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Central Utah Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Chante' Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Good

The ponds will be stocked on Sept. 25. Anglers are using PowerBait or nightcrawlers to catch rainbows that range from 8 to 10 inches long. (09-22-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Slow

Lime-twist PowerBait or a nightcrawler-and-marshmallow combo work well. You can also try using a dry fly and a bubble. (09-22-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching smallmouth bass and rainbows. For smallmouth, try using swimbaits in black, black shad, green pumpkin or silver-flash minnow. Remember that swimbaits can be fished at varying depths along rock ledges, parallel to points and across ambush points. Plastics are also a great choice for fall smallmouth bass fishing. Popular plastics include worms, jigs and creatures (i.e., crayfish). When using plastics, try a crawling motion that mimics how a minnow or creature would move through the water. For trout, try trolling popgear (tipped with bait) or neon-colored wedding rings; drifting a nightcrawler-and-marshmallow combo; or using PowerBait. (09-22-17)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

The water is running low. Anglers report success with dry dropper patterns, including grasshoppers or beetles. Anything resembling a terrestrial insect pattern will do well. (09-22-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir is low, but anglers have been catching 12- to 14-inch rainbows. For rainbows, try drifting pink or white curly tail grubs tipped with bait, or jigging neon-colored Marabou jigs with a medium retrieve. (09-22-17)

Highland Glen Park

Good

The pond was stocked on Sept. 21. Anglers have been catching rainbows (8 to 10 inches long) using garlic PowerBait. Try using a bobber with about 12 to 18 inches of leader. (09-22-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows, smallmouth bass and perch. There are reports of successful fishing for all species parallel to the Rock Cliff shoreline. For bass, try using green-pumpkin-colored four-inch Gary Yamamoto Senkos, rigged in either a Texas rig or wacky nose rig. When you use plastics, remember to mimic the coloration of the primary prey species. If the water is off-colored or there are low light conditions, use dark plastics, and if the water is clear or there are good light conditions, use bright-colored plastics. For trout, try jigging white tube jigs or neon-colored Aero-Jig Woolly Bugger jigs, or troll with chartreuse wedding rings. (09-22-17)

Kidney Pond

Good

Kidney Pond was stocked on Sept. 21. Anglers have been catching rainbows, bullheads and channel catfish. For catfish, try using chicken liver and chicken blood Magic Bait Catfish Bait. For rainbows, try using garlic PowerBait on a size 14 treble hook. (09-22-17)

Midas Pond

Good

Midas Pond was stocked with catfish on Sept. 21. Midas Pond has been fishing similar to Kidney Pond. Remember to join us tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 23) for the Fall into Fishing Community Fishing Day at Kidney and Midas Ponds. (09-22-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows. For trout, try using Leland Lures Trout Magnets or chartreuse Gitzits. (09-22-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Anglers are catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows using garlic PowerBait and salmon eggs. You can also try casting Mepps Aglia Dressed Spinners or Yakima Flatfish lures. (09-22-17)

Payson Lake

Fair

Anglers have been catching rainbows. Try using PowerBait under a bubble with a medium retrieve. (09-22-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Flows are slowing down. There are sporadic nymph and pale morning dun (PMD) hatches throughout the day, and caddis hatches every evening. We are entering the pre-spawn stage for brown trout. As we move towards the spawn, you will start to see males demonstrating more aggressive behavior, and females bedding up on redds. Streamers will provide great results as the spawn unfolds. Try using caddis larvae and pupae, nymphs and PMD emergers. (09-22-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. There are sporadic PMD and nymph hatches, and caddis hatches every evening until 9 p.m. Try using caddis dries, larvae, and pupae, as well as pale morning dun emergers. (09-22-17)

Salem Pond

Good

Salem Pond will be stocked on Sept. 25. For rainbows, try using garlic or lime-twist PowerBait or drifting a nightcrawler two to three feet off the bottom. (09-22-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have been catching rainbows. For trout, try using yellow-tiger Roostertails, holographic tiger-black Panther Martins or silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures. (09-22-17)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The water level has dropped considerably. PowerBait or nightcrawlers work best. (09-22-17)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows, and traditional methods work well. (09-22-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

The reservoir will be stocked on Sept. 25. Traditional methods (such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers) work well, but you can also try jigging Roostertails or Marabou jigs. (09-22-17)

Spring Lake

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows and wipers. For wipers, try using white/pink curly tail grubs or silver Rapala Fat Raps with a medium retrieve. (09-22-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have been catching cutthroats of all sizes. Anglers have had success using white tube jigs and nightcrawlers. If trolling, use popgear tipped with bait or try chartreuse or pink wedding rings in about 18 to 22 feet of water. For shore fishing, anglers have reported success on the east bank of the Soldier Creek side and at Chicken Creek West. Hundreds of kokanee salmon are currently running up the Strawberry River to spawn. This is an incredible sight and is a great activity for families and youth. Please remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30. This closure protects the spawning salmon. (09-22-17)

Thistle Creek

Fair

Try casting gold Jake's Spin-A-Lures, silver Kastmasters or Roostertails. (09-22-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows. Traditional methods work best. (09-22-17)

Utah Lake

Good

Anglers have been catching white bass and channel catfish. For catfish, try using chicken livers, Magic Bait Catfish Bait, nightcrawlers or sucker cut bait. For white bass, try using 1.5- to 2-inch curly tail grubs with a 1/8-ounce jig head, cut bait or chartreuse Marabou jigs. Anglers report that the white bass are larger and more abundant than in years past. (09-22-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using spinners, spoons and plastic jigs tipped with bait. (09-22-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Fair

Anglers have been catching rainbows using PowerBait, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. You can also try using a dry fly under a bubble. (09-22-17)

Willow Pond

Good

Willow Pond was stocked on Sept. 21, and anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows. For rainbows, try using PowerBait, salmon eggs or nightcrawlers. (09-22-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Water has dropped to extremely low levels, and you can only launch from the Oasis boat ramp. Please use extreme caution when boating and avoid underwater hazards. For northern pike, try using silver Rapala Floaters or BOOYAh Pikee Spinnerbaits, and target areas with aquatic vegetation and cover. (09-22-17)

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