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Central Uath Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Chanté Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Slow

There is some ice formation. Please continue to use extreme caution as conditions change. Traditional methods work well. (12-21-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed for the 2017 season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (12-21-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow and anglers have been catching planter rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try jigging 1.2- to 2-inch white tube jigs, Rapalas or inline spinners. There is little to no ice formation at this time. (12-21-17)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Fishing is best mid-afternoon. The brown trout spawn has concluded, and browns are less active this time of year. Try using sow bugs, baetis fly patterns, midges and gnats. If using lures try using spinners or spoons and cast upstream and retrieve at a medium speed. Lower flows will push fish to deeper pockets so target these locations in the afternoon. (12-21-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have been catching 16- to 20-inch browns. Try using brown trout-brown or rainbow trout-white Mepps Aglia Marabou's, white streamer Mepps Aglia Streamer or classic copper/black Panther Martin Classic Spinner. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-21-17)

Highland Glen Park

Slow

The pond is completely frozen, and there have been no recent fishing reports since ice formation. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Try using neon colored jigheads or ice flies tipped with a mealworm. (12-21-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Slow

Anglers are catching planter rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using shad or rainbow trout Mepps Comet Mino, hot firetiger Mepps Little Wolf, gold Rapala Original Floater or chrome/blue mackerel Luhr-Jensen Krocodile. There is no ice formation at this time. (12-21-17)

Kidney Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try a dry fly behind a bubble or inline spinners. There is no ice formation at this time. (12-21-17)

Midas Pond

Slow

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. There is no ice formation at this time, but please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly. (12-21-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Hot

The reservoir has five to seven inches of ice. Please exercise extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Anglers have been catching 8- to 12-inch tigers, 10- to 14-inch rainbows and 8- to 10-inch brook trout. Suspend your lures in about 8 to 12 feet of water and try using neon-colored jig heads, Rat Finkees, or ice flies tipped with a wax worm, butter worm, or nightcrawler. Rainbows have been hitting on white colored tube jigs, paddle bugs, and curly tail grubs. Road conditions are beginning to worsen. Reports indicate icy and snowy conditions, and 4WD is mandatory of all vehicles. As conditions change please be wary that access will become limited to snowmobiles. (12-21-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Fishing has been slow and there have been no reports of ice formation at this time. Try using PowerBait or a nightcrawler suspended in about 12 to 15 feet of water. You can also try jigging soft plastics, spoons or spinners. (12-21-17)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the 2017 season. (12-21-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Anglers have been catching 12- to 20-inch brown trout and fishing has been great throughout the day, but best in the mid-afternoon. The brown trout spawn has neared its end, and browns are becoming less active. Try using black, red, or olive zebra midges, baetis fly patterns, sow bugs, and black or cream midges. Remember that lower flow push fish into deeper pockets so focus on these areas mid-morning to later afternoon. (12-21-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River and fishing is best in the mid-afternoon. Watch for BWO hatches midday and midge egg hatches. Try using sow bugs, baetis fly patterns, gnats, midge and hares ear nymphs. (12-21-17)

Salem Pond

Slow

There is little angling pressure and anglers are catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows. Pond Town Christmas runs until January 1, 2018. Please be cautious of light displays and obstructions when visiting the pond. There is no ice formation at this time. (12-21-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

There is little angling pressure and there have been no reports of ice formation at this time. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using Rapalas, spoons or spinners. (12-21-17)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the 2017 season. (12-21-17)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

The lake is frozen and there have been no recent ice fishing reports. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (12-21-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

Spanish Oaks Reservoir is closed for the 2017 season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (12-21-17)

Spring Lake

Slow

The lake is mostly frozen with a small section of open water near the east shore. Try using traditional methods, or jigging curly tail grubs or neon colored jig heads tipped with a wax worm or nightcrawler. (12-21-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Fair

There is some ice formation on the Soldier Creek side and a few of the shallower bays, but the majority of the reservoir is open water. Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats and a few slow buster cutthroats. Anglers are having success fishing in 12 to 20 feet of water using 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs, paddle bugs or Maniac Custom Lure Cut'R Bugs. (12-21-17)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There is little angling pressure, and there is some ice formation around pockets of slower moving water. Try using sow bugs, baetis fly patterns, midges and gnats. (12-21-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

The water level is low and will remain at the conservation pool level for some time. The reservoir has nearly capped with ice with only a small section of open water remaining. Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows using PowerBait and a night crawler tipped with a marshmallow. (12-21-17)

Utah Lake

Slow

There is some ice formation beginning in the harbors and along the lake shore, and reports indicate two to three inches of ice at these locations. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Anglers have reported catching northern pike and white bass through the ice. Try using smelt or shiners and/or minnows to target northern pike. (12-21-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Hot

There is seven to nine inches of ice and anglers are catching 12- to 14-inch rainbows and 10- to 12-inch tigers. Try using pink, white, or chartreuse paddle bugs, ice flies, chartreuse or pink Rat Finkees, neon colored jig heads or mellow yellow or school bus tungsten jigs tipped with a wax worm, nightcrawler, or butter worm. (12-21-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

The pond is frozen. Please use extreme caution has ice conditions continue to change. (12-21-17)

Willow Pond

Slow

There is little ice formation at this time. Try using rainbow twist PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow. Please remember that as ice begins to form that ice fishing is prohibited at Willow Pond per city ordinance. (12-21-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The Oasis boat ramp has two lanes open and the Painted Rocks boat ramp is closed. All courtesy docks and buoys have been removed for the season. Please use extreme caution when boating as underwater hazards do exist. Carp are the only species reported being caught lately. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-21-17)

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