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Fishing Report for Central Utah August 16, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (August 16) Conservation Officer Jay Topham reports fair to good fishing, but there are few anglers at the ponds. PowerBait is the most popular bait at this location. The ponds are located between Mona and Nephi.

CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (August 16) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports fair to good fishing 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, which is the deepest part of the pond.

DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (August 16) Bass fishing continues to be good. The best baits are jigs and Rapalas, and the best time to fish is early in the morning or in the evening. Trout fishing has been fair from a boat using pop gear and a worm. Trout fishing from the shoreline has been slow. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.

DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (August 16) Hoppers are an effective fly pattern in August. Other small fly patterns or spinners are effective as well. Bait is also allowed on this river. Fishing pressure is light.

GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (August 16) Fishing at Grantsville has been steady with patient people catching fish early and late. The fish are good-sized, so just waiting out the heat of the day is the key. Fishing pressure is moderate. Campsites are open and mostly occupied by day users. The water level is dropping, but boats can still launch.

Check the DWR stocking report for recent stockings of fish.

HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (August 16) Anglers report slow to fair success for trout. You'll find fair fishing for catfish. Most anglers are using traditional baits. There is a two-fish limit at all community fisheries.

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (August 16) The water level continues to drop. Anglers report fair success for smallmouth bass. Most bass are 12 inches or smaller. Boat anglers report slow to fair fishing while trolling. You'll find the best success is in the mornings and evenings.

KIDNEY POND: (August 16) Fishing is slow with traditional baits and lures. Conservation Officer Michael Roach reports that the urban ponds in the Salt Lake area have not been stocked because of the warm weather. For better fishing, try Silver Lake near Brighton; it is fishing well, and so are the other high-mountain lakes. The Jordan River is also fishing well for catfish.

MIDAS POND: (August 16) Midas was recently stocked with catfish. Most anglers are using traditional catfish baits such as worms, or even hot dogs.

MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (August 16) Aquatics Manager Mike Slater reports good trout fishing this week. Anglers are having the best success using traditional baits and lures. Fishing pressure is light during the week and a bit heavier on weekends. This is a good reservoir to try your hand at catching fish with a fly and a bubble around dawn or dusk; use about three to four feet of leader between the fly and bubble and retrieve very slowly toward the shoreline. The campgrounds are now open. For more information on camping in this area, call the U.S. Forest Service at 435-654-0470.

NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (August 16) The reservoir is only about half full and shoreline anglers need to use a bobber to keep their bait out of the vegetation. Small boats can still be launched by hand. Boaters and tubers are having the best success in the deeper water. Dead minnows are a good bait choice. Overall, fishing is slow to fair. Officer Mickelson recommends driving up 12-Mile Canyon where anglers are having success at many higher-elevation waters, including Shingle Mill, Deep Lake, Springhill Pond and Lower WPA. Spinning lures and flies work well at these lakes.

PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (August 16) Water levels at Palisade Reservoir are dropping, which makes water access difficult. Paddleboats and canoe rentals have been removed for the summer, and park managers anticipate removing the swimming docks shortly. The lake level is approximately 10 feet, and the boat ramp is out of the water. Low water levels are creating an unpleasant odor, which can be very strong at times. The park is still open for day use, and the restrooms are open. Fishing has been great from the shore, and anglers are catching good-sized fish. For more information, visit or call 435-835-7275.

PAYSON LAKE: (August 16) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing from the shoreline, rafts and canoes. He also reminds campers to be careful with fires. Worms or PowerBait are popular choices. Flies can be very effective during the low-light hours when the surface is smooth.

PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (August 16) Anglers report fair to good fishing for trout with small dark fly patterns. Dry flies are working fairly well in the morning, and lately, the best time has been during the evening hours. Bait is allowed in some stretches of the river. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more information on these areas and for special regulations on the river.

PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (August 16) Anglers report that scud patterns, San Juan worms, hare's ears, green drakes or grasshopper imitations are good choices for brown trout (and some rainbows). Bait is allowed 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: (August 16) The pond was recently stocked with catfish. Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports fair fishing with PowerBait or worms. The park closes at 11:00 p.m.

SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (August 16) The fishing pressure is light. Anglers report fair fishing using traditional baits.

SILVER LAKE: (August 16) Fishing is fair 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: (August 16) The reservoir was recently stocked with trout. Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that fishing is good with traditional baits and lures. This reservoir has a beach and is a popular swimming location. Please be courteous of the numerous swimmers.

SPRING LAKE: (August 16) The lake was recently stocked with catfish. Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing for trout and catfish using traditional baits and lures.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (August 16) Conservation Officer Hollie Riddle reports that fishing has been slow at Strawberry. Angler Tom Ogden reports fishing with friends in the Chicken Creek East/Jakes Bay area recently. They fished from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. from kick boats using fly fishing gear. They used everything from an intermediate to a fast-sinking (#6) line and size 8 bead head tan/green/pearl soft hackle fly, # 6 bead head white leech and #6 bead head black/green soft hackle fly. They caught 15 rainbow trout and two cutthroat trout. The fish ranged in size from 16 inches to over 20 inches long. Some of the fish were hooked while just trolling and pumping the rod, and others were hooked while stripping the line in. The water temperature was 67-70 degrees and the visibility in the water was about five feet. The reservoir level is 7,591.5 feet (83.7 percent full) and dropping. There were some flying ants, mayflies and midges on the water. Some fish were feeding on the surface most of the time we were there. The fishing was the best early in the morning, then the last hour they were there.

Don't forget, there are over 200 tagged rainbow trout in the reservoir and one could be worth $25,000. 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

THISTLE CREEK: (August 16) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that fishing is good for anglers this week. Try using a grasshopper imitation or various other patterns. Baits and lures are effective as well. Officer Bagley recommends fishing lower Spanish Fork River and to please respect the land owners.

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (August 16) Central Region Aquatics Manager Mike Slater reports that fishing is good at Tibble Fork Reservoir and American Fork Creek. Anglers are having fair to good success with nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Flies and lures work well in the evenings and mornings at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir. The water at Silver Lake is low.

UTAH LAKE: (August 16) Conservation Officers Shawn Bagley and Chris Rhea report good fishing for white bass near the river mouths. Other anglers report hot fishing for white bass at other locations in the lake as well. Any bait-tipped jig or small action lure will work well once you find the schools. Catfish success has been good using worms or stink baits.

VERNON RESERVOIR: (August 16) Vernon's water level is very low and the fishing success is slow. Fish can be seen rising all across the lake in the morning and early evening hours. Boating with electric motors is allowed, but the low water levels are making it difficult to launch a boat. Float tubes are a better bet.

VIVIAN PARK POND: (August 16) You'll find fair fishing with traditional baits and lures.

YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (August 16) Conservation Officer Jay Topham reports that anglers are catching fish, but most are carp. Some smaller northern pike are biting as well. Light fishing pressure continues. Most anglers are targeting the northern pike. Casting fish-imitating lures in moderately shallow water (near vegetation) can be the key to success, but you'll need patience to land one of these large fish. For camping reservations or more information about day use, rentals and camping, visit the Yuba State Parks website. For boating conditions, call the state park at 435-758-2611.


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