Fishing Report for Central Utah May 25, 2012
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BURRASTON PONDS: (May 25) Ponds are stocked on a regular basis. Fishing success is good using spinners or traditional baits.
CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (May 25) Fishing success is good using traditional baits and lures in deeper water.
DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (May 25) Shoreline anglers report good to hot fishing success. Most anglers are using PowerBait, and some report catching limits of 17-inch (and larger) trout. Orange, chartreuse and rainbow colors are popular choices for PowerBait. Trolling is reported as fair to good. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.
DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (May 25) Anglers report fair to good fishing success with spinners, Rapalas and flies. Bait is also allowed on this river.
GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (May 25) The water level has dropped substantially, which is helping anglers. We know of only one tagged fish caught in the Cabela's tagged fish contest, so there are lots of prizes left to win. Utah Lake and Grantsville are the two Central Region waters in this contest. The pressure is about normal. With lots of campers and ATV riders, campgrounds are nearly full, but there is plenty of room around the lake to fish.
HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (May 25) Highland was recently stocked with trout and fishing success is reported as good. Most anglers are using traditional baits such as PowerBait. There is a two-fish limit at community fishing waters.
JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (May 25) Some anglers report very slow fishing success while others say it's fair. The best reports were from shoreline anglers using worms or PowerBait. There are a lot of chubs in the reservoir, as well as a good population of large brown trout up to 15 pounds. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair.
KIDNEY POND: (May 25) Check the stocking reports for details. Fishing success is good with traditional baits and lures.
LITTLE DELL RESERVOIR: (May 25) Remember to use artificial flies and lures only. All cutthroat trout must be immediately released. Anglers report fair fishing success using flashy lures. Notice: Parleys Creek from Mountain Dell Reservoir to Highway 65 is closed to fishing throughout the year. From SR-65 upstream to the headwaters is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. Anglers can use artificial flies and lures only and this part of the creek is closed January 1 through the 2nd Saturday of July.
MANILA CREEK POND: (May 25) The pond has been stocked and good fishing success has been reported using traditional baits.
MIDAS POND: (May 25) The pond was stocked with trout and good success has been reported using traditional baits.
MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (May 25) Angler Cliff Bowden reports excellent success for trout using various baits and lures. He reports catching albino trout, rainbow trout and some tiger trout. Due to snowdrifts, USFS states that the campground is not yet open for the holiday. Expect it to be open up in the next couple of weeks. For more information about camping, call the USFS at 435-654-0470.
NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (May 25) Anglers report fair fishing success using traditional baits and lures.
PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (May 25) Anglers report fair to good fishing using traditional baits, flies and lures. The best success is in the morning and evening hours.
PAYSON LAKE: (May 25) The lake is now open and accessible. Aquatics Manager Mike Slater recommends going to Maple Lake up Payson canyon. There are a lot of fish waiting to be caught, and fishing is good for both holdover brook trout and recently stocked rainbow trout. The Payson Lake was recently stocked with trout. The USFS opened the canyon and campgrounds. Remember that the community ponds are being stocked weekly. Check the stocking reports for details.
PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (May 25) Tributaries to Utah Lake are now open to angling! Above I-15: The fishing success is fair to good for trout using small dark patterns. Midge imitations are effective in the early afternoon. Bait is allowed in some stretches of the river. White bass are biting closer to Utah Lake. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for special regulations.
PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (May 25) Dark-colored fly patterns, size 18 and smaller, or midge patterns are a good choice. Bait is allowed above Charleston Bridge to the Legacy Bridge. The harvest of legal-sized fish is encouraged. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for the special regulations on this river.
SALEM POND: (May 25) The pond is stocked with trout weekly. Anglers report good fishing for trout. Most anglers are using PowerBait.
SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (May 25) Settlement Canyon Reservoir has been stocked. The fishing success is fair to good using traditional baits and lures.
SILVER LAKE: (May 25) This week, the lake was stocked with trout for the first time. Silver Lake will be stocked next week as well. Expect good fishing using spinners, flies or baits.
SPANISH OAKS RESERVOIR: (May 25) Anglers report good fishing success using traditional baits or spinners.
SPRING LAKE: (May 25) Anglers report good fishing success for recently stocked trout using traditional baits and lures.
STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (May 25) Strawberry Tagged Fishing Contest starts May 26 and goes until October 15. Catch one of 300 tagged rainbow trout and win up $25,000 or many other prizes! Officer Hollie Riddle reports that most shoreline anglers are catching 17 to 18-inch rainbow trout. PowerBait is the preferred method of shoreline anglers. If you're releasing the fish, please cut the fishing line rather than pulling the hook out of the fish's stomach. 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, view this brochure.
THISTLE CREEK: (May 25) Worms or flies are the preferred method for catching brown trout.
TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (May 25) The reservoir is stocked with trout and fishing success is considered good using traditional baits and lures. You can also access Silver Lake Flat Reservoir (just up the road from Tibble Fork Reservoir).
UTAH LAKE: (May 25) Anglers report catching good numbers of white bass, channel catfish and black bullhead catfish. Other species, like bluegill and crappie, are biting as well. Action lures work best to get the white bass to bite. Worms or stink baits are working well for channel catfish and black bullheads. Please release any June suckers if caught—they are currently spawning. Carp bow hunters: Please be sure not to shoot June suckers
VERNON RESERVOIR: (May 25) Anglers report fair to good fishing success. The water level is nearly full. There are a few open campsites. The conditions are great with the temperature and lack of bugs.
VIVIAN PARK POND: (May 25) The pond is stocked with trout weekly. Fishing success is good using traditional baits and lures.
COMMUNITY PONDS AND STREAMS OF SALT LAKE AND UTAH COUNTY: (May 25) The urban ponds are being stocked on a weekly basis and the fishing is good. The Jordan River is now being fished and anglers are catching white bass and other species. The mountain lakes and streams should be open soon. Catfish are being stocked every other week in many of the community ponds.
YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (May 25) Anglers at Yuba Reservoir report excellent fishing for Northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass, some catching up to 20 pike in a day. Located less than two hours south of Salt Lake City, this is a great destination for a day or weekend fishing trip.
A day-use is $7 per vehicle with up to eight people. Tent, RV and boat-in camping are available for $10 – $16 per night. The park concession rents boats, personal watercraft and off-highway vehicles and offers a store and grill with food, camping and boating supplies. For reservations or more information, visit State Parks. For current boating conditions, call the state park at 435-758-2611.