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Hyrum Dam in November: Good season for fishing and quiet

November 17th, 2009 Posted in Sports

Story and photos by Heidi Hansen

HYRUM–Drive seven miles south of Logan with some fishing poles and a lawn chair, and then settle in for a relaxing day on the shore of the Hyrum Reservoir. This is how Jay Hoth, Logan resident and retiree. has been spending his afternoons, at least.

“The fishing is great this season and the quiet is nice too,” Hoth said. hyrum-1

Created in 1935 through the use of an earth-fill damn that sits 116 ft. high, Hyrum Reservoir is on the Little Bear River and attracts many visitors for recreational activities, according to go-utah.com.

Though the reservoir is open for camping and day activities like fishing year round, few people visit during the fall when it’s too cold for swimming and not cold enough to ice fish. For Hoth, whose license plate reads “BRN T FSH,” this is perfect weather. Practically the only person on shore, Hoth sits comfortably between two fishing poles on stands, waiting for the fish to take his bait.hyrum - 2

As Hoth checks his lines, few other people can be spotted at the lake. A solo speed boat with a small family jets across the water, momentarily disturbing the peacefulness. A woman stands atop the dam taking photographs and drives away in her minivan. A flush of ducks swims in the middle before diving under for fish.

Water Quality of Utah reports that aside from the recreational uses of Hyrum Reservoir, the lake provides wetlands for birds and aquatic life and acts as a refuge for animals. Water from the reservoir is used for crops, watering stock and other agricultural needs of Hyrum.

The shoreline is shaded and owned by the state of Utah. Amenities such as drinking water, flush toilets and hot showers are available.hyrum-4


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