Fishing Report for Central Utah April 26, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (April 26) Angler Doug Bowden reports that, in his last three fishing trips, he only caught three fish total. Other anglers report catching more fish. One family, for instance, caught six or seven fish during one trip. Try using a worm and PowerBait. The ponds will be stocked in the near future.

CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (April 26) The pond was recently stocked with fish. Anglers report good fishing success using traditional baits and lures. Try targeting the deeper parts of the pond where fish tend to congregate.

DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (April 26) Anglers report good fishing success. Angler Doug Bowden and his party fished the north end of Rainbow Cove in the afternoon and early evening. Dough had a few bites throughout an afternoon fishing using worms and PowerBait. Doug's father caught an 18-inch rainbow trout and an 18-inch brown trout on a rattling trout Rapala, and his nephew caught a 15-inch rainbow using PowerBait. They spotted eyes along the shore, but but couldn't get the fish to bite. Doug's dad caught another 18-inch brown trout on a rubber jig before they left the reservoir at 11 p.m. The docks are not in yet. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.

DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (April 26) The U.S. Forest Service has opened the gate. You can now access Sheep Creek on the Hobble Creek side with a vehicle. The gate is still closed at Balsam Campground. Fly anglers should try using blue-wing olives, nymphs or streamers. You can use bait on Diamond Fork River.

GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (April 26) Anglers report fair fishing success. Shore anglers should try using brightly-colored PowerBait, or marshmallows and worms. Boat anglers should try trolling flashy lures. Most anglers aren't catching many fish, but the fish they are catching are averaging around 14 inches.

HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (April 26) The pond was stocked and anglers report good fishing success for largemouth bass and trout. Most anglers are using PowerBait and other traditional baits.

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (April 26) The reservoir is ice free. Anglers report fair fishing success for trout and smallmouth bass.

KIDNEY POND: (April 26) The pond was stocked with trout again this week. Anglers report good fishing success using traditional baits and lures.

MIDAS POND: (April 26) The pond was recently stocked with trout. Anglers report good fishing success using traditional baits.

MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (April 26) the U.S. Forest Service reports that the snowy conditions are restricting vehicle access to the reservoir. If you snowmobile in to fish, please email a report to scottroot@utah.gov.

NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (April 26) Anglers report fair fishing success using traditional baits and lures.

PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 26) Anglers report fair to good fishing success using traditional baits, flies and lures.

PAYSON LAKE: (April 26) The access gate is still closed in the canyon at the Maple Lake turnoff. You should be able to access the lakes by mid-May.

PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (April 26) Anglers report fair to good fishing success for trout above I-15 using small dark patterns. You should try midge imitations in the early afternoon. You can use bait in some stretches of the river. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. Notice: Utah Lake tributaries west of I-15 are closed to angling from March 1 through 6 a.m. on May 5.

PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (April 26) Try using 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. Several osprey (fish hawks) are nesting on platforms adjacent to the river and can be seen diving for fish. Harvest of legal-sized fish is encouraged. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details about the special regulations on the Provo River.

SALEM POND: (April 26) The pond has been stocked with trout, and anglers are reporting good fishing success. Most anglers are using PowerBait. Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife are completing a new wheelchair-accessible fishing area. Notice: We urgently need volunteers to help teach youth how to fish at Spanish Oaks Reservoir, Highland Glen, Salem Pond and Spring Lake youth fishing clubs. This year's fishing program for youth could be cancelled if more volunteers don't sign up! Please contact Tonya Kieffer at 801–491-5662 for more information.

SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (April 26) Anglers report slow to fair fishing success using traditional baits and lures. The reservoir has not been stocked yet.

SILVER LAKE: (April 26) There are still snowy conditions at Silver Lake. Give it a couple of weeks before heading up to fish

SPANISH OAKS RESERVOIR: (April 26) The reservoir was stocked with trout this week. Anglers report good fishing success using traditional baits or spinners. Notice: We urgently need volunteers to help teach youth how to fish at Spanish Oaks Reservoir, Highland Glen, Salem Pond and Spring Lake youth fishing clubs. This year's fishing program for youth could be cancelled if more volunteers don't sign up! Please contact Tonya Kieffer at 801–491-5662 for more information.

SPRING LAKE: (April 26) Anglers report good fishing success for the recently stocked trout using traditional baits and lures. Notice: We urgently need volunteers to help teach youth how to fish at Spanish Oaks Reservoir, Highland Glen, Salem Pond and Spring Lake youth fishing clubs. This year's fishing program for youth could be cancelled if more volunteers don't sign up! Please contact Tonya Kieffer at 801–491-5662 for more information.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (April 26) The reservoir is mostly ice free. Angler Tom Ogden reports that he and three friends fished the reservoir from kick boats. In the morning, they fished the Aspen Cove area. Fishing success was slow in the morning and seemed to pick up by the afternoon. They used both medium-sink and fast-sink lines and size 4–8 leech, woolly bugger and soft hackle patterns in green and black, tan and green, olive, and black and red colors. The water temperature was about 40 degrees and the visibility in the water was about eight feet. The ice is gone on the Soldier Creek side of the reservoir. Tom's group caught fish ranging from 12 to 19 inches in length, none of which were cutthroat trout. The reservoir level about 90 percent full.

Strawberry Reservoir has special regulations. Check the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more information. For help differentiating the Bear Lake cutthroat trout from the rainbow trout, visit wildlife.utah.gov/strawberry/pdf/strawberry_brochure.pdf.

THISTLE CREEK: (April 26) Anglers report fair fishing success. Fishing pressure is light. Try using worms or flies to catch the brown trout in the creek.

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (April 26) Anglers report slow to fair fishing success using traditional baits and lures.

UTAH LAKE: (April 26) Anglers report good fishing success for white bass and bullhead catfish. Other anglers report slow to fair success. For white bass, try using action lures. Several anglers have fished the Millrace area over the last month (adjacent to I-15 in Springville). Notice: Utah Lake tributaries west of I-15 are closed to angling from March 1 through 6 a.m. on May 5.

VERNON RESERVOIR: (April 26) Anglers report slow to fair fishing success. The reservoir hasn't yet been stocked this year.

VIVIAN PARK POND: (April 26) Anglers report fair success using traditional baits and lures.

WILLOW POND: (April 26) Willow Pond and the other community ponds in Salt Lake Valley were stocked again this week. Expect good fishing success.

YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (April 26) Anglers report slow fishing success for walleye and pike. Angler Doug Bowden reports that he didn't catch any walleye or pike, but he did have a lot of fun catching carp. In two trips, his group caught 15 carp in the 10- to 13-inch range. They were all caught at Painted Rock using worms. The carp were jumping and schooling in large numbers. State Park Ranger Slater reports slow fishing success for walleye and northern pike anglers. Call the state park for boating conditions at 435-758-2611.

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