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BURRASTON PONDS: (August 08) Fishing is slow. PowerBait is the most popular bait at this location. The ponds are located between Mona and Nephi.
CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (August 08) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports fair to good fishing with traditional baits and lures. Worms or PowerBait are 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 08) Conservation Officer Brandon Olson reports that bass fishing continues to be good. Try using jigs and Rapalas. You'll find the best fishing in the early morning and evening hours. Trout fishing has been good 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 08) Hoppers are an effective 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 08) Conservation Officer Troy Hammond reports that the reservoir was stocked this week, and 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. Campsites are open and mostly occupied by day users. The water level is dropping, but boats can still launch.
HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (August 08) Anglers report slow to fair trout fishing. Most anglers are using traditional baits such as PowerBait. You'll find fair fishing for catfish. There's a two-fish limit at all community fisheries.
JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (August 08) 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 or bottom fishing. You'll find the best success in the mornings and evenings.
KIDNEY POND: (August 08) 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 08) Fishing is slow. Most anglers are using traditional baits and lures.
MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (August 08) Conservation Officer Brandon Olson reports that anglers are catching trout with traditional baits and lures. Fishing pressure is light during the week and 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 now open. Call the U.S. Forest Service at 435-654-0470 for more information on camping in this area.
NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (August 08) Conservation Officer Casey Mickelson reports that this reservoir is only about half full, and shoreline anglers are using bobbers to keep their bait out of the vegetation. You can still launch small boats by hand, and boaters and float tubers are having the best success in the deeper water. Dead minnows are a good bait choice here. 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 08) 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. Fish are in the deeper portions of the reservoir. Dead minnows are a good bait choice, and mornings and evenings are the best times to fish. For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov or call 435-835-7275.
PAYSON LAKE: (August 08) 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 08) Conservation Officer Brandon Olson reports that fishing is fair to good 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 08) 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 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 08) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that fishing is fair with PowerBait or worms. The park closes at 11 p.m.
SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (August 08) Conservation Officer Troy Hammond reports that no one seems to be fishing the reservoir. He wasn't sure if it was because fishing is slow or because boating and swimming are not allowed. (That restriction might be sending people to other waters to cool off.) This should be a good spot for anglers, and there's plenty of shade to escape the heat.
SILVER LAKE: (August 08) 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 08) 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 08) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good trout fishing with traditional baits and lures.
STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (August 08) Officer Hollie Riddle reports that fishing has been slow at Strawberry, particularly from the shore. Anglers in boats or float tubes have done a little better. Fishing from a boat in more than 30 feet of water seems to be the best approach. Both shoreline and boat anglers report slow to fair fishing. Morning and evening hours will bring some of the big fish out of the deep. (They move into the shallower water in search of small fish.) Earlier this summer, 300 rainbow trout were tagged and released into the reservoir. Anglers who catch the tagged fish can turn them in at the marina for cash and prizes. As of August 7, anglers had turned in 62 yellow-tagged fish and two red-tagged fish. 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 08) 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 also effective.
TIBBLE FORK RESERVOIR: (August 08) Conservation Officer Chris Rhea reports that fishing is fair to good with nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Flies and lures work well in the mornings and evenings at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir.
UTAH LAKE: (August 08) Conservation Officer Chad Betteridge reports that fishing has been pretty hot this week, although there seem to be more swimmers than anglers. Anglers are catching white bass all around the lake. Bluegill and white bass are being caught down at the Mill Race area, just off I-15. (You can access this area by taking the north Springville exit #261.) According to Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley, the mouth of the Provo River is also good for white bass. There are mixed reports from those who are fishing for catfish.
VERNON RESERVOIR: (August 08) Conservation Officer Troy Hammond reports that the water level is very low, the fishing is slow and there are only a few campers. On Sunday evening at sundown, fish were rising all across the lake. 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 08) You'll find slow to fair fishing 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: (August 08) 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 Park Web site. For boating conditions, call the state park at 435-758-2611.