Fishing Report for Central Utah May 4, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (May 04) The ponds were stocked this week. Anglers report good fishing with spinners or traditional baits.

CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (May 04) The pond is stocked with fish. Anglers report good fishing with traditional baits. Lures work well if you're fishing in the deeper water.

DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (May 04) Anglers report that shore fishing is improving. Angler Cliff Bowden reported catching a small male walleye from the shoreline. Worms or PowerBait are good bait choices for trout. Trolling has also been reported as fair to good. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.

DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (May 04) The U.S. Forest Service has opened gate and vehicle access to the Sheep Creek side. (On the Hobble Creek side, the gate is closed at Balsam Campground.) Anglers who are fly fishing with blue-wing olives, nymphs and streamers have reported fair to good fishing. Bait is allowed on this river.

GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (May 04) Anglers report fair fishing with traditional baits and lures.

HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (May 04) The pond was stocked with trout again this week, and anglers report good fishing. Most anglers are using traditional baits (such as PowerBait). There's a two-fish limit at all community ponds.

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (May 04) The reservoir is ice free. Anglers report fair fishing for trout and smallmouth bass.

KIDNEY POND: (May 04) The pond has been stocked with trout. Anglers report good fishing with traditional baits and lures.

MIDAS POND: (May 04) The pond was stocked with trout this week, and anglers report good fishing with traditional baits.

MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (May 04) The last report from the U.S. Forest Service stated that there is no access to the reservoir. I will provide an update later this week if the reservoir becomes accessible. Please email any reports to scottroot@utah.gov.

NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (May 04) Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.

PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (May 04) Anglers report fair to good fishing with traditional baits, flies and lures.

PAYSON LAKE: (May 04) The canyon's access gate is still closed at the Maple Lake turnoff. You should be able to access the lakes by mid-May.

PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (May 04) Notice: The tributaries to Utah Lake will open on Saturday, May 5. In the area above I-15, anglers report fair to good trout fishing with small dark patterns. Midge imitations 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 on the river.

PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (May 04) Fly patterns (size 18 or smaller) or midge patterns are a good choice. 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. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for the special regulations on this river.

SALEM POND: (May 04) The pond has been stocked with trout. Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife have completed work on a new wheelchair-accessible fishing area. The trout fishing has been good, and most anglers are using PowerBait.

SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (May 04) The reservoir was stocked this week. You'll find fair to good fishing with traditional baits and lures.

SILVER LAKE: (May 04) There are still some snowy conditions at Silver Lake. You may want to wait a couple more weeks.

SPANISH OAKS RESERVOIR: (May 04) The reservoir was stocked with trout this week, and anglers report good fishing with traditional baits or spinners.

SPRING LAKE: (May 04) Anglers report good trout fishing with traditional baits and lures.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (May 04) Angler David Carlin and three friends recently fished Strawberry in a boat. They didn't see any ice, and water temperatures ranged from 42–46°F. The group trolled Rapalas, flat fish, needle fish and Lucky Craft Pointers without success. Then, they still-fished with PowerBait at Willow Point and into the Fingers area, where they landed two small rainbows. They moved back to Renegade and caught another two nice cutbows. They moved along the south shoreline back to the west, across from the main marina. During that stretch, they caught two more fish, one cutthroat and another rainbow. Aside from the two small rainbows early in the morning, the rest of the fish were a nice size, ranging from 18 inches to just under 22 inches in length. Overall, fishing was slow. 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: (May 04) There haven't been many anglers, and fishing is fair. Worms or flies work well here, particularly for brown trout.

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (May 04) The reservoir was stocked this week. Fishing is fair to good with traditional baits and lures.

UTAH LAKE: (May 04) The tributaries will open on Saturday, May 5. Anglers have reported catching good numbers of white bass, channel catfish and bullhead catfish. Action lures work best for the white bass. Several anglers have been seen fishing the Millrace area over the last month (adjacent to I-15 in Springville).

VERNON RESERVOIR: (May 04) The reservoir was stocked with trout this week. You'll find fair to good fishing with traditional baits and lures.

VIVIAN PARK POND: (May 04) The pond was stocked this week. Anglers report good fishing with traditional baits and lures.

WILLOW POND: (May 04) Conservation Officer Mike Roach reports that all of the community ponds are stocked, and the fishing is good. Some anglers are fishing in the Jordan River and catching white bass. The mountain lakes and streams will soon be open.

YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (May 04) Anglers report slow fishing for walleye and pike. For boating conditions, call the state park at 435-758-2611.

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