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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-03-20
Fair
The pond will be stocked next week. Try using traditional lures and bait, like worms or Jake's spinners. Reminder, the pond is day-use only now.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
Stocking has begun. Try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners for best results. You may also want to try using traditional worms to catch wipers. Let us know if you catch any wipers.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-03-20
Fair
The warmer water has fish actively feeding. Try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners. Walleye anglers should try using diving rattletraps between 15 to 20 feet. The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp is closed until further notice. The Charleston dirt ramp has closed permanently. The reservoir is 93 percent full. There are 20 tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one, return it to the state park office for a prize. Please measure the tagged fish in millimeters — or any other fish you catch that has a clipped fin — and report the data to the state park office or the Springville DWR office. For current conditions, call the state park at 435-654-0171 or visit the Deer Creek State Park Facebook page to see the latest updates.

Quagga mussel veligers have been confirmed at Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, plan on having your all of your watercraft decontaminated when you leave Deer Creek. Visit our website for more information.
Diamond Fork River
2015-03-20
Slow
The road is closed at the 3 forks trailhead, but you can park in trailhead parking lot. Buffalo midges are hatching midday, so try using size 22. Anglers report catching decent-sized fish north of the campground.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
The reservoir is half full, but the fishing is slow. Try throwing a spinnerbait for active trout.
Highland Glen Park
2015-03-20
Fair
Rainbow trout are being stocked for spring. The fish are feeding because of the warmer temperatures, so try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
There is a wedge dock at the main ramp. The PWC ramp has docks and is open. Any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. There are currently 20 tagged fish at the reservoir. If you catch one, return it to the state park office for a prize. Please measure the tagged fish in millimeters — or any other fish you catch that has a clipped fin — and report the data to the state park office or the Springville DWR office. Float tubers report good fishing with Rapalas. Boaters anglers should try trolling in 30 to 60 feet of water. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. You probably should also try using traditional baits, like worms or PowerBait. The water temperatures are hovering around 40 degrees. The reservoir is 65 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout for spring. Try fishing with worms, Jake's lures, or with garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble.
Midas Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout for spring. Try fishing with worms, Jake's lures, or with garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-03-20
Closed
The road to the reservoir is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-03-20
Closed
The water was drained and the reservoir hasn't been refilled.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-20
Fair
Angler report fair fishing. One angler caught an eight-pound tiger trout off the docks. The warmer weather has the trout feeding. Try using spinnerbaits and worms. The 3rd Annual Palisade State Park fishing tournament will be on May 9. Visit the Palisade State Park website for more details.
Payson Lake
2015-03-20
Closed
The Nebo loop is closed at the Maple Lake turnoff. From Nephi, the loop is closed at the Bear Canyon turnoff.
Provo River, Lower
2015-03-20
Good
Think midges. Big buffalo midge hatches are occurring on the warmer days, especially at midday. Try using sizes 24 to 26. Mayflies are also making an early appearance. Sow bugs and orange scuds are still working in sizes 16 and 18. The water flows range from 101 cubic feet per second, below Deer Creek, to 56 cubic feet per second, near Harbor Drive
Provo River, Middle
2015-03-20
Good
Midge fishing is great. Fishing should also be good with nymphs, size 22 and smaller, at midday. There has been an incredible buffalo midge hatch at midday that's becoming pretty consistent. Watch for black-colored midges and blue wings that may be making an early appearance this year. The water flows are near 136 cubic feet per second. They are higher near the Jordanelle release and Charleston areas, where they are around 147 cubic feet per second.
Salem Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout for spring. Try using a Jake's spinner. Try using a bubble and a worm or PowerBait. The boat ramp on the northwest side and the dock located within the park can be some of the best places to fish.
Silver Lake
2015-03-20
Closed
The road to the lake is closed at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout for spring. Try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, and PowerBait with a bubble. Please use caution in the early mornings, as frost may make the concrete slick.
Spring Lake
2015-03-20
Slow
Stocking for rainbow trout began this week. Try using nightcrawlers, and PowerBait with a bubble. Bluegill will start feeding as the water temperature begins to warm up.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-03-20
Good
The ladders have open water and there is open water on the shoreline. The ice, though, still ranges from 10 to 16 inches. There are very thin ice pockets in many places, though, so please use extreme caution. The warm daytime temperatures will have you breaking through a few inches of slush to the more frozen layer. No new ice is forming, but the cold overnight temperatures have kept the ice that was already on the reservoir. Fish are biting super light. The best bite is occurring in the morning. Haws has a pressure point that has been refreezing. Over the weekend, anglers report good fishing in 15 to 35 feet of water using gazillas or one to two-inch jigs tipped with chub meat, shiners, mealworms or nightcrawlers. The reservoir is 76 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-03-20
Slow
We haven't received any recent reports. Try using size 20-24 midges because the hatches have been consistent.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-03-20
Slow
Trout are feeding actively. Try throwing a dry fly along the shoreline or using spinners or nightcrawlers.
Utah Lake
2015-03-20
Fair
Anglers are catching white bass off the docks, but fishing has been slow. Fish are actively feeding — especially catfish. Try using smaller swimbaits or shadraps for walleye. You may also want to try using stainless steel leader to avoid a severed line if you catch any pike. For catfish, try using chicken liver or worms on the bottom.

Northern pike have been seen and caught in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake and its tributaries, please bring the pike to the DWR office in Springville, at 1115 N Main Street, or to the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is 65 percent full.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
Stocking will begin the second week in April. Until then, try using a Jake's spinner or throwing a dry fly. Trout are hungry and active.
Willow Pond
2015-03-20
Slow
We have begun stocking rainbow trout at the pond. There are also some nice-sized brood stock trout actively feeding in the pond. Try using a bubble, garlic PowerBait or worms. For largemouth bass, you may also want to try throwing some spinners or crankbaits near any of the vegetation.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-03-20
Slow
The buoys have been put in and both launch ramps have docks. The restrooms and showers are now open too. The north beach will open around April 5. Anglers are catching fish, but fishing is slow. Try fishing the backs of the bays or near drop offs in the shallows with maniac minnows, husky jerks or spinnerbaits. Perch-colored jigs seem to be the most consistent tackle. The water temperature is hovering between 40 and 43 degrees. The water level is rising and the reservoir is 50 percent full.

 

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