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Central Region report

Information compiled by Tonya Kieffer

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Waterbody Report
Burraston Ponds
2015-02-13
Slow
Fishing is slow. Try using garlic-flavored PowerBait, traditional lures and bait, worms, Jake's spinners or something similar. The pond is only open during the day.
Canyon View Park Pond
2015-02-13
Closed
The pond is closed to fishing.
Deer Creek Reservoir
2015-02-13
Fair
Anglers reporting fair fishing south of Rainbow bay. Fishing is better for boat anglers than shore anglers. The main ramp at Deer Creek is currently open but the island ramp will remain closed until further notice. The reservoir is currently sitting at 87 percent full and the island has water surrounding it.

Quagga mussel veligers have been confirmed at Deer Creek Reservoir. There is an active closure order on the reservoir that requires all watercraft decontaminate when exiting Deer Creek. Learn more about decontaminating requirements.

Check the park's website for current conditions or the Deer Creek State Park Facebook page to see when the ramps will be back open.
Diamond Fork River
2015-02-13
Slow
Last week, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Natural Forest tweeted that the lower gate on Diamond Fork Road is open and visitors are able to drive all the way to the Three Forks trailhead. We haven't received any recent fishing reports. Midges are hatching midday. Try using size 22.
Grantsville Reservoir
2015-02-13
Slow
Expect slow fishing. We have not received any reports of anglers catching fish. The reservoir is half full.
Highland Glen Park
2015-02-13
Slow
Fish are feeding because of the warmer temperatures. Try using a Jake's lure or PowerBait.
Jordanelle Reservoir
2015-02-13
Good
Fishing is good. Try using tube or marabou jigs in open water. You may also want to try using traditional baits, worms or PowerBait. The main ramp and Rock Cliff ramp are closed because of ice. The PWC ramp is still open, but it can be icy. There is one metal dock there for launching your boat. Exercise extreme caution if you venture out on any remaining ice. All of the restrooms are closed, except for the heated one near the top of the ramp. The reservoir is about 65 percent full.
Kidney Pond
2015-02-13
Slow
Try using PowerBait, Jake's lures, and worms. Fish will begin to be stocked again in March.
Midas Pond
2015-02-13
Slow
Try using PowerBait, Jake's lures or worms. Fish will begin to be stocked again by mid-March.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
2015-02-13
Closed
The road is currently closed.
Nine Mile Reservoir
2015-02-13
Closed
The water was drained from the reservoir for irrigation needs. There are likely no fish are available.
Payson Lake
2015-02-13
Closed
The road to the Nebo Loop is closed at the lowest gate outside of Payson.
Provo River, Lower
2015-02-13
Good
For best results, use big attractor nymphs or midge nymphs without beads. The warm weather has produced incredible midday midge hatches. You can still try throwing streamers from the start of town to Utah Lake to target hungry brown trout. Size 16 and 18 sow bugs are still working. Anglers are catching big rainbow trout using nymphs and dry flies. Black-colored midges and buffalo midges should start hatching soon. The water flows range from 101 cubic feet per second, below Deer Creek, to 82 cubic feet per second near Harbor Drive.
Provo River, Middle
2015-02-13
Good
Midge fishing is great. Try using midge nymphs without beads or using big attracter nymphs. Size 22 and smaller nymphs will still be good at midday. With the extremely warm January weather, there have been incredible midge hatches at midday that are becoming consistent. Black-colored midges and buffalo midges should start hatching soon. The water flow is around 130 cubic feet per second. They are higher, at or around 152 cubic feet per second, near the Jordanelle release and Charleston areas.
Salem Pond
2015-02-13
Slow
Try using a Jake's spinner. Use a bubble and worm or PowerBait combination because the warmer weather has the trout feeding. Catfish are also becoming active, so try fishing with bait on the bottom.
Silver Lake
2015-02-13
Closed
The road is closed to the lake at Tibble Fork.
Spanish Oaks Reservoir
2015-02-13
Closed
The reservoir will be closed until February 28, 2015.
Spring Lake
2015-02-13
Slow
The fish are feeding because of the warmer weather. Catfish are becoming more active, so try fishing on the bottom with chub meat, nightcrawlers, shrimp or something similar.
Strawberry Reservoir
2015-02-13
Good
The ice is holding steady because of the cold overnight temperatures, but no new ice is forming. The ice ranges 8 to 12 inches in many spots. Fishing has slowed down compared to a couple weeks ago. If you aren't getting bites, try to move around because the fish are likely biting somewhere else. A lot of anglers are using ATVs and sleds, but you should be very cautious. Haws now has water on the ice, and you can find open water near the Narrows. Last weekend, the best fishing was in 20 to 30 feet of water with ratfinkies, white tube jigs and orange-and-green gazillas. We still recommended using on- to two-inch jigs tipped with chub, mealworm or nightcrawler.
Thistle Creek
2015-02-13
Slow
We haven't received any recent fishing reports, but you may want to try using small midges because the midge hatches have been consistent.
Tibble Fork Reservoir
2015-02-13
Slow
Please use extreme caution around the shoreline. Try using small gidgets tipped with mealworms or nightcrawlers.
Utah Lake
2015-02-13
Slow
The lake is open water, and there is no visible ice. Anglers report catching white bass off the docks. Catfish are becoming more active and are biting on shrimp and chub meat. Crappie are also biting right now. Walleye are already starting to milt, so the spawn is not far off. On Jan. 27, anglers reported catching northern pike in the Hobble Creek tributary, west of I-15. If you catch any northern pike in Utah Lake and the tributaries, no matter the size, please bring the fish to the Division office in Springville (1115 N. Main Street) or the Utah Lake State Park office off of Center Street. The water level is at 65 percent full and the lake is 3.5 feet below full. There are 36 inches of water in the channel.
Vivian Park Pond
2015-02-13
Slow
The ice is receding near the banks, and there is just a thin layer of ice left. Try using a Jake's spinner because the trout are hungry and active.
Willow Pond
2015-02-13
Slow
Fishing is slow. Try using a bubble, garlic PowerBait or worms. Catfish are on the move and the best fishing is in the evening, after the pond warms up during the day. Try fishing on the bottom with chicken, liver, shrimp or something similar.
Yuba Reservoir & State Park
2015-02-13
Fair
One boat dock has been put at the Oasis launch ramp because of the warmer weather and open water. Anglers report catching walleye using minnows and decent-sized pike to the south of the Oasis campground. The reservoir's water level is rising and the reservoir is 40 percent full.

 

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