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Fishing Report for Central Utah August 24, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (August 24) Conservation Officer Jay Topham reports fair to good fishing, but there aren't many anglers at the ponds. PowerBait is the most popular bait. The ponds are located between Mona and Nephi.

CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (August 24) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that the pond is open and fishing is fair to good. 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 24) The water is very low, but boats can still launch. Bass fishing continues to be good, although most of the bass are fairly small. Try using jigs and Rapalas. You'll find the best fishing in the early morning and evening hours. Trout fishing has been fair from boats, 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 24) Hoppers are still an effective fly pattern, and small fly patterns or spinners will also work well. Bait is allowed on this river, and there's not much fishing pressure.

GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (August 24) Fishing at Grantsville has been steady. Patient anglers are catching fish in the early morning and evening hours. The fish are good-sized, so just waiting out the heat of the day is the key. Fishing pressure is moderate, and campsites are open. The water level is dropping, but boats can still launch.

HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (August 24) The pond was stocked with catfish last week, but anglers report slow to fair trout fishing. Most anglers are using traditional baits. There's a two-fish limit at all community ponds.

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (August 24) The water level continues to drop. Anglers report fair fishing for smallmouth bass. Most bass are 12 inches or smaller. Boat anglers report slow to fair action while trolling, and they are using more caution in some areas because of the low water. You'll find the best success in the mornings and evenings.

KIDNEY POND: (August 24) Fishing is slow. Conservation Officer Michael Roach reports that the urban ponds in the Salt Lake area have not been stocked recently because of the warm weather. The Jordan River is also fishing well for catfish.

MIDAS POND: (August 24) The pond was stocked with catfish last week. Most anglers are using traditional catfish baits, including worms or hot dogs.

MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (August 24) Aquatic Manager Mike Slater reports good trout fishing. Anglers are using traditional baits and lures. Pressure is light during the week, but it gets a bit heavier on weekends. 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 open. Call the U.S. Forest Service at 435-654-0470 for more information on camping in this area.

NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (August 24) The reservoir is very low, and shoreline anglers will need to use a bobber to keep their bait out of the vegetation. Dead minnows are a good bait choice here. Overall, fishing is slow to fair. Conservation Officer Casey 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 24) 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 boat ramp is out of 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 stateparks.utah.gov or call 435-835-7275.

PAYSON LAKE: (August 24) 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 24) Trout fishing is fair to good 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 24) Anglers report that scud patterns, San Juan worms, hares' ears, green drakes or grasshopper imitations are good choices for brown trout (and some rainbows). 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: (August 24) The pond was stocked with catfish last week, and Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that fishing is fair. The park closes at 11 p.m.

SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (August 24) Fishing is fair with traditional baits, and there isn't much fishing pressure.

SILVER LAKE: (August 24) 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 24) 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 24) The lake was stocked with catfish last week. Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing for both trout and catfish with traditional baits and lures.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (August 24) Strawberry Project Leader Alan Ward reports that kokanee fishing is winding down as the fish prepare to spawn. Anglers are still catching some rainbows and cutthroat at depths of around 25 to 30 feet. As the water cools over the next few weeks, fishing will improve. Don't forget: there are more than 200 tagged rainbow trout in the reservoir, and one of them 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 wildlife.utah.gov/strawberry/pdf/strawberry_brochure.pdf.

THISTLE CREEK: (August 24) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that fishing is good this week. Try using a grasshopper imitation or various other patterns. Baits and lures are also effective. Officer Bagley recommends fishing the lower Spanish Fork River and asks anglers to please be respectful of the area's landowners.

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (August 24) Fishing is good in both the reservoir and American Fork Creek. Try using nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Flies and lures work well in the mornings and evenings up at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir. Silver Lake is low.

UTAH LAKE: (August 24) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that there are fewer anglers on the lake, and fishing is fair to good for white bass near the river mouths. Any bait-tipped jig or small action lure will work well once you find the schools of fish. If you're fishing for catfish, you'll have the best success with worms or stink baits.

VERNON RESERVOIR: (August 24) The water level is very low, and the fishing is slow. You can see fish 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. Float tubes are a better bet.

VIVIAN PARK POND: (August 24) Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.

YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (August 24) Conservation Officer Jay Topham reports that anglers are primarily catching carp. A few anglers are also reeling in 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 Park website. For boating conditions, call the state park at 435-758-2611.

 

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