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Central Utah Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Chanté Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Good

Anglers are catching rainbow trout. If you're targeting rainbows, try using Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners in firetiger, hot clown, or bleeding silver/chrome blue or Acme Kastmaster Rattle Master spoons in chrome/chartreuse stripe or chrome/fluorescent orange stripe. Retrieve at a slow to medium speed. (10-17-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Slow

Traditional methods work, but anglers are having success casting spinners. Try using Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners in rainbow brite, coral tiger or pink lady. (10-17-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Hot

Anglers are catching their limits of 14- to 18-inch rainbows. They're also catching perch. Fishing has been the best early to mid-morning, and anglers are having the most success trolling for rainbows. Reports indicate that a little bit of everything is working. Rainbows are hitting on Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, Yakima and Worden's flatfish lures, Rocky Mountain Tackle squids and Mack's wedding rings. Bright oranges, yellows, greens and reds are the popular colors right now. Six- to ten-inch perch are hitting on 1/32-ounce jigs in chartreuse, yellow or orange in about 30to 40 feet of water. (10-17-17)

Diamond Fork River

Good

Fishing is best early morning and late evening. Reports indicate a lot of nymph activity. Try using caddis larvae and pupae, nymphs, a variety of midge patterns and stimulators. (10-17-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

Reservoir water levels are low. Try fishing from the southeast shore and use Panther Martin Spotted spinners in spotted yellow black or spotted red or Jake's Spin-A-Lure in silver with red dots. Use a medium retrieval and fish early to mid-morning. If spinners don't work, try using corn or garlic PowerBait and fish from the south shore. (10-17-17)

Highland Glen Park

Good

Anglers have been catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows and bluegill. For rainbows, try using nightcrawlers on a size 6 worm hook or PowerBait on a size 14 treble hook. For bluegill try using 1/32 to 1/64-ounce jig head in chartreuse or yellow and tip with a small piece of nightcrawler or mealworm. You can use a bobber to act as a strike indicator as well. (10-17-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Division biologists recently sampled Jordanelle and saw good numbers of 13- to 14-inch rainbows, plenty of 14- to 18-inch browns, one tiger muskie at 25 inches, a handful of 12- to 13-inch smallmouth bass, and many kokanee salmon. Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch rainbows, 18- to 20-inch browns, and perch. For rainbows, try trolling at speeds at 1.5–1.7 mph and use Yakima flatfish lures in firetiger, red yellow fluorescent, and bait fish pink or Mack's wedding rings in hammered nickel, chartreuse and hot pink. Anglers are having success fly fishing for browns using anything resembling a terrestrial insect. For perch try using 1/8 to 1/32 ounce jig head in chartreuse or yellow and tip with a nightcrawler or Berkley Gulp! minnow. For smallmouth try using four-inch Gary Yamamoto in a whacky or nose style rig and retrieve at a medium speed. Remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10–Nov. 30. (10-17-17)

Kidney Pond

Good

Anglers have been catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows and bullheads. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try casting spinners or spoons in bright oranges, greens and pinks. (10-17-17)

Midas Pond

Good

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. For rainbow trout, try using garlic or corn PowerBait or nightcrawlers. There have been reports of fish kills at Kidney and Midas Ponds. If you see dead fish please report them to Chante' Lundskog at 385-225-4322. (10-17-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Fishing has been best early to mid-morning and evenings. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using woolly buggers or dry dropper patterns. (10-17-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows. Try using chartreuse PowerBait Power Eggs, silver with red dots Jake's Spin-A-Lures and 1.5 to 2-inch white tube jigs scented with garlic Smelly Jelly. (10-17-17)

