Posted by Nick Teynor on Apr 3rd 2020
*Wasatch County has issued a "Stay at Home" order, which impacts the Provo River. It states no visitors from outside the county are allowed to come recreate or visit. You can read the full order here.
*Summit County also has an order in place which affects most of the Weber Drainage. You can read that order here.
Happy April, Everyone!
Our snow pack is good, our local waters are in great shape, and the best fishing of the year is yet to come. So, let's keep the faith, wash our hands, be kind to each other, and let's get ready for a great fishing season once this situation improves!
*Be advised: The Lower Provo will be experiencing very high flow bumps from April 6th-12th. They are testing a new valve on the dam, and in order to do so, they will be bumping river flows daily on the Lower. Flows will rise 100 CFS per hour, peaking at 850 CFS each day. This flow will make the Lower Provo much more difficult to fish, and make it potentially hazardous. For more info, check out this link: www.prwua.org *
Lower Provo flows are currently at 268 CFS. This is a higher-than-normal spring fishing flow, and at these flows, the fish will seek out shoreline structure (rocks, logs, seam lines, etc.), and any deeper slots and holes they can find. Blue Wings and Midges are hatching daily now, but if you do not live in Wasatch County, you cannot fish above the Utah County/Wasatch County line, which is a 1/2 mile-1 mile above the turn-off for Sundance Ski Resort. If you live in Wasatch County, you're good to fish the upper half of the Lower Provo. For the rest of us, we can fish from the county line down to Utah Lake for the current time being. If you check the Lower out, make sure you have Sow Bugs, a variety of small midge larva, midge pupa, midge adult patterns, BWO nymphs, BWO dry flies, and small attractor nymphs. If all else fails, try using streamers to move some fish.
With the current Summit County health mandate, fishing the Weber in Summit County is not considered an "essential" activity for both residents and non-residents, nor responsible to do at this time given the COVID-19 situation. If this changes, we will let you know!
If you are desperate to get out and wet a line, and want to be socially responsible, there are quite a few community fishing ponds across the valley you can check out. I can't tell you that you're going to catch a bunch of fish, but if nothing else, you can focus on working on your fly-casting, and the bonus will be that you will have an opportunity to hook a fish in the process. If I were heading out to the local city ponds, I would make sure to be packing a variety of leeches, Zebra Midges, Prince Nymphs, Hares Ear Nymphs, Copper Johns, etc. You may get lucky and see some fish eating midges off of the surface, so it would be smart to have a variety of Griffith's Gnats and Parachute Adams with you too. Here's the link to find out more about Salt Lake City's Community Fisheries.
For our complete Northern Utah fishing report, check out our weekly River Conditions.