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Central Region report

Information compiled by Chanté Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Fair

Try using rainbow trout or blue/black holo Panther Martin Holographic Spinners or brown trout or rainbow trout Yakima Rooster Tail Minnow Spinners. Lime twist or orange twist PowerBait, or nightcrawlers, are also good options. (02-12-18)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed for the season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (02-12-18)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

There is no ice on the reservoir. Anglers are catching 15- to 17-inch rainbows, 16- to 18-inch browns, 14- to 16-inch walleyes and a few five-pound rainbows. Shore anglers have had success catching browns near the south side of dam fishing one to two feet off the bottom using nightcrawlers. Boat anglers have had success trolling anywhere from 1.8-2.1 mph with the lure suspended in 12 to 30 feet of water, and using a pink squid behind a pink galaxy D & H Custom Lures dodger, pink D & H Custom Lures Three Eyed Minnow, chartreuse Mack's Wedding Ring, or D & H Custom Lures Moon Jelly Minnow. (02-12-18)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Fishing is best midday and there are midge hatches throughout the day. Try using smaller sized midge larvae and pupae, nymphs, hares ears or sow bugs. (02-12-18)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

There is no ice on the reservoir. Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch browns. Try using inline spinners, crankbaits or jerk baits with a medium retrieve. Tip with a nightcrawler or Berkley Gulp! maggot, and scent with Pro-Cure or Smelly Jelly. (02-12-18)

Highland Glen Park

Slow

Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-12-18)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

There is no ice on the reservoir. Anglers have been catching 16- to 18-inch browns and 14- to 17-inch rainbows. Troll anywhere from 1.5-2.0 mph with your lure suspended in 15 to 30 feet of water. Try using pink D & H Custom Lures Three Eyed Minnow, green D & H Custom Lures Two-Sided Demon, yellow perch or baby bass Rapala Husky Jerk, or brown trout or brook trout Rapala Original Husky Jerk. If you are fishing from shore try casting brown trout, tinsel rainbow trout, or yellow Yakima Rooster Tails, deluxe gold Panther Martin Brass Body Spinners, or gold Kastmaster Hammered Spoons. You can also use traditional methods such PowerBait or Nightcrawler suspended in 8 to 15 feet of water. (02-12-18)

Kidney Pond

Slow

There is no ice on the pond. Traditional methods work best. (02-12-18)

Midas Pond

Slow

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond and there is no ice formation. Stick with traditional methods for the best results. (02-12-18)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

The reservoir has 10 or more inches of ice. Please exercise extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Suspend your lure in anywhere in 8 to 12 feet of water and try using a Ratfinkee, neon-colored Tungsten jig, white Marabou jig, or VMC Neon Moon Eye Jig tipped with a 1/4-inch of nightcrawler, mealworm, or waxworm and scent with nightcrawler Pro-Cure. (02-12-18)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

There is no ice on the reservoir. Anglers have been catching 11- to 14-inch rainbows and 11- to 17-inch tigers. Anglers have reported success fly fishing using both fast sinking and medium sinking lines with size 6 bead head leeches and wooly buggers. Shore anglers have had success using traditional methods and using Panther Martin Spinners or Blue Fox Vibrax Spinners. (02-12-18)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (02-12-18)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Flows are lower than usual for this time of year. The Lower Provo River is fishing similar to the Middle Provo River, but midge hatches are more sporadic. Try using midge larvae and pupae, sow bugs, and BWOs. Smaller sizes are the most effective (sizes 18-22) at this time. (02-12-18)

Provo River, Middle

Good

Anglers are catching browns and rainbows, and fishing is best midday. There are consistent midge hatches throughout the day, along with a few caddis and BWO hatches due to the warmer than normal temperatures. Try using caddis nymphs, midge larvae and pupae, BWO emergers, pheasant tails and streamers. (02-12-18)

Salem Pond

Fair

There is no ice on the pond. Traditional methods work best. (02-12-18)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

There is no ice on the reservoir. Stick with traditional baits, or try using brown or tinsel watermelon tiger Yakima Rooster Tails, minnow imitating lures, or fire/black scale Luhr-Jensen Bang Tail spinners. (02-12-18)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the season and will reopen in spring of 2018. (02-12-18)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

The lake is frozen and there haven't been any recent ice fishing reports. (02-12-18)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

Spanish Oaks Reservoir is closed for the season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (02-12-18)

Spring Lake

Fair

There is no ice on the lake. Try using PowerBait or a nightcrawler suspended 1 to two feet off the bottom, or a dry fly under a bubble. (02-12-18)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Ice thickness varies depending on location. There is 10 to 12 inches at the Strawberry Bay Marina, 10 or more inches of ice at Mud Creek and Chicken Creek, 7 to 10 inches at Soldier Creek and 7 to nine inches at Salamander Bay. There are many pressure ridges throughout the lake, so please use extreme caution of these ridges as the ice near these locations tends be extremely unreliable. Anglers are catching 16- to 22-inch cutthroats and 14- to 16-inch rainbows. Anglers are catching fish suspended anywhere from 8 to 25 feet of water, as well as 1 to two feet off the bottom. White is the magic color. Try using Maniac Custom Lures Cut'R Bugs with a split tail, tube jigs, paddle bugs, ice flies, or PowerBait Atomic Teasers, and remember to tip with 1/4-inch of nightcrawler, mealworm, maggot or waxworm. Fish are responding to a light jigging technique. If you see that a fish is interested give the jig some light movement to insight a strike. (02-12-18)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There are some sporadic midge hatches. Try using sow bugs, midge larvae and pupae, or nymphs, and smaller sizes are the most effective. (02-12-18)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

The water level is low and will remain at the conservation pool level for some time. The ice is 10 to 12 inches thick and anglers have been catching planter fish. Try using ice flies, Ratfinkees, Tungsten jigs, or neon-colored jigs tipped with a mealworm or waxworm. (02-12-18)

Utah Lake

Fair

The lake is open water. Anglers are catching white bass, but the runs appear to be very sporadic. Try using neon-colored jigheads with speckled curly tail grubs, and retrieve at a medium speed. (02-12-18)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

There is a lot of open water, and the thickness of any remaining ice is unknown. Anglers have been catching rainbows and tigers suspended in 8 to 15 feet of water. Try using paddle bugs, tube jigs, inline spinners, or spoons tipped with bait. (02-12-18)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

The pond is frozen. Please use extreme caution has ice conditions continue to change. (02-12-18)

Willow Pond

Slow

There is no ice on the pond. Traditional methods work best. (02-12-18)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

There is no ice on the reservoir. For northern pike focus on weed lines and try using Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, minnow imitating lures, or spinnerbaits. (02-12-18)