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Central Region report

Information compiled by Chante' Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Unstable ice

The pond is frozen and there's not much open water left. Ice fishing is permitted, but recent reports indicate that the ice is unsafe, so please use extreme caution when venturing out. (01-06-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed until the spring of 2017. (01-06-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

There is little to no ice formation on the reservoir. Anglers are still able to launch boats from the main boat ramp. Anglers report success using silver and/or white tube jigs tipped with a wax worm or mealworm. Try fishing from the east bank or near the dam for 13- and 14-inch cutthroats, and 16-inch brown trout. (01-06-17)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

There have been few anglers fishing the river, and there are no significant hatches happening. Try using nymphs, midges, sow bugs and worm patterns. San Juan worms are another excellent choice. (01-06-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Good

The reservoir has frozen over and recent reports indicate about six inches of ice. Anglers are catching their limits and 13- to 14-inch rainbow trout are the dominant catch. Anglers are using tube jigs tipped with bait and glow ratfinkees tipped with mealworms and/or wax worms. One angler reported success fishing 30 to 40 feet deep in the water column. (01-06-17)

Highland Glen Park

Slow

The pond has frozen over. Ice fishing is permitted at Highland Glen Park Pond. Try using ratfinkees, tube jigs and Maniac Cut R Bugs tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has frozen over and there's little open water. Jordanelle State Park reports that anglers have been ice fishing in the east arm of the reservoir near the inlet of the Provo River. Please continue to exercise extreme caution as ice conditions change. Try using ratfinkees, tube jigs and/or curly tail grubs tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Kidney Pond

Slow

The pond has iced over. Ice fishing is permitted and remember to always use extreme caution. Traditional methods work well (i.e., Powerbait and nightcrawler), or try using jigs tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Midas Pond

Slow

The pond is mostly frozen, except on the north side. Ice fishing is permitted. Please use extreme caution has ice conditions change. (01-06-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Slow

There haven't been any recent angler reports. The reservoir has frozen over. Be aware of changing weather conditions and road closures. (01-06-17)

Nine Mile Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has been drained. (01-06-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

There haven't been any recent fishing reports. Palisade State Park reports that there is 1/2 or one inche of ice on the reservoir. Try using paddle bugs, rat finkees, curly tail grubs and/or tube jigs tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Payson Lake

Closed

Payson Lake is closed for the 2017 winter season. The entrance gate is closed. (01-06-17)

Provo River, Lower

Fair

The Lower Provo River is fishing similar to the Middle. There are no significant hatches happening. Anglers have reported success using glo bugs, hare's ears, sow bugs and San Juan worms. For those not fly fishing, try using Panther Martins, Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners and Rapalas. (01-06-17)

Provo River, Middle

Fair

Angling pressure is consistent. Try using prince nymphs (size 18), red zebra midges (size 20), rainbow glo bugs and worm patterns. Anglers have reported catching 14- to 15-inch browns and 12- to 13-inch rainbow trout. For those that are spin casting, try using Mepps Aglia Streamers, gold spinners and minnow-imitating lures. Remember, fish aren't as active during the winter. Allow your lure to drift and then slowly reel back in. (01-06-17)

Salem Pond

Slow

The majority of the pond is frozen. The east arm that goes under the bridge has open water. Ice fishing is prohibited on Salem Pond per Salem City Ordinance. Try using traditional methods such as Powerbait under a bobber, nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow and salmon eggs. (01-06-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir has frozen over with reports indicating four to five inches of ice. Anglers have been catching 10- to 14-inch tiger trout near the dam. Try using white and/or glow tube jigs, pink ratfinkees, white paddle bugs and/or gold tungsten jig tipped with mealworms, nightcrawlers, wax worms or Powerbait. (01-06-17)

Silver Lake

Closed

The lake has frozen over and the gate leading to Silver Lake is closed for the season. (01-06-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

The pond is closed for the 2017 winter season. (01-06-17)

Spring Lake

Slow

The lake has frozen over. Please use caution when ice fishing. Try using white tube jigs and/or pink or chartreuse ratfinkees tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is frozen. Reports indicate that Soldier Creek Bay has six to eight inches of ice, the Ladders has five to six inches of ice, Jakes Bay has five to six inches of ice and Strawberry Bay has six to seven inches of ice. Fishing has been fast and slow. Anglers have reported catching 16- to 21-inch cutthroat trout and 18- to 22-inch rainbow trout. Try using pink and/or pearl paddle bugs, pearl and/or glow Maniac Cut R Bugs, pink, white, and/or chartreuse rat finkees, white and/or glow tube jigs and glow white and/or pink-white curly tail grubs. Popular baits to tip with are mealworms, wax worms, nightcrawlers, chub meat and Powerbait. (01-06-17)

Thistle Creek

Slow

Shallow pools and slower-moving waters are frozen. Please use caution. Try using mayfly nymphs, zebra midges, rainbow sow bugs and worm patterns (sizes 16-20). San Juan worms are an excellent choice. (01-06-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Closed

Tibble Fork Reservoir has been drained and is still under construction. (01-06-17)

Utah Lake

Fair

The lake has iced over. There are no recent ice thickness or angling reports. Please use extreme caution when venturing on the ice. (01-06-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Good

The reservoir has frozen over and reports indicate six to eight inches of ice. Anglers have reported catching tiger trout, brown trout and rainbow trout in 10 to 15 feet of water near the south end of the reservoir. Try using rat finkees tipped with mealworms, glow tube jigs tipped with wax worms and/or curly tail grubs tipped with wax worms. (01-06-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

The pond is frozen. There have been no recent angler reports. Please use caution when ice fishing. (01-06-17)

Willow Pond

Slow

The pond is frozen. Ice fishing is prohibited on Willow Pond per Murray City ordinance. (01-06-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The reservoir has iced over and reports indicate soft edges with about four inches of ice. For pike, try using minnow-imitating lures, vertical spoons tipped with minnow heads and/or swimming jigs tipped with bait. For perch, try using 1/32- or 1/64-ounce rat finkee, orange, pink or chartreuse gizzy bug and/or white tube jig tipped with bait. (01-06-17)

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