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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-04-21
Fair
The ponds have been stocked multiple times this spring, so fishing should be good for catchable-sized rainbow trout. 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. Please keep in mind that the pond is now only open to day-use.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-04-21
Slow
The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout, so try using PowerBait or Jake's spinners for the best results. We suggest using worms to catch wipers. If you have a minute, please let us know how many you catch.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-04-21
Fair
Boaters are having the most success in the early- to mid-morning hours. They are trolling at depths of around 20 feet. Shoreline anglers should use PowerBait or Jake's spinners. The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open, but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. The Charleston dirt ramp has been permanently closed. 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 quagga mussel veligers 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, Twitter or Instagram to see the latest updates. The reservoir is currently 90 percent full, and the water temperature is in the low 50s.
Diamond Fork River
2015-04-21
Fair
Blue-winged olives have been hatching around midday. Spinners work great for those who aren't fly fishing. The fishing is consistent, and there's not much pressure compared to many of Utah's other rivers.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
The reservoir has been stocked, so try using a spinnerbait or a Curly Tail grub lure.
Highland Glen Park
2015-04-21
Fair
The pond has already been stocked with rainbow trout a couple of times this spring. Temperatures are warmer, and the fish are feeding. Try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. Using a Curly Tail lure, tipped with a nightcrawler, has also been successful. Catfish can be caught with nightcrawlers while fishing on the bottom of the pond.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-04-21
Fair
Float tubers have had success while fishing with Rapalas. Try throwing jerkbaits for smallmouth bass. Fly-fishing anglers are having success with woolly buggers in black. Boaters have had success trolling in about 50 feet of water. Also, continue using traditional baits (such as worms and PowerBait) on the shoreline. Courtesy docks are in at the main ramp. The Upper Fisher and PWC restrooms are open, as well as the cabins. The PWC ramp has docks and is open, and any boat can launch until Memorial Day weekend. Murdock Camp is open. 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 the floating debris that's coming in from the river runoff near the south arm. The reservoir is holding at 68 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2015-04-21
Slow
The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout a couple of times this spring. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. Curly Tail lures, tipped with nightcrawlers, have also been successful.
Midas Pond
2015-04-21
Slow
The pond has been stocked with rainbow trout a couple of times this spring. Try using worms, Jake's lures or garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. Curly Tail lures, tipped with nightcrawlers, have also been successful.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-04-21
Closed
The road is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
The reservoir has been stocked. Anglers are encouraged to harvest and enjoy the stocked fish. Try spinner baits and traditional baits (such as PowerBait or nightcrawlers). You might also want to try throwing a Curly Tail grub.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-21
Fair
Spinnerbaits and worms should produce fish right off the docks. Also, try garlic-flavored PowerBait, under a bubble. The Third Annual Palisade State Park fishing tournament will be on May 9. Please call the state park at 435-835-6676 or visit their Facebook page for more details.
Payson Lake
2015-04-21
Closed
The Nebo Loop is closed at the Maple Lake turnoff. From Nephi, the loop is closed at the Bear Canyon turnoff.
Provo River, Lower
2015-04-21
Good
Anglers are catching big rainbows! A few skwalas were seen this weekend, and more should appear near the end of month. Be aware that some hatches may occur earlier this year (for example, the Mother's Day caddis hatch). Blue-winged olives are hatching, so try sizes 18–22, especially on overcast days. Mayflies are also making an appearance. Water levels range from 190 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek to 41 cfs near Harbor Drive. From the Center Street Bridge upstream to I-15, the river is closed until 6 a.m. on May 2.
Provo River, Middle
2015-04-21
Good
You'll find great midge fishing right now, with sizes 18–22 working best. Blue-winged olives are making an appearance. Nymphs, size 22 and smaller, will be still be good at midday. Water levels are near 148 cfs, with flows higher near the Jordanelle release (241 cfs) and the average at Charleston around 149 cfs. Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees.
Salem Pond
2015-04-21
Fair
The pond has been repeatedly stocked and has very active, hungry rainbow trout. Try using a Jake's spinner. Another good option is to use a bubble with worms or PowerBait. Catfish will be stocked at the end of May.
Settlement Canyon Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-04-21
Closed
The road to the lake is closed at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-04-21
Fair
The pond has been repeatedly stocked with rainbow trout and has received very little pressure. Try using Jake's spinners, nightcrawlers, Curly Tail beadhead lures or PowerBait with a bubble.
Spring Lake
2015-04-21
Slow
The pond has been stocked, so try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait with a bubble. Please be aware that there have been a large number of cormorants feeding at the pond.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-04-21
Fair
The bite is occurring in the early morning, typically before noon. Shoreline anglers have brought in some nice-sized rainbows near Mud Creek. The Soldier Creek Marina and the Ladders are completely open. The main road to Haws Point is open, but we suggest using a vehicle that has four-wheel drive. Try dark-colored leeches, marabou jigs, jerkbaits or spinners. There may still be a couple of ice slabs lingering, so boaters should be careful. The water temperature is around 41 degrees, and the reservoir is currently 77 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-04-21
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, but you may want to try using midges in sizes 18–22. The blue-winged olives are hatching right now.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
Try using spinners or nightcrawlers for the best results. Trout are feeding actively.
Utah Lake
2015-04-21
Slow
Spring runoff is causing the lake to appear muddy. Anglers report slow fishing. Use smaller swimbaits or shad raps for walleye. You might also want to try using stainless steel leader and prevent any pike from severing the line. For catfish, try using chub meat, carp meat, chicken liver or worms on the bottom. 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 64 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-04-21
Slow
There haven't been any recent reports from anglers. Please let us know about your fishing experience at the reservoir.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-04-21
Slow
Stocking has begun. The water is very low, but the trout are hungry and active. Try a Curly Tail grub or PowerBait with a bobber and keep it shallow.
Willow Pond
2015-04-21
Fair
The pond has been repeatedly stocked with rainbow trout. Try using a bubble, garlic-flavored PowerBait or worms. You may want to throw spinners or crankbaits near any of the vegetation for some largemouth bass hookups. By voluntarily releasing the largemouth bass, you can help control the bluegill population.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-04-21
Slow
Water levels are very low and continue to fall. The reservoir is currently 48 percent full. The buoys have been put in, and both launch ramps have docks. The restrooms and showers are now open. Anglers are catching fish, but it is a slow bite. Try the backs of the bays (and near the dropoffs) with Maniac minnows, Husky Jerks or spinnerbaits and fish extremely shallow for northerns. Perch-colored jigs seem to be the most consistent producers. Water temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees.

 

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