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Utah - Central Region Fishing Report

Central Region report

Information compiled by Chante' Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Fair

The ponds were stocked on July 10. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try a gold or silver Jake's Spin-A-Lure for rainbows. (07-14-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Fair

Angling pressure has been steady. Anglers are reporting success using PowerBait, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. (07-14-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows, bass and walleye. For bass, try using craw orange swirl Lost Creek 3-inch Craws, Strike King KVD jerkbaits, Rippin' Lips spinnerbaits or Yo-Zuri 3DB poppers. As bass move into deeper water, try using the dropshot method. You can use most plastics with the dropshot method. Just remember to vary the distance between the lure and dropshot, depending on where the fish are suspended. Popular rigs include whacky, nose or Texas rigs. Recommended hooks for dropshotting include Gamakatsu Offset Shank Worm EWGs or Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gaps, and recommended weights include Bullet Weights Tungsten weights, Bullet Weights Drop Shot Finesse Drop weights or Souders Brass and Glass weights. For trout, try using silver popgear or chartreuse or pink Mack's Lure Wedding Rings. Trolling for rainbows has been great along the northwest shoreline and near the island. Shore anglers have reported success fishing for rainbows using traditional methods, but also while jigging curly tail grubs and tube jigs tipped with a worm. (07-14-17)

Diamond Fork River

Good

The Diamond Fork River is starting drop to normal July levels. Try using caddis larvae and pupa patterns, stonefly nymphs, sow bugs, freshwater shrimp and mayfly nymphs. If spin casting, try using gold or silver spinners and spoons. (07-14-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Slow

Anglers report slow fishing and little success. Try using spinners, spoons and soft plastic lures. (07-14-17)

Highland Glen Park

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows, catfish and bluegill. For trout, traditional methods work well. For bluegill, try using chartreuse or pink Ratfinkees tipped with a Berkley Gulp! nightcrawler or minnow. Remove the small plastic insert on the Ratfinkee in order to keep bait on the hook longer. (07-14-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows, bass and perch. Anglers report success fishing for bass using a Carolina rig. Most plastics work well when using a Carolina rig, but recommended plastics include four-inch Gary Yamamoto Senkos or Lost Creek five-inch LC Trick Sticks. For perch, try using a 1/32-ounce chartreuse or pink jig tipped with a nightcrawler or mealworm, or use a chartreuse Marabou jig. (07-14-17)

Kidney Pond

Fair

Fishing pressure has been steady. For trout, try using PowerBait or a nightcrawler suspended under a bubble. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers or stink bait on a size six bait hook. (07-14-17)

Midas Pond

Fair

Midas Pond is fishing similar to Kidney Pond. For trout, try using PowerBait or a nightcrawler suspended under a bubble. For catfish, try using nightcrawlers or stink bait on a size six bait hook. (07-14-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows and tigers. For tigers, try using crankbaits, spinners or soft plastics tipped with bait. For rainbows, try using spinners, rainbow or lime-twist PowerBait, and a nightcrawler tipped with salmon eggs. (07-14-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Anglers are catching rainbows but report slow fishing overall. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try spinners, spoons and minnow-imitating lures. (07-14-17)

Payson Lake

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows. Anglers report success using a nightcrawler tipped with a salmon and rainbow PowerBait. For active fishing, try jigging soft plastics, spinners, spoons and crankbaits. When fishing with plastics, remember to tip with a nightcrawler, mealworm or salmon egg. (07-14-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

The Lower Provo is fishing similar to the Middle Provo, but with less green drake hatch activity. (07-14-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Provo River has been running high but is beginning to slow down to more fishable levels. Watch for the green drake, caddis and mayfly hatches. Try using mayfly nymphs and dry flies. For the caddis hatch, try using caddis nymphs in the morning and evening, and caddis larvae and pupae during the day. (07-14-17)

Salem Pond

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows, largemouth bass and bluegill. For largemouth bass, try using Gary Yamamoto Senkos rigged in a Texas rig or Carolina rig and use a steady retrieval. For rainbows, traditional methods work well, but you can also try using spinners and spoons. (07-14-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using Mepps spinners, Blue Fox Vibrax spinners or Kastmaster spoons. (07-14-17)

Silver Lake

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows and Arctic graylings. For Arctic graylings, try using elk-hair caddis, black woolly buggers or black ant flies in sizes 12–16, or smaller Mepps and/or Blue Fox Vibrax spinners. (07-14-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Fair

Anglers are catching planter rainbows using traditional methods. (07-14-17)

Spring Lake

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows, wipers, catfish and largemouth bass. Anglers report catching largemouth bass near the creek inlet. For largemouth bass, try using worms, jigs and creature plastics in brown, purple or black. Use a crawling retrieval that mimics an injured prey species. (07-14-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows, cutthroats and kokanee salmon. For cutthroat, try using popgear; chartreuse, orange or pink Mack's Lure Wedding Rings; white or glow tube jigs; or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow. For kokanee, stick with pink, chartreuse, white, or glow squids with white, pink or chartreuse dodgers. You can tip the squid with Berkley Gulp! maggots and scent with Pro Cure Trout and Kokanee Super Gel. Anglers are having luck fishing for kokanee in about 38–42 feet of water and trolling at about 1.3–1.6 mph. (07-14-17)

Thistle Creek

Fair

There has been little angling pressure. Try using freshwater shrimp, mayfly nymphs, stonefly nymphs and sow bugs. (07-14-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

Try using Mepps Aglia spinners, Blue Fox Vibrax spinners and Panther Martin spinners in smaller sizes with a steady retrieval. Traditional methods also work well. (07-14-17)

Utah Lake

Fair

The algal bloom is growing and according to recent reports, it now covers a majority of the western portion of the lake. Please use extreme caution as the toxins can be fatal if ingested and can cause headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Ben Holcomb, harmful algal bloom program coordinator for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, suggests avoiding activities on the lake that have direct contact with the water. (07-14-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Slow

Anglers are catching rainbows but report slow fishing overall. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using silver and/or gold spinners and spoons. (07-14-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Fair

The pond was stocked on July 10. Anglers have been catching rainbows using PowerBait and nightcrawlers. (07-14-17)

Willow Pond

Fair

Anglers have been catching rainbows, catfish and bluegill. For catfish, try using chicken livers, nightcrawlers and stink baits. For bluegill, try using 1/32-ounce jigs or bright pink or chartreuse Ratfinkees tipped with Berkley Gulp! one-inch minnows. (07-14-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Water has dropped to low levels that are making it difficult to launch from the Painted Rocks boat ramp. However, the Oasis boat ramp has plenty of water and is still safe to launch from. Reports indicate that anglers are catching walleye. For walleye, try using minnow-imitating lures and spoons that vibrate and rattle. They will attract walleye and encourage a strike. (07-14-17)

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