DWR regional fishing report

An 11 lb. splake was caught by Kenna Hepworth of Santaquin at Joes Valley Reservoir. (Photo by Dale Hepworth, Utah DWR)

UTAH DWR — Updated fishing reports from around the area and safe fishing tips provided by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) are as follows:

Benches Pond

Fishing is good at Benches Pond, especially early in the morning or later in the evening. Try using worms, PowerBait or spinners for catching these. Garlic PowerBait has worked especially well. Highway 31 is now open, and tributaries to Benches Pond are now fishable.

Boulger Reservoir

Fishing has been good at Boulger Reservoir.

Nine Mile Reservoir

There are no recent fishing reports. Try using garlic/chartreuse or corn PowerBait or garlic marshmallow fished 12- to 18-inches off the bottom using a fixed or slip sinker rig. Also, try using 1/4-ounce silver or copper Blue Fox Classic Vibrax spinners, 1/6-once brass/red spot or chrome/red dot Lil Jake Lures, or 1/4-ounce Acme Little Cleo spoons.

Palisade Reservoir

The reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout on May 21. Try using 1/6-once brass/red spot or Y5D/silver Lil Jake Lures, 1/4-ounce gold or holographic tiger Panther Martin Willow Strike spinners, or 1/4-once hammered gold or chrome Acme Kastmasters. Also, try using yellow or garlic/chartreuse PowerBait, or a marshmallow with a bit of nightcrawler fished 15- to 18-inches off the bottom using a fixed or slip sinker rig, or a nightcrawler fished 16- to 24-inches below a bobber.

Safe fishing tips

Patience. While anglers may be hoping to catch large fish, it is normal to catch some smaller fish as well. So be patient during the experience and don’t get frustrated if the size caught is not what was hoped for. Remember to have fun and that catching larger fish takes patience.

Don’t only use large lures. Many anglers tend to only use large lures when they want to catch larger fish, thinking that only large fish will be able to take a large lure. While there is some truth to that, don’t ignore the smaller lures and flies — some of the biggest fish have been caught on small lures.

High water

Because rivers are running high and fast this spring and there are high water levels at the lakes and reservoirs, anglers should be very cautious in and around the water. If going out on the water via a boat or float tube, anglers must have a personal floatation device.