Payson Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows using traditional methods. You can also try casting Eppinger Dardevle lures, Mepps Aglia spinners, Kastmaster spoons or Rooster Tail spinners. (10-17-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Flows are at the lowest and range from 150–190 cubic feet per second, which is fairly typical for this time of year. Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch browns and 14- to 16-inch rainbows, and brown trout are continuing to show aggressive, pre-spawn behavior. There's a lot of moss on the lower Provo River near the dam, so we suggest fishing further away from the dam for better success. You should see this moss begin to break down with cooler temperatures. During the pre-spawn is a great time to use streamers in a variety of colors and trigger combinations. Reports also indicate a lot of subsurface productivity, so try using BWO, zebra midges, caddis larvae and pupae, nymphs and bling midges. Continue to watch for caddis hatches in the late evening and an occasional BWO hatch throughout early to late afternoon. Spin casting anglers have reported success using gold Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, Rapalas and brown trout pattern Rooster Tails. (10-17-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. There are evening caddis hatches and sporadic BWO hatches throughout the afternoon. Reports indicate browns are tucked into pools near shore and are becoming more aggressive as they near the spawn in November. Try using a variety of streamers, different types of midges, black woolly buggers and caddis larvae and pupae. (10-17-17)

Salem Pond

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows, bluegill and largemouth bass. For rainbows, traditional methods work well. For largemouth, try using plastics such as worms, jigs, or creatures and use a crawling action to recover the lure. (10-17-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows using spinners. Try using Blue Fox Vibrax spinners or Panther Martin spinners. (10-17-17)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The water level has dropped to low levels. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using a fly under a bubble. (10-17-17)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows using PowerBait or nightcrawlers. (10-17-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

Spanish Oaks Reservoir will be stocked on Oct. 23. Traditional methods word well, but you can also try jigging curly tail grubs or tube jigs. (10-17-17)

Spring Lake

Good

Spring Lake was stocked on Oct. 9. Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows, channel catfish and wipers. For rainbows, traditional methods work well. For wipers, try casting a pink or chartreuse curly tail grub or chartreuse or yellow 1/16-ounce jig head tipped with a nightcrawler at a slow to medium speed retrieve. (10-17-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Hot

Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats and a few slot buster cutthroats. Reports indicate that anglers are having success trolling 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs and rainbow trout patterned Rapalas, but any type of lure that resembles a minnow will work well. Try trolling at 1.3–1.7 mph, in about 18-24 feet of water, and troll adjacent to the Narrows near Strawberry Bay, across from the Ladders and along the opening of the Narrows on the Solider Creek Side. Please remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30. This closure is in place to protect the spawning salmon. (10-17-17)

Thistle Creek

Fair

Try casting gold Jake's Spin-A-Lures, silver Kastmasters or Roostertails. (10-17-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to 12-inch rainbows using traditional methods. Reports also indicate that success using dry flies and woolly buggers. For those spin casting try using spinners, Marabou jigs and spoons and use bright oranges, greens and reds. (10-17-17)

Utah Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching white bass and channel catfish. For white bass try using a 1/8 to 1/32 ounce jig head tipped with a nightcrawler and retrieve at a slow to medium speed. Reports indicate successful white bass fishing off the jetty's at Utah State Park. For channel catfish try using Magic Bait Catfish Bait, chicken livers incased in nylons or nightcrawlers. (10-17-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Good

Water levels are low, but anglers are catching their limits of 10- to 14-inch rainbows. Reports indicate success using Rapalas and European nightcrawlers tipped with a chartreuse garlic cheese marshmallow. You can also try jigging 1.5-inch tube jigs or curly tail grubs. (10-17-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Fair

Fishing has been best mid-morning and anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows. Nightcrawlers are working, but anglers have had greater success casting spinners and spoons with a slow retrieve. (10-17-17)

Willow Pond

Good

Willow Pond was stocked on Oct. 16. Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows using garlic PowerBait. You can also try using a variety of dry flies under a bubble. (10-17-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The Oasis boat ramp has two lanes open and ready for launching, but the Painted Rocks boat ramp is closed. Please use extreme caution when boating as underwater hazards do exist. (10-17-17)


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