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Fishing Report for Central Utah July 27, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (July 27) Fishing is slow to fair with spinners or traditional baits. Mornings and evenings are the best times to fish. PowerBait is the most popular bait choice at this location. These ponds are located between Mona and Nephi.

CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (July 27) Fishing is slow to fair with traditional baits and lures. Worms or PowerBait are the best baits to use during the day. Trout usually stack up in the southwest corner of the pond.

DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (July 27) Regional Sportfish Coordinator Don Wiley reported on a recent electrofishing survey at the reservoir. He was excited about the numbers of bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) that the fisheries team observed. He took a closer look at the data and realized that this year's Deer Creek survey had the most fish since 2005. Fishing should be great for bass! Water levels are dropping every day, so use caution when boating. Bass fishing has been good with jigs, plugs and crankbaits. Trout fishing has been fair for those who are trolling and drifting PowerBait from a boat. Shoreline fishing for trout has slowed down a bit. Most rainbow trout are averaging about 17 to 18 inches in length. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.

DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (July 27) July through November is a great time to fish this river. Fishing pressure is usually light. Hoppers are a favorite late-summer pattern. You'll find fair to good trout fishing with spinners, Rapalas and wet or dry flies. Bait is also allowed on this river.

GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (July 27) Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.

HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (July 27) Anglers report slow to fair fishing for trout and catfish. Most are using traditional baits such as PowerBait. There's a two-fish limit at all community ponds.

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (July 27) The reservoir's water level is still dropping. Fishing is fair for smallmouth bass. Boat anglers report success while trolling or bottom fishing. Mornings and evenings are the best times to fish.

KIDNEY POND: (July 27) Fishing is slow to fair with traditional baits and lures.

LITTLE DELL RESERVOIR: (July 27) You may only use artificial flies and lures at this reservoir. All cutthroat trout must be immediately released. Anglers report fair fishing and not much fishing pressure. Notice: Parleys Creek (from Mountain Dell Reservoir to Highway 65) is closed to fishing throughout the year. The area from SR-65 upstream to the headwaters is closed to the possession of cutthroat trout. Anglers may use artificial flies and lures only.

MANILA CREEK POND: (July 27) Fishing is fair with traditional baits.

MIDAS POND: (July 27) Anglers report slow to fair fishing with traditional baits and lures.

MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (July 27) Anglers report fair to good fishing for tiger trout, rainbow trout and an occasional albino trout with traditional baits and lures. This is a good reservoir for catching fish with a fly and a bubble around dawn or dusk. (Have about three to four feet of leader between the fly and bubble, and retrieve it very slowly toward the shoreline.) The campgrounds are now open. Call the U.S. Forest Service at 435-654-0470 for more information on camping in this area.

NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (July 27) Trout fishing is slow to fair with traditional baits and lures.

PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 27) Fishing is slow to fair with baits, flies and lures. Mornings and evenings are the best times to fish.

PAYSON LAKE: (July 27) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports fair to good fishing from the shoreline and from rafts and canoes. He also reminds campers to be careful with fires. Worms or PowerBait are popular bait choices. 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 work well with this technique.

PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (July 27) The water level is down. Trout fishing is fair to good with small dark fly patterns. Dry flies are working fairly well in the morning and evening hours. Bait is allowed in some stretches of the river. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for all special regulations.

PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (July 27) Anglers report that scud patterns, San Juan worms, hare's ear, green drake or grasshopper imitations are doing well. If you're fishing with flies, use size 18 or smaller. 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 27) Angler Clint Martinez reports that bass fishing has slowed due to the abundance of bass fry. He observed that the pond is full of tiny one-inch bass. He still caught some larger, chunky bass, but the action was slower. Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports fair to good fishing with PowerBait or worms. The park closes at 11 p.m.

SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (July 27) Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.

SILVER LAKE: (July 27) Fishing is fair to good for 10- to 12-inch trout with spinners, flies or baits. The main fishing pier is a little crowded, but this area gets you closer to the deep water, where fish tend to congregate.

SPANISH OAKS RESERVOIR: (July 27) This reservoir has a beach and is a popular swimming location. Please be courteous of the numerous swimmers. Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that the pond has been recently stocked and that fishing is fair to good with traditional baits or spinners.

SPRING LAKE: (July 27) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good trout fishing with traditional baits and lures.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (July 27) Both shoreline and boat anglers report slow to fair fishing. However, some boat anglers report very good success once they locate schools of fish. Try different locations and techniques if success is slow. Morning and evening hours will bring some of the big fish out of the deep in search of small fish. Those are the best times to target fish from the shoreline. Approximately 60 of the 300 tagged rainbow trout have been caught and turned in to the marinas for cash and prizes as of July 26. The contest runs until October 15, and you don't need to pre-register. 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 27) Worms or flies are working well for brown trout in this small stream near the town of Thistle. The fish usually stay under the overhanging banks during the heat of the day, so those are the best areas to target.

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (July 27) Anglers report fair fishing with nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Flies and lures work fairly well in the mornings and evenings.

UTAH LAKE: (July 27) Conservation Officer Chad Betteridge reports that the white bass run continues in the Provo River. Anglers should review and follow the regulations on how to legally take fish. (For example, dip nets are not legal.) Catfishing at the lake has slowed, but anglers are still bringing in a few channel cats and quite a few bullheads. White bass fishing is hit or miss, but it can be very good if you locate a school of white bass. If you are using a bow to shoot carp, please avoid hitting June suckers. They are endangered fish, so killing them could be embarrassing and expensive.

VERNON RESERVOIR: (July 27) Trout fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.

VIVIAN PARK POND: (July 27) Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.

WILLOW POND: (July 27) Anglers report fair fishing. The Salt Lake County urban ponds are fishing best in the morning and after sunset. Catfish success is fair and gets better in the lower-light hours.

YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (July 27) A couple of large northern pike were caught in recent weeks. Both were about 45 inches long and weighed about 21 pounds! Be patient if you are fishing for these large fish. Casting fish-imitating lures in moderately shallow water (near vegetation) can be the ticket. For camping reservations or more information about day use and camping, visit the Yuba State Park website. For boating conditions, call the state park at 435-758-2611.

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