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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-08-18
Good
Please keep in mind that the ponds are now for day-use only. We are still stocking catchable rainbow trout throughout the summer months. Try using traditional lures or baits (for example, Jake's spinners or worms). Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Try using a rattletrap or nightcrawlers to catch the small wipers, especially near the deeper end of the pond (southeast side). PowerBait or Jake's spinners are also effective.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-08-18
Hot
Try fishing with nightcrawlers, marshmallows and garlic- or salmon-flavored peach PowerBait. Anglers fishing the north shoreline are catching walleye and smallmouth. Use tube jigs and a 3/16- to 1/16-ounce jig head. The main ramp and the island ramp at Deer Creek are currently open. 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 74 percent full.
Diamond Fork River
2015-08-18
Fair
Look for a variety of hatches with the changing weather. PMDs are still working well in the late evening hours. Sizes 16–18 caddis are a great choice for early mornings and late evenings.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
The reservoir has been heavily stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try throwing a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub in chartreuse or white, tipped with an earthworm.
Highland Glen Park
2015-08-18
Good
Stocking will resume the first week of September when the water cools down. You can catch channel catfish with nightcrawlers, chicken or shrimp by fishing on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or powerbait. Curly Tail lures tipped with nightcrawler have also been successful.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
Trout and perch have been active very early in the morning. Try bass fishing at the top of the water with rattletraps or jerkbaits. 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 holding at 73 percent full, and water temperatures range from the mid to lower 60s.
Kidney Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Channel catfish were stocked at the end of last week, and you can catch them by fishing with nightcrawlers or other bait (such as chicken or shrimp) on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing will be slow until fall, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Midas Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Channel catfish were stocked at the end of last week, and you can catch them by fishing with nightcrawlers or other bait (such as chicken or shrimp) on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing will be slow until fall, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
The reservoir has been heavily stocked with planter-sized rainbow trout. 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
2015-08-19
Closed
The reservoir has been completely drained for the 2015 season.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-08-18
Fair
The best bite is happening early in the day or in the late afternoon. Try using a nightcrawler or garlic or rainbow PowerBait (under a bubble) for the best results. Whenever you use any jigs or lures, remember to tip the hook with a nightcrawler.
Payson Lake
2015-08-18
Fair
The water level is about a foot below average. Try fishing with PowerBait, Jake's spinning lures or nightcrawlers. If you're fly fishing, try using dry flies. Float tube anglers have been very successful. Be sure to take your bug repellent with you. All roads and campgrounds on the Nebo Loop are currently open.
Provo River, Lower
2015-08-18
Good
PMDs, spinners and caddis are all working right now, especially in the evenings. Use sizes 16–18. Trout are very active and feeding early to midday. If you choose to fish on hot days, make sure you arrive early or late for the best fishing. Cooler weather will produce great fishing throughout the day. Water is being released from Deer Creek, so water levels are up and ranging from 540 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 63 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-08-18
Good
Flows are still high, but staying consistent. Be careful if you're attempting to wade. Pale Morning Duns are working the best in the evenings, and caddis are working best in the early morning and late evening. Water levels are near 517 cubic feet per second (cfs), with flows higher near the Jordanelle release at 633 cfs, and average at Charleston with flows around 511 cfs.
Salem Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Catfish were stocked at the end of last week, and you can catch them with nightcrawlers or bait fished on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or garlic PowerBait off of the boat ramp or from the docks inside the park.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-08-18
Slow
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-08-18
Good
With cooler temperatures in the higher mountain lakes, fishing is good almost all day! Fish have been very active the last couple of weeks. Try using a Jake's spinner or use a bubble with worms and PowerBait.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
The pond will continue to be stocked with rainbow trout every other week during 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
2015-08-18
Slow
Channel catfish were stocked last week and can be caught with nightcrawlers or bait by fishing on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow and stocking will resume in September. Try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. You can also try using a Curly Tail lure tipped with a nightcrawler.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-08-18
Good
Fishing is best very early in the morning, typically before 9 a.m. Some kokanee are being picked up by the Narrows. Anglers are finding kokanee in depths of around 30 feet, and below that, they're finding the cutthroat. Try using pink dodgers with a pink or white squid. Shoreline anglers are catching fish on PowerBait, and while fishing nightcrawlers at depths of around 20 feet. Try a large spinner tipped with nightcrawler or PowerBait.

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. One pink tag has been retrieved, so far. 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 74 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-08-18
Fair
We haven't received any reports for the last couple weeks. Prior to that, anglers were catching big browns in the Walk-in Access areas. They said the water was very clear and the fish were easily spooked, but the fishing is worth it. Spinnerbaits produced several large fish.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-08-18
Fair
At Tibble Fork, try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are slow to bite, but are feeding actively in the morning and late evening. For a chance to catch some nice-sized grayling, try fishing Silver Lake above Silver Lake Flat reservoir. It's about a 1-hour and 15-minute hike. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is almost completely drained so the dam can be repaired. The daily bag and possession limit of Silver Lake Flat Reservoir only has been increased to 8 fish from now until January 1, 2016.
Utah Lake
2015-08-18
Good
Try fishing with bait on the bottom during the early morning or late evening. You may try using carp or white bass meat tipped on your hooks. White bass have been very active during the early morning near the boat ramps — they are biting on small tube jigs. Water levels continue to drop, and the lake is very shallow in many places. Boats can still launch out of Lincoln Beach, but try to stay in the middle of the channel, as some anglers are reporting water depths of a foot and a half in some areas. Please use caution when launching boats. The lake is about 4.4 feet below compromise levels. Water temperatures are hovering around 75°F at midday. Mosquitoes are out in full force, 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 48 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-08-18
Slow
Water levels are extremely low and will continue to drop because of irrigation needs. Anglers should try Jake's lures or spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers. Fish during early morning and evening hours for the best results.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-08-18
Good
The pond received the last stocking of rainbow trout for the year. 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 restrooms nearby.
Willow Pond
2015-08-18
Fair
Stocking will resume mid-Septembe when the water cools down. Channel catfish were stocked earlier in the summer. You can catch them by fishing a nightcrawler on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow, but try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful. 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
2015-08-18
Slow
Try using an original Rapala floater in 11/16-ounce or a chrome Rat-L-Trap tipped with bait. Fish the first two or three feet of water. Fishing is slow, but a few anglers have caught 36-inch pike in the last two weeks. The water temperature is around 75°F.

 

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