Fishing Time: Newton: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm, Pineview: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Weather: Partly cloudy, no wind, T-90s
Moon Phase: 14% Moon
Location: Newton and Pineview
Bait: Spinnerbaits, swimbaits, musky killers, topwater poppers, small plastics
Who Went: Rick, John, Me
Plan today was to fish Newton Reservoir in the morning and hit Willard Bay or Pineview to finish the evening. Arrived at Newton around 7:30 am and instantly began catching small largemouth bass, sunfish, and perch, using spinnerbaits and small plastics. Had our first tiger musky follower an hour later, but as usual it didn’t commit. We tried trolling for an hour with no success, then went back to casting. I had a couple more follows and then John finally hooked up with a nice 37-inch musky that made his whole day. This was his first ever musky…
We continued casting for another hour with no success and decided that we hadn’t had our fill of musky fishing, so we loaded up the boat and headed to Pineview. Arrived to Pineview only to be bombarded with what seemed like the whole town of Ogden on the lake. The boat traffic was miserable and the wake made for some tough fishing. We muscled through it and fished the mudlines approximately 20 yards off shore, created by the constant pounding of wake against the banks. Only a few minutes after starting to fish we spotted the biggest tiger musky I have ever seen, hovering about 5 feet below the surface just off the mudline. This thing had to be pushing 5 feet in length! I tried throwing my spinnerbait in front of it, but it never even gave it a look as he slowly swam back down into the deep. We saw him surface again near some swimmers and we started casting right towards them. They told us we were casting to close to them and we told them what was swimming next to them... They couldn’t believe it.
We tried trolling around cemetery point while the boat traffic was still bad, but never hooked up. We decided to jump in and swim for a bit because it was hot and the bad fishing and horrible boat traffic had our spirits down. Towards evening the boat traffic subsided and we began casting again, but we never did hook up or even have a follow. Rick hooked this bullhead catfish, which is the first catfish I’ve seen come out of Pineview.
John’s 37-inch tiger was the only musky caught on this trip, and for the second trip in a row I went home with a feeling of failure. We had a great time though, and it was good to get out on the water and finally enjoy a day when the wind didn’t blow us off the lake.