BOUNTIFUL – The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources released its latest fishing report last Friday, just in time for anglers to grab their poles and head out for Pioneer Day.
Most of the fisheries in Utah are reporting “good” fishing conditions, and Bountiful Lake catfish are being caught using an unusual method.
At the local fishing hole, the eastern shore has become the hottest spot to catch any of the fish coming from there. One angler reportedly caught a 10-pound catfish using a piece of chicken just off the bottom of the lake.
Other anglers have said the other fish are becoming very active on the surface of the water, including large carp.
The carp can be seen along the vegetation near the inlet of the lake.
Wipers have also been stocked there recently, but probably won’t be able to be caught until next spring.
The Farmington Pond has gone from “good” to “slow” fishing conditions as most residents have taken to swimming there rather than dropping a line. Wipers have also been stocked at the pond recently.
Holmes Creek Reservoir in Layton continues to have good fishing conditions for bluegill near the shoreline of any shaded structure there. Largemouth Bass and trout are popular catches as well. Anglers have reported using floating tubes or non-motorized boats in order to have the best success.
A walk-in authorization number is needed before entering the pond, which is privately owned.
The Jensen Nature Park Pond in Syracuse isn’t doing as well as reported from two weeks ago. Most anglers have had little to no success catching the catfish there, and the bluegill are still spawning during the summer time.
The most success has come from using small worms or salmon eggs with a very small hook.
The hottest fishing spot in Davis County is currently the Kaysville Ponds. Bluegill are being caught using small worms and salmon eggs.
Largemouth bass and catfish can be caught using using worms just off the bottom of any of the ponds.
Fingerling wipers have also been stocked by biologiests there.
More experienced anglers should take younger or novice anglers there for a fun time during the holiday weekend.
Anglers who want to head out of town for the State holiday and want to fish may want to try either Utah Lake or the Lower Bowns Reservoir.
Utah Lake, located in Provo, is showing hot fishing conditions for bullhead and channel catfish, common carp, walleye, black crappie and largemouth and white bass.
Lower Bowns is located southeast of Richfield and is reported to have hot fishing for Rainbow Trout.
For a state-wide fishing report visit wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots.