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Utah - Central Region report

Information compiled by Chante' Lundskog

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Burraston Ponds

Fair

The ponds were stocked on July 25, so fishing should be fair. Try fishing off the bottom with egg-weight sinkers or traditional methods. You'll want to target areas where the water appears to be deeper, where there are good pond structures or where there is a fair amount of shade. (08-01-17)

Canyon View Park Pond

Fair

The pond was stocked on July 17, so fishing should be fair. Try using traditional fishing methods, or a small spinner and spoons paired with a slow and steady retrieval. (08-01-17)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Fair

Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching smallmouth bass using swimbaits. Anglers recommended Keitech Swing Impact Fat swimbaits (in black, black shad, green pumpkin or silver flash minnow), Big Bite Baits swimbaits (in baby bass green flake, sunfish or silver shiner) or Lost Creek Swimmers in green pumpkin. Try fishing with these baits at a variety of depths and along rock ledges, next to points or across ambush points. When you using swimbaits, you can also try popping, ripping, splashing or using a steady retrieval. Trout fishing has been slow, but try trolling with chartreuse or neon-orange wedding rings or popgear tipped with bait. (08-01-17)

Diamond Fork River

Fair

Fishing has slowed down. Try fishing from early morning to about mid-morning using larger hoppers and ant patterns. (08-01-17)

Grantsville Reservoir

Slow

Fishing has been slow. Anglers suggest spincasting Vibrax Blue Fox spinners near the north end of the reservoir. Traditional fishing methods should work too. (08-01-17)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

Anglers are catching bluegill using neon-colored Ratfinkees tipped with bait or European Red Wiggler Worms. (08-01-17)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Fair

Anglers have been catching rainbow trout and bass. Try fishing for all species along the Rock Cliff shoreline, coves along the east side of the lake and near the Provo River inlet. For bass, try using plastic worms rigged either in a Texas rig, Carolina rig, whacky rig or nose rig. When locating bass in deeper water, use a drop shot setup and remember to adjust the distance between the rig and drop shot depending on where the fish are suspended. For trout, anglers suggest trolling at slower speeds (about 1.2–1.7 mph) and using wedding rings, popgear and spinnerbaits. (08-01-17)

Kidney Pond

Slow

Fishing is slow. For trout, traditional methods have been working best. For catfish, try fishing off the bottom using nightcrawlers or stink bait on a size six bait hook. (08-01-17)

Midas Pond

Fair

Fishing is slow. For trout, traditional methods have been working best. For catfish, try fishing off the bottom using nightcrawlers or stink bait on a size six bait hook. (08-01-17)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbow and tiger trout. Anglers recommend using lime-twist PowerBait or salmon eggs. For tigers, try using Vibrax Blue Fox spinners and Mepps Aglia spinners with a slow to medium speed retrieval. (08-01-17)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Slow

There haven't been many anglers fishing at the reservoir. Fishing may be slow, but traditional methods should work well. (08-01-17)

Payson Lake

Good

Anglers have been catching rainbow trout. Anglers recommend using a nightcrawler tipped with a salmon egg or rainbow, white and pink PowerBait along with a slow retrieval the bait. Target areas that are deeper and receive some shade. (08-01-17)

Provo River, Lower

Hot

Fishing has been best from late afternoon to dark. Anglers have observed caddis hatches and pale morning dun hatches. Try using caddis dries, larvae and pupae, or pale morning dun emergers, pheasant tails and sow bugs (sizes 16 to 18). (08-01-17)

Provo River, Middle

Hot

Fishing is hot. There is plenty of surface activity. The caddis hatches are prominent, but there is some pale morning dun activity. Try fishing from late afternoon to dark using caddis dries, larvae and pupae, or pale morning dun emergers, pheasant tails and sow bugs (sizes 16 to 18). (08-01-17)

Salem Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair. Traditional fishing methods are working well for trout. For largemouth bass, try using Gary Yamamoto Senkos rigged in a Texas rig or Carolina rig and use a steady retrieval. (08-01-17)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow, but traditional fishing methods are working well. If you're targeting tiger trout, try using Mepps spinners, Blue Fox Vibrax spinners or minnow-immitating lures. (08-01-17)

Silver Lake

Fair

Fishing is fair and anglers report catching rainbow trout. Try using an assortment of dark-colored flies (sizes 12-18) fished under a clear bubble. Leave about 2.5 to 3.5 feet between the bubble and fly, and use a slow retrieval to bring the fly back in. This will keep the fly near the surface of the water and the bubble will act a strike indicator. (08-01-17)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was stocked on July 25, so fishing should be fair. Anglers are catching planter rainbows using traditional fishing methods. (08-01-17)

Spring Lake

Fair

Anglers are catching catfish by fishing off the bottom with nightcrawlers, chicken gizzards or stink baits. There have been reports of dead catfish along the shoreline. If you see many dead fish, please contact Chante' Lundskog at 385-225-4322. (08-01-17)

Strawberry Reservoir

Fair

Fishing has slowed down for all species. The peak of the kokanee season is coming to an end as we near the spawning season in the next month. For kokanee, try using orange, pink and chartreuse squids with neutral colored dodgers. Anglers are catching kokanee in two zones: 29 to 32 feet of water and 38 to 42 feet of water. Fishing is better for anglers trolling at 1.3 to 1.6 mph in the early to mid-morning. Cutthroat have been hitting on neon colored wedding rings and popgear tipped with a grub or nightcrawler. For cutthroat, anglers recommend trolling near the knolls, Mud Creek or Jake's Bay. For rainbows, try using nightcrawlers tipped with a marshmallow or lime-twist PowerBait. You may also want to try pink and white curly tail grubs tipped with a mealworm or nightcrawler. (08-01-17)

Thistle Creek

Fair

Few anglers are fishing the creek, but fishing should be fair. Try using freshwater shrimp, mayfly nymphs, stonefly nymphs and sow bugs. (08-01-17)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Fair

There is a steady number of anglers fishing the reservoir. Try using a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow or salmon egg, PowerBait, and spinners. (08-01-17)

Utah Lake

Fair

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has issued a moderate algal bloom warning advisory for the lake. Use extreme caution because the toxins can be fatal if ingested and can cause headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Anglers have been catching 25 to 32 inch channel catfish using nightcrawlers, chicken gizzards and stink bait. To avoid losing your chicken gizzards, try encasing the chicken liver using panty hose and then tie it to your live bait hook. (08-01-17)

Vernon Reservoir

Slow

Fishing is slow, but anglers are catching rainbow trout. Traditional fishing methods are workubg well, but you can also try using spinners, spoons and plastic jigs tipped with bait. (08-01-17)

Vivian Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout using PowerBait and nightcrawlers. You can also try using silver-and-gold or gold spoons in smaller sizes. The pond was stocked on July 25. (08-01-17)

Willow Pond

Fair

Anglers have been catching catfish and bluegill. For catfish, try using chicken livers, nightcrawlers and stink baits. For bluegill, try using 1/32 jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or European Red Wiggler Worms. (08-01-17)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

Water has dropped to low levels and you can only launch from the Oasis boat ramp. There have been few anglers fishing the reservoir. For northern pike, try using the Rapala Husky Jerk (size 14) in any of the ghost-color combinations. (08-01-17)

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