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Utah - Central Region Fish Report

Information compiled by Chante' Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Good

Anglers are catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows using a bobber setup. Use about 12 to 18 inches of leader, a size 14 treble hook and garlic PowerBait in chartreuse, yellow or orange. (10-05-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Slow

Traditional methods work well, but you may also want to try casting smaller spinners and spoons. (10-05-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows. Try fishing off the bottom and using a nightcrawler or PowerBait Power Eggs. Anglers are catching fish from shore on the south side of the dam closest to Highway 89. If you're fishing from a boat, try trolling jigs at low to medium speeds near the surface of the water and tip your jig with a mealworm or nightcrawler. (10-05-17)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Fishing is best in the early-morning hours. Sporadic hatches occur throughout the day. Try using caddis larvae and pupae, nymphs and pale morning dun (PMD) emergers. (10-05-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

Reservoir water levels are low. For rainbows, try fishing off the bottom with about two feet of leader and stick with size 10–14 treble hooks. You can also try casting quarter-ounce red, gold or silver spoons with a medium to fast retrieval. (10-05-17)

Highland Glen Park

Good

Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows and some bluegill. For rainbows, try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait. For bluegill, try using chartreuse Ratfinkees or a 1/16- to 1/32-ounce neon-colored jig tipped with a quarter-inch of nightcrawler. (10-05-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch rainbows, some perch and the occasional brown trout. Try using traditional methods or fly fishing, using olive and brown Simi Seal Buggers. Anglers report catching fish near the Provo River inlet, adjacent to Rock Cliff and along the northeast shore. For perch, try fishing near the docks at the Hailstone Marina. Perch are a great species for young anglers because the fishing tends to be quick and fun. (10-05-17)

Kidney Pond

Good

Kidney Pond will be stocked again on Oct. 9. Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows and 8- to 10-inch bullheads. For rainbows, try fishing with a bobber and about two feet of leader. Use garlic PowerBait or one-quarter inch of nightcrawler on a size six worm hook. (10-05-17)

Midas Pond

Good

Midas Pond will be stocked on Oct. 9. Midas Pond has been fishing similar to Kidney Pond, but anglers are also catching carp and channel catfish. For catfish, try using a hotdog, nightcrawler or Magic Bait Catfish Bait. (10-05-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows and tigers. For tigers, try fishing near the inlet and using small neon-colored jigs, Rapalas or gold/silver spoons. Traditional methods work best for rainbows. (10-05-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows, and traditional methods work well. (10-05-17)

Payson Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows using PowerBait and salmon eggs. You can also try casting small spinners with a slow to medium retrieve. (10-05-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Fishing is best in the early morning and late evening, and anglers are catching 14- to 16-inch browns. Reports indicate that browns are tucked into pools and banks. Watch for caddis hatches in the evening, sporadic nymph hatches in the morning and PMD hatches throughout the day. As we near the brown trout spawn, you will begin to see males demonstrate more aggressive behavior and females bedding up on redds. Streamers will provide great results as the spawn unfolds. In the meantime, try using caddis pupae, elk hair caddis, mayfly nymphs, parachute Adams, black/white woolly buggers or sow bugs. (10-05-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. There are sporadic PMD and nymph hatches and evening caddis hatches. Try using caddis dries, larvae and pupae, as well as pale morning dun emergers. (10-05-17)

Salem Pond

Good

Salem Pond was stocked on Oct. 2. For rainbows, try using garlic PowerBait or a nightcrawler tipped with a white marshmallow. (10-05-17)

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. (10-05-17)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The water level is low. Traditional methods work well for trout. (10-05-17)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows. Try using a black or brown woolly bugger under a clear bubble. (10-05-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

The reservoir was stocked on Oct. 2. Traditional methods work best, but you can also try casting gold, silver or red spoons or neon-colored Marabou jigs. (10-05-17)

Spring Lake

Good

The lake was stocked on Oct. 2. Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows using PowerBait. For catfish, try using a 1/4-ounce egg weight sinker on the bottom with a nightcrawler. (10-05-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Anglers have had success catching cutthroats. Try using garlic- or corn-scented PowerBait, red Kastmasters, perch-colored Rapalas, or drifting or trolling a white tube jig near the surface at a slow to medium speed. Tip the jig with either a nightcrawler or mealworm. Anglers have reported success fishing from shore near the Soldier Creek dam, the Ladders and at Haws Point. Hundreds of kokanee salmon are currently running up the Strawberry River to spawn. This is an incredible sight to see and is a great activity for families and youth. Please remember that you cannot possess kokanee from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30. This closure is in place to protect the spawning salmon. (10-05-17)

Thistle Creek

Fair

Try casting gold Jake's Spin-A-Lures, silver Kastmasters or Roostertails. (10-05-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows using traditional methods, but you can also try casting a 1/4-ounce Daredevle Spinnie Spoon or Rapalas. (10-05-17)

Utah Lake

Fair

Anglers have been catching white bass, channel catfish and bullheads. For catfish, try using chicken livers, Magic Bait Catfish Bait, nightcrawlers or sucker cutbait. For white bass, try using 1.5- to 2-inch curly tail grubs with a 1/8-ounce jig head or neon-colored jig heads tipped with a nightcrawler. (10-05-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows using traditional methods. (10-05-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Fair

Anglers are catching rainbows using garlic PowerBait on a size 14 treble hook. You may also want to try using a nightcrawler or salmon eggs. (10-05-17)

Willow Pond

Good

Willow Pond was stocked on Oct. 2. Anglers have been catching 8- to 10-inch rainbows using PowerBait or a nightcrawler under a bobber. (10-05-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

There are two lanes open for launching on the Oasis boat ramp, but the Painted Rocks boat ramp is still closed. Please use extreme caution when boating and watch out for underwater hazards. For northern pike, try using silver Rapala Floaters or BOOYAH Pikee Spinnerbaits and target waters with aquatic vegetation and cover. (10-05-17)


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