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Central Region Fishing Report

Burraston Ponds

Fair

Catch rates are fair. Try using yellow or garlic/chartreuse Powerbait fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed sinker rig or a slip sinker rig. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/4-ounce Panther Martin Holy Strike spinners or 1/4-ounce metallic Jakes Spin-A-Lures. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit the stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Canyon View Park Pond

Fair

Fishing is fair. The pond experienced a partial fish kill. Spanish Fork City and DWR have taken measures to remedy water conditions to prevent future fish loss. Try using 1/4- or 1/6-ounce metallic Jakes Spin-A-Lures, 1/8-once Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners or 1/4-ounce Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners. Also, try using a bit of nightcrawler under a bobber or Powerbait off the bottom using a slip sinker rig. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit the stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Deer Creek Reservoir

Hot

The fishing is hot. Anglers are catching high numbers of 12- to 18-inch rainbow trout from boat, kayak, float tube and shore. Anglers are catching 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout, 15- to 19-inch brown trout, and the occasional walleye. For trolling, try using Williams Wabler spoons, nickel/blue or nickle/chartreuse kastmaster lures or Zona Lures Z Ray spoon. For shore fishing, try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, nickel/blue or nickle/chartreuse kastmaster lures, or silver or copper Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinners. Also, try using yellow or chartreuse PowerBait fished 15- to 20-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 20- to 25-inches under a bobber. (04-19-19)

Diamond Fork River

Slow

Spring runoff has made the river extremely turbid. Angler success is low and finding fish is challenging due to low visibility. Try using flies or lures with metallic/bright coloration or produce noise/vibration to increase your chances. Fishing further up-stream, closer to Fifth Water, may have more success. (04-19-19)

Grantsville Reservoir

Good

Fishing is good to fair. The reservoir was recently stocked with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using garlic, cheese, or corn scented PowerBait fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, or 1/4-ounce Acme Little Cleo spoons. We recommend fishing near the inlet. (04-19-19)

Highland Glen Park

Fair

The pond was stocked this week with 10- to 11-inch rainbow trout. Try using corn or garlic Powerbait fished 12- to to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed or slip rig sinker, or using a bit of nightcrawler and a kernel of corn fished 18- to 24-inches under a bobber. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit the stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Jordanelle Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is nearly ice-free, boat ramps are open, the wedge dock is installed at the main boat ramp, and the fishing is good. Anglers have been catching nice 16- to 22-inch brown trout. Minnow mimic stick baits work well. Try using live rainbow trout, yellow perch, hot steel or purpledescent colored Rapala Original Floating Minnows, Mepps Aglia spinnerbaits, or Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or chartreuse PowerBait fished 18 to 24-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. (04-19-19)

Kidney Pond

Good

Both Kidney and Riverfront (just south of Kidney) ponds were stocked this week with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, 1/8- ounce sunfish or hot firetiger/orange tail rooster Mepps Aglia Dressed spinners, or 1/4-once yellow spot or flash chartreuse Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners. Also, try using cheese or garlic Powerbait fished 12- to 18-inches off the bottom using using a basic fixed sinker rig, or a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 18- to 24-inches under a bobber. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit our the stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Midas Pond

Slow

Midas has developed a significant leak in the pond liner and has not been receiving stocking. The pond will need to be completely drained and repaired. The pond will be refilled and the DWR will restock the pond with fish once everything is fixed. Anglers are still able to fish the other two ponds: Kidney and Riverfront. (04-19-19)

Mill Hollow Reservoir

Fair

No recent fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Palisade Reservoir & State Park

Good

The pond was stocked this week with 9- to 11-inch rainbow trout. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or Y5D/silver Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce gold or holographic tiger Panther Martin WillowStrike spinners, or 1/4-once hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or garlic Powerbait fished 12- to 18-inches off the bottom using using a basic fixed sinker rig, or using a bit of nightcrawler fished 20 to 30 inches under a bobber. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit the fish stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Payson Lake

Closed

The gate to Payson Lake is closed for the season. It should reopen by Memorial Day. (04-19-19)

