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Fishing Report for Central Utah July 3, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (July 03) Fishing is fair with spinners or traditional baits. PowerBait is a popular choice at the ponds.

CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (July 03) Anglers report fair fishing with traditional baits and lures. The trout usually stack up in the deeper, southwest corner of the pond.

DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 03) Bass fishing has been good for anglers who use jigs and crankbaits early in the morning and in the evening. Anglers are also catching perch and panfish, using smaller jigs tipped with worms. Trout fishing has been good for those who are trolling and drifting PowerBait from a boat. Shoreline fishing for trout has slowed down a bit. Call Deer Creek State Park at 435–654-0171 for more information.

DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (July 03) Anglers report fair to good trout fishing with spinners, Rapalas and flies. If you try using grasshopper imitations, drop me a note about how they worked at scottroot@utah.gov. Bait is also allowed on this river. Fishing pressure is light.

GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (July 03) This is one of the waters in the Cabela's tagged-fish contest. The contest ends on July 8, and there are still many prizes available. Fishing pressure is moderate, but the campgrounds are nearly full. You'll find plenty of room around the lake to fish. Fishing is fair to good.

HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (July 03) The pond has been stocked with trout, and anglers report fair fishing. Most anglers are using traditional baits, such as PowerBait. There's a two-fish limit at all community fisheries.

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (July 03) Fishing is fair for smallmouth bass. The best reports are from shoreline trout anglers who are using worms or PowerBait.

KIDNEY POND: (July 03) The pond has been stocked with trout, and anglers report fair fishing with traditional baits and lures.

MIDAS POND: (July 03) Anglers report fair to good fishing with traditional baits and lures.

MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (July 03) Anglers report fair to good trout fishing with various baits and lures. Several trout species can be caught here, including rainbow, albino rainbow and tiger trout. The trout are always fun to target with a fly at this reservoir. The campgrounds now open. Call the U.S. Forest Service at 435–654-0470 for more information on camping.

NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (July 03) Trout fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.

PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 03) Anglers report fair fishing with baits, flies and lures. You'll have the best success in the morning and evening hours.

PAYSON LAKE: (July 03) Fishing is fair to good from the shoreline and from rafts and canoes. The Payson lakes have been stocked with trout and the U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are open. Worms or PowerBait are the popular baits. Flies can be very effective during the low light hours when the surface is smooth. Try casting a bubble with several feet of leader and retrieving it slowly toward the shoreline. Small black flies also work well with this technique.

PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (July 03) Anglers report fair to good trout fishing with small, dark fly patterns. Spinners are still working well for brown trout. Bait is allowed in some stretches of the river. (See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more information on these areas and for the special regulations on the river.) White bass fishing is still fair to good near the entrance to Utah Lake.

PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (July 03) It's a great time of year to try your luck on the Provo River. As usual, the green drake patterns are doing well. Small, dark flies and nymphs are also good bets. 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: (July 03) You'll find fair to good fishing with PowerBait or worms. Anglers are also catching some small bass and bluegill.

SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (July 03) Fishing has been fair with traditional baits and lures.

SILVER LAKE: (July 03) Anglers have reported good trout fishing with spinners, flies or baits.

SPANISH OAKS RESERVOIR: (July 03) Please be courteous of the swimmers! This reservoir is a popular swimming location (with a beach). Anglers report fair to good fishing with traditional baits or spinners.

SPRING LAKE: (July 03) Fishing has been fair to good for trout and catfish with traditional baits and lures.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (July 03) As of July 1, anglers have caught 50 yellow-tagged rainbow trout and 1 red-tagged rainbow trout and turned them in to the marinas for cash and prizes. There are still 249 tagged rainbow trout out there waiting to be caught! The contest runs until October 15, and you don't need to pre-register. Anglers are doing still doing well from the shoreline and from boats. Some anglers report catching decent numbers of kokanee by trolling lures in 30–40 feet of water. Most anglers report fair fishing from the shoreline. If you're on the shore, try using minnows and worms just off the bottom with a water-filled bubble. PowerBait is the most popular shoreline fishing bait. 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: (July 03) The dry weather means that grasshoppers will soon be dinner for hungry trout. Worms or flies are also working well for brown trout in this small stream near the town of Thistle.

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (July 03) As of the compiling of this report, a fire is burning and reports of canyon closures are coming in. It's probably not good to consider this fishing destination.

UTAH LAKE: (July 03) Regional Aquatics Manager Mike Slater reports that white bass are still being caught (more in the afternoons than in the mornings) around the Spring Creek inlet areas. Catfish haven't been as predictable. The Cabela's tagged-fish contest ends this weekend (July 8), so it's a good time to go after the tagged catfish and white bass in Utah Lake and the rainbows in Grantsville Reservoir. Although success has dropped off a little bit, anglers are still catching good numbers of white bass, channel catfish and black bullhead catfish. They are also catching largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Some of the bluegills are very large. 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 you catch them — they are spawning right now. Carp bow hunters: Please avoid shooting June suckers. It could be embarrassing and expensive.

VERNON RESERVOIR: (July 03) Anglers report fair trout fishing with traditional baits and lures.

VIVIAN PARK POND: (July 03) This small pond is still being stocked weekly with trout. You'll find fair to good fishing with traditional baits and lures.

WILLOW POND: (July 03) Conservation Officer Mike Roach reports that the summer heat has slowed fishing success. He encourages anglers to try the higher mountain lakes and streams. Salt Lake County urban ponds are fishing best in the mornings and after sunset.

YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 03) Anglers report slow to fair fishing for most species. Most anglers are pursuing northern pike. No one has reported catching walleye this week. For reservations or more information about day use and rentals, visit stateparks.utah.gov/parks/yuba. For boating conditions, call the state park at 435–758-2611.

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