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Utah Ice Fishing Reports

Postby Nunz » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:27 pm

Beaver Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) You can access the lakes by snowmobile. All of the lakes have ice. Public access at Puffer Lake is restricted to 100 yards of shoreline on the southwest end. Look for the small area that is NOT posted.

Causey Reservoir

Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jan 15) Conservation Officer Chad Wilson reports slow fishing and light pressure.

Cleveland Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 14) The reservoir is frozen and covered by about two feet of snow. There haven't been any recent reports.

Deer Creek Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch

(Jan 17) Johnny W. of Orem fished Rainbow Bay in a group of 3 and caught 7 rainbows using green jigs tipped with meal worms. "I caught my limit and the other guys witnessed 18 3/8ths and 17 5/8ths were the biggest that I caught missed over a dozen hits were lite but abundant for everyone until around 2 pm. We made it to the north point of the big turtle hill. But we started just in front of the parking lot and fished at 6 am in the dark and waited for light to traverse. Ice is very solid 5 inches thick and edges were solid no slush."

(Jan 16) A little more ice has formed, and 6–10 anglers were seen fishing near the island today. Anglers report about 4–5 inches of ice near the island area. There are still some dangerous-looking, thinner ice areas on the reservoir, so use caution. Fishing success was reported as slow to fair by the ice anglers. They mostly caught rainbow trout. Try bait-tipped jigs. Some anglers use a lot of jigging motion, and others use very little. You'll need to experiment to find the method that works best. The yellow perch limit is 10. From Jan. 1 through Apr. 30, you must keep all the yellow perch you catch. Remember that the bass limit is six, and you should immediately release all bass over 12 inches long. The walleye limit is 10, but you may keep only one over 24 inches.

(Jan 5) Johnny W. of Orem reports: Drove by on my way to Park City looks like lake froze from dam to wallsburg bay overnight. Rainbow bay frozen. Island frozen. Probably only inch thick so still unsafe maybe this weekend. We'll have to go check it out.

(Dec 27) Johnny W. of Orem fished NE of the island and caught 1 rainbow using lime twist PowerBait. "Waded through deep snow drift on guard rail but along water edge only 12 inches. Ice forming on edges. Back bay freezing. Wallsburg still open water. Slow fishing few bites gorgeous scenery.

East Canyon Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jan 17) John C. of Layton fished Taylor's Hollow and caught 6 rainbows using jigs tipped with worm. "good action in morning, afternoon slowed down, but good sized rainbows all day."

(Jan 15) Park Ranger Josh Gibson reports anglers are catching trout on shrimp, salmon eggs and meal worms. The ice is roughly five to eight inches thick, 100 yards from the shore.

Echo Reservoir

Bass, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 15) Biologist Ben Nadolski reports slow fishing for perch and fair fishing for trout.

(Jan 2) Riley P. of Farmington fished in a group of 3 using white jig head, yellow jig, black jig head (all with half a nightcrawler). "We got there at about 12 and fished until 4pm without even getting a bite. We talked to a few other people, and only one had caught anything. The ice was 4-7 in. thick."

(Jan 1) Chris of South Jordan fished with a partner and caught 4 rainbows and a brown using a pink Jig tipped with mealworm. "Initially fished in 30 feet of water out from boat ramp, but was only catching small perch so we moved to deeper water. Rainbows we caught ranged from 15"-18.5" and the Brown was 21", caught right off the bottom. Fish were at all different depths, was using fish finder to locate."

(Dec 24) Dennis R. of Ogden fished the south end of the east side with a partner and caught 14 rainbows using Waxies 3 feet off the bottom in 16 ft. of water. Ice is 4 in. thick.

Electric Lake

Cutthroat Trout

(Jan 14) There is open water on the north end, where the mine's water discharges into the lake. Springs and pockets of open water may also exist. Very few anglers have visited the lake this winter.

Fish Lake

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Splake (hybrid), Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch

(Jan 16) There are 7–8 inches of clear ice and fast fishing for splake. Use jigs or Kastmasters tipped with perch or other cutbait. You can catch smaller splake—along with perch and a few rainbows—just outside the weeds. You'll have success catching larger splake (16–18 inches) at 50–60 feet. For lake trout, try larger white jigs tipped with cutbait in 50–60 feet.

