in it and is unstable.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
Dedicated Hunter Richard Gooch reports that fishing success was generally good for rainbows, depending on where anglers were fishing. Anglers had the most success using salmon-colored ice jigs tipped with wax worms. They fished about 10 to 12 feet down and caught more fish as they moved away from the shore. The ice was about 14 to 16 inches deep, and the shorelines were frozen solid.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
Park Ranger Steve Bullock reports that ice depths range from 14 to 18 inches across the lake. Anglers report recent success for yellow perch near the dam and spillway. Good-sized rainbows have been caught near the inlet. Remember to use the boat ramp if you're accessing the ice on an OHV.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
Conservation Officer Brandon Baron reports that Jensen Pond received large trout on Feb. 17. There is now a two-fish limit at all community fishing waters.
Lost Creek Reservoir
Dedicated Hunter Richard Gooch reports that the ice is about 14 to 16 inches thick. Anglers reported fair success for rainbows when they used different colors of PowerBait and wax worms. They were fishing on the bottom, fairly close to the shore.
Sportsman's Warehouse reports that fishing continues to be good for trout and panfish.
This is a good time of year to fish the lower river. The stretch of river above the confluence is often very brushy and harder to fish in the summer. It has high densities of brown trout.
Dedicated Hunter Richard Gooch reports that anglers had success catching four- to five-inch perch. They used jigs with wax worms and green- and salmon-colored PowerBait.
Angler Landon Anderson reported catching 25 fish in two hours, using small ice flies.
Joseph Donnell of Rockport State Park reports that the fishing continues to be good. The ice is well over a foot thick, and there's no slush. The south end continues to be the best area, and anglers are catching perch in shallow water. Remember, OHVs are allowed on the ice, but you must access the lake from the boat ramp and then stay on the ice -- do not travel on land. All laws and rules apply.
Biologist Paul Thompson reports good fishing. He caught whitefish and browns on smaller nymphs (size 12 and smaller). He also had success with scuds, pheasant tails (flashback and copper johns), and hare's ears.
Willard Bay Reservoir
The inlet near the south marina is closed to fishing from through 6 a.m. on the last Saturday of April.