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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-05-22
Good
Please keep in mind that the ponds are now for day-use only. We've stocked catchable rainbow trout on multiple occasions, so fishing will be good for the Memorial Day weekend. Try using traditional lures or bait (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler has also been successful.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-05-22
Fair
The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout several times, so fishing should be excellent for Memorial Day weekend. Try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners for the best results. Worms are a good choice if you're trying to catch wipers.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
Boaters are having the most success in the early- to mid-morning hours. Try trolling with PowerBait at depths of around 20 feet, especially near Rainbow Bay. During recent gillnet surveys, DWR biologists pulled a 16-pound brown trout from the nets. There are some good-sized fish in the reservoir! The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. The Charleston boat ramp is open to non-motorized vessels only. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. Please keep in mind that juvenile quagga mussels have been confirmed in a water sample taken from Deer Creek Reservoir. As such, all watercraft exiting Deer Creek are legally required to decontaminate. Call the state park at 435-654-0171 to check on current conditions or visit Deer Creek on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 93 percent full, and the water temperature is in the low 50s.
Diamond Fork River
2015-05-22
Fair
Blue-winged olives are dwindling off. Use sizes 18–22. Trout are very active and feeding early to mid-day. Spinners work great for those who are not fly fishing.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
The reservoir has been stocked with about 6,000 rainbow trout during the last month. Try throwing a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub in chartreuse or white, tipped with an earthworm.
Highland Glen Park
2015-05-22
Good
The pond has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout several times this spring, so fishing should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Fish are feeding actively — you many want to try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. We will start stocking catfish after Memorial Day because water temperatures are getting too warm for the trout. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers fished on the bottom of the pond.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
The PWC ramp has docks, and it is open. Any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. The Rock Cliff ramp leads down to dirt because of low water levels. Be aware of floating debris coming in from the river runoff. Float tubers have had success while fishing Rapalas. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. Fly-fishing anglers are having success with woolly buggers in black. Also, continue to use traditional baits (like worms or PowerBait) on the shoreline. There are currently 20 yellow-tagged fish in the reservoir. If you catch one of these fish, measure it to the millimeter, and email the information to michaelslater@utah.gov. The reservoir is about 75 percent full, and water temperatures are in the low to mid 50s.
Kidney Pond
2015-05-22
Fair
The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout several times, so fishing should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble. Curly Tail lures, tipped with nightcrawlers, have also been successful.
Midas Pond
2015-05-22
Fair
The pond has been stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout several times, so fishing should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble. Curly Tail lures, tipped with nightcrawlers, have also been successful.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-05-22
Closed
The road is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
From May 15, 2015 until January 1, 2016, the daily bag and possession limit has been increased to eight fish. The reservoir is being drained to meet irrigation needs. Limits are being temporarily increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost. Try spinner baits and traditional baits (PowerBait or nightcrawlers). Curly Tail grubs are also a good choice.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-22
Fair
The reservoir was stocked with nearly 5,000 rainbow trout within the last month, and anglers have had great success catching tiger trout longer than 18 inches. Using spinnerbaits and worms should produce fish right off the docks. Also, try garlic PowerBait, fished under a bubble.
Payson Lake
2015-05-22
Good
Maple Lake has been stocked several times, and the fish are biting. As of May 15, all roads and campgrounds on the Nebo Loop are currently open.
Provo River, Lower
2015-05-22
Good
Flows are higher. Blue-winged olives (BWOs) are coming to an end, but you many want to continue using sizes 18–22, especially on overcast days this week. (Zebra midges and WD 40s have been very successful.) Sow bugs and San Juan worms will be more readily accepted with the higher water flows. Pale morning dun mayflies (PMDs) are hatching at midday, when water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees. Be aware that water is being released from Deer Creek Reservoir, so water levels are up and flows range from 263 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 155 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-05-22
Good
You'll find great midge fishing, with sizes 18–22 working best. Nymphs, size 22 and smaller, will be still be good at midday. The recent overcast days are still producing BWO hatches at midday. You may want to try some sowbugs and San Juan worms because flows are higher. Water levels are near 221 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (at 301 cfs) and at Charleston (around 282 cfs). Water temperatures are hovering around 50°F.
Salem Pond
2015-05-22
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked for the Memorial Day weekend and contains very active, hungry rainbow trout. Try using a Jake's spinner or use a bubble, worms or PowerBait. Catfish will be stocked after Memorial Day. If you catch a grass carp in the pond, please release it immediately.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-05-22
Fair
The visitor center is open. The trail isn't officially open, and the boardwalk still has some snow on it.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked with rainbow trout, and it receives very little pressure. Try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, Curly Tail lures with a beadhead or PowerBait with a bubble.
Spring Lake
2015-05-22
Slow
The pond has been stocked a couple of times in recent weeks, so try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait with a bubble. The pond will be stocked with a small number of catfish after the Memorial Day weekend.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-05-22
Good
The kokanee have started to turn on with the use of downriggers. Try trolling at depths of around 40 feet with pink and orange dodgers, especially near the Narrows. The Strawberry Bay Marina & Lodge rainbow trout tagged fishing contest starts this weekend. There are 295 white-tagged rainbows and five pink-tagged rainbows that will be released for the contest. Catch one of the white-tagged fish and redeem your prize at the marina stores. Catch one of the pink-tagged fish, and you automatically win one of the five grand prizes. For more information, please call the marina at 435-548-2500. Shoreline anglers should try using white tube jigs, dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits or spinners. Water temperatures are hovering in the mid 40s, and the reservoir is currently 76 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-05-22
Fair
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you may want to try using zebra midges in sizes 18–22.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-05-22
Fair
Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are feeding actively. (Important: From May 15, 2015 until Jan. 1, 2016, the daily bag and possession limit at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir only has been increased to 8 fish. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is located further up the mountain, to the north of Tibble Fork Reservoir. It will be drained for construction, starting July 1.)
Utah Lake
2015-05-22
Good
Anglers are catching good numbers of catfish, especially near Lincoln Beach. The white bass are very active off the Lincoln Beach launch area and at the Lindon harbor launch. Spring runoff is causing the lake to appear muddy, and water levels are very low. Please use caution when launching your boats. You may try using carp or white bass meat tipped on your hooks. Carp have begun to spawn and can be spotted in pods around the lakeshore. Water temperatures are hovering right around or below 60°F midday. Mosquitoes have started to appear, so bring some bug repellent when you visit the lake. The Utah Lake Commission will host the annual Utah Lake Festival on Free Fishing Day, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to this event is free. 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 or its tributaries, please bring it to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The lake is currently 65 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-05-22
Slow
The reservoir has been stocked with planter-sized rainbow trout. Water levels are up, and the water temperature is hovering around 60°F. Anglers have reported success with rooster tails and Curly Tail jigs.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-05-22
Hot
The trout are very active and super hungry, so try a Curly Tail grub or PowerBait with a bobber, and fish shallow. This is a great place to take small children and elderly adults. It is ADA-accessible and has a nice pavilion with nearby restrooms.
Willow Pond
2015-05-22
Good
The pond has been heavily stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout, so fishing should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Try using a bubble, garlic-flavored PowerBait or worms. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near any of the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-05-22
Slow
DWR biologists began stocking yellow perch (from Fish Lake) on May 10, and thousands of perch have been relocated so far. Anglers are catching fish, but the bite is slow. Anglers are catching walleye and northern pike on sinking anchovies or sardines. Don't forget that the park is hosting a fishing seminar on Free Fishing Day, June 6, 2015.

 

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