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Central Region Fishing Report

Burraston Ponds

Slow

You'll find open water at this fishery. Catch rates have been low, and fishing has been slow. Try using Zeke's garlic/rainbow trout bait, Berkley glitter garlic PowerBait or Atlas Mike's Marshmallows. Fish off the bottom and use a slip-sinker rig. (02-20-19)

Canyon View Park Pond

Closed

The pond is closed, but it will reopen this spring. (02-20-19)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Slow

Most of the reservoir has ice. The Island day-use area has 6 to eight inches, and Rainbow Bay has 2 to five inches. Ice thickness varies in other areas. However, open water is present at the Middle Provo River inlet, and anglers report unsafe edges around the reservoir. There have been reports of several anglers falling through the ice on the edges. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. We advise anglers not to attempt ice fishing in areas with unsafe edges until the ice thickens. Catch rates have been slow to fair. Try fishing at depths of 35 to 50 feet and use pink Ratfinkee jigs, VMC Tungsten Tubby jigs, Northland Buck-Shot Rattle spoons, Lindy Perch Talker lures or small pink/white tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs and lures with nightcrawlers, PowerBait or wax worms. (02-20-19)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Snowplows are working to maintain winter access to the seasonal locked gate at the Hot Springs trailhead. Angler pressure and fish catch rates are low. If you're fly-fishing, try using midge larva (#20–#22), sow bugs, egg patterns, blue-winged olives and San Juan worms. Rod guides and tips will freeze, so you may want to consider using a de-icing product. If you're spincasting with lures, try small metallic spinners or spoons. Cast upstream of the deeper sections and retrieve the lure slowly. You'll find the best fishing in the morning and mid-day hours. (02-20-19)

Grantsville Reservoir

Unstable ice

Most of the reservoir has open water, but there's some ice on the east side. Anglers have reported four to six inches of ice, but the edges are soft. Please continue to use extreme caution as conditions change. We advise anglers not to fish through the ice until it thickens and becomes safe to access. For open water, try using garlic PowerBait or a nightcrawler with Atlas Mike's Marshmallows. Fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using small Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners with a slow retrieve. (02-20-19)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

The south end of the pond has 4 to five inches of ice. There are still areas of open water and thin ice at the north end of the pond. Soft edges are present so please use extreme caution as ice conditions change. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout, black crappie and bluegill. Try using neon tungsten teardrop jigs, Ratfinkee jigs, VMC Tungsten Wax Tail jigs, Swedish Pimples or Northland UV Buck-Shot Rattle Spoons. We recommend tipping jigs with wax worms or mealworms. (02-20-19)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Slow

Everything south of the personal watercraft (PWC) ramp is very thin ice and there is open water near the dam. Please do not venture out onto thin ice. It is extremely unsafe. Ice thickness is 6 to eight inches north of the main ramp and 10 to 12 inches near Rock Cliff. Anglers are having best luck fishing in the morning. Try fishing the 30- to 40-foot water column in areas where bottom vegetation or structure are present. Use Ratfinkee jigs, Ratso or Shrimpo jigs, Swedish Pimples, Lindy Rattl'n Flyer spoons or white paddle bugs. We recommend tipping jigs with mealworms, nightcrawlers or PowerBait. (02-20-19)

Kidney Pond

Slow

There is no ice on the pond. Try using garlic PowerBait or Atlas Mike's Marshmallows fished off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. You can also try using a wet fly behind a bubble or metallic inline spinners. (02-20-19)

Midas Pond

Slow

There is no ice on the pond. Try using garlic PowerBait or Atlas Mike's Marshmallows fished off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. You can also try using a wet fly behind a bubble or metallic inline spinners. (02-20-19)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Slow

Mill Hollow is still accessible by snowmobile from the frontage road (FR054) via E State Hwy. 35. There hasn't been much angler pressure, and current ice thickness and fish catch rates are unknown. Try using a Swedish Pimple, rattle spoons, neon Ratfinkees, ice flies or one-inch white/glitter tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs and spoons with mealworms, wax worms or nightcrawlers. Please continue to check UDOT road conditions and use extreme caution when accessing the reservoir. (02-20-19)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season. (02-20-19)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Anglers have reported catching 16- to 18-inch rainbow trout and 14- to 18-inch brown trout. Anglers who fish mid-day and early evening — and who target deeper water — are the most successful. For fly-fishing, try nymphing using caddis larva (#16–#18), sow bugs, midge larva (#18–#22) or pupa. Also, try using dry fly midges (#20–#24) and soft hackles (#18–#22). Rod guides and tips will freeze, so you may want to consider using a de-icing product. If you're spincasting, try using gold, green or black Rooster Tails, Mepps, Panther Martins or Rapalas with a medium-slow retrieve. (02-20-19)

Provo River, Middle

Good

Anglers have reported constantly catching healthy 15- to 19-inch brown trout. Anglers who fish mid-day and early evening — and who target deeper water — are the most successful. For fly-fishing, try nymphing using caddis larva (#16–#18), sow bugs, midge larva (#18–#22) or pupa. Also, try using dry fly midges (#20–#24) and soft hackles (#18–#22). Rod guides and tips will freeze, so you may want to consider using a de-icing product. If you're spincasting, try using gold, green or black Rooster Tails, Mepps, Panther Martins or Rapalas with a medium-slow retrieve. (02-20-19)

