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Fishing Report for Central Utah, September 14, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (September 14) Anglers report fair success and that there are few anglers at the ponds. PowerBait is the most popular bait.

CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (September 14) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing. Trout usually stack up in the deeper southwest corner of the pond. Try using worms or PowerBait during the day.

DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (September 14) The water level is very low, but you can still launch a boat. Anglers report fair fishing for smaller bass using jigs or Rapalas. The best fishing has been in the early morning and evening. Anglers report fair trout fishing from a boat using popgear and a worm, and slower trout fishing from the shoreline. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.

DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (September 14) The river is muddy from Red Ledges downstream. Fishing is good and fishing pressure is light. Try using grasshopper imitations, small fly patterns or spinners. Bait is also allowed on Diamond Fork River.

GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (September 14) Anglers report steady fishing. Patient anglers are catching good-sized fish early and late in the day. The key is waiting out the heat of the day. Fishing pressure is moderate and the campsites are open. The water level is dropping, but you can still launch a boat.

HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (September 14) Anglers report fair fishing using traditional baits.

JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (September 14) The water level is dropping, but anglers are reporting fair fishing for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass are 12 inches or smaller. Boat anglers report slow to fair fishing trolling, with the best fishing happening in the morning or evening. Use caution because the water is low in some areas. Shoreline fishing is improving.

KIDNEY POND: (September 14) Anglers report slow fishing using traditional baits and lures.

MIDAS POND: (September 14) Anglers report slow to fair trout fishing.

MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (September 14) Anglers report good fishing for trout, using traditional baits and lures. Fishing pressure is light during the week and a bit heavier on weekends. You may also want to try catching fish with a fly and a bubble around dawn or dusk. Use three to four feet of leader between the fly and bubble and retrieve very slowly toward shoreline. The campgrounds are open. For more information on camping, call the U.S. Forest Service at 435-654-0470.

NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (September 14) The water level is very low. Anglers report slow to fair fishing. Shoreline anglers should use a bobber to keep their bait out of the vegetation. Dead minnows are a good bait choice. Officer Mickelson recommends driving up 12-Mile Canyon. Anglers are having more success fishing with spinning lures and flies at higher-elevation waters, like Shingle Mill, Deep Lake, Springhill Pond and Lower WPA.

PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (September 14) Anglers report great fishing for good-sized fish from the shore. The water levels are dropping, which is making access difficult. Paddleboats and canoe rentals have been removed for the summer and park managers anticipate removing the swimming docks too. The boat ramp is also out of the water. The low water levels are creating an unpleasant odor, which can get very strong. The park is still open for day-use and the restrooms are open. For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov or call 435-835-7275.

PAYSON LAKE: (September 14) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports lower water levels, but good fishing from a raft or canoe. Worms or PowerBait are the most popular baits. Flies can be very effective during the low light hours when the surface of the water is smooth. Be careful with fires.

PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (September 14) Anglers report good fishing for trout using small dark fly patterns. Dry flies are working fairly well in the morning. Lately, fishing has been best ins the evening. You can use bait on some stretches of the river. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (September 14) Anglers report good fishing for brown trout and some rainbow trout. Try using smaller-sized flies like scud patterns, San Juan worms, hares ear, green drake or grasshopper imitations. The Provo River has special regulations. Read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details.

SALEM POND: (September 14) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports fair fishing. Most anglers are using traditional baits and lures. The park closes at 11:00 p.m.

SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (September 14) Fishing pressure is light and anglers report fair fishing using traditional baits.

SILVER LAKE: (September 14) Anglers report fair fishing for 10- to 12-inch trout using spinners, flies or baits.

SPANISH OAKS RESERVOIR: (September 14) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing using traditional baits and lures. Please be courteous of the numerous swimmers! This reservoir will be a popular swimming location for another week or so until the temperatures cool down.

SPRING LAKE: (September 14) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing using traditional baits and lures.

STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (September 14) The reservoir level is 7,590 feet, 81.5 percent full, and dropping slowly. Shoreline fishing fishing has improved. The tributaries are now closed to protect the spawning kokanee salmon. Strawberry Project Leader Alan Ward reports that Kokanee fishing is slowing as the fish get ready to spawn, though some anglers have caught rainbow and cutthroat trout in deeper water over 25 to 30 feet. As the water cools over the next few weeks, fishing should improve.

One angler reported that he and two friends fished the Soldier Creek side from kick boats from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and caught one cutthroat trout, 21 rainbow trout and five chubs. The fish ranged in size from 12 to 16 inches and most were caught between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m toward the middle of the lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. He used slow to medium sink lines and a black and green, size 8 bead head soft hackle fly, a #8 white tinsel body with a white marabou tail, and a black, green and pearl, size 6 bead head soft hackle fly. The water temperature was 64 degrees and the water visibility was about seven feet. He didn't see a lot of algae in the water column.

Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day will take place at the visitor center on Saturday, September 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. And don't forget about the tagged fishing contest that until October 15. There are over 200 tagged rainbow trout in the reservoir and one could be worth $25,000. You don't need to pre-register for the contest.

Strawberry Reservoir has special regulations. Download the Utah Fishing Guidebook for details. For help identifying the Bear Lake cutthroat trout from the rainbow trout, download the identification brochure.

THISTLE CREEK: (September 14) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing using baits, lures or small flies. Officer Bagley recommends fishing lower Spanish Fork River and asks anglers to please be respectful of the area's landowners.

TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (September 14) Anglers report fair to good fishing at Tibble Fork Reservoir and American Fork Creek using nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Flies and lures work well in the evening and morning at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir. The water level at Silver Lake is low.

UTAH LAKE: (September 14) Fishing pressure is light and anglers report fair fishing for white bass. Catfish fishing is slowing down a bit. Aquatics Manager Mike Slater has received three different reports from anglers who have caught northern pike in Utah Lake. If you catch a northern pike, please do not release it. We do not want them in the lake.

VERNON RESERVOIR: (September 14) The water level is very low and fishing is slow. Anglers are seeing fish rise across the lake in the morning and early evening hours. You can use a boat with an electric motor. The drop in the water level, however, requires a fair distance of packing a boat, so you may just want to use a float tube instead.

VIVIAN PARK POND: (September 14) Anglers report slow to fair fishing using traditional baits and lures.

YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (September 14) Anglers report fair fishing, primarily for carp. For northern pike, try casting fish-imitating lures, like a four-inch or larger Rapala, into moderately-shallow water near vegetation. It will also take a lot of patience to land one of these large predator fish. Day-use is $7 per vehicle with up to eight people. Tent, RV and boat-in camping are available for $10 to $16 per night. The park concession rents boats, personal watercraft and off-highway vehicles and also has a store and grill available with food, and camping and boating supplies. For reservations or more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov. For current boating conditions, call the state park at 435-758-2611.

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