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Central Region report

Information compiled by Chanté Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Good

Try using a brown, rainbow, or fire tiger 1/32 ounce Rooster Tail with a size 14 treble hook, or a gold flame, clown or rainbow trout 1/16 ounce Rooster Tail Minnow with a size 12 treble hook. Tip with a pink or white Berkley Gulp! Maggot. (04-13-18)

Canyon View Park Pond

Good

Canyon View Park Pond was stocked on April 10. Try using 1/6 ounce Jake's Spin-A-Lure. Replace the size 7 treble hook with either a size 14 treble hook or a size 8 baitholder hook. (04-13-18)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching 16- to 20-inch rainbows and 20- to 22-inch browns. Anglers have reported success trolling at 1.7-2.0 mph with the lure suspended in 10 to 15 feet of water. Try using rainbow trout, clown, or bleeding pearl Rapala Original Floater, nickel chartreuse green tip or gold ice red tip Luhr-Jensen Hydro Vibe Extreme spinner, or glass pink clown or baby bass Rapala Husky Jerk. Shore anglers have reported success using sherbet, rainbow, or spring green PowerBait, or a night crawler on a size 6 baitholder hook tipped with a chartreuse Atlas Mikes Marshmallow. Use a bobber to suspend your bait in 8 to 12 feet of water. The walleye bite has been slow, but should begin to pick up over the next few weeks. For walleye try using Rapala Shad Rap, Berkley Flicker Shad, Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon or Rapala X-Rap. (04-13-18)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Fishing is best midmorning to afternoon. Midges are hatching regularly with some BWO hatches. Try using sow bugs, zebra midges, mayfly nymphs, hares ear nymphs, and midge larvae and pupae. (04-13-18)

Grantsville Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching 12- to 16-inch rainbows, and report success fishing from float tubes. Try using PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait, 1/8 ounce Rooster Tail Minnow, or Sonic Rooster Tail. Tip with 1/4-ounce of nightcrawler or Berkley Gulp! Maggot. (04-13-18)

Highland Glen Park

Good

Highland Glen Park was stocked on April 9. Anglers have been catching 8- to 10inch rainbows and 3- to 5-inch bluegill. For bluegill, try using a size 10 baitholder hook tipped with a white Berkley Gulp! Minnow. (04-13-18)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows and 18- to 20-inch browns. Try using a 1/8 ounce Kastmaster with a size 10 treble hook, Luhr-Jensen Krocodile, Rapala Original Floater, or D&H UV Minnow. Remember to scent with Pro-Cure Carp Spit or Shrimp Super Gel, and tip with a nightcrawler or maggot. Shore anglers have reported success fishing near the Rock Cliff Use Area and south of the Provo River inlet. Spoons have produced the best results from shore. After the cast, allow the spoon to hit the bottom before using a slow retrieve to bring the spoon back. (04-13-18)

Kidney Pond

Good

Kidney Pond was stocked this past week. Try using PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait on a size 14 treble hook or 1/2-ounce piece of nightcrawler on a size 8 baitholder hook tipped with a white Mikes Atlas Marshmallow. (04-13-18)

Midas Pond

Good

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. Try using sherbet or rainbow PowerBait Trout Bait on a size 14 treble hook. For bluegill, try using a size 10 baitholder hook with a Berkley Gulp! Minnow. Using a bobber, suspend the bait about two feet off the bottom. (04-13-18)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Fair

We haven't received any recent reports. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions begin to deteriorate. (04-13-18)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers are catching tigers. Try using a Rapala Ultra Light Minnow, Rooster Tail Minnow, Acme Phoebe, or Berkley Skinny Cutter with a slow to medium retrieve. (04-13-18)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season and will reopen after Memorial Day. (04-13-18)

Provo River, Lower

Good

The Lower Provo River is fishing similar to the Middle Provo River. Fishing is best midmorning to late afternoon, and there are midge and BWO hatches occurring. The Lower Provo River is flowing higher, so expect fish to stay close to edges or objects providing some refuge. Try using sow bugs, midges, BWO emergers, zebra midges, streamers, and midge larvae and pupae. Smaller sizes have been the most effective. (04-13-18)

Provo River, Middle

Good

Fishing has been best midmorning to late afternoon. Lower flows have pushed fish into deeper flows and riffles. Midges are hatching consistently, and the BWO hatches are starting to explode. There is a lot of surface activity happening, and anglers are having success using cased-caddis nymphs, sow bugs, hares ears, BWO barrs emergers, streamers, and a variety of midge larvae and pupae. As temperatures continue to warm, you can expect a Skwala stonefly hatch to become more prominent. (04-13-18)

Salem Pond

Good

Salem Pond was stocked on April 10. Try using spinners or spoons with size 14 treble hooks. PowerBait Trout Bait will also produce good results. (04-13-18)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows and tigers, and one lucky angler caught a five-pound tiger last week. For tigers, try using crankbaits, jerkbaits or any type of minnow immitating lure. (04-13-18)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate should reopen sometime this spring. (04-13-18)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

Please use extreme caution as ice conditions begin to chance. (04-13-18)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

Spanish Oaks Reservoir was stocked on April 10. Traditional methods work best, but you can also try using spinners or spoons. Remember when fishing in community ponds it is important to use smaller hook sizes. Bait presentation is key when targeting smaller rainbows. (04-13-18)

Spring Lake

Fair

Try using chartreuse PowerBait Trout Bait or a nightcrawler tipped with Atlas Mikes Salmon Eggs. (04-13-18)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

We are starting to observe ice off conditions. There is a lot of open water on Soldier Creek, and the ice is starting to pull away from the shore on Strawberry. Future forecasts estimate that the entire reservoir will be ice free within the next two weeks. Ice off conditions are great for fishing. As the ice dissipates, the water near shore warms and draws out fish from deeper depths to feed. Anglers have been catching 16- to 22-inch cutthroats using white tube jigs, crankbaits, jerkbaits and PowerBait. When retrieving your lure do it slowly with a few quick jerks throughout the retrieval. (04-13-18)

Thistle Creek

Fair

Fishing is best midmorning to late afternoon. Midges are hatching with some regularity. Try using midge larvae and pupae, mayfly nymphs, sow bugs and hares ears. (04-13-18)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

We haven't received any recent reports, so please use extreme caution as ice melts. (04-13-18)

Utah Lake

Fair

Anglers have been catching white bass and walleye. When fishing for walleye in murky water, remember it is important to use lures that rattle and vibrate. For walleye try using Rapala Shad Rap, Berkley Flicker Shad, Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon, or Rapala X-Rap. Utah Lake State Park is closed due to ongoing construction activities and the closure will remain in place until the construction project concludes. (04-13-18)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

Try using PowerBait, spinners or spoons. Remember to scent with shrimp Smelly Jelly and tip with bait whenever possible. (04-13-18)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

Vivian Park Pond was stocked on April 10. Traditional methods work well, but you will have the best success using spinners or spoons with size 14 treble hooks. (04-13-18)

Willow Pond

Good

Willow Pond was stocked this past week. Fishing is fast and furious and anglers are catching planter rainbows. Try using PowerBait Trout Bait on a size 14 treble hook. (04-13-18)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Fair

For northern pike, fish on the southernmost end of the reservoir and focus on shallow areas adjacent to weedlines. Try using spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, or large plastics with a fast retrieval. Look for any type of lure that makes noise or vibrates in the water to attract northern pike to strike. (04-13-18)