CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (August 03) 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 deeper southwest corner of the pond.
DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (August 03) DWR Lieutenant Jodi Becker reports that trolling has been decent using PowerBait. Bass are biting jigs near the shore. Boating pressure is very heavy during the weekends. The water level continues to drop. You can walk to the island area now that the water has dropped. Fishing for trout remains fair.
Last week, Regional Sportfish Coordinator Don Wiley reported that we recently electro-fished Deer Creek Reservoir and I was excited about the numbers of bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) observed. I took a close look at the data and the numbers that we caught a couple weeks ago, and it was the highest on record since 2005. Fishing should be great for bass in Deer Creek Reservoir! The water level is dropping every day, so use caution when boating. Fishing success for bass has been good using jigs, plugs and crank baits. Most rainbow trout are averaging about 17 to 18 inches in length. Fishing success for trout has been fair by trolling and drifting PowerBait from a boat. Shoreline fishing for trout has slowed down a bit. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.
DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (August 03) The fishing pressure is light. Hoppers are an effective pattern right now. You'll find that other small fly patterns or spinners are effective as well. Bait is allowed on this river.
GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (August 03) The fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.
HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (August 03) Anglers report slow to fair fishing for trout. Most anglers are using traditional baits such as PowerBait. Catfish success is considered fair. There's a two-fish limit at community ponds.
JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (August 03) The reservoir water level continues to drop. Fishing is fair for smaller-sized, smallmouth bass. Boat anglers report slow to fair fishing by trolling or bottom fishing. Mornings and evenings are the best times to fish.
KIDNEY POND: (August 03) Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.
MIDAS POND: (August 03) Anglers report slow to fair fishing with traditional baits and lures.
MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (August 03) Fishing is fair to good for trout with traditional baits and lures. The water level was still at its normal level a few days ago. Fishing pressure s 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. Have about three to four feet of leader between the fly and bubble and retrieve very slowly toward shoreline. The campgrounds are now open. Call the U.S. Forest Service at 435-654-0470 for information on camping in this area.
NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (August 03) Trout fishing is slow to fair with traditional baits and lures.
PALISADE RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (August 03) Anglers report slow to fair fishing with baits, flies and lures. Mornings and evenings are the best times to fish.
PAYSON LAKE: (August 03) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing from both shoreline and rafts and canoes. He also reminds campers to be careful with fires. Worms or PowerBait are popular. Flies can be very effective during the low-light hours when the surface is smooth.
PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (August 03) DWR Lieutenant Jodi Becker reports that midges have been working fairly well this week. The water level is down a bit and trout fishing is 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. See the Utah Fishing Guidebook for more information on special regulations.
PROVO RIVER, MIDDLE: (August 03) Anglers report that scud patterns, San Juan worms, hare's ear, green drake and grasshopper imitations are doing well. Bait is allowed above Charleston Bridge to the Legacy Bridge. The harvest of legal-sized fish is encouraged. Please read the Utah Fishing Guidebook for the special regulations on this river.
SALEM POND: (August 03) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports fair to good fishing with PowerBait or worms. The park closes at 11:00 p.m.
SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (August 03) Fishing is fair with traditional baits and lures.
SILVER LAKE: (August 03) 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: (August 03) This reservoir has a beach and is a popular swimming location. Please be courteous of the numerous swimmers. Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that anglers are having fair to good fishing success with traditional baits or lures, such as spinners.
SPRING LAKE: (August 03) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good trout fishing with traditional baits and lures.
STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (August 03) Fishing from a boat in 30+ feet of water seems to be providing the best fishing success. Both shoreline and boat anglers report slow to fair fishing. The mornings and evenings will bring some of the big fish out of the deep and into the shallower water in search of small fish—this is a good time 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 August 1. 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, download this brochure.
THISTLE CREEK: (August 03) Anglers report that the trout tend to stay under the overhanging banks, or in deeper pools during the heat of the day. Try targeting these areas.
TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (August 03) Anglers report slow to fair success with nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Flies and lures work fairly well in the evenings and mornings.
UTAH LAKE: (August 03) White bass anglers continue to do well for white bass in the tributaries and in the lake. Catfish anglers report good success as well. Anglers Abraham and Jorge Pasillas recently reported catching three fish between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. The first was a two-pound catfish, the second was a six-pound carp, and the third was another carp.
VERNON RESERVOIR: (August 03) Anglers report fair trout fishing with traditional baits and lures.
VIVIAN PARK POND: (August 03) A lot of people were observed using the park, but no one was fishing. Try using 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: (August 03) The fishing pressure is light. Most anglers are targeting northern pike. Casting fish-imitating lures in moderately shallow water near vegetation can be the ticket, but much patience is required for landing one of these large predator fish. For camping reservations or more information about day use and camping, visit the Yuba State Park Web site. For boating conditions, call the state park at 435-758-2611.