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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-01-29
Slow
Try using traditional bait or lures like worms or Jake's spinners. The brood stock fish that were stocked in the ponds have been active.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-01-29
Closed
The pond is closed to fishing.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-01-29
Fair
The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. Quagga mussel veligers have been confirmed at Deer Creek Reservoir. There is an active closure order on the reservoir that requires all watercraft decontaminate when exiting Deer Creek. Learn more about decontaminating requirements. Check the park's website for current conditions or the Deer Creek State Park Facebook page to see when the ramps will be back open.

The reservoir has some ice near Charleston Bay and we've had a recent report of an angler going through the ice. Please use extreme caution! Anglers report catching nice-sized rainbow trout near the dam wall on Kastmasters and peach PowerBait. You may want to try tipping a jig with chub meat. Fish are being marked at depths of 20 to 40 feet. Try using green crystal buggers with sinking line. The reservoir is currently 83 percent full, and the island has water surrounding it.
Diamond Fork River
2015-01-29
Slow
The road is closed at the lower gate. It's a 2.5 mile hike to the 3 Forks trailhead. The trail may be muddy in some spots. Midges are hatching midday. You should try using size 22.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
Anglers report four inches of ice or less: Especially along the shoreline. Please use extreme caution. Ice conditions likely will get worse because of the warm weather.
Highland Glen Park
2015-01-29
Slow
Fish are feeding because of the warmer temperatures. Try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
The main ramp and Rock Cliff ramp are closed because of ice. The PWC ramp is still open, but it can be icy. Exercise extreme caution when you venture out on the ice. All of the restrooms are closed, except for the heated one near the top of the ramp. In open water, try Kastmasters or traditional baits and lures like worms, PowerBait or tube jigs. You may also want to try ice fishing gidgets tipped with worm, mealworm or maggots.The reservoir is holding at 65 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2015-01-29
Slow
Try using PowerBait, Jake's lures, and worms. Fish will begin to be stocked again in late March-early April.
Midas Pond
2015-01-29
Slow
Try using PowerBait, Jake's lures or worms. Fish will begin to be stocked again in late March or early April.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-01-29
Closed
The road is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-01-29
Closed
The water was drained from the reservoir for irrigation needs. There are likely no fish are available.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-01-29
Unstable ice
We have not received any ice condition updates. Be cautious because of this week's changing weather conditions.
Payson Lake
2015-01-29
Closed
The road is closed to the Nebo Loop at the lowest gate outside of Payson.
Provo River, Lower
2015-01-29
Good
Try fishing with streamers from the start of town to Utah Lake and you may catch some hungry brown trout. Yu may also want to try sow bugs (sizes 16 & 18), San Juan worms or pale yellow egg drop patterns. Gold spinners are working for anglers who aren't fly fishing. Nymph or dry fly fishing seems to be producing the best results; anglers are catching big rainbow trout. Midge hatches are increasingly consistent. Watch for black midges and buffalo midges. The water flows range from 101 cubic feet per second below Deer Creek to 45 cubic feet per second near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-01-29
Good
Fishing is good. Try using size 22, or smaller, cream-colored nymphs at midday. Water levels are near 126 cubic feet per second. Flows are higher, at or around 152 cubic feet per second, near the Jordanelle release and Charleston areas. With the extremely warm temperatures for January, there has been an incredible and consistent midge hatch at midday. Watch for black midges and buffalo midges soon.
Salem Pond
2015-01-29
Slow
Try using a Jake's spinner. Use a bubble and worm or PowerBait combination because the warmer weather has the trout feeding.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-01-29
Unstable ice
There may be open pockets of water, especially near the shoreline. Please use extreme caution on the ice that has formed. The warmer weather will change ice conditions.
Silver Lake
2015-01-29
Closed
The road is closed to the lake at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-01-29
Closed
The reservoir will be closed until February 28, 2015.
Spring Lake
2015-01-29
Slow
Try using PowerBait or Jake's lures. The warm weather has the fish feeding. Anglers report catching some of the brood stock.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-01-29
Hot
Use extreme caution and make sure you drill test holes to check the ice conditions. If you aren't getting bites, move because the fish will bite somewhere else. There are eight to 12 inches of ice near the Highway 40 bay, Mud Creek, Jake's Bay and in the back of other protected bays with shallower water. Anglers report the best fishing using hot pink ratfinkies, white paddles bugs or yellow, white or pink ice flies. Try using one- to two-inch jigs tipped with chub, mealworm or nightcrawler (white paddle bugs, curly tails). If you taking an ATV or snowmobile, be extremely careful: A four-wheeler went through the ice a week ago.
Thistle Creek
2015-01-29
Slow
There are no recent reports, but you may want to try using small midges because the hatches have been consistent.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
Please use extreme caution around the shoreline. Use small gidgets tipped with meal worms and/or nightcrawlers for best results.
Utah Lake
2015-01-29
Unstable ice
The ice has become unstable and unsafe in many areas. Use extreme caution. Anglers report catching white bass off the docks. The ice is two to four inches thick in both the Lindon boat harbor and the state park marina. There are pockets of open water near the ends of both of the marinas. Anglers reported catching northern pike on January 27 in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch a northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring it to the Division office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street). The lake is 60 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-01-29
Slow
The reservoir has some ice, but the thickness varies and it's thinning because of the warmer weather. We haven't received any recent fishing reports.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-01-29
Unstable ice
The pond is completely iced over, except for the spillway area near the road. The ice near the banks is thin. Please use caution if you're fishing near any open water pockets.
Willow Pond
2015-01-29
Slow
Fishing is slow. Try using a Jake's spinner, or a bubble and garlic PowerBait or worm combination. Anglers have had some success catching the active brood stock fish.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-01-29
Unstable ice
The ice has pulled away from the bank. There is no way to get on the ice.

 

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