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Deer Creek Reservoir Sponsored by
Date 27-Nov-19
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Conditions : DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: Catch rates are good. Anglers report high catch rates for rainbow trout. If you’re targeting trout from a boat, try trolling the open middle water at 1.5- to 1.8-mph targeting the 15- to 25-foot water column using gold pop-gear trailing a worm harness, gold or copper spoons, or 2- to 3-inch rainbow, orange, yellow or bright colored crankbaits. Also, drift or anchor and vertical jig using 2.5- to 3.5-inch white, crayfish, or pumpkin-colored tube jigs tipped with nightcrawler.

If you’re targeting trout form shore, try using chartreuse/garlic or fluorescent orange trout dough bait, nightcrawler, or marshmallow fished 36-36-inches off the bottom using a slip sinker rig or 2.5- to 3.5-inch white, crayfish, or pumpkin colored tube jigs tipped with nightcrawler fished 24- to 48-inches below a bobber. Also, try using hammered brass/fire stripe Luhr-Jensen Krocodile spoons, brass Dardevle spoons, gold or brook trout pattern Acme Kastmaster lures, gold Blue Fox Vibrax Minnow spinner, or rainbow Rapala Jointed Minnow lures.

If you're targeting bass or walleye, we recommend target rocky dropoffs or shelves, or vegetated areas with submerged structure. Try using 3- to 5-inch soft plastic stickbaits fished using a drop-shot rig, Texas rig, or Carolina rig, 3- to 4-inch soft plastic swim baits using a weighted hook or jig head, 2- to 3-inch curly tail grubs using a 1/4-ounce jig head, or 1/4-ounce jig head tipped with night crawler or small dead shiner. Also, try using rubber skirted jigs (3/8-ounce for baitcasting, 1/4-ounce for spincasting), Booyah Blade spinnerbaits, Storm Wiggle Wart crankbaits, Rapala DT crankbaits, or Bandit Lures Series crankbaits. For boat anglers, we recommend casting toward and retrieving out from the shore. For shore anglers, we recommend fan casting along the shore rather than casting straight in front of you.

Reported by: Utah D.W.R

Species Hatches: Patterns Lures & Spinners
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Walleye

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About: - Deer Creek Reservoir Deer Creek State Park is located in the southwest corner of Heber Valley at about 5400 feet in elevation. The reservoir is approximately six miles long with a maximum surface area of 2,965 acres, a mean depth of 65 feet (maximum depth of 137 feet), and offers 18 miles of shoreline.

The reservoir consistently provides some of Utah's finest year-round fishing. One paved and three gravel boat ramps provide access to the deeper waters of the reservoir. Numerous access points from Highway 189 offer prime shore fishing. Since Deer Creek is well known for its strong summer winds, fishing is most successful in the early morning or evening hours. Fish cleaning stations provide additional conveniences and marinas offer boat rentals and some fishing gear.

Directions: All weather access from U.S. 189 southwest from Heber, Utah.

Misc Info: - Yellow perch limit is 10. Regulations: Trout limit 4 (statewide). Walleye limit 6 but only one can be over 20 inches. Bass limit 6. All bass over 12 inches must be immediately released.

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