Utah Homes for Sale Near Great Fishing Holes
by Joel Carson
Utah Real Estate
SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’
|Bill Fenimore with grandchildren, Daniel and Lauren, at Mantua Reservoir. Photo by Phil Douglass|
One of the attractions I have always loved about Northern Utah is endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Fishing is a Utah favorite and there are plenty of blue ribbon fisheries up and down the Wasatch Front and Back! Imagine, if you had a Farmington home, Bountiful home, Salt Lake home, Tooele home or a home just about anywhere in Utah you’d be near somebody’s favorite fishing hole.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources monitors at least 25 bodies of water that are great for fishing in the Northern Utah Region alone. Today I thought I would share the most recent DWR fishing report to help you identify fishing holes you would like to try. Each location offers its own set of amazing amenities. Consider camping, picnicking, riding horses or hiking while you’re out and about in our wildly beautiful outdoor arena.
Now is a great time to hunt for a Utah vacation home or mountain property.
Following are reports compiled by Phil Douglass, DWR Northern Region Conservation Outreach Manager (these reports are updated regularly, so be sure to check the DWR website for the latest fishing conditions before you go). These reports were originally published online on June 6:
|This map and legend were originally created by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Please click on the map to visit the UDWR site for an interactive version.
Anglers are catching cutthroat trout by trolling shallow spoons and jointed Rapalas. For updates, call the Bear Lake recorded message at 435-946-8501.
Birch Creek Reservoir
Many anglers report they’re not catching any fish, though some shore anglers have caught cutthroat trout up to 16 inches using worms. (You may find more success at nearby Woodruff Creek Reservoir.) The reservoir is currently full. The Monte Cristo Road is open.
Blacksmith Fork River
The water conditions are good. Fly anglers report fair fishing using Irresistible Adams and Parachute Adams flies. Anglers report catching 9- to 16-inch brown trout.
3.5-inch largemouth bass were stocked in the lake. If you happen to catch one, please release it so it can grow.
Anglers report good fishing from shore with worms, PowerBait and marabou jigs.
Cutler Reservoir & Marsh
Anglers report good fishing for catfish, which range in size from small to almost two feet long. Try using traditional baits. A lot of anglers fish at Benson at night—it can almost be shoulder to shoulder. The new state catch-and-release record was recently set at Cutler.
East Canyon Reservoir & State Park
Fishing is good for smallmouth bass and trout. Shore anglers are catching plenty of rainbow trout using PowerBait or worms, and plenty of bass using worms and lures. Anglers who are trolling have been catching their limits of rainbow trout up to 16 inches in length. More than 10,000 rainbows have been stocked this year.
Shore anglers are doing well with a fly and bubble rig. The water temperature is rising and bass fishing is picking up.
3.5-inch largemouth bass were stocked recently. If you happen to catch one, please release it so it can grow.
Holmes Creek Reservoir
Andy Adams Reservoir was recently stocked with rainbow trout. Try traditional baits, spinners or wet flies. You can now fish from small, non-motorized boats. The boat launch, though, is only for members of a water skiing club that has access to the ramp. You’ll need to hand launch your canoe, kayak or float tube.
Hyrum Reservoir & State Park
Anglers near the dam are seeing fair fishing for rainbows. Try different areas if fishing is slow.
Jensen Nature Park Pond
Fishing is fair. 3.5-inch largemouth bass were stocked recently. If you happen to catch one, please release it so it can grow.
Fishing is good for small mudcats using worms. 3.5-inch largemouth bass were stocked recently. If you happen to catch one, please release it so it can grow. Trout will not be stocked for the rest of the summer, but catfish will be.
Little Creek Reservoir
Anglers report catching good quantities of rainbow trout early in the mornings using various flavors of PowerBait.
Fishing should be fair with Rainbow Warriors, sow bugs or San Juan worms.
Lost Creek Reservoir
Recent surveys revealed good growth in cutthroat and tiger trout. Lost Creek has special regulations.
Anglers are catching good numbers of keeper bluegill. Fly anglers should try fishing in the morning and evening when the winds are down.
Mirror Lake Highway is open. Smith Morehouse was recently stocked and trout fishing is good. Grayling were also stocked at Smith Morehouse. Personnel at the Kamas Fish Hatchery regularly fish the lakes of the Uintas and can answer questions about access and fishing conditions. You can call them at 435-783-4883.
Anglers report fair fishing along the rocky shoreline for crappie, bluegill and bass using brightly-colored, curly-tailed jigs. Try fishing in the morning. The majority of the fish were in the 4- to 6-inch range. Anglers are starting to catch tiger muskies. The water clarity is good and you can easily see fish. Newton has special regulations about bait size and tiger muskie. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
The water is clear and levels are low. The conditions are great for sight fishing, but the fish are very wary. Use your best leaders and stealthy presentations for success. Fish are actively rising for small midges in the afternoons.
Anglers report good fishing for tiger muskies, smallmouth bass and black bullheads. Muskie and bass anglers have had success using crappie imitations. Bullhead anglers are using nightcrawlers.
Fishing is slow. To check the reservoir’s current water level, visit the Natural Resource Conservation Service website.
Park Manager Joseph Donnell spoke with a gentleman that was fishing from a kayak. He started fishing at 6:30 a.m. and caught nine fish on his first pass, three fish on his second pass and zero on his third pass, indicating fishing may be better in the early morning. He says PowerBait, worms and lures work well. Boaters and shore anglers report good fishing. The bass are now biting. If they’re not hitting in the area you’re fishing, try moving around.
Anglers report good fishing from Morgan to South Weber. Spin anglers are having the most success with silver and black Rapalas or brown rooster tail spinners. Fly anglers have had good success in this section using sow bugs and PMD emergers. There’s been a nice PMD hatch during midday, as well as a caddis hatch in the late afternoon. From Morgan up to Echo Reservoir, the water is running high and off-color. The fishing has been fair in this section and bait seems to be working the best. Fly anglers are getting a few fish on streamer and worm patterns. All cutthroat trout, or trout with cutthroat markings, must be immediately released from the Great Salt Lake to Echo Reservoir dam.
Willard Bay Reservoir
Anglers report fair catfish fishing along the north dike using jigs. You can also try trolling a daredevil. Anglers are catching some walleye, wipers and smallmouth bass, too. The south marina is open, and you can launch a boat. The north half of the reservoir is closed and marked with buoys. The closed area is being patrolled.
Fishing is just one of the great outdoor activities in Utah. If you’re ready to buy your Utah mountain home or Utah vacation get-a-way contact me today at 801-673-3333. Call or send a text. You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Browse through thousands of detailed Utah home listings online at www.allutahhomes.com.