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Deer Creek Reservoir


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Rating - Good   

Saturday, Feb 17 2024
Deer Creek Reservoir (Blue Ribbon):Thin ice is forming in the Wallsburg arm and the Charleston day-use areas. The remainder of the reservoir is open water allowing for shore and boat fishing. Trout fishing is slow to fair. Shore anglers are having success fishing mornings using trout dough bait suspended off the bottom. (Jan. 12, 2024)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 in the 10-20 feet water column in December, and the 15-30 feet 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 a with a casting bubble. 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. 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 (45-55 feet). (Dec. 4, 2023)Both boat ramps are wide open for boat anglers and wedge docks are still in place. The water level is still very high and very little ice is present in the bays/coves. The fishing is slow to fair using bait and slow trolling lures/streamers. (Feb. 16, 2024)

Saturday, Feb 17 2024



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

RECEIVE FISHING REPORT UPDATES!


Rating - Good

Deer Creek Reservoir (Blue Ribbon):Thin ice is forming in the Wallsburg arm and the Charleston day-use areas. The remainder of the reservoir is open water allowing for shore and boat fishing. Trout fishing is slow to fair. Shore anglers are having success fishing mornings using trout dough bait suspended off the bottom. (Jan. 12, 2024)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 in the 10-20 feet water column in December, and the 15-30 feet 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 a with a casting bubble. 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. 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 (45-55 feet). (Dec. 4, 2023)Both boat ramps are wide open for boat anglers and wedge docks are still in place. The water level is still very high and very little ice is present in the bays/coves. The fishing is slow to fair using bait and slow trolling lures/streamers. (Feb. 16, 2024)


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