(Jan 10) Chris of South Jordan fished with a partner and caught 35 splake and 15 rainbows. "Most fish were caught between 20-30 feet of water using jigs tipped with meal worms. When fishing slowed down, we switched colors. Also used a large tube jig tipped with sucker meat and bounced it right off the bottom and had great success."

Forsyth Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jan 16) Access is good, and the ice is about 12 inches thick. Fishing is good one day and then slow the next. Ice fishing is a good way to target splake. Try light-colored jigs or Kastmasters tipped with cutbait.

Grantsville Reservoir

Brown Trout, Crayfish, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) Grantsville ice anglers reported ice depths of four inches on the northeast side but said fishing success was slow.

Huntington Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jan 14) The ice pack is thick and covered by more than two feet of snow, which has discouraged angling activity. Kevin Phillips of Huntington, who fishes the reservoir frequently, prefers a chartreuse ice fly. He tips the fly with a piece of nightcrawler and fishes it just off the bottom. He holds the line between his fingers to heighten his sensitivity to a bite. In the past few years, Kevin has caught several huge tiger trout, including one that weighed six pounds, nine ounces.

Hyrum Reservoir

Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Yellow Perch

(Jan 15) Park Ranger Floyd Powell and Conservation Officer Matt Burgess report slow fishing. The ice conditions are unstable and you should use caution. There are only two inches of clear ice and four inches of white ice. Anglers have been using everything from worms and wax worms to PowerBait. For perch and trout, try fishing off of the boat ramp in 8 to 10 feet of water or off of the bottom.

Joe's Valley Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Splake (hybrid)

(Jan 19) Riley P. of Farmington fished the north end within 100 yards of the boat ramp with a partner and caught 7 splake and 3 cutts. "Overall fishing was good. All of our fish were 12-15 in. long, fish were suspended off the bottom."

(Jan 14) On Jan. 3, Ron Sorensen and Troy Johnson of Mount Pleasant had a very successful fishing trip. They caught three splake that were 25, 26 and 27.5 inches long, respectively. Each of the fish ranged from five to eight pounds. Ron and Troy fished with a tube jig (tipped with chub meat) in 15–25 feet of water. They were all alone in the middle of the reservoir on the north side. On Jan. 4, Aquatics Program Manager Paul Birdsey fished Seeley Creek Cove in 25–35 feet of water. He caught fo
ur splake that ranged from 14–16 inches. He also lost that many, including one that he estimated to be seven or eight pounds. Paul recommends a chartreuse Foxee jig tipped with chub meat.

Jordanelle Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

(Jan 16) There weren't any anglers on the scary-looking Hailstone ice, but other anglers reported about five inches of ice on the Provo River arm. They reported slow to fair success for trout and perch, using various bait-tipped jigs. You should probably wait for thicker ice to form. The bass limit is six fish, and you should immediately release all bass over 12 inches long. Please remember not to fillet bass or remove their heads or tails because of the size restriction (for law enforcement purposes). Perch success is slow, but the perch limit is 50.

Kolob Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) You can access the reservoir by snowmobile. There isn't much ice fishing pressure because of access limitations.

Koosharem Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) There is plenty of ice. It is not certain how many fish survived low water this fall. Ice fishing will likely be slow this year.

LaSal Mountains

Albino Trout, Bluegill, Grayling, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid)

(Jan 14) Conservation Officer TJ Robertson reports that mountain access is closed unless you have a snow machine. Aquatics Biologist Derek Elverud fished Kens Lake last Friday and Saturday for about two hours each morning. On Friday, Derek caught 30 trout, ranging from 8–15 inches. On Saturday, he iced 20 trout in the same size range. On both days, he fished in 20–25 feet of water on the south side near the parking area. Most fish were caught 10–12 feet below the ice. Derek used pink or yellow jigs tipped with nightcrawlers. The bite was very light and slowed down by mid-morning.

Lower Bowns

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) Access is limited to snowmobiles or ATVs. Ice fishing is usually good if you can get there.

Mantua Reservoir

Bluegill, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 15) Conservation Officer Matt Burgess reports that anglers are having good success catching bluegill, perch and some trout. Try using an ice fly with meal worms or wax worms in 11 feet of water, and moving toward the middle of the lake and working the east point.

Mill Meadow Reservoir

Brake (hybrid), Brownbows (hybrid), Perch, Rainbow, Splake (hybrid), Tiger Musky (hybrid), Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jan 16) Ice is 10–12 inches thick. You'll find fast fishing for perch in 16–18 feet of water. A few browns are also being picked up. Medium-sized brown trout are abundant. These brown trout are wild fish spawned in the Fremont River. It is very unique to find such a dense population of wild brown trout in a reservoir. The best techniques for the browns are flashy lures, streamers and natural baits like nightcrawlers and minnows. You can catch good-sized perch, some up to 10 inches long.

Minersville Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Jan 16) There is plenty of safe ice, but there have been mixed reports over the last couple of weeks. A few anglers have had fair success, although fish are in poor condition. Try white marabou or tube jigs in 8–10 feet.

Monroe Mountain Lakes

Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jan 16) The snow limits access. These lakes typically don't get much ice fishing pressure.

Navajo Lake

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) There is plenty of ice, but the gate is closed and access is limited to snowmobiles or ATVs. There's not much pressure because of access issues, but ice fishing can be very productive here. Ice fishing is a good way to target splake. Try light-colored jigs or Kastmasters tipped with cutbait.

Newcastle Reservoir

Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Wiper (hybrid)


(Jan 16) You'll need four-wheel drive to access this water, and you still might get stuck. The ice is 10-12 inches thick, and fishing is slow. A few small rainbows are being caught.

Newton Reservoir

Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Yellow Perch

(Jan 15) Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports slow fishing, although bluegill, crappie, bass, and yellow perch are being taken through the ice. Anglers are mostly catching yellow perch between six to eight inches in length. One angler reports catching a yellow perch with a small, unbaited white and blue jig. Most anglers are having success targeting bass on the south end of the Reservoir near the rocks.

Otter Creek Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) The ice is 12–14 inches thick, and the reservoir has moderate to heavy fishing pressure, especially on weekends. Most anglers find slow to fair fishing. Try to get away from the crowds at the most popular spots. Anglers who report the most success are fishing on the bottom in 8–12 feet, or they are suspended at the same depth over 20 feet. Light-colored jigs tipped with mealworms or minnows were producing. The right depth seems to be the key—don't go out too deep. Fish at Otter Creek are often caught in 6–10 feet of water.


Panguitch Lake

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid)

(Jan 16) You may keep a total of four trout. No more than two may be cutthroat or tiger trout under 15 inches, and no more than one may be a cutthroat or tiger trout over 22 inches. All cutthroat and tiger trout 15 to 22 inches must be released. There are no size restrictions on rainbow trout. Trout caught at Panguitch Lake cannot be filleted, nor can you remove the head or tail, until you get home or to a camp.

The ice is 16–18 inches. Most anglers have had slow to fair fishing, although a few reported more success. The more successful anglers moved away from the crowds at the popular spots. Try light-colored jigs tipped with mealworms or cutbait in 8–12 feet of water. Your success may slip with PowerBait. Some fish are caught on the bottom, while others are suspended halfway up the water column. TIPS FOR RELEASING FISH IN THE SLOT (from 15–22 inches long): If a fish swallows the hook, please cut the line to avoid mortality. A fish can pass a swallowed hook and survive, while digging the hook out will almost certainly kill the fish. Also try fishing with single hooks instead of treble hooks.

Paragonah Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) Access by snowmobiles, trucks and ATVs is not recommended. Ice fishing can be productive, if you can get there. Tributaries are closed to fishing from Jan. 1 to July 11. Rainbows are very abundant. Harvest is encouraged to allow fish to stay in balance with the food base.

Pine Lake

Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) The ice appears to be safe. Remember, the road isn't plowed, so access may be difficult. Ice fishing should be good if you can get there.

Pine Valley Reservoir

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) There haven't been any recent reports, but the reservoir should have safe ice. There has been a lot of snow in the area, so four-wheel drive is recommended.

Pineview Reservoir

Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Musky (hybrid), Trout, Yellow Perch

(Jan 15) Biologist Ben Nadolski reports that Division biologists are conducting a creel survey at Pineview Reservoir. This one year survey is designed to determine fishing pressure, and angler success and harvest rates. Biologists are also hoping to survey public opinion o
f current and future management strategies for Pineview Reservoir. The Division would greatly appreciate your participation.

