Fishing Wiki - Pineview-Reservoir

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Description (Edit This)

Pineview is a very popular reservoir located in Ogden Valley (northern Utah), about 15 miles east of Ogden City. The communities of Huntsville and Eden are adjacent to the reservoir. Pineview draws fishermen, skiers, boaters, sailors and people interested in others water sports.

Big tiger muskie are the primary draw for fishermen - Pineview is one of the best tiger muskie waters in the Western US. Fish longer than 36 inches are caught regularly and the record tiger went 49 inches.

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Location (Edit This)

Along the Ogden River, at the top of Ogden Canyon, just east of Ogden City.

- Distance from Ogden: 15 miles
- Distance from Salt Lake: 45 miles

Primary Species (Edit This)

Tiger Muskie
Bullhead Catfish

Special Regulations (Edit This)

Unlawful to use whole fish for bait. Cut baitfish must not be larger than one inch in any dimension and no more than one piece per hook.

Limit 6 bass, only 1 bass may be over 12 inches.

CLOSED to the possession of tiger muskie. All tiger muskies must be immediately released.
Tiger muskie may not be taken by means of underwater spearfishing.

Limit 20 black crappie.
Limit 50 yellow perch.

CLOSED inside buoys by spillway near the dam.

Tiger Muskie have sharp teeth and sharp gill plates. The must be handled carefully to avoid injury to the fish and the fisherman.

Seasonal Factors (Edit This)

Tiger muskie, crappie and perch are caught year-round at Pineview, but the tigers are harder to catch when the reservoir is frozen.

The best crappie fishing is in May, when the water warms after ice-off. At this time the fish stage near shallow spawning areas.

All species bite well during the later spring. Action slows a bit during the heat of summer but picks up again in the fall.

Lures and Techniques (Edit This)
When crappie are staging they are caught in front of shallow, weedy spawning beds. At that time they are easy to catch using small jigs. After spawning the fish spread through the reservoir. They are still relatively east to catch using jigs and small lures, but action is not as fast since they are not as concentrated. Perch provide fairly consistent action most years, but perhaps the best times to get them are shortly after ice-off in the spring and shortly after ice covers the reservoir in the winter. They are commonly caught using small jigs tipped with bait (including perch meat).

Tiger muskie are ferocious predators and follow the other gamefish. Tiger muskie are often caught off ambush points (brush lines, submerged logs, rocks, anywhere they can hide as they wait to ambush smaller fish). Tigers can be taken using a wide assortment of lures - pretty much anything that resembles a small fish can be effective. Large jointed Rapalas in flashy colors are popular because the attract plenty of attention. There is an ongoing debate about size of lure. Most experienced muskie fishermen prefer larger lures but some swear by smaller offerings.

Occasionally a fishermen will be reeling in a perch when, wham, a tiger muskie takes it hook and all. Other than that, tigers are difficult to catch you've got to put in time on the water before you can expect to be rewarded.