Fishing report

Published: Sunday, Oct. 4 2015 7:12 a.m. MDT

Bear Lake — Whitefish fishing has improved, while cutthroat and lake trout fishing has tapered off. Anglers caught good numbers of whitefish off the Rockpile. Other anglers did very well fishing the weed beds south of Gus Rich Point and off the pump house. Some cutthroat trout were also taken, but the fishing will not improve for another week or so because most cutthroat are stuffed with cisco right now.

East Canyon — Using green PowerBait, shrimp, mealworms, wax worms and night crawlers. The ice is between 12 and 18 inches thick. Anglers are still catching small- to medium-sized fish.

Hyrum — Anglers are catching some yellow perch and a few rainbow trout on the southwest corner of the lake.

Logan River — Anglers were using a pheasant tail with a small sinker on the bottom. All fish around 10 inches.

Lost Creek — Try a Kastmaster or Swedish pimple as an attractor and a Ratfinky with a wax worm as bait. Fish are hitting very lightly, so diligence is the key. Most hits were approximately five feet from the bottom in 40 feet of water.

Mantua — Good success for blue gill, perch, large mouth bass and rainbow trout. Try wax worms, Ratfinky, mealworms and ice flies.

Ogden River — Slow.

Pineview — Slush is beginning to form underneath the new snow. Anglers report extremely slow fishing and very limited success. Most anglers used a combination of lures and bait, including assorted jig colors and ice flies tipped with a mealworm, wax worm, perch meat or perch eyeball.

Rockport — Fair fishing for rainbows in the shallow water at the south end. The perch fishing continues to be slow.

Weber River — Success along the Weber River is increasing, and fishing pressure is also increasing.

Deer Creek — Catching a few rainbows with bait-tipped jigs and with worms.

Jordanelle — Using small, bait-tipped jigs. Catching mostly rainbow trout and an occasional brown trout or perch.

Provo — Using small, dark nymphs. Lures are producing some nice browns as well, especially in the deeper pools. Pressure heavy when weather is good.

Strawberry — Most anglers have had fair success. Some have reported good success with bait-tipped jigs. If success is slow, drill a different hole in a different location.

Currant Creek — Fishing has been spotty. Need to travel through mud, snow and ice to access the dam.

Flaming Gorge — Good fishing for 12- to 24-inch lake trout in the Canyon, Antelope and Lucerne areas. Fish are scattered from 50 to 120 feet, with most in the 80- to 100-foot range. Smaller fish are suspending off the bottom while feeding on zooplankton. Try tube jigs in white, chartreuse, glow or brown. Tipping it with a small chunk of sucker or chub meat may increase interest. Fishing for kokanee is typically slow this time of year. A graph may help locate fish. Downriggers, long lining, lead weights and planer boards can get the small spoons — like needlefish, triple teasers or other erratic-moving lures — down to the right depths. If ice fishing, watch for schools of fish on the graph and try to put jigging spoons like Crocodiles and Kastmasters. Boat fishing is good in Utah for rainbow, and ice fishing is good in Wyoming. There have been reports of larger fish — in the four-pound range — being taken as well as fish in the 12- to 18-inch range. If you are ice fishing, look for fish from 10 to 30 feet deep and use typical rainbow gear. Anglers report good fishing with jigs in 10 to 40 feet of water over areas with a rocky and shale bottom for burbot. Try fishing at night or early in the morning off the points. Use glow tube or curly tail jigs that are two to three inches in size and about 1/8 to 1/4 ounce in weight. Smallmouth fishing is typically slow during the winter months. Try fishing the rocky areas where crayfish will be and adjust depth, likely 20 or more feet down.

Green River — Try fishing scuds, egg patterns and attractor nymphs when no hatches are occurring. Use midge patterns when hatches are on. Spin fishermen should try Rapals, spinners, spoons and black, brown or olive Marabou jigs.

Pelican — Anglers report fast fishing for bluegill, although the fish appear to be moving around. Try some new areas if you don't locate them under your first hole. Anglers are still catching largemouth bass near the good bluegill areas.

Red Fleet — Fair success. Most fish are in the 12-inch range, but some anglers are catching larger rainbows. Fish seem to be either near the bottom or about 10 to 15 feet down.

Steinaker — Slow to fair fishing for rainbows.

Scofield — Slow.

Fish Lake — Lots of pressure on weekends. Best fishing is often in the morning. Fair to good fishing for splake. Use jigs or Kastmasters tipped with perch, sucker, or chub. Smaller splake, along with perch and a few rainbows are caught just outside the weeds. Fair success for larger splake (16–18 inches) at 50–60 feet. Get away from the crowds for best success. For lake trout, try larger white jigs tipped with sucker or chub in 50–60 feet.

Minersville — Poor fishing.

Panguitch — Slow to fair fishing for most anglers though a few report good success. Better success for those who get away from the crowds at the popular spots. Try light-colored jigs tipped with mealworms or cutbait in 8–12 feet. Some fish are caught on the bottom, while others are suspended halfway up.

Quail Lake — Shore anglers are doing fair to good for rainbows near the inlet and the dam. PowerBait in shallow water has produced best, slower action for trollers. Bass fishing slows down during the colder months though it is still possible to catch fish. Fish during the warmest part of the day.

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