Friday, December 3, 2010

White Bass Bonanza at Utah Lake

Fishing Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Weather: Clear skies, slight breeze, 40's
Moon Phase: 4% Moon
Location: Utah Lake (Lindon Boat Harbor)
Bait: Small hot pink jig tipped with worm
Who Went: Johnny Leach, Me
John and I both had the day off work today and wanted to wet a line, but a lot of the lakes are beginning to get that hard icy layer on top so our options were limited. I saw a report late last night about the white bass hitting like crazy down at Utah Lake and supposedly there was a solid 6-inch layer of ice to fish on. The report had us sold and we switched our thoughts from fishing soft water to fishing the hard deck. We arrived at the pump house at Utah Lake around 8 a.m., only to find a parking lot full of cars. The secret is out! The ice was covered with fisherman and I guess we weren’t the only ones reading fishing reports late last night. After talking to a few fishermen and getting reports of slow fishing, we decided to ditch the masses and try a different location.

We headed over to Lindon Boat Harbor where there were no fishermen in sight, but the ice looked very sketchy. Sure enough the ice was not solid, but the docks were still out and we just fished through the sketchy ice while standing on the docks. John landed the first white bass of the day, but the action was not on track to produce 100 fish days like the reports were saying.We landed a few more here and there, and then like a light switch it turned on! We started yanking them out one after another. The instant you sent your jig down the ice hole you were bringing it right back up with a fish on. The size of the white bass was average, but we did get two bonus crappie and one bluegill and perch. About half of them went home as fish tacos and the other half went back to repopulate the lake. This would be a great place to take your kids as they would have a blast catching white bass all day long. The only problem is the white bass bonanza doesn’t last long and then they become very tough to locate. So get down there!

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