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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-09-03
Good
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. Please keep in mind that the ponds are now for day-use only. Also, be aware that many Utah hunts have started and there may be hunters in this area.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-09-03
Fair
Fish stocking is complete at this pond (and will resume next spring). 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
2015-09-03
Hot
You'll find the best fishing near the dam. Anglers report catching walleye north of the island using crawler harnesses and bottom bouncers. From the shore, try fishing with nightcrawlers, marshmallows and garlic or salmon peach PowerBait. You can also use white or chartreuse tube jigs tipped with a nightcrawler.

The main ramp and the island ramp at Deer Creek are currently open. 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 70 percent full.
Diamond Fork River
2015-09-03
Fair
PMDs are still working well in the late evening or early morning hours. Size 16–18 dry flies (ants, beetles, hoppers) are an excellent choice during mid-morning and early afternoon hours. Fishing is better on cloudy days.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-09-03
Fair
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
2015-09-03
Good
Rainbow trout stocking will resume next week. 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
2015-09-03
Fair
Fishing has been slow, but the best times to try to catch fish are early mornings and late evenings. 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. The reservoir is holding at 67 percent full, and water temperatures range from the mid to lower 60s.
Kidney Pond
2015-09-03
Fair
Rainbow trout will be stocked during the last two weeks of September. You can catch channel 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 stocking happens, but you can try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Midas Pond
2015-09-03
Fair
Rainbow trout will be stocked during the last two weeks in September. You can catch channel 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 stocking happens, but you can try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-09-03
Good
The reservoir has been heavily stocked with planter-sized 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
2015-09-03
Closed
The reservoir was drained for irrigation needs. It will be closed for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Palisade Reservoir & State Park
2015-09-03
Fair
The beach is currently right at the mud line. Be aware that the park will likely be very busy this holiday weekend. 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
2015-09-03
Slow
The water level is about a foot below average. Try fishing with PowerBait, Jake's spinning lures or nightcrawlers. If you're fly fishing, try using dry flies. Float tube anglers have been very successful. Be sure to take your bug repellent with you. All roads and campgrounds on the Nebo Loop are currently open.
Provo River, Lower
2015-09-03
Good
Fishing dry flies is excellent this time of year! Try using ant, beetle and hopper patterns. If you want to fish with nymphs, learn how to tie a prove river bounce rig to help you stay out of the vegetation. PMDs, spinners and caddis are still working right now. Use sizes 16–18. The fish are wise and easily spooked on sunny days, so you'll likely have better luck going when there's cloud cover. Early morning and late evening hours are still the best times to fish. For hardware users, try using a floating Rapala. Be aware they are still releasing water from Deer Creek, so water levels range from 522 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Deer Creek, to 51 cfs near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-09-03
Good
Water flows are average for now. Pale morning duns are working in the evenings, and caddis are producing the best during early mornings and late evenings. The water levels are near 175 cubic feet per second (cfs), with flows higher near the Jordanelle release at 307 cfs, and average at Charleston around 192 cfs.
Salem Pond
2015-09-03
Fair
Rainbow trout will be stocked next week. Catfish can still be caught with nightcrawlers or bait by fishing 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
2015-09-03
Slow
There haven't been any recent angler reports. Please let us know if you have any success at the reservoir.
Silver Lake
2015-09-03
Good
With cooler temperatures in the higher mountain lakes, fishing is excellent almost all day! Be aware of high traffic during this holiday weekend. Fish have been very active the last couple of weeks. Try using a Jake's spinner or use a bubble with worms and PowerBait.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-09-03
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
2015-09-03
Slow
Channel catfish can still be caught with nightcrawlers or bait by fishing on the bottom of the pond. Trout fishing is slow and stocking will resume mid September. Try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait. You can also try using a Curly Tail lure tipped with nightcrawler.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-09-03
Good
Anglers report catching nice-sized rainbows and kokanee salmon. The best bite is very early in the morning. Jigging with white tube jigs has produced the most fish. Anglers are finding kokanee in depths of around 35 feet, and below that, they're finding the cutthroat. The kokanee salmon are starting to change color. Shoreline anglers are catching fish on PowerBait and 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 72 percent full.
Thistle Creek
2015-09-03
Fair
We haven't received any reports in the last few weeks. PMDs and caddis hatches are still excellent this time of year. Dry fly fishing has also been producing, so try a hopper, beetle or ant pattern.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-09-03
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. Be aware that it may be busy for the holiday weekend. For a chance to catch some nice-sized grayling, try fishing Silver Lake above Silver Lake Flat reservoir. It's about a 1-hour and 15-minute hike. Silver Lake Flat Reservoir is almost completely drained so the dam can be repaired. The daily bag and possession limit of Silver Lake Flat Reservoir only has been increased to 8 fish from now until January 1, 2016.
Utah Lake
2015-09-03
Good
WARNING: The water is dangerously shallow in many areas of Utah Lake. Use extreme caution. State Parks patrol and tow vessels were recently stuck and had to be towed. They can use a Mud Buddy boat for retrieval, but that is it. There is a great possibility that if you get your boat stuck, you can be rescued, but your vessel may stay put. It will become the vessel operator's responsibility retrieve your boat by other means. In the state park marina, it is best to use the middle ramp on the north side of the harbor and proceed to the southwest corner of the middle dock to pick up and drop off. Currently, the end of the ramp is marked with orange buoys, but as the water level drops be careful not to back your trailer off of the end of the ramp.

Catfish are biting at depths of 4 to six feet. Try fishing with bait on the bottom during the early morning or late evening. Another option is to use carp or white bass meat tipped on your hook. Cooler temperatures will improve walleye fishing.

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. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s. The lake is currently 47 percent full.
Vernon Reservoir
2015-09-03
Slow
Water levels are extremely low and will continue to drop because of irrigation needs. Anglers should try Jake's lures or spinnerbaits tipped with nightcrawlers. Fish during early morning and evening hours for the best results.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-09-03
Good
The pond received the last stocking of rainbow trout for the year. 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 restrooms nearby.
Willow Pond
2015-09-03
Fair
Stocking will resume mid-Septembe 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. Brood stock fish are usually stocked during the last couple weeks in September; you can identify them by their large size and worn down dorsal and pectoral fins. These fish wear down their fins in the raceways, but they are still very fun to catch and great to eat.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-09-03
Slow
Try using an original Rapala floater in 11/16-ounce or a chrome Rat-L-Trap tipped with bait. Fish the first two or three feet of water. Fishing is slow, but a few anglers have caught 36-inch pike in the last two weeks.

 

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