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Central Utah Region Fishing Report

Information compiled by Chanté Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Fair

There has been little angling pressure. Those fishing are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbow trout and carp. Use traditional methods. (12-08-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

Canyon View Park Pond is closed for the 2017 season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (12-08-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow, but anglers are catching 14- to 16-inch rainbows, 20- to 22-inch browns and perch. For trout, try using bleeding pearl, yellow perch, silver Original Floating Rapalas, prey-colored inline spinners or soft plastics (worms, curly tail grubs, etc.) tipped with bait. For perch, try using neon-colored jigs or spoons tipped with bait, and fish within 12 to 18 feet off the bottom. Remember, once you catch a perch, you are most likely going to find others. Quickly remove the hook, re-bait and resend your lure. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-08-17)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Fishing is best mid-morning to early afternoon. Brown trout are quite active, and anglers are having success using egg patterns or streamers. If using lures, try using spinners or spoons and cast upstream and retrieve at a medium speed. (12-08-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching 16- to 20-inch browns. Try using deluxe gold/black/red or deluxe gold Panther Martin brass body spinners, rainbow, grasshopper, or brown trout Rooster Tails, or fire tiger, brown trout, or rainbow trout Rooster Tail Minnows. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-08-17)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

There has been little angling pressure and anglers have been catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows using traditional methods. (12-08-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 14- to 16-inch rainbows, browns of all sizes and 16-inch cutthroats. Try using Original Floating Rapalas, Mepps Spinners, or Rooster Tails. You will also have success using traditional methods such as PowerBait Trout Bait or Zekes Garlic Trout Bait. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-08-17)

Kidney Pond

Fair

Anglers have been catching eight- to 10-inch rainbows. Traditional methods work best. (12-08-17)

Midas Pond

Fair

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. There have been reports of fish kills, so if you see dead fish please report them to Chanté Lundskog at 385-225-4322. (12-08-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is now iced over with four to six inches of ice. Please exercise extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. Fishing has been best until mid-afternoon, and anglers have been catching tigers, brook trout and rainbows. Anglers have reported success using chartreuse Rat Finkees tipped with a meal worm and fishing in about six to ten feet of water. (12-08-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows and tigers. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using Mepps Spinners, Kastmaster Spoons or Maniac Custom Lures Cut'R Bugs. Note: you can split the tails on the Cut'R Bugs for added action when retrieving. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-08-17)

Payson Lake

Slow

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the 2017 season. (12-08-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Anglers have been catching 16- to 18-inch brown trout, 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 (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. Streamers have been fishing better in the late afternoon to early evening. Watch for BWO hatches midday and midge egg hatches. Try using try using BWO mayflies, zebra midges, caddis larvae and pupae and nymphs. (12-08-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River and fishing is best in the afternoon. 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. Lower flows may push fish into deeper pockets, so focus on these spots when fishing during the afternoon. (12-08-17)

Salem Pond

Fair

Anglers are catching eight- to ten-inch rainbows using traditional methods. Pond Town Christmas runs until January 1, 2018. Please be cautious of light displays and obstructions when visiting the pond. (12-08-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows and tigers. Traditional methods work best, but you can also try using inline spinners or spoons. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-08-17)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the 2017 season. (12-08-17)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

The lake has ice formation. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (12-08-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

Spanish Oaks Reservoir is closed for the 2017 season and will reopen in the spring of 2018. (12-08-17)

Spring Lake

Fair

There has been little angling pressure, and anglers have been catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using gold or silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures. (12-08-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Hot

Anglers are catching 15- to 20-inch cutthroats, a few slot buster cutthroats and 18- to 22-inch rainbows from the shore and on boats. Anglers are having success using PowerBait, neon-colored jigs tipped with a nightcrawler, 1.5- to 2-inch white tube jigs, gold Hammered Regular Panther Martin spinners, rainbow trout or black Rooster Tail Minnows, and Original Floating Rapalas. There is little ice formation and only a few of the smaller bays have ice at this time. (12-08-17)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There is little angling pressure, and there is some ice formation around pockets of slower moving water. Try using caddis dries, larvae, and pupae, midges, and nymphs or gold or silver Jake's Spin-A-Lures. (12-08-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

Water levels are low and will remain at the conservation pool level for some time. There has been little angling pressure and traditional methods work best. (12-08-17)

Utah Lake

Slow

Ice is starting to form in the harbors and along the lake shore. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (12-08-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

There is little angling pressure and anglers are catching rainbows. Rainbow or garlic PowerBait work best, but you can also try using spinners or spoons. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-08-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

The pond is nearly frozen. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (12-08-17)

Willow Pond

Slow

Angling pressure has been steady but the bite has slowed. Traditional methods work best. Please remember that as ice begins to form that ice fishing is prohibited at Willow Pond per city ordinance. (12-08-17)

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. For northern pike try using BOOYAH Pikee spinnerbaits, Rapalas Shallow Shad Raps, or Rapala BX Swimmers, and use color patterns that mimic prey species. There have been no reports of ice formation at this time. (12-08-17)

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