Provo River, Lower

Good

Angler success is high and catch rates are good. Dry fly fishing is consistent with most midge and mayfly hatches occurring midday. . If you're fly-fishing, try using dry fly midges (size #16-#18), BWO (size #16-#18), Parachute Adams (size #18-#22) or midge clusters (size #16-#18) trailing midge emergers (size #22-#24) or small dry flies (size #20-#24). When a hatch is not occurring, nymphing is your best option. Try using caddis larva (size #16-#18), sow bugs (size #16-#18), or pheasant tails (size #18-#20). If you're spin-casting, try using 1/4-once bumble bee, crawdad or salmon fly Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners, 1/4-ounce gold shiner, silver shiner, bleeding silver or red/silver flake Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinners, or 1/4-ounce gold or brook trout Panther Marin Original spinners. (04-19-19)

Provo River, Middle

Good

Angler success varies with the weather, but good overall. Catch rates remain high. Dry fly fishing is consistent with good midge and increased BWO hatches occurring regularly midday into the afternoon. If you're fly-fishing, try using dry fly midges (size #16-#18), BWO (size #16-#18), or midge clusters (size #16-#18) trailering midge emergers (size #22-#24) or small dry flies (size #20-#24). When a hatch is not occurring, try nymphing using caddis larva (size #16-#18), sow bugs (size #16-#18), or pheasant tails (size #18-#20). If you're spin-casting, try using 1/4-once bumble bee, crawdad or salmon fly Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners, 1/4-ounce gold shiner, silver shiner, bleeding silver or red/silver flake Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinners, or 1/4-ounce gold or brook trout Panther Marin Original spinners. We are conducting creel surveys on the Middle Provo this year. Angler information and participation in these surveys gives our biologists essential data that we will use to better manage and improve Utah's fisheries. (04-19-19)

Salem Pond

Good

The pond was recently stocked with 18- to 19-inch rainbow trout. Angler are catching rainbow trout, largemouth bass and channel catfish. For trout, try using garlic or corn scented Powerbait fished 12- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or a bit of nightcrawler and a kernel of corn fished 20- to 30-inches below a bobber. For bass, try using skirted jigs, Lindy Fuzz-E grub, 1/16 to 1/8 ounce jig heads with a white or chartreuse curly tail grub, Blue Fox Super Vibrax spinners or other brass body spinners. For catfish, try using nightcrawler or shrimp with a #6 or #4 size circle hook fished off the bottom using a slip sinker rig. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit our DWR fish stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Settlement Canyon Reservoir

Fair

The reservoir was recently stocked with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using garlic, cheese or corn scented Powerbait fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce Acme Little Cleo spoons, or 1/4-once hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. (04-19-19)

Silver Lake (American Fork Canyon)

Slow

The gate is closed for the season. It should reopen by Memorial Day. (04-19-19)

Silver Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Slow

No recent reports. (04-19-19)

Spanish Oaks Reservoir

Good

The reservoir is open and was stocked this week with 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout. Try using garlic, cheese, or corn scented Powerbait or two Berkley Floating Magnum Eggs fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, or 1/4-ounce Acme Little Cleo spoons. (04-19-19)

Spring Lake

Slow

Anglers report the fishing being a little slow. Try using garlic or cheese scented Powerbait or two Berkley Floating Magnum Eggs fished 12- to 15-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 20- to 24-inches under a bobber. Also, try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, 1/8-ounce sunfish or hot firetiger/orange tail rooster Mepps Aglia Dressed spinners, or 1/4-once yellow spot or flash chartreuse Worden's Original Rooster Tail spinners (04-19-19)

Strawberry Reservoir

Unstable ice

The ice is starting to grey and degrade. Strawberry has received a lot of rain this past week resulting in several layers of soft ice having water in between. This late season ice is very unsafe. We do not recommend anglers fish the ice. Anglers are fishing open water at the Ladders and various bays, and report catching 16- to 19-inch cutthroat trout and 15- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, nickel/blue or nickle/chartreuse kastmaster lures, or silver or copper Blue Fox Classic Vibrax Spinners. Also, try using garlic, chartreuse or corn scented PowerBait fished 18- to 24-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or nightcrawler with a kernel of corn, dead red-side shiner, or a white paddle tail jig tipped with nightcrawler fished 20- to 30-inches under a bobber. (04-19-19)

Thistle Creek

Slow

There have been no reports of angler pressure or fish catch rates fishing. The upper portion (the Nebo Creek area) and lower portion (near Bennie Creek) have felt the effects of debris flows due to fire in 2018. Fish numbers are down, but still present in the system. Spring runoff has made the river very turbid. Angler success is low and finding fish is challenging due to low visibility. Try using flies or lures with metallic/bright coloration or produce noise/vibration to increase your chances. (04-19-19)

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Slow

No recent fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Utah Lake

Good

Anglers have been catching more channel catfish and black bullhead, some largemouth bass, carp, and the occasional northern pike and walleye. The white bass bite is slow, but should really pick up by the end of April.