As of Jan. 11, the entire reservoir is capped with five to eight inches of ice. However, there is a thin spot near a spring on the far Northeast side of Cemetery Point. Anglers continue to concentrate in the Narrows near the dam, near Wind Surfer Beach and on the north side of Cemetery Point. The Utah Department of Transportation has plowed extensively on the north side of the Narrows to increase parking and safety. Most anglers are parking near the access road across from the Dam Operators house, but additional parking is available further east.

Anglers were marking a lot of fish with fish finders or underwater cameras, but reported slow fishing. Most anglers were unsuccessful in The Narrows and had mixed success at Cemetery Point. Try using a combination of lures and bait, including assorted jig colors and ice flies tipped with a meal worm, wax worm, perch meat or perch eye ball. Or try a jig or ice fly as a dropper tipped with meal worms or wax worms and a combination of 1/8- to 1/4-ounce Kastmaster blade, Swedish Pimple or similar hardware in water deeper than 40 feet.

From Jan. 9–11, average catch rates were approximately 1.6 fish per angler per day (min=zero, max=9). Anglers harvested 80% of the fish that they caught. Anglers caught 1.3 yellow perch and .31 black crappie per day on average. The average length and weight of all harvested crappie was 9.53 inches (min=4.80, max=12.91) and .55 pounds (min=.06 inches, max=1.22 inches), respectively. The average length and weight of all harvested perch was 8.43 inches (min=6.06 inches, max=10.71 inches) and .30 pounds (min=.1, max=.61), respectively.

Piute Reservoir

Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Jan 16) The ice is 10–12 inches thick. Fishing is fair to good. Try to get away from the more heavily fished spots. Try same techniques as Otter Creek. Don't go too deep—most fish are caught in 6–12 feet of water.

Porcupine Reservoir

Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Splake (hybrid)

(Jan 15) Conservation Officer Rob Johnson reports that the road to Porcupine Reservoir is not passable by vehicle. Anglers will have to park at the parking lot at the bottom of the dam and walk or take a snowmobile to the ice. One angler reports average fishing, although he had some success catching brown trout.

Rockport Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout (hybrid), Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

(Jan 15) Joseph Donnell reports that Rockport State Park has six to ten inches of ice. Lots of ice fisherman with reports of good fishing. He suggests try fishing for rainbows in the shallower water, less than 25 feet and the perch are down on the bottom in about 40 feet of water. The boat ramp is plowed which makes for easy access to the ice, especially for those with disabilities.

Scofield Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Dec 28) Larry of Midvale "Fished all over but fishing was not good."

(Jan 14) On the Utah Fishing Forum, one angler described fishing on Jan. 11 as slow with occasional schools of trout. He fished near the dam, about 30–40 feet from shore. Another angler fished on Jan. 7 and rated the action as good. He fished near the dam in about 15 feet of water. He caught a tiger trout the instant he dropped his bait through the ice. He was using a Kastmaster attractant (above a Glow Ratso jig) tipped with a mealworm. He said periods of fast action alternated with slow stretches of time. Most bites were light. He caught a total of 11 trout with the largest measuring 19 inches. The ice is at least eight inches thick. Regulations at Scofield Reservoir changed on Jan. 1. The limit is four trout in the aggregate. A slot limit is now in effect for tiger and cutthroat trout. No more than two of the fish you keep may be cutthroat or tiger trout under 15 inches, and no more than one may be a cutthroat or tiger over 22 inches. All cutthroat and tiger trout from 15–22 inches must be immediately released. The trout you keep may not be filleted at the water, and the head and tail may not be removed. Any trout with cutthroat markings is considered a cutthroat trout.

(Jan 4) Aaron C. of American Fork fished the west side in a group of 3. "Fished from 7 to 11 am no bites was -30 degrees at 7am heaters and augers had trouble running in the cold next time I'll keep mine inside the truck on the way cause it was cold without heat. Had to take heaters to truck for them to work. Anyway tried several different lures and baits no action except for a couple of bites maybe I think i might have just bumped my pole. I think that was my last trip ice fishing at Scofield. Way to slow action for me."

(Dec 27) Brett B. of Ogden fished in a group of 3 jigging wax worms, meal worms and nightcrawlers in 11 ft. of water without catching anything.

Strawberry Reservoir

Crayfish, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

(Jan 16) Ice thickness varies, and anglers report well over 12 inches of ice in most areas. Snow machines and ATVs have been on the ice. Please use caution and check the ice depth before you venture onto the ice. Strawberry biologists Alan Ward and Justin Robinson report that success has picked up since last week, so you can expect fair to good success. Fish tend to be suspended at 10–20 feet down, so raise your jigs if bottom fishing is slow.