Salem Pond

Slow

The pond has open water and little ice formation. Try using garlic PowerBait or a nightcrawler with Atlas Mike's Marshmallows. Fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using small Panther Martin Holy Hammered spinners, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners with a slow retrieve. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-20-19)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has open water. Try using rainbow twist or garlic PowerBait. Another good option is a nightcrawler (tipped with a marshmallow) that's fished off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Please use caution as conditions continue to change. (02-20-19)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed. Current ice thickness and fish catch rates are unknown. (02-20-19)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

Current ice thickness and catch rates are unknown. There are several feet of snow atop the ice, which limits access and fishing opportunity. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-20-19)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Closed

Spanish Oaks is closed. The reservoir has been drained to remove invasive goldfish and to improve the aquatic habitat. (02-20-19)

Spring Lake

Slow

There is some thin ice present in areas, but the rest of the lake is still open water. Try using garlic PowerBait, pink or orange marshmallows and salmon eggs. Suspend them 4 feet below a bobber or off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-20-19)

Strawberry Reservoir

Good

Anglers are reporting 12 to 15 inches of snow and 8 to 10 inches of slush on top of about 12 inches of ice. Temperatures have been extremely cold, so please dress and plan accordingly. Anglers are catching many 16- to 18-inch rainbow trout and 16- to 21-inch cutthroat trout (with the occasional 22- to 24-inch slot buster). Anglers report success fishing 15 to 20 feet below the ice or 3 to 5 feet off the bottom in the 30- to 40-foot water column. Try using 1/16- to 1/32-ounce pink or chartreuse ice flies, Swedish Pimples, Crazy Glow Orange or Pearl White Maniac Custom Lures Cut'r Bugs, white or pink paddle bug jigs, or white or pink tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs with mealworms, nightcrawlers, shrimp or PowerBait. Also, try scenting your plastic jigs with trout, garlic or crayfish attractant gel or spray. (02-20-19)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports of angler pressure or fish catch rates. The upper portion (Nebo Creek area) and lower portion (near Bennie Creek) experienced debris flows after 2018 fires. Fish numbers are down, but they are still present in the system. If you're fly-fishing, try nymphing using small baetis, caddis larva, midge larva or pheasant tails. Rod guides and tips will freeze, so you may want to consider using a de-icing product. If you're spincasting, try casting gold Mepps, silver Panther Martins, or gold or black Rooster Tails upstream of the deeper sections and use a slow retrieve. (02-20-19)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Good

The reservoir has an average of 12 inches of ice. Open water is present near the river inlet, so please continue to use extreme caution when venturing out near this area. Anglers report catching 11- to 14-inch rainbow trout. You'll find the best success fishing the 20- to 25-foot water column and staying about 2 to 4 feet off the bottom. Try using Ratfinkees, Ratso or Shrimpo jigs, teardrop jigs or 1.5-inch white or glow panfish tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs and spoons with mealworms, salmon eggs, wax worms or PowerBait. (02-20-19)

Utah Lake

Hot

The lake has open water, and there's residual thin ice in the Utah Lake State Park Marina boat launch area. We advise anglers not to attempt fishing on the ice, as it is very unsafe. Anglers report that the white bass bite is hot right now, with good catch rates of yellow perch and decent catch rates of black crappie. Try using glitter/chartreuse, yellow or white 1.5-inch curly tail grubs or skirted panfish tube jigs with a 1/16- to 1/32-ounce jig head. Also, try Northland Fire-Ball Spin jigs, Ratso and Shrimp jigs, VMC Tungsten Nymph jigs or Rapala Jigging Raps. We recommend tipping jigs with nightcrawlers, perch eyes or mealworms. (02-20-19)

Vernon Reservoir

Slow

The reservoir has open water, and fishing has been slow. Try using rainbow twist or garlic PowerBait, or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow. Fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using gold Mepps, silver Panther Martins, or gold or black Rooster Tails with a medium-slow retrieve. (02-20-19)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

There haven't been any recent reports from anglers, and ice thickness is unknown. Please use extreme caution as ice conditions continue to change. (02-20-19)

Willow Pond

Slow

The pond has open water. Catch rates have been low, and fishing is slow. Try using rainbow twist or garlic PowerBait, or a nightcrawler tipped with a marshmallow. Fish off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. Also, try using small neon Ratfinkees or ice flies below a bobber. We recommend tipping jigs with nightcrawlers, salmon eggs or PowerBait. (02-20-19)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Slow

The reservoir has open water. Boats are able to launch from the Oasis and Painted Rock boat ramps. Hazard buoys are not in place yet, so you're launching at your own risk. The water temperature is still very cold, so please exhibit proper boating safety and wear a lifejacket. Angling pressure has been very low. Anglers can target rainbow trout, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, wiper and channel catfish at Yuba. For trout, try using glitter garlic PowerBait, Atlas Mike's Marshmallows or a nightcrawler off the bottom using a slip-sinker rig. For walleye and northern pike, try using Lindy Slick Jigs, Lindy Fuzz-E Grub Jigs, Blue Fox Super Bou spinners, Dardevle spoons, Panther Martin Muskie Marabuck spinners or Mepps H210 spinners with a medium retrieve. (02-20-19)


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