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Fishing report: Trout fishing good at Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, June 4 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

Bear Lake — Fishing is still very good for cutthroat trout. The average-sized fish has been about 3 pounds, with some fish heavier than 10 pounds. Best success is found trolling from a boat and using Rapala X-raps or other similar lures with rattles. Hot spots have been along the west side, from the Utah State Park marina north to Fish Haven, Idaho. Jigging has been slow, but anglers are catching a few fish using tube jigs tipped with cisco meat in about 60 feet of water. As the water continues to warm, try trolling at faster speeds near the surface.

East Canyon — Fishing has been better earlier in the morning, and then it seems to get spotty as the day warms up. Best success is found fishing with gold and brass lures.

Echo — Lake is full, and anglers are having good success fishing for bass at the edge of submerged vegetation using shad-colored crankbaits and brightly colored Rapalas. Anglers have had fair success fishing for trout from shore using PowerBait. The trout are between 8 and 15 inches long.

Farmington Pond — Anglers are having the best success using salmon eggs under a bobber. The bite is light, so be quick to set the hook.

Hyrum — Fishing is improving. Anglers generally use a worm or a worm-and-marshmallow combination to catch one or two trout per outing. Bass fishing is also starting to improve.

Kaysville — Fish are between 8 and 10 inches, with occasionally one closer to 20 inches. The angler used worms and marshmallows about 2 feet off the bottom, and PowerBait.

Mantua — Bass fishing improving as spawning activity increases.

Pineview — Anglers reported very slow fishing.

Rockport — Most boat anglers are catching their limits of nice rainbows. Pop gear and worms, Rapalas and other standard lures seem to be doing the trick. Bank anglers are also catching fish. It seems like the grassy areas that gradually get deeper are the better spots. Rocky shoreline areas are also producing some nice brown trout. PowerBait and worm-and-marshmallow combinations are working well. Float-tubers are catching nice trout at the south end of the lake by trolling woolly buggers and other wet flies.

Willard Bay — Anglers are catching some wipers trolling one-quarter ounce Rattletraps more than 100 feet behind the boat.

Burraston Pond — Many of the recently-stocked trout are in the clear water of the ponds.

Deer Creek — Anglers are having slow to fair success from the shoreline and fair success from boats, with morning being the best time to fish.

Grantsville — The reservoir was just stocked. Most anglers are using traditional baits and lures.

Jordanelle — Boat anglers report fair success for trout and smallmouth bass. Shore anglers are also reporting fair success. Find the smallmouth bass near submerged structures and rocky points. Action lures and jigs work best for the bass.

Salem Pond — The pond is well-stocked with trout, including some larger albino and rainbows.

Strawberry — The hot success on Strawberry only lasted a few days. Angler success dipped for a while, but it's quickly picking up, and anglers are reporting good success again. Try casting pointer minnows toward the shoreline. Bait anglers are having success with leech or wooly-bugger patterns from tubes or boats. If using bait and a fish swallows the hook, remember to cut the fishing line rather than trying to save the hook.

Utah Lake — Fair to good success for channel catfish and for white bass. The tributaries are now open.

Vivian Park Pond — The pond was recently stocked. This is a good location for kids. It's located in Provo Canyon and has a playground and restroom facilities.

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