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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-06-25
Good
Please keep in mind that the ponds are now for day-use only. The ponds will continue to receive stockings of catchable rainbow trout throughout the summer months. 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
2015-06-25
Fair
Because rainbow trout don't do well in warmer temperatures, the pond has received its last rainbow stocking until the fall. 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
2015-06-29
Fair
In early June, we stocked 18,000 rainbow trout, and anglers have been catching them. Try fishing in the early morning and late evening hours. Boaters have been catching trout in depths of 20–30 feet. The smallmouth bass have also turned on, so try fishing jerkbaits or spinnerbaits near vegetation just as the temperature warms up in the afternoon. 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 to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 91 percent full, and water temperatures are in the upper 70s.
Diamond Fork River
2015-06-25
Fair
Pale morning dun mayflies (PMDs) are still out, so those are a good choice in the mid-morning hours. Use sizes 8–22. Sow bugs are also working. Spinners work great for those who aren't fly-fishing.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
The reservoir has been heavily stocked with catchable rainbow trout. The best bite has been occurring in the early morning and late evening hours. Try throwing a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub in chartreuse or white, tipped with an earthworm.
Highland Glen Park
2015-06-25
Good
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
Smallmouth bass are biting now that the water is warmer. Try throwing jerkbaits or rattletraps at midday. Also, continue to use traditional baits (worms and 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. Also, be aware of rattlesnakes that may be basking in the sun near the shoreline. There have been sightings near Rock Cliff and at the Perimeter Trail. The reservoir is about 87 percent full, and water temperatures are in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
Kidney Pond
2015-06-25
Good
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Midas Pond
2015-06-25
Good
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
The road is open, and the reservoir has been heavily stocked. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait under a bubble. Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-06-25
Good
As water levels continue to decrease, try using spinner baits and traditional baits (PowerBait or nightcrawlers). Curly Tail grubs are also a good choice. 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.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-06-25
Fair
Try fishing early in the day or in the late afternoon. Use garlic PowerBait under a bubble or a nightcrawler for the best results. If you use jigs or lures, try tipping the hook with a nightcrawler.
Payson Lake
2015-06-25
Good
Maple Lake has been stocked several times, and the fish are biting. Try using dry flies for fly fishing or a chartreuse Curly Tail grub, tipped with a nightcrawler. All roads and campgrounds on the Nebo Loop are currently open.
Provo River, Lower
2015-06-25
Good
Flows are higher. Yellow sallies are making an appearance, and PMDs are still present. Use sizes 16–22. Trout are very active and feeding early to midday, especially near the banks in shallow water. Sow bugs have been working well this week. Spinners are a great choice for those who aren't fly fishing. Water temperatures at midday are hovering above 55°F. Water is being released from Deer Creek, so water levels are up and ranging from 475 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 48 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-06-25
Good
Dry flies have been more successful on the Middle Provo than the Lower Provo. Try using a PMD emerger. There has been a lot of PMD activity. You may also want to try some sow bugs. Water levels are near 163 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (340 cfs) and average at Charleston (around 199 cfs).
Salem Pond
2015-06-25
Good
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-06-25
Fair
Fish have been stocked during the last few weeks, so rainbow trout will be hungry and active. Try using a Jake's spinner (with a bubble), worms or PowerBait.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
The pond will be stocked with rainbow trout every other week during the summer. Be aware of swimmers throughout the pond. Trout fishing has been slow, but try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, Curly Tail lures with a beadhead or PowerBait with a bubble.
Spring Lake
2015-06-25
Slow
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-06-25
Good
You'll find the best bite early in the morning. Shoreline anglers are catching fish on PowerBait or by fishing nightcrawlers on the bottom, especially right off the dam. Anglers have reported catching large cutthroats near Renegade. Float tubers are catching kokanee in open water at depths of around 20–30 feet. Try a large spinner tipped with nightcrawler. The Strawberry Bay Marina & Lodge rainbow trout tagged fishing contest started Memorial Day weekend. There were 295 white-tagged rainbows and five pink-tagged rainbows 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. The reservoir is currently 77 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-06-29
Good
An angler who recently visited the creek reported very fast fishing. He caught many fat trout that were around 12 inches long, and fishing pressure was light.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-06-25
Fair
Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout fishing is slow, but the fish are feeding actively in the morning and late evening. 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
2015-06-25
Good
Water levels are shallow near the marina. Try fishing in the early morning or late afternoon for the best results. Catfishing has been hot, especially near the Lindon marina. Try using carp or white bass meat tipped on your hooks. White bass have been very active in the early morning hours near the boat ramps. They are biting on small tube jigs. Largemouth bass fishing has been slow, but try throwing spinnerbaits and crankbaits near the reeds. Please use caution when launching your boats. Carp are very active and being seen all around the lakeshore. Water temperatures are hovering right around or below 75° F at midday. Mosquitoes have started to appear, so take some bug repellent when you're out. 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 61 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-06-25
Slow
Anglers should try spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers or Jake's lures.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-06-25
Good
Trout will continue to be stocked every other week throughout the summer months. The trout are active, so try a Curly Tail grub or PowerBait with a bobber, and fish in the shallows. 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
2015-06-25
Fair
The pond has had its last load of catchable rainbow trout until the fall, when temperatures will cool down. Channel catfish have been stocked and will be stocked throughout the summer. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful. You can catch catfish with nightcrawlers (or other baits) fished on the bottom of the pond. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-06-25
Slow
Anglers are catching fish near Oasis, right off the dock. Try fishing early in the morning or in the early afternoon/late evening for the best bite. Anglers are still catching walleye and northern pike on sinking anchovies or sardines. You may also want to try using spinnerbaits tipped with bait.

 

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