Fishing report for Central Utah April 4, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (April 02) Anglers report good fishing with traditional baits.

CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (April 02) The pond has been stocked, and you'll find good fishing with traditional baits and lures. Fish may congregate in deeper water.

DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 02) The ice is gone, and you'll find open water across the reservoir. Angler Chris reported catching and releasing many trout while trolling. According to Conservation Officer Orin Neal, shoreline anglers have seen slower fishing. They report slow to fair action for trout, using PowerBait or worms. If you're bait fishing, it's best to keep the bait about a foot or two off the bottom. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435–654-0171.

DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (April 02) Anglers who were fly fishing reported fair to good success with blue-wing olives, nymphs and streamers. Bait is allowed on the river.

GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (April 02) The reservoir is ice free and full of water. Anglers report fair to good fishing with traditional baits, flies and lures for 14- to 17-inch trout.

HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (April 02) The pond has been stocked, and anglers report good fishing with PowerBait. There's a two-fish limit at all community fisheries.

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (April 02) Conservation Officer Orin Neal reports that the reservoir is now ice free. Bait anglers have seen slow to fair fishing in the Rock Cliffs area. Shoreline anglers seem to prefer PowerBait. The watercraft ramps are open for boat launches.

KIDNEY POND: (April 02) The pond was stocked with trout this week. Anglers report good fishing with traditional baits and lures.

LITTLE DELL RESERVOIR: (April 02) Anglers report fair to good fishing for pre-spawn cutthroat trout, using minnow-imitating lures. You may only use artificial flies and lures at this reservoir. All cutthroat trout must be immediately released.

MANILA CREEK POND: (April 02) The pond has been stocked with trout, and anglers report good fishing with traditional baits.

MIDAS POND: (April 02) The pond was recently stocked with trout, and anglers report good fishing with traditional baits.

MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (April 02) Snowy conditions restrict vehicle access, and the gate is closed. Please email a report to scottroot@utah.gov if you snowmobile into this water to fish.

NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (April 02) Anglers report that the reservoir level is quite high. Fishing is fair to good with traditional baits and lures.

PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 02) Anglers report fair to good fishing with woolly buggers, other fly patterns or traditional baits and lures.

PAYSON LAKE: (April 02) The canyon's access gate is still closed.

PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (April 02) Reminder: Utah Lake Tributaries west of I-15 are closed to angling from March 1 through 6 a.m. on May 5. Above I-15: Fly anglers are catching trout with small dark patterns. Midge imitations seem to be popular, and they are effective in the early afternoon. Bait is allowed in some stretches of the river. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for the special regulations.

PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (April 02) Fly anglers are doing well with dark fly patterns (size 18 or smaller) or midge patterns, beginning at mid-day. Bait is allowed from above Charleston Bridge to the Legacy Bridge. Harvest of legal-sized fish is encouraged. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for the special regulations on this river.

SALEM POND: (April 02) The pond has been stocked with trout. Anglers report fair to good fishing this week. Most anglers are using PowerBait.

SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (April 02) Anglers report slow to fair fishing with traditional baits and lures.

SILVER LAKE: (April 02) There haven't been any recent reports on ice conditions or access to the water. Expect unsafe ice and snowy conditions.

SPANISH OAKS RESERVOIR: (April 02) The reservoir has been stocked with trout. Anglers report good fishing with traditional baits or spinners.

SPRING LAKE: (April 02) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing for recently stocked trout. Most anglers are using traditional baits and lures.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (April 02) Strawberry Project Leader Alan Ward reports that the ice is starting to look dark, and it's beginning to rot in some places. There is still access onto the ice for ice anglers, but use caution with the deteriorating ice conditions. You'll find some small pockets of open water at inlets, and anglers have been doing well in the open water. There are special regulations in effect at Strawberry: the limit is four trout or kokanee salmon in the aggregate. No more than two may be cutthroat trout under 15 inches, and no more than one may be a cutthroat trout over 22 inches. All cutthroat trout from 15 to 22 inches must be immediately released. Trout and salmon may not be filleted, and the heads or tails may not be removed in the field or in transit. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more regulations. For help differentiating the Bear Lake cutthroat trout from the rainbow trout, visit wildlife.utah.gov/strawberry/pdf/strawberry_brochure.pdf.

THISTLE CREEK: (April 02) There aren't many anglers at the creek, and the brown trout fishing is fair with worms or flies.

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (April 02) You'll find open water and fair fishing with traditional baits and lures.

UTAH LAKE: (April 02) Reminder: Utah Lake Tributaries west of I-15 are closed to angling from March 1 through 6 a.m. on May 5. There's open water, and anglers report fair to good fishing for white bass. The walleye are staging, and many have traveled up the tributaries. (The tributaries are closed to angling.) Anglers report catching a few walleye in the lake, but the action is still fairly slow. Some anglers are catching largemouth bass by casting close to the edge of vegetation.

VERNON RESERVOIR: (April 02) The main route to the reservoir is pretty muddy. You might want to hold off on fishing here until things dry out a bit.

VIVIAN PARK POND: (April 02) You'll find slow to fair fishing. This pond has not yet been stocked.

WILLOW POND: (April 02) Conservation Officer Mike Roach reports that community ponds in the Salt Lake Valley (including Willow, Sunset, Sandy, Millrace Park, Midas and Kidney) have been stocked with trout. Riverton Pond is still closed, but it will open in April. Use traditional baits and lures for the best fishing. Officer Roach cautions that canyon streams are running high, and anglers should use caution.

YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 02) The reservoir is ice free. DWR biologists recently netted a 21.9-pound, 42-inch northern pike. They also caught and released a 21.5-pound northern pike. Look for the pike in shallow water (3 to 10 feet deep) and cast fish-imitating crankbaits.

 

 

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