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Utah - Central Region report

Information compiled by Chante' Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Good

The ponds were stocked on June 26. Try tipping a 1/16-ounce jig with either a one-inch black shad Berkley Gulp! minnow or natural Berkley Gulp! nightcrawler. (06-29-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Fair

The pond was stocked on June 26. Traditional methods work well. (06-29-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows and smallmouth bass. They're also catching 18- to 20-inch walleye. If you're targeting smallmouth bass, try using a variety of techniques. When fishing plastics try using 4-inch green pumpkin Gary Yamamoto Senkos, green pumpkin, Dry Creek 3.5-inch Skirt Chasers or chartreuse shad Berkley Gulp! minnows. When fishing crankbaits and jerkbaits, try using a Lucky Craft Ghost Minnow Pointer 65SP, Yo-Zuri 3DB Vibes or a Storm Wiggle Wart. Remember when fishing crankbaits or jerkbaits, you want to fish them with a fast retrieve to illicit a fast attack — you should also try to cover more territory. When fishing top water baits try using Strike King KVD spinnerbaits, BOOYAH Buzz buzzbaits and Whopper Plopper Larry Dahlberg Signature Series poppers, and fish these baits using a popping, walking or splashing technique. When fishing swimbaits try using green pumpkin Lost Creek 3.5-inch LC Swimmers or 4-inch Keitech Easy Shiners, and fish these baits using a popping, ripping, splashing or steady retrieval technique. (06-29-17)

Diamond Fork River

Good

Remember to be cautious of the fluctuating water levels. Fish are actively feeding toward the edges of the river. Try using freshwater shrimp, mayfly nymphs, stonefly nymphs and sow bugs. (06-29-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Fair

Fishing pressure has been steady. Try using spinnerbaits, silver and/or gold Jake's Spin-A-Lure, salmon eggs under a bobber, PowerBait or nightcrawlers. (06-29-17)

Highland Glen Park

Good

Angling pressure is steady. Anglers are catching catfish using nightcrawlers off the bottom. (06-29-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching browns, rainbows and smallmouth bass. Fishing has been great near the Provo River inlet and near the dam. If you're targeting brown trout, try using bladebaits such as Rapala Jigging Raps or Rapala Rattlin' Raps or spoons such as Buck-Shot Flutter spoons or 3/8-ounce Kastmasters. For smallmouth bass, try using craw orange swirl Lost Creek 3-inch Craws, Strike King KVD jerkbaits, Rippin' Lips spinnerbaits or Yo-Zuri 3DB poppers. (06-29-17)

Kidney Pond

Good

Kidney Pond was stocked with catfish on June 21. If you're targeting catfish, try using nightcrawlers or stinkbaits. (06-29-17)

Midas Pond

Good

Midas Pond was stocked with catfish on June 21. Try using a 3/8-ounce egg weight sinker, size 10 barrel swivel, 8- to 12 inches of leader, and a size 14 treble hook with PowerBait. (06-29-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows and tigers using nightcrawlers, garlic-flavored salmon eggs and Royal Coachman flies. (06-29-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows, tigers and cutthroats. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using spinners and spoons. (06-29-17)

Payson Lake

Good

Angling pressure has been steady and anglers report catching planter rainbows. Try using Mack's Lure Wedding Ring Classic spinners, nightcrawlers or PowerBait. (06-29-17)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Please continue to use caution as water levels fluctuate. Fish are still feeding heavily and are isolated near the edges of the river. Reports indicate plenty of stonefly and caddis activity. Try using caddis larvae and pupa patterns, stonefly nymphs, sow bugs, freshwater shrimp and mayfly nymphs. (06-29-17)

Provo River, Middle

Good

The Middle Provo River is fishing similar to the Lower Provo River. The high flows have isolated fish near the edges of the shore and fish are active and hungry. Try using caddis larvae and pupa, sow bugs, freshwater shrimp, stonefly nymphs and mayfly nymphs. (06-29-17)

Salem Pond

Good

Nearly 750 bluegill were stocked into the pond on June 26. For bluegill try using ratfinkees tipped with a black shad Berkley Gulp! minnow or nightcrawler. For largemouth bass try using green pumpkin Gary Yamamoto Senkos, green pumpkin 3.5-inch Lost Creek LC Swimmers, or green pumpkin magic 5-inch Lost Creek LC Trick Sticks. (06-29-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using Mepps spinners, Blue Fox Vibrax spinners or Kastmaster spoons. (06-29-17)

Silver Lake

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows, arctic graylings and brook trout. For brook trout try using Mepps Aglia spinners, Roostertails, woolly buggers or hare's ear nymphs. (06-29-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

Spanish Oaks Reservoir was stocked on June 26. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try silver and/or gold Jake's Spin-A-Lure, dry fly under a bobber, PowerBait or nightcrawlers. (06-29-17)

Spring Lake

Good

Anglers are catching planter rainbows and wipers. If you're targeting wipers, try bright-colored curly tail grubs, paddle bugs, and Maniac Custom lures Cut'R Bugs tipped with a nightcrawler or mealworm. (06-29-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Anglers are catching rainbows, cutthroats and kokanee. Kokanee fishing is hot right now. For kokanee try using Mack's Lure Cha Cha Kokanee, 1- to 1.5-inch light pink Radical Glow tube jigs, Shasta Tackle Pee Wee Wiggle Hoochies, Rocky Mountain Plankton or UV pink Rocky Mountain Tackle Super Squids. Popular dodgers for kokanee include Rocky Mountain Tackle UV dodger, Shasta Sling Blade Shatter eye dodger, Mack's Sling Blade dodger and Rocky Mountain Tackle Signature Dodger. Kokanee are still fairly shallow right now, so if you are fishing for kokanee for the first time use size 7 Berkley McMahon Swivels to attach a 1-2 ounce banana sinker to the line followed with 3 to five feet of leader to the dodger with 7 to 20 inches of leader to the lure. Use fluorocarbon 12 pound test and let out 50-200 feet of line depending on the depth you are fishing. (06-29-17)

Thistle Creek

Fair

Remember to match the hatch. Try using variety of nymphs, midges, sow bugs and shrimp. (06-29-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbows. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try spinners, spoons and minnow-imitating lures. (06-29-17)

Utah Lake

Good

Channel catfish fishing is hot and anglers report catching 18-to 30-inch catfish. Anglers report success fishing near the airport dike adjacent to the weed line. For catfish try using baitfish cuts, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. (06-29-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Fair

Anglers report catching rainbow trout. Traditional methods work well, but you can also try using silver and/or gold spinners and spoons. (06-29-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Good

Anglers are catching planter rainbows using PowerBait and nightcrawlers. You can also try using small plastic jigs tipped with bait. (06-29-17)

Willow Pond

Fair

Willow Pond was stocked with catfish on June 21 and bluegill on June 25. If you're targeting catfish, try using chicken livers, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. For bluegill try using 1/32 jigs or bright pink or chartreuse ratfinkees tipped with Berkley Gulp! 1-inch minnows, natural Berkley Gulp! nightcrawlers or nightcrawlers. (06-29-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Fair

The water is low and launching is not recommended from the Painted Rocks boat ramp. However, the Oasis boat ramp has plenty of water and it's safe to launch there. Reports indicate that anglers are catching northern pike. If you're targeting pike, try using minnow-imitating lures, perch-colored crankbaits and plugs. (06-29-17)

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