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Central Utah Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Chanté Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbow trout and carp. Use traditional methods and fish two to four feet below the surface. (11-21-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed for the 2017 season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (11-21-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Slow

Anglers have been catching 14- to 16-inch rainbows using traditional methods. Anglers are using chartreuse and sherbet PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow. If you are fishing from a boat suspend your bait in 14 to 20 feet of water, and troll at about 1.5–1.8 mph. Try using 1.5- to 2-inch white or chartreuse tube jigs, frog or rainbow colored Worden's Flatfish Lures, purpledescent or firetiger colored Rapala Original Floating Lures, or black/chartreuse colored Blue Fox Flash Spinner. (11-21-17)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Fishing is best until mid-morning. Brown trout are quite active, and anglers are having success using egg patterns and chartreuse, purple or white streamers. Be wary of cleared gravel sites (redds) as disruption of these sites will damage eggs. (11-21-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Slow

Anglers have been catching rainbow trout. A 20-inch brown was recently caught on the north shore. Traditional methods work best, or you can try jigging neon colored plastics such as PowerBait Jerk Shads, PowerBait Minnow Grubs, or Maniac Custom Lures Cut'R Bugs. (11-21-17)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

Anglers have been catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows using traditional methods. You can also try using fluorescent pink or gold plated/green insert colored Blue Fox Pixee Spoons, white/black dot colored Luhr-Jensen Shyster Spinners, or hot firetiger Mepps Little Wolf Spoons. (11-21-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 13- to 15-inch rainbows, 14- to 16-inch browns and 8- to 10-inch perch and having success fishing near the inlet of the Provo River, along the east shore, and in the channel. For trout try trolling in 15 to 20 feet of water at speeds of 1.5-2.0 mph and use Rapala BX Minnows, Rapala Original Floaters, Yakima Flatfish Lures, or Mepps Comet MX Minos. For perch try using neon colored jig heads tipped with a nightcrawler or Berkley Gulp! Minnow and bounce your lure off the bottom in order to entice the perch. Please remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept 10 through Nov. 30. (11-21-17)

Kidney Pond

Fair

Anglers have been catching eight- to 10-inch rainbow trout. For rainbows try using rainbow or chartreuse Natural Glitter Trout PowerBait or rainbow PowerBait Power Nuggets. For bullheads fish off the bottom and use a nightcrawler or mealworm. (11-21-17)

Midas Pond

Good

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. There have been reports of fish kills. If you see dead fish please report them to Chante' Lundskog at 385-225-4322. (11-21-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir is now iced over, but the ice is thin and unsafe. Please exercise extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. There have been no road closures as of Nov. 20, 2017. (11-21-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers are catching 12- to 14-inch tigers. Remember tiger trout are piscivorous (fish eaters) so you will have success using any type or lure or bait that imitates a live or wounded fish. Try using Rapala BX Joint Minnows, 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnows, or Rapala Jigging Shad Rap. For rainbows use traditional methods or try using gold or silver Kastmaster Spoons. (11-21-17)

Payson Lake

Slow

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the 2017 season. (11-21-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Anglers have been catching 16- to 18-inch brown trout and 16-inch rainbows, and fishing is best early morning to late afternoon. Brown trout are spawning, and males and females can be seen grouped together near spawning nests, or redds. Gravel sites free of debris and/or vegetation are indicators of redds so be please be cautious when nearing these sites as disturbances can damage the nested eggs. The spawn is an excellent time to use streamers, trigger combinations and egg patterns. Purples, whites and chartreuses are hot colors, and streamer action has been best later afternoon. Flows are normal for this time of year and the water conditions are clear. Watch for BWO hatches midday and midge egg hatches. Try using try using BWO mayflies, zebra midges, caddis larvae and pupae and nymphs. (11-21-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River and is fishing well in the afternoon to early evening. Watch for BWO hatches midday. Brown trout are active, but please be cautious of spawning beds. Try using streamers, egg patterns, midges, caddis larvae and pupae. (11-21-17)

Salem Pond

Good

Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows using traditional methods. Pond Town Christmas runs from Nov. 24, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018. Please be cautious of light displays and obstructions when visiting the pond. (11-21-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows. Traditional methods work best, but you can also try jigging soft plastics tipped with a mealworm. (11-21-17)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the 2017 season. (11-21-17)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

There is some ice forming. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (11-21-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Fair

There has been little angling pressure, and traditional methods work best. Spanish Oaks Reservoir will close for the season on Nov. 30, and will reopen next spring. (11-21-17)

Spring Lake

Fair

There has been little angling pressure, and anglers have been catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows. Try using gold or silver spinners. (11-21-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Hot

Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats, a few slot buster cutthroats, and 18- to 22-inch rainbows. Both shore and boat fishing are hot right now. Anglers are having success fishing from shore using PowerBait or floating a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow or salmon eggs. Anglers that are trolling have reported success trolling in about 15 to 20 feet of water at speeds of about 1.5-2.0 mph. Try using 1.5- to 2-inch white or chartreuse tube jigs, neon colored Mack's Wedding Rings, rainbow colored Worden's Flatfish Lures, and silver-hot lime/chartreuse or silver-hot pink/lime Mepps Syclops Spoons, and tip with a white Berkley Gulp! Maggots scented with garlic. Please remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10 through Nov. 30. (11-21-17)

Thistle Creek

Fair

There is little angling pressure, and fishing is best early morning to midday. Try using caddis dries, larvae and pupae, midges and nymphs. (11-21-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

The road to Tibble Fork Reservoir is closed for the 2017 season. (11-21-17)

Utah Lake

Fair

The bite has slowed down, but anglers are still catching channel catfish and white bass. For white bass try using a neon colored plastic jig tipped with a nightcrawler or mealworm. For channel catfish try using Magic Bait Catfish Bait, nightcrawlers, Berkley Gulp! Nightcrawlers or chicken livers. (11-21-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows, and fishing is best early to midmorning. Traditional methods work best, but you can also try jigging neon colored plastics tipped with bait. (11-21-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

There has been little angling pressure and the pond should begin to freeze in the next few weeks. Spinners and spoons are producing the best results, but you can also try floating a nightcrawler. (11-21-17)

Willow Pond

Slow

Angling pressure has been steady but the bite has slowed down drastically. Traditional methods work, but you see better results jigging soft plastics, spinners or spoons. (11-21-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The Oasis boat ramp has two open lanes where you can launch a boat, but the Painted Rocks boat ramp is closed. Please use extreme caution when boating as underwater hazards do exist. For northern pike try using BOOYAH Pikee spinnerbaits, Rapalas Shallow Shad Raps, or Rapala BX Swimmers, and use color patterns that mimic perch or other prey species. (11-21-17)

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