Fishing Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Weather: Cloudy, windy, low 60's
Moon Phase: 18% Moon
Location: Provo River (near Charleston Bridge)
River Flow Rate: 608 cfs
Bait: Curly tailed grubs, Rapalas
Who Went: Rick, Me
Rick and I went up to the Provo River just above the Charleston Bridge in Midway to see if the walleye spawn has began yet. I can confirm that it has started, but may not be in full swing quite yet. The real issue is the amount of water running through the middle provo right now. This year has been one of the wettest winters on record and they are predicting major flooding when it finally decides to warm up. April has done nothing but rain and snow! I checked the flow data for the river on the date we fished it and I was shocked when I saw that according to the Bureau of Reclamation it was flowing at just over 600 cubic feet per second (cfs). I backdated the flow data log to last year on the same date and saw that it was 200 cfs. That means the river is 3 times the flow rate that it should be based on an average year!The river was flowing so fast that it made throwing any type of lure or jig almost impossible. I found one small spot that seemed fishable and began throwing a rainbow pattern rapala. I Caught 4 small rainbow trout, but no walleye and was ready to give up. Rick talked me into driving down to the Charleston Bridge to see if the flow was any better there, and it was. We had about 45 minutes left of daylight so we started casting curly tailed jigs into the main channel and bouncing them back down along the rocks towards us. We lost a lot of jigs to a submerged tree that wasn’t far off shore from us, but I was lucky enough to land one small walleye on a fire tiger colored curly tail with a ¼ oz jig head. The small male walleye was spraying milt, confirming that spawning is in process. No more walleye were landed and the fast flowing river was frustrating to say the least. We will hit it again next week to see if we can beat our one walleye outing.