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Deer Creek Reservior

Rating - Very_Good   

Friday, Jan 06 2023
The reservoir is 95% frozen. Both the main boat ramp and the Island day-use ramp are iced in. We speculate the ice is 2 to 4 inches in the bays, but exact ice thicknesses are unknown. There is a sliver of open water northwest of the Island and at the northeastern middle Provo River inlet. A large ice fissure/crack is also visible in Rainbow Bay, but it appears to have refrozen. We advise anglers to use extreme caution and make ice safety a priority. An ice safety guide is available here. 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. 03, 2023)




Friday, Jan 06 2023



Access Info

Take I-15 South To Orem 800 North Exit, head east on 800 North to Provo Canyon, Up Provo Canyon to Deer Creek Reservior

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Deer Creek Reservior


Rating - Very_Good

The reservoir is 95% frozen. Both the main boat ramp and the Island day-use ramp are iced in. We speculate the ice is 2 to 4 inches in the bays, but exact ice thicknesses are unknown. There is a sliver of open water northwest of the Island and at the northeastern middle Provo River inlet. A large ice fissure/crack is also visible in Rainbow Bay, but it appears to have refrozen. We advise anglers to use extreme caution and make ice safety a priority. An ice safety guide is available here. 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. 03, 2023)


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