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Deer Creek Reservoir

Rating - Good   

Friday, Jan 20 2023
Deer Creek Reservoir (Blue Ribbon): Ice anglers report fair to good catch rates for rainbow trout using ice jigs, tubes or paddle bugs tipped with nightcrawler. Anglers are reporting 4 to 6 inches of ice, with areas as thin as 2 inches and several soft spots. There is an area of open water immediately west of the Island, and pockets of open water north of the Island toward the river inlet. The edges become super soft by 11 a.m., with roughly 6 to 8 feet of slush at the edges. Multiple people are breaking/falling through the ice when attempting to get off the ice. We advise anglers to use extreme caution, get off the ice early, avoid attempting to get onto the ice when the edges are soft and make ice safety a priority. An ice safety guide is available here. (Jan. 13, 2023)Deer Creek Reservoir (Blue Ribbon):Fishing forecast (December through February): Deer Creek Reservoir typically has open water through December and January, and the wedge ramps are left in place for boat anglers. Boat and float tube anglers typically see good rainbow trout catch rates trolling squid rigs, white tube jigs and balanced leech fly patterns. We recommend anglers trolling for trout target the 10- to 20-foot water column in December, and the 15- to 30-foot water column in January. Shore anglers tend to see fair to good rainbow trout catch rates in December, and fair catch rates in January. We recommend using garlic- or corn-scented trout dough bait fished 3 feet behind with a casting bubble.The DWR's fall stocking efforts of catchable-sized rainbow trout in October and November should provide anglers fair to good trout fishing this winter. Thin ice starts to develop during the first half of January near the dam, in the Wallsburg arm, along the shore in Rainbow Bay and the Island, and in the north Charleston portion of the reservoir. Deer Creek can freeze/cap completely during the later part of January. However, the reservoir doesn't typically remain fully capped/frozen for very long. By early February, it's fairly common to have a mixture of ice and open water, with some fishable ice (ice that is at least 4 inches thick) from the Island day-use area north toward the Provo River. Ice conditions deteriorate quickly in late February. Use caution. An ice safety guide is available here. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are challenging to catch in winter. Walleye and yellow perch can be caught through the ice. We recommend fishing using tungsten ice jigs tipped with nightcrawler fished off the bottom, and targeting deep water (45 to 55 feet). (Jan. 13, 2023)




Friday, Jan 20 2023



Access Info

From Heber, Utah, head south on US-189 for approximately 4 miles. From Provo, Utah, take North University Avenue to Provo Canyon/US-189. Head north on US-189 for approximately 12 miles.

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Deer Creek Reservoir


Rating - Good

Deer Creek Reservoir (Blue Ribbon): Ice anglers report fair to good catch rates for rainbow trout using ice jigs, tubes or paddle bugs tipped with nightcrawler. Anglers are reporting 4 to 6 inches of ice, with areas as thin as 2 inches and several soft spots. There is an area of open water immediately west of the Island, and pockets of open water north of the Island toward the river inlet. The edges become super soft by 11 a.m., with roughly 6 to 8 feet of slush at the edges. Multiple people are breaking/falling through the ice when attempting to get off the ice. We advise anglers to use extreme caution, get off the ice early, avoid attempting to get onto the ice when the edges are soft and make ice safety a priority. An ice safety guide is available here. (Jan. 13, 2023)Deer Creek Reservoir (Blue Ribbon):Fishing forecast (December through February): Deer Creek Reservoir typically has open water through December and January, and the wedge ramps are left in place for boat anglers. Boat and float tube anglers typically see good rainbow trout catch rates trolling squid rigs, white tube jigs and balanced leech fly patterns. We recommend anglers trolling for trout target the 10- to 20-foot water column in December, and the 15- to 30-foot water column in January. Shore anglers tend to see fair to good rainbow trout catch rates in December, and fair catch rates in January. We recommend using garlic- or corn-scented trout dough bait fished 3 feet behind with a casting bubble.The DWR's fall stocking efforts of catchable-sized rainbow trout in October and November should provide anglers fair to good trout fishing this winter. Thin ice starts to develop during the first half of January near the dam, in the Wallsburg arm, along the shore in Rainbow Bay and the Island, and in the north Charleston portion of the reservoir. Deer Creek can freeze/cap completely during the later part of January. However, the reservoir doesn't typically remain fully capped/frozen for very long. By early February, it's fairly common to have a mixture of ice and open water, with some fishable ice (ice that is at least 4 inches thick) from the Island day-use area north toward the Provo River. Ice conditions deteriorate quickly in late February. Use caution. An ice safety guide is available here. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are challenging to catch in winter. Walleye and yellow perch can be caught through the ice. We recommend fishing using tungsten ice jigs tipped with nightcrawler fished off the bottom, and targeting deep water (45 to 55 feet). (Jan. 13, 2023)


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