Most bays are iced over and have about 2–3 inches of ice. There’s still a lot of open water. The ice safety is questionable but there were some tracks out on the ice. Please wait another week or so before considering this location for ice fishing. There are special regulations in effect at Strawberry: the limit is four trout or kokanee salmon in the aggregate. No more than two may be cutthroat trout under 15 inches, and no more than one may be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches.
Gold or copper-colored spinners are a great choice. Fishing with flies can be hot once you figure out the right size and pattern. Smaller-sized flies like Parachute Adams, scud patterns, San Juan worms, midge pattern, green drake or hare’s ear are still the most popular, but a strike indicator is key in recognizing a fish taking the fly. You can use bait in the stretch from above Charleston Bridge to the Legacy Bridge.
Most anglers report good fishing. Anglers report catching and releasing as many as 50 trout each day. Some boat anglers report kokanee success by fishing a little deeper with downrigger equipment or vertical jigging. Shore anglers are having decent success for trout. Strawberry Reservoir has special regulation
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Bear Lake Fishing Report:
Boats can be launched and the Utah State Park Marina, 1st Point, Cisco Beach, and Rainbow Cove boat ramps, but First Point and Rainbow Cove are shallow so only use them for smaller boats. There is a courtesy dock in the water at Cisco Beach, but the loose, rocky shoreline requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Surface water temperature is 72F. Cutthroat trout and lake trout fish has been fair along the east side of the lake. UDWR gill net sampling this week revealed that cutthroat and lake trout are found mainly in water deeper than 60 feet. The highest concentrations of cutthroat trout were found at 125-175’. Not many people try trolling at this depth but based on the catches in the nets the fishing should be good. All trout have been eating cisco and a few sculpin, so any type of minnow lure (rapala, flatfish, etc.) should work. A few anglers reported catching a few nice sized cutthroat trout this past weekend off the Cisco Beach area in 90-100′ of water. Best luck has come in the early mornings. Remember, in order to keep a cutthroat trout from Bear Lake it must have a healed fin clip (usually the adipose fin). Cutthroat trout with all fins intact have to be released
Garden City Community Fishery Pond
Pond was stocked with some cutthroat trout brood last week. Fishing has been good for these fish that average over a pound a piece. Also, rainbow trout fishing has been good using small spoons and spinners and wooly buggers behind a bubble. Try dry flies on the surface in the morning and evenings. Powerbait and worms will always work too. The pond level was a bit lower the last couple of weeks, but the pond will be filling in the next few days.
Pond level is lower but stable. There is a lot of moss (filamentous algae) which has made shore fishing difficult, however, anglers are still doing well for rainbow trout using worms, flies and spinners.
Randolph Reservoir (Little Creek Reservoir)
Lake levels are about 3 feet below full pool and there is still plenty of water to launch a small boat and/or float tubes. Not a lot of pressure, but rainbows should be active using powerbait and worms. Also try small spoons and spinners and wooly buggers behind a bubble.
Day one of my Mako Shark adventure is officially in the books! I’m in my bed, arms are very sore, and all I can think about is tomorrow!! Having Sharks at the boat, casting to them with a fly rod, watching them eat the fly, then comes the fight! Think about it!! You’ve purposely tied yourself to one of the fastest Apex predators in the ocean…..what a rush!!
As I lay in my bed onboard Mark Martin’s Yacht, I can’t help but contemplate what tomorrow might bring!
Mark is one of the foremost Mako Shark Fly Fishing guides in the San Diego area! Tomorrow morning we head out, offshore, fly rods in hand ready to do battle with the fastest shark in the ocean!
More to come tomorrow!