(Jan 10) Randy of West Valley fished by the marina using jigs tipped with worm without catching anything. "no body was catching anything, do you think full moon had any thing to do with that?"

(Jan 7) D. Dimmick of Draper fished Chicken Creek East and caught 2 cutts and a rainbow using jigs large green glow in the dark and white with black and silver sparkles in 20 ft. of water. "Fishing was good"

(Jan 7) Aaron of American Fork fished Chicken Creek East in a group of 3 and caught 3 cutts and a rainbow using jigs with waxworm or nitecrawler. "Solid ice probably 7 inches of clear ice covered with 7 of white ice about 14 inches total from the bottom of the ice to the top. Kind of slow but did manage to catch a few. My buddy caught a rainbow that was 3 and a half pounds 21 inches nice healthy fish. Fished from 7 am to about 1 pm. Will be back next week"

(Jan 3) Johnny W. or Orem fished the marina in a group of 5 and caught 7 cutts using chartreuse paddle bug tipped with wax worm. "fish schooling through slow between bites ice is 7 inches and snowmobiles on ice. Open water in middle of lake looking from dry dock towards chicken creek"

(Dec 26) Johnny W. of Orem fished Mud Creek in a group of 4 and caught 1 cutt using jigs tipped with night crawler and minnows. "Road was not plowed from main road. We hiked in all our gear on a sled in 3 foot snow. The ice is on and it was a Slush Monster. 12 inches powder on top of 6 inches of slush. 4 inches of ice. Ventured towards the north hill but was unable to traverse because the ice was double layered and 3 inches on far side, That is where I caught the only fish. Slow... One other group fished and I saw them only catch one fish. After 3 hours the plow truck made it and we were able to drive down to the parking area in 4 wheel drive. We did get stuck for 15 minutes in a snow drift. Also the DWR officers were on the ice checking permits."

(Dec 24) Jeff R. of Murray fished with a partner using tube jig with minnows, ice flies without catching anything. "Saw fish on camera, No action--Ice unsafe saw man fall in his boy helped him get out, Out 200 yards from bank"

Thousand Lakes Mountain


(Jan 16) Access is limited by snow. Ice fishing is usually good in Solomon Basin, if you can get there.

e Fork Reservoir

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) Tibble Fork has several warm springs that create pockets of thin ice. Ice fishing isn't recommended.

Tropic Reservoir

Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) Snow may limit access. Winter is a good time to target brown trout. The local favorite bait is frozen minnows.

Utah Lake

Bluegill, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smouthmouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass


(Jan 16) I checked the lake (Utah Lake Marina) this afternoon and saw plenty of human tracks on the snow-covered ice. The anglers were gone, though. Anglers have been reporting slow to fair success for white bass, bluegill and crappie.

(Dec 27) CSH of Lehi fished American Fork Boat Harbor and caught 5 bluegill and 1 white bass using tiny jighead tipped with 1/3 of a mealworm in 5 ft. of water.

Yankee Meadow Reservoir

Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

(Jan 16) Access is limited to snowmobiles and ATVs. Ice fishing is usually good if you can get there.

(Jan 2) Dan C. of Cedar City fished in a group of 3 on the east side by stream and west side middle using white and green jigs tipped with night crawlers and caught and caught 13 trout. "Not as active as we thought it would be the bight was very soft. 4 wheelers even had a way hard time I would only recommend snowmobiles"

Yuba Reservoir

Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Perch

(Jan 17) Al of Taylorsville fished the island by Painted Rock with a partner and caught 20 perch using green/yellow jig head with perch meat or worm. "fish ranged from small (5 in) to very nice (13in). bite was slow at times but jigging seemed to help move if no bites in 30/45 min. ice was 8 to 10 in. talked to some fishermen that had been by the dam thiner ice there 5/6 in but perch were good size. they used worms. heard of 1 report of a pike but didn't see it."

(Jan 16) The reservoir is covered with ice. Anglers report over six inches of ice on the Painted Rocks side of the reservoir, but you should always check ice depths before you venture out. Conservation Officer Topham reported slow success for perch this week. However, a handful of anglers actually reported having decent success when they used bait-tipped small jigs. For more information on ice conditions, call the State Park at (435) 758-2611.

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