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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-07-27
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
2015-07-27
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
2015-07-27
Hot
Shoreline anglers are catching quite a few yellow perch in the Charleston area. The shoreline near the dam is also producing fish later in the evening. Try fishing with nightcrawlers, marshmallows and garlic- or salmon-flavored peach PowerBait. Boaters are still catching trout at depths of 20–30 feet. Smallmouth bass have been caught on blue foxes and white gitzit tube jigs, near the rocky shorelines. 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 75 percent full, and water temperatures are ranging in the mid 70s.
Diamond Fork River
2015-07-27
Fair
Look for a variety of hatches with the changing weather. Do your best to match the hatch, but if you can't, PMDs (sizes 18–22) are still working well in the mid-morning to mid-afternoon hours. Spinners are a great choice for those who aren't fly fishing.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-07-27
Fair
Because it's been so warm, try fishing early in the morning or late in the day. 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
2015-07-27
Good
Stocking will resume at the end of August 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
2015-07-27
Fair
Try throwing jerkbaits or rattletraps at midday. Anglers who use soft plastics in depths lower than 20 feet have caught several species of fish. Also, continue to use traditional baits (worms, 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. Be aware of rattlesnakes near the Rock Cliff area. The reservoir is holding at 80 percent full, and water temperatures range from the mid to upper 60s.
Kidney Pond
2015-07-27
Fair
Stocking will resume at the end of August when the water cools down. Channel catfish have been stocked, 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
2015-07-27
Fair
Stocking will resume at the end of August when the water cools down. Channel catfish have been stocked, 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
2015-07-27
Fair
The reservoir has been stocked with 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
2015-07-27
Slow
Water levels are very low, so try using spinner baits or traditional baits (such as PowerBait or nightcrawlers). You may catch a few tiger trout or rainbows. Also, try throwing a curly tailed grub for results. The reservoir is being drained to meet irrigation needs, so the daily bag and possession limit has been increased to 8 fish. That limit will remain in place until Jan. 1, 2016.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-07-27
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
2015-07-27
Hot
Shoreline anglers have been very successful with just about anything, including PowerBait, Jake's spinning lures or nightcrawlers. Try using dry flies for fly fishing. Float-tube anglers have also been very successful. Be sure to take bug repellent with you. All roads and campgrounds on the Nebo Loop are currently open.
Provo River, Lower
2015-07-27
Good
Flows are about average for this time of year. PMDs, spinners and caddis are all working right now, especially in the evenings. Use sizes 16–22. Trout are very active and feeding early to midday. Water is being released from Deer Creek, so water levels are up and ranging from 550 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 61 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-07-27
Good
Flows will be very high early in the week, due to increased water releases from Jordanelle. The fish may take a few days to adjust to these high flows. Be careful if you're attempting to wade. Nymph fishing these levels will produce the best results. Water levels are near 483 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release at 608 cfs and average at Charleston, with flows around 583 cfs.
Salem Pond
2015-07-27
Fair
About 2,000 pounds of channel catfish were stocked this summer. Catfish can be caught 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
2015-07-27
Slow
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-07-27
Good
With cooler temperatures in the higher mountain lakes, fishing is good almost all day! Try using a Jake's spinner or use a bubble with worms or PowerBait. Fly-fishing anglers may try casting some dry flies around the lake edges in the later afternoon.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-07-27
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
2015-07-27
Slow
Stocking will resume at the end of August when the water cools down. Channel catfish can be caught with nightcrawlers or bait fished 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.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-07-27
Good
The best bite is going to be found 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 75 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-07-27
Fair
Anglers have been catching big browns in the Walk-in Access areas. They say the water is very clear and the fish are easily spooked, but the fishing is worth it. Spinnerbaits produced several large fish this week.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-07-27
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. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is located up the mountain and to the north of Tibble Fork Reservoir. Important: Silver Lake Flat has been almost completely drained so the dam can be repaired. The lake will remain empty until modification and repairs are finished.
Utah Lake
2015-07-27
Good
Water levels continue to drop, and the lake is very shallow in many places. Please use caution when launching your boats. The American Fork boat launch has two feet of water (or less) in the harbor. Many areas are inaccessible due the low water levels. Boats can still launch out of Lincoln Beach, but try staying in the middle of the channel. Anglers are reporting water levels at 7.5 feet near Bird Island, so be aware when approaching it. We've also heard that vehicles can access the rock shelf near the springs. Anglers who use nightcrawlers on the bottom early in the morning or late at night are catching plenty of catfish. You may want to try tipping your hooks with carp or white bass meat. White bass have been very active in the early-morning hours. They are near the boat ramps and biting on small tube jigs. Carp are still active and have been seen in shallow areas around the shore. 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 55 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-07-27
Slow
Water levels are extremely low because of irrigation needs. Anglers should try Jake's lures or spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers. Fish in the early-morning and evening hours for the best results.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-07-27
Good
We have been stocking trout 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
2015-07-27
Fair
Stocking will resume at the end of August 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
2015-07-27
Slow
Try using spinnerbaits (in white/gold/orange) tipped with bait. The third annual carp bowfishing tournament is coming up on Aug. 1–2. Here's more information about this great event. The water temperature is hovering around 75°F.

 

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