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BURRASTON PONDS: (September 20) Fishing is fair, and 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: (September 20) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports that fishing is 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: (September 20) Water levels are very low, but anglers are still launching boats. Anglers report good fishing for perch and trout, and fair fishing for bass. For more information, call Deer Creek State Park at 435-654-0171.
DIAMOND FORK RIVER: (September 20) Small fly patterns or spinners are effective. Bait is also allowed on this river, and there's not much fishing pressure.
GRANTSVILLE RESERVOIR: (September 20) Anglers report fair fishing with traditional baits and lures.
HIGHLAND GLEN PARK: (September 20) The pond was stocked this week! Anglers report good fishing for trout with traditional baits. There's a two-fish limit at all community ponds.
JORDANELLE RESERVOIR: (September 20) Anglers report slow to 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. Shoreline fishing success is improving.
KIDNEY POND: (September 20) Fishing is slow with traditional baits and lures, but the pond will be stocked the first week of October.
MIDAS POND: (September 20) Trout fishing is slow to fair. The pond will be stocked the first week of October.
MILL HOLLOW RESERVOIR: (September 20) Anglers report good fishing for trout with traditional baits and lures. Fishing pressure is light during the week and a bit heavier on weekends. Dawn or dusk is a good time to try catching fish with a fly and a bubble. Use three to four feet of leader between the fly and bubble, and retrieve very slowly toward the shoreline. The campgrounds are open. For more information on camping, call the U.S. Forest Service at 435-654-0470.
NINE MILE RESERVOIR: (September 20) The reservoir is very low. Shoreline anglers should use a bobber to keep their bait out of the vegetation. Dead minnows are a good bait choice. Overall, fishing is slow to fair. 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 20) Fishing has been great from the shore, and anglers are catching good-sized fish. Water levels are dropping, which makes 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 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. For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov or call 435-835-7275.
PAYSON LAKE: (September 20) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports low water levels and good fishing, particularly from rafts and canoes. He also reminds campers to be careful with fires. Worms or PowerBait are popular choices. Flies can be very effective during low-light hours when the surface is smooth.
PROVO RIVER, LOWER: (September 20) Trout fishing is fair to good with small dark fly patterns. 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: (September 20) This is a great time of year to see the fall colors and catch trout! For brown trout (and some rainbows), try using smaller flies like scud patterns, San Juan worms, hares' ears, green drakes or grasshopper imitations. 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 the river.
SALEM POND: (September 20) The pond was stocked this week! Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports fair to good fishing with traditional baits and lures. The park closes at 11:00 p.m.
SETTLEMENT CANYON RESERVOIR: (September 20) Angler Bill Elrick reports that water levels are extremely low, which is limiting shoreline access.
SILVER LAKE: (September 20) Anglers report fair fishing for 10- to 12-inch trout with spinners, flies or baits.
SPANISH OAKS RESERVOIR: (September 20) The pond was stocked this week! Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing with traditional baits and lures.
SPRING LAKE: (September 20) The pond was stocked this week! Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports good fishing with traditional baits and lures.
STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR: (September 20) Shoreline fishing has improved, and the tributaries are now closed to protect spawning kokanee salmon. Strawberry Project Leader Alan Ward reports that kokanee fishing is winding down as the fish prepare to spawn. Don't forget to attend Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day at the visitor center on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.!
There are still reports of good rainbow and cutthroat fishing in deeper water (at least 25 to 30 feet down). Angler Tom Ogden reports that he and his friends recently fished in the Bryant's Fork area. They fished from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and caught six cutthroats and twelve rainbows. Two of the fish were small, and the rest ranged from 16 to 20 inches. The anglers used medium-sink lines and various flies (size 8 bead head tan/green/pearl soft hackle, #8 white tinsel leech pattern and #6 bead head black/green soft hackle). As the water cools over the next few weeks, fishing should continue to improve.
Don't forget about the tagged fishing contest that runs until October 15. There are more than 200 tagged rainbow trout in the reservoir, and one could be worth $25,000. You don't need to pre-register for the contest.
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 Bear Lake cutthroat trout and rainbow trout, download the identification brochure.
THISTLE CREEK: (September 20) 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 20) Anglers report fair to good fishing at Tibble Fork Reservoir and American Fork Creek. They are using nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Flies and lures work well in the morning and evening hours at Silver Lake Flat Reservoir. The water level at Silver Lake is low.
UTAH LAKE: (September 20) Conservation Officer Shawn Bagley reports light fishing pressure. Fishing is good for white bass and fair for channel catfish. If you catch a northern pike, please do not release it. We do not want them in the lake.
VERNON RESERVOIR: (September 20) 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. Boats with electric motors are allowed, but low water levels are making it very difficult to launch. Float tubes are a better bet.
VIVIAN PARK POND: (September 20) Fishing is slow to fair with traditional baits and lures.
YUBA RESERVOIR & STATE PARK: (September 20) Anglers are catching northern pike by casting fish-imitating lures near structure by the shoreline. Anglers are also using worms to catch carp. 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.