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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2016-02-05
Slow
The ponds will be restocked in April. Try using traditional lures or baits (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). White tube jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or PowerBait have also been successful.
Canyon View Park Pond
2016-02-05
Closed
The pond is closed for the winter season and will reopen in the spring of 2016.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Warmer weather from last weekend has left a lot of slush on the reservoir. Be prepared for a couple layers of ice. The top layer is a couple of inches thick, and the bottom layer has eight to 12 inches. The reservoir has six to eight inches of ice in the Charleston Arm. Please use extreme caution — the ice may still be very thin near the dam. For the best results, use a flasher above an ice fly tipped with bait (a nightcrawler or mealworm). The fish are on the bottom, and the bite is very light. Both boat ramps are closed for the season. The Island boat ramp is closed until the middle of May. 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 to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 79 percent full.
Diamond Fork River
2016-02-05
Slow
The road is closed at the lower gate, and it's five miles (one way) to reach the Three Forks trailhead. Please call the Spanish Fork Ranger District at 801-798-3571 for updated road-closure information. Watch for the midge hatches and use sizes 20–24.
Grantsville Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Please use extreme caution on any ice has that has formed. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers. Water levels are very low.
Highland Glen Park
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
The pond ice is about six inches thick, but it may be thinner or unstable near the docks. Please use extreme caution. Anglers are catching rainbow trout through the ice on salmon eggs, PowerBait and nightcrawlers.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
The Jordanelle Quadfishalon will be hosted at the Hailstone Marina on Feb. 6. See the Jordanelle State Park Facebook page or the state park website for more details. Rangers report about eight to 12 inches of ice near the main ramp and north arm. Ice in the Rock Cliffs area is about five to 10 inches thick. Ice is around five inches thick near the middle of the reservoir, but it is very thin near the dam. Use extreme caution. Anglers report that the fishing is decent in the Rock Cliffs area, but be prepared for slush. There is still self-contained camping at the main marina parking lot, where you will find an open, heated restroom. Try paddlebugs or hot-pink Ratfinkees tipped with bait. The reservoir is currently 56 percent full. See a live view of the main ramp.
Kidney Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
The pond will be stocked in April. To fish the open water for trout, try using a Jake's lure or a white tube jig tipped with PowerBait or a nightcrawler.
Midas Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
The pond will be stocked in April. To fish the open water for trout, try using a Jake's lure or a white tube jig tipped with PowerBait or a nightcrawler.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
You can only access the reservoir via snowmobile. There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please use caution. Be aware of changing weather conditions and road closures.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2016-02-05
Closed
The reservoir was drained and will not be stocked again until the spring of 2016.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
The lake is frozen. Please continue to use extreme caution and always drill test holes before ice fishing. There haven't been any recent reports from anglers.
Payson Lake
2016-02-05
Closed
The road to the Nebo Loop is closed for winter/spring 2016. It is scheduled to reopen around Memorial Day.
Provo River, Lower
2016-02-05
Fair
Please plan ahead and use caution along slippery shorelines. Mid-morning to mid-afternoon are the best times to fish. You should see fish rising as the temperatures warm and the midges hatch. Try throwing dry flies and nymphs. Water levels are holding steady from 99 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 62 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2016-02-05
Fair
You'll find the best fishing during the warmer hours of the day with dry flies. Midge hatches are occurring throughout the nicer days, so try using winter midges in sizes 20–24. Water levels are consistent, with current levels remaining steady near 136 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows near the Jordanelle release are running at 151 cfs, and the average at Charleston is about 153 cfs.
Salem Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
We will start stocking the pond again in April. To catch trout, use salmon eggs, Jake's lures or garlic PowerBait. Try fishing off of the boat ramp or from the docks inside the park.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Use caution around any ice on the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2016-02-05
Closed
Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon. The ski resorts are open, and the lake is frozen over and covered with snow. Please use caution if you venture near the lake.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2016-02-05
Closed
The pond is closed until Feb. 27.
Spring Lake
2016-02-05
Slow
We will start stocking the pond again in April. To catch trout, use Jake's lures or garlic PowerBait.
Strawberry Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Be prepared to encounter slush under the snow. The ice is a solid seven inches thick near Soldier Creek. Use extreme caution, especially near the shorelines. Fish early in the morning for the best bite, and keep in mind that the bite is very light. White paddlebugs, gidgets, Ratfinkees, glow tube jigs and pink gizzy bugs (all tipped with PowerBait, mealworms or earthworms) have been very successful. All roads are closed, except the road to Strawberry Bay Marina, so plan on bringing snowmobiles for travel. Check with Strawberry Bay Marina at 435-548-2261for the most recent updates. The reservoir is currently 72 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2016-02-05
Slow
We haven't received any reports from anglers in the last few weeks. The warmest part of the day should produce winter midges. Try using small sizes (around 20 to 24) and dry flies in the eddies.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Anglers report that the ice is about four inches thick, but it's a bit slushy. Try using Ratfinkees, paddlebugs or ice flies tipped with bait (nightcrawlers or mealworms). Remember that the daily limit has been increased to eight fish. This change will remain in effect through June 30, 2016, but the reservoir will be drained as early as April 1 to make repairs. Limits have been increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost when the reservoir is drained. Please use extreme caution on the ice. The Alpine Loop and the road to Silver Lake Flat are now closed for travel. Be aware of changing weather conditions in the canyon.
Utah Lake
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
As the snow melts, the lake levels are increasing and the ice is pulling away from the shoreline. As always, use extreme caution, especially near any open water pockets that may develop in the coming week. Try using pink or white Ratfinkees — or white paddle bugs — and tip them with nightcrawlers or mealworms. The campground is closed, and the entry fee has been lowered for the winter season. If you catch any northern pike of any size in Utah Lake or its tributaries, please bring your fish to the DWR office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The water is rising, and the lake is currently 51 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2016-02-05
Slow
Please use extreme caution on any ice that has formed. We haven't received any recent reports from anglers.
Vivian Park Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
The pond has frozen over. Please use your best judgment and stay off the ice. Open-water pockets will likely be near the deep end, on the west side of pond near the road. Please do not put the picnic tables on the ice.
Willow Pond
2016-02-05
Slow
We will start stocking the pond in late March/early April. The water is currently open, so try using a Jake's lure or white tube jigs and tip them with a nightcrawler or PowerBait.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2016-02-05
Unstable ice
Be prepared for slushy ice conditions. Please continue to use extreme caution. All docks are out of the water at the Oasis boat ramp, and the showers and toilets are closed for the winter season. If you can safely access the ice, try using hot-pink Ratfinkees tipped with a mealworm or gizzy bugs tipped with a mealworm or nightcrawler.

 

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