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Central Region report

Information compiled by Michael Packer

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Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed. It will reopen in spring. (02-05-19)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has ice capped. Anglers report six to eight inches of ice around the Island day-use and Charelston areas, and three to five inches of ice around the Rainbow Bay day-use area. There is still unsafe ice in some areas so please use extreme caution before venturing out. Try fishing the 15- to 25-foot water column using Ratfinkee jigs, VMC Tungsten Tubby jigs, Lindy Micro Slick jigs or small white tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs with wax worm, mealworm, minnow or PowerBait. (02-05-19)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Road access is clear up to the gate. Angler pressure and fish catch rates are unknown. If you're fly-fishing, try using midges and sow bugs. Rod guides and tips will freeze up, so you may want to consider using a de-icing product. For spin-cast using lures, try small metallic spinners or spoons. Cast upstream of deeper sections and retrieve slowly. Fishing during midday is best. (02-05-19)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has ice capped. Anglers report five to seven inches of ice. Soft edges may be present so please continue use extreme caution as these conditions change. Try fishing eight- to 15-feet below the ice using Ratfinkee jigs, Lindy Micro Slick jigs, white or pink tube jigs or Custom Lures Cut'r Bugs. We recommend tipping jigs with wax worms, mealworms or PowerBait. (02-05-19)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

The majority of the pond has four to six inches of ice. There are still areas of open water and thin ice at the north end of the pond. Please continue to use extreme caution as ice conditions change. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout, channel catfish, black crappie and bluegill. Try using neon tungsten teardrop jigs, Ratfinkee jigs, VMC Tungsten Wax Tail jigs, Swedish Pimple or Northland UV Buck-Shot Rattle Spoon. We recommend tipping jigs with wax worms or mealworms. Also, try PowerBait or hotdog fished on the bottom using a slip rig sinker for the occasional catfish. (02-05-19)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Slow

Everything south of the personal watercraft (PWC) ramp is very thin ice and there is open water near the dam. Please do not venture out onto thin ice. It is extremely unsafe. Ice thickness is eight to ten inches north of the main ramp and 10 to 13 inches near Rock Cliff. Anglers are having best luck fishing in the morning on the Rock Cliff side. Try fishing the 20- to 40-foot water column in areas where vegetation or structure are present using Ratfinkee jigs, Ratso or Shrimpo jigs, Swedish Pimple, Lindy Rattl'n Flyer spoon or 1.5-inch white tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs with wax worm, mealworm, nightcrawler or chub meat. (02-05-19)

Kidney Pond

Slow

There is no ice present. Try using garlic PowerBait or Atlas Mikes Marshmallows fished off the bottom using a slip sinker rig. You can also try using a wet fly behind a bubble or metallic inline spinners. (02-05-19)

Midas Pond

Slow

There is no ice present. Try using garlic PowerBait or Atlas Mikes Marshmallows fished off the bottom using a slip sinker rig. You can also try using a wet fly behind a bubble or metallic inline spinners. (02-05-19)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Slow

Access to the reservoir has been challenging because of E State Hwy 35 winter road conditions. The reservoir is still accessible by snowmobile but there has been little report of angler pressure, current ice thickness or fish catch rates. Try using a Swedish Pimple, rattle spoons, neon Rat Finkees, ice flies or one-inch white/glitter tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs and spoons with mealworm, wax worms or nightcrawler. Please continue to check UDOT road conditions and use extreme caution when accessing the reservoir. (02-05-19)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Unstable ice

The pond has thin ice present. Please do not venture out onto the ice until it thickens. It is extremely unsafe. We haven't received any fishing reports recently. (02-05-19)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season. (02-05-19)

Provo River, Lower

Fair

Catch rates have slowed but anglers are still catching good-sized fish. Fishing midday is most successful. For fly-fishing, try nymphing using small sized caddis larva, sow bugs, pheasant tails or midge larva. You can also try using dry fly midges for the occasional top water bite. Rod guides and tips will freeze, so you may want to consider using a de-icing product. For spin casting, try using small brightly colored inline spinners, metallic spoons or a wet fly/wooly bugger on a bubble using a slow retrieve. (02-05-19)

Provo River, Middle

Fair

Catch rates have slowed but anglers are still catching good-sized fish. Fishing midday is most successful. For fly-fishing, try nymphing using small sized caddis larva, sow bugs, pheasant tails or midge larva. You can also try using soft-hackles later into the afternoon. Rod guides and tips will freeze, so you may want to consider using a de-icing product. For spin casting, try using small brightly colored inline spinners, metallic spoons or a wet fly/wooly bugger on a bubble using a slow retrieve. (02-05-19)

