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Central Region report

Information compiled by Scott Root
Central Region Conservation Outreach Manager

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2014-07-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing using traditional baits.
Canyon View Park Pond
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair on this small Spanish Fork pond. Traditional baits and lures work best.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Bass fishing is good but most of the fish are under 13 inches. Trout fishing is fair to good from a boat and slow to fair from the shoreline. Anglers are happy with the size of most rainbow trout — 14 to 17 inches and chunky. For more information about the state park, call 435-654-0171 or visit the Deer Creek website.
Diamond Fork River
2014-07-29
Fair
This is a great time of year to fly fish using terrestrial patterns. Fishing is fair, but there are very few anglers on the river. Worms are a good bait to try.
Grantsville Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Fishing is fair to good for trout using traditional baits and lures.
Highland Glen Park
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair using traditional baits and lures.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2014-07-29
Fair
Anglers report good smallmouth bass fishing by jigging near the shore and out to about 20 feet deep. Senkos, or other bait-tipped jigs, can provide fast action. Trout fishing has been spotty, but anglers report catching an occasional large brown trout.,
Kidney Pond
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is slow to fair for trout using traditional baits and lures.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Fishing is fair to good using traditional baits, lures or flies. Mill Hollow is a good place to fish.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2014-07-29
Fair
Anglers report fair fishing for trout using traditional baits and lures.
Payson Lake
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair using traditional baits and lures.
Provo River, Lower
2014-07-29
Good
fishing is fair to good using flies and lures. Grasshopper patterns and green drake patterns are effective in July and August. You can use bait below Olmstead Diversion dam and down through the canyon through town. Anglers report good fishing in the deeper pools and near undercut banks. The Provo River has special regulations. Please read Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Provo River, Middle
2014-07-29
Good
Anglers report good fishing for trout by using size 18 to 22 flies. Green drake patterns and hopper patterns work on this stretch of river. Small-sized flies work great too, but be sure to switch patterns if the fish are not biting. You can use bait in the stretch from above Charleston Bridge to the Midway Lane Bridge. The Provo River has special regulations. Please read Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.
Salem Pond
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair for trout using traditional baits. Catfish fishing is best in lower light hours.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Fishing is fair to good using traditional baits and lures.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Fishing is good using traditional baits or lures. Please give swimmers their space in the beach area.
Spring Lake
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair. PowerBait and nightcrawlers are the two most popular baits.
Strawberry Reservoir
2014-07-29
Good
Kokanee fishing is good and there is a tagged rainbow trout contest running until October 31 with many prizes are yet to be claimed. That means, though, that there is a lot of boat traffic at Strawberry on the weekends. There is much less traffic on weekdays. You do not need to register if you want to participate in the tagged rainbow trout contest.

Last week, Tom Ogden and his group fished the Bryant's Fork/East Portal area on their kick boats from 7:30 until 2:30. They caught eighteen fish, mostly rainbow trout, using sinking line (from a medium sink to a fast sink) with size 4-8 leeches and crystal buggers in Canada blood, purple, black and copper, and red. They didn't catch many fish before 10:00 and fishing slowed again after 1:00. They all missed quite a few fish, so the fishing wasn't bad but the catch was was slow. Most of the day, there were some fish feeding on the surface that were after midges and some damsel flies. The water temperature was 60 to 62 degrees and the visibility in the water was 10 to 12 feet. There were quite a few boats and some other anglers in kick boats. It seemed like most people were catching fish. The reservoir level is at 77 percent and dropping slowly.

There are special fishing regulations at Strawberry: the limit is four trout or kokanee salmon in the aggregate. No more than two may be cutthroat trout under 15 inches, and no more than one may be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released. Trout and salmon may not be filleted, and the heads or tails may not be removed in the field or in transit. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more regulations and for help identifying the Bear Lake cutthroat trout from the rainbow trout.
Thistle Creek
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair using baits, lures or small flies. There are very few anglers fishing Thistle Creek. Please respect private property.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair. Angler Tim reported last week that he caught three small trout using a hare's ear pattern. The reservoir gets a bit crowded on weekends. There are a few waters nearby you may also want to check out. American Fork Creek has been stocked in recent weeks. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is full and fishing is good for brook trout using flies or worms.
Utah Lake
2014-07-29
Hot
Anglers continue to report good fishing for channel catfish. Fishing is fair for white bass, bluegill and other panfish species. Try fishing in shallower water (three to five feet deep) and near structure. Please keep in mind that there is a FishAdvisories.Utah.gov/docs/2007/100207_Fish_Advisoryi-nr.pdf'>fish-consumption advisory for channel catfish and carp in Utah Lake. If you happen to catch a northern pike, please do not release it. We do not want pike in the lake.
Vernon Reservoir
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures. The water level should be getting lower.
Vivian Park Pond
2014-07-29
Fair
Fishing is fair to good for rainbow and brown trout using traditional baits and lures.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2014-07-29
Fair
Anglers report slow to fair fishing for walleye and pike. For pike, try using small fish-imitating lures or even flies in five to 15 feet of water. Please keep in mind that there is a FishAdvisories.Utah.gov/docs/2013/fishadvisoryaug2013.pdf'>fish-consumption advisory for walleye and northern pike in Yuba.

 

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