If you're targeting catfish, try using nightcrawler, dead red-side shiner, shrimp, chub meat, or carp meat fished off the bottom using a circle or octopus hook (size #6-#3), or fished under a bobber 10 to 12 inches off the bottom. If you're targeting largemouth bass, try using dark pattern Yamamoto 4-inch Senko stick baits, Z Man ZinkerZ soft stick baits, or Strike King OCHO 5-inch stick baits with a drop shot or Carolina rig. If you're targeting northern pike, try using 1/6- to 3/4-ounce spinner baits with a single blade and big skirt such as Blue Fox Foxtail Super Vibrax, Panther Martin Muskie Marabuck, Mepps Dressed Agila or Mepps Dressed Black Fury lures. If you're targeting walleye, try fishing near the tributaries using duel jig rigs with lemon meringue, fire tiger, orange crush, sour grape or chartreuse grubs with a 1/16 to 1/32-ounce jig head. We recommend tipping jigs with nightcrawler. Use a very slow retrieve to keep jigs in contact with the bottom. Remember: Utah Lake tributaries are closed to the possession of walleye until May 4. DWR has received report of anglers illegally harvesting walleye from the tributaries. If you see anglers illegally harvesting walleye from these tributaries, please report it to law enforcement. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for information about other special regulations. (04-19-19)

Vernon Reservoir

Good

The reservoir was stocked this week with 8- to 10-inch rainbow trout. Try using corn or garlic Powerbait, or a bit of nightcrawler tipped with a two Berkley Floating Magnum Egg fish 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce nickel or gold Acme Kastmaster Plain Spoons, or 1/6-ounce brass/red head Luhr-Jensen Super Duper Spoons. (04-19-19)

Vivian Park Pond

Slow

No recent fishing reports. (04-19-19)

Willow Pond

Good

The pond was stocked this week with 11- to 12-inch rainbow trout, and was also recently stocked with 18- to 19-inch brood rainbow trout. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or Y5D/silver Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce gold or holographic tiger Panther Martin WillowStrike spinners, or 1/4-once hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or garlic Powerbait fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig or slip rig sinker, or a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 24- to 30-inches under a bobber. Community ponds are stocked every one to two weeks. Visit our DWR fish stocking report for more information. (04-19-19)

Yuba Reservoir & State Park

Fair

Fishing is fair. The water levels are continuing to rise and hazard buoys in the water for boaters. Please remember that hazards still exist so exhibit caution when launching. Anglers report catching 18- to 22-inch walleye, 11- to 14-inch rainbow trout, and 14- to 16-inch carp. No recent report of anglers catching northern pike. The majority of northern pike have spawned or are nearing the end of the spawn, and are feeding in the shallows. For northern pike, we recommend fishing in shallow areas of the reservoir with vegetation or structure. Try using 1/2 to 3/4-ounce spinner baits with a single blade and big skirt such as Blue Fox Foxtail Super Vibrax, Panther Martin Muskie Marabuck, Mepps Dressed Agila or Mepps Dressed Black Fury lures. If bait fishing for pike, walleye or channel catfish, try using a dead red side shiner, smelt, Utah chub or carp meat fished off the bottom using a slip rig sinker, or suspended 25- to 30-inches below a bobber in shallower water. For walleye, try using Rapala Shad Rap lures, Rapala Husky Jerk lures, or Walleye Nation Shaky Shad. For rainbow trout, try using 1/4 or 1/6-ounce gold Jakes Spin-A-Lures, 1/4-ounce silver Zona Z Ray Lure or 1/4-ounce hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or garlic Powerbait fished 15- to 20-inches off the bottom using a basic fixed rig sinker, or using a bit of nightcrawler with a kernel of corn fished 24- to 36-inches under a bobber. (04-19-19)


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