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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer
Central Region Wildlife Recreation Specialist

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2014-12-10
Fair
Anglers are catching large brood stock trout. Try using traditional baits (worms, Jake's spinners, etc.).
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-12-10
Closed
Fishing access is closed in preparation for the winter lights festival.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-12-10
Fair
The docks have been removed and the reservoir is 75-percent full. The warm weather has anglers catching walleye and smallmouth bass with suspended jigs.
Diamond Fork River
2014-12-10
Good
The brown trout spawn in winding down, but fishing is still good. Please use caution and avoid stepping on redds (spawning areas). Try using glow bugs in an egg pattern with a dropper nymph. The road is closed at the lower gate. It's a 2.5-mile hike to the Three Forks Trailhead.
Grantsville Reservoir
2014-12-10
Slow
Brown trout are almost done spawning. Try using traditional baits and a spinner.
Highland Glen Park
2014-12-10
Slow
Trout are biting! Try using a spinner and PowerBait/bubble combo, especially off the docks. With the warm weather, you may also have luck fishing for bluegill off the docks.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-12-10
Fair
All docks have been pulled for the winter season, and wedge docks have been put in. All restrooms are closed, except for the one near the top of the ramp. Water temperatures are around 42°F. Try fishing near the inlet and use traditional baits (worms, PowerBait) and lures (tube jigs tipped with worm/mealworms/maggots). Browns are biting!
Kidney Pond
2014-12-10
Slow
Trout are active! Try using PowerBait, Jake's lures and worms.
Midas Pond
2014-12-10
Slow
Trout are active! Try using PowerBait, Jake's lures and worms.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-12-10
Closed
The road is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-12-10
Slow
Because of irrigation needs, the water was drained from the reservoir earlier this year.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-10
Slow
Try traditional baits, such as PowerBait, Jake's spinners, etc. The docks have been removed for the winter season, but the boat launch is still open.
Payson Lake
2014-12-10
Closed
The road to Nebo Loop is closed at the lowest gate outside of Payson.
Provo River, Lower
2014-12-10
Good
The brown trout spawn is winding down and there aren't as many fish on the redds. Please continue to be cautious. The water levels range from 101 cubic feet per second below Deer Creek, to 86 cubic feet per second near Harbor Drive. Sow bugs (size 16 and 18) and egg drop patterns work well.
Provo River, Middle
2014-12-10
Good
The brown trout spawn is winding down and there aren't as many fish on the redds. Please continue to be cautious. The mild weather has blue wings and midges coming on strong. Look for blue wing/midge hatches mid-afternoon, and Baetis hatches in the late afternoon. Throw streamers in deeper pools and fish them slow. Cloudy days make for the best streamer days. Nymphs, size 20 and smaller, will work well throughout the entire day. The water levels are near the winter minimum of 126 cubic feet per second. The flows near Jordanelle and Charleston areas are around 150 cubic feet per second.
Salem Pond
2014-12-10
Slow
Try using a bubble, traditional worms and PowerBait. Jake's spinners also work great for catching trout off the docks or near the bridge.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-12-10
Slow
Try using a Jake's spinner, 1/8-ounce, and/or traditional baits such as PowerBait and worms.
Silver Lake
2014-12-10
Closed
The road is closed to the lake at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-12-10
Closed
The reservoir will be closed from December 1, 2014 until Feb. 28, 2015.
Spring Lake
2014-12-10
Slow
Try PowerBait and Jake's lures to land a nice 20-inch trout. You can also try a bubble.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-12-10
Hot
The ramp is dry and you should have no problems launching boats all week. The docks have been pulled and restrooms are also closed. The marina road is half snow packed. Anglers are catching fish from the shore by tipping a white tube jig with chub meat/worms. Anglers report good fishing in shallow water during early morning. In the afternoon, fishing is better around 25–28 feet deep. The surface temperature is about 39°F. Jake's Bay has been a fairly popular area among kick boaters. Fishing will remain great before the ice forms in a couple of weeks. Please use caution as ice begins to form.
Thistle Creek
2014-12-10
Fair
Brown trout are biting. Please stay off the redds while the spawn is slowing down. Try using glow bugs in an egg pattern with a dropper nymph. Throwing streamers near riffles still works well — especially on overcast days.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-12-10
Slow
If you can access the reservoir, you'll find some active brown trout. Try using traditional baits (PowerBait, worm) and/or a Jake's spinner. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon.
Utah Lake
2014-12-10
Hot
The warm weather has melted the ice in the marina and anglers report catching large numbers of white bass off the shore. Try using minnow-colored lures. Anglers are also catching crappie and bluegill.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-12-10
Slow
Please be careful when fishing near open pockets during the day. The sun rarely reaches the corner of the pond this time of year, and the ice is unstable. Fish are still active and hungry, so try traditional baits and a fly if you have open water.
Willow Pond
2014-12-10
Fair
Anglers report catching good-sized brood stock trout. Brood stock are identifiable by their large size (20-25 inches) and worn fins. Try using a bubble, PowerBait and/or worms. Corn and garlic-flavored PowerBait also works great.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-12-10
Slow
Anglers are having a difficult time catching pike. The warm weather has caused a larger than normal halt to feeding. Try spinnerbaits, but be prepared for a long trip. Winterizing has begun and most of the campsites are closed, though some of the campgrounds will remain open year-round. Both launch ramps are still open, but the docks and buoys have been pulled. Please check the Yuba State Park website for current conditions.

 

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