Salem Pond

Fair

The pond has open water and little ice formation. Try using garlic PowerBait, or nightcrawler with Atlas Mikes Marshmallows off the bottom using a slip rig sinker. Also, try using small Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners with a slow retrieve. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-05-19)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Unstable ice

The reservoir has some remaining ice present, and open water. Please stay off the ice until it thickens. For fishing open water, try using rainbow twist or garlic PowerBait. Another good option is a nightcrawler (tipped with a marshmallow) fished off the bottom using a slip-rig sinker. (02-05-19)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed. Current ice thickness and fish catch rates are unknown. (02-05-19)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

Current ice thickness and catch rates are unknown. There is several feet of snow atop the ice hindering access and fishing opportunity. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-05-19)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

Spanish Oaks is closed. The reservoir was drained to remove invasive goldfish and to improve the aquatic habitat. (02-05-19)

Spring Lake

Slow

There is some thin ice in areas, but the rest of the lake is still open water. Try using garlic PowerBait, pink or orange marshmallows, and salmon eggs suspended four feet below bobber or off the bottom using a slip rig sinker. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-05-19)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

There is six to eight inches of snow atop an average of 12 inches of ice. There are areas of the reservoir where anglers are getting their machines stuck so please continue to use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice. Anglers report catching multiple 16- to 21-inch cutthroat trout with the occasional slot buster. Try fishing either 15 feet below the ice or right off the bottom in the 30- to 40-foot water column using neon tungsten jigs, Crazy Glow Orange or Pearl White Maniac Custom Lures Cut'r Bugs, pearl or chartreuse paddle bug jigs, or glitter tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs with wax worm, mealworm, nightcrawler or PowerBait. (02-05-19)

Thistle Creek

Slow

We haven't received reports of angler pressure or fish catch rates. The upper portion (the Nebo Creek area) and lower portion (near Bennie Creek) have felt the effects of debris flows due to fire in 2018. Fish numbers are down, but still present in the system. For fly-fishing, try nymphing using small sized baetis, caddis larva, midge larva or pheasant tails. Rod guides and tips will freeze, so you may want to consider using a de-icing product. For spin casting, try casting gold Jake's Spin-A-Lures, silver Kastmasters, or Roostertails upstream of deeper sections using a slow retrieve. (02-05-19)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has 10 to 12 inches of ice. There's open water near the river inlet, so please continue to use extreme caution when venturing out onto the ice in this area. Try jigging 15 feet beneath the ice or right off the bottom using Rat Finkees, Ratso or Shrimpo jigs, teardrop jigs or 1.5-inch white or glow panfish tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs and spoons with mealworm, wax worm or PowerBait. (02-05-19)

Utah Lake

Good

The lake has a mixture of ice and open water. The Utah Lake State Park Marina has four to six inches of ice. However, other marinas, including American Fork, Lincoln Beach, Lindon and Saratoga Springs, have unsafe ice. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Anglers report catching white bass, yellow perch and black crappie. Try using glitter/chartreuse, yellow or white 1.5-inch curly tail grubs or skirted panfish tube jigs with a 1/16 to 1/32-ounce jig head. Also, try Northland Fire-Ball Spin jig, Ratso and Shrimp jig, VMC Tungsten Nymph jig or Rapala Jigging Rap. We recommend tipping jigs with mealworm or nightcrawler. (02-05-19)

Vernon Reservoir

Slow

The ice is 10 to 11 inches thick. Try fishing 10 feet beneath the ice or right off the bottom using Ratfinkee jigs, pearl or chartreuse paddle bugs, Pearl or Orange Glow Maniac Custom Lures Cut'r Bugs. We recommend tipping jigs spoons with wax worm, nightcrawler or PowerBait. Please continue to use extreme caution as ice conditions change. (02-05-19)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

We haven't received any recent angler reports, and ice thickness is unknown. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-05-19)

Willow Pond

Slow

There are areas of thin ice present with the majority of the pond still open water. Please remember that ice fishing is Willow Pond is prohibited per city ordinance. Try using rainbow twist or garlic PowerBait, or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow five to six feet under a bobber, or fished off the bottom using a slip rig sinker. (02-05-19)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The ice just came off the reservoir. You can launch a boat from the Oasis boat ramp. Hazard buoys are not in place yet, so please launch at your own risk. The water temperature is still very cold so please exhibit proper boating safety and wear a life jacket. Angling pressure has been very low. For trout, try using glitter garlic PowerBait, Atlas Mikes Marshmallows or nightcrawler off the bottom using a slip rig sinker. Northern pike, walleye and wipers are also present in the reservoir. Try using Lindy Slick Jigs, Lindy Fuzz-E Grub Jigs, Blue Fox Super Boe spinners, Daredevile Spoons or Mepps H210 spinners with a medium-slow retrieve. (02-05-19)