East Canyon Reservoir Bass Fishing – Smallmouth Bass Fishing Trip Report

East Canyon Reservoir Bass Fishing

East Canyon Reservoir bass fishing is good for smallmouth bass. There are definitely some big fish in this lake, and decent numbers of fish. Here’s a fishing trip report of fishing on East Canyon with a map of spots, the best lures to catch bass, and the conditions of the trip. In addition, this post includes some video of the action. Hopefully, this fishing report will save you some time to get straight to catching fish. Plus, help you decide on whether you want to go give East Canyon Reservoir a try.

East Canyon Reservoir Bass Fishing

East Canyon Reservoir bass fishing is decent. On my recent trip out here we caught some fish. It wasn’t fast and furious. We caught several small fish, we saw some giants, and caught a couple pound and a half fighters. Some more time on the water would’ve been helpful to know the best spots, so we wouldn’t have spent so much time in unproductive places. Here are the things I discovered while fishing east canyon reservoir to help guide you for trip out here chasing smallmouth bass. Also, checking out the video below of me and fellow Utah fishing Youtuber “Fishing with Tobi” to get a visual of what fishing this place is like.

East Canyon Reservoir Bass Fishing Conditions

Here is the conditions from my trip on East Canyon Reservoir chasing smallmouth bass from my Stage Paddle Board. This trip happened the morning of the 24th of July in the middle of the summer. Total time on the water was from 6:30am – 12:30pm, a total of 6 hours.


Light Overcast Skies, Air Temperature High in the 80’s.

Water Temperature

72 Degrees. Decently Warm.

Water Clarity

Lightly Stained. Visibility 4-8 feet.


0 – 4 mph. Flat calm all morning long.

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East canyon reservoir fishing smallmouth bass produced a couple football sized fish like this one.


East Canyon Smallmouth Bass Lures

There are a lot of lures that work to catch bass on East Canyon. These are the main ones that worked best for us. We tried a lot of different things to eliminate other options. In theory, this will save you some time on knowing what to use for smallmouth out on east canyon.

Wacky Rig Senko

The Yamamoto Senko wacky style is the best for east canyon bass fishing. What I like about this bait is how the wacky rig really brings out a subtle wobble as it falls. Plus, this bait is a little heavier than other light worms, so you can cast it farther. Plus, if you wait long enough you can fish it down deep too. The best size and color for me was the 4″ electric shad for smallmouth. This bait excels on a 1/0 weightless hook. The light subtle fall weightless with just a hook, is deadly for those East Canyon bass.

Tube Jig

My friend Tobi caught a lot of his fish on a green pumpkin tube. A tube dragging along the bottom is a great crayfish imitator. One of the bass we caught spit up a giant crayfish. This is probably why the tube bait works so well. Tubes are light, and a spinning rod and reel set up is usually the best option for throwing them. I like to rig my tubes stupid style to prevent hanging to many of them up in the rocks.

Ned Rig

The Mud Minnow TRD softplastic was also great for getting a lot of bites at East Canyon. This lure worked best on a 1/10 oz ned jig head. A solid spinning rod and reel works best for throwing this set up, since this bait is super light. Just cast out on those rocky points, and let it set till one sucks it up. We didn’t catch anything big on this bait, but it did produce decent numbers of smallmouth bass.

East Canyon Reservoir Bass Fishing Baits
East Canyon Reservoir Bass Fishing Baits we used with success were a wacky rigged senko, tube jig, and a ned rig.


East Canyon Reservoir Bass Fishing Spots

Here’s a map of the areas where we found bass on East Canyon Reservoir Fishing. Paddling around on my Stage SUP was a fun way to get around to these places. It doesn’t take as long as you think to cross the main channel on one of these boards. I think I only had to paddle for like 15 minutes to get out to those deeper points.

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East Canyon Fishing Video

Here’s the video action of me out fishing on East Canyon on a paddle board tied to the information here in this post. It was my first time collaborating with another YouTuber. It was fun. If you have a YouTube channel and would like to a collab hit me up! Hopefully, you can get a taste of what East Canyon Reservoir bass fishing can be like through this vid. Enjoy!


Fishing East Canyon Additional Thoughts

Overall, we caught about 8 smallmouth bass in 6 hours of fishing. We fished a lot of unproductive water, and found the best spots were definitely the rocky points. Even though the majority of the fish were small we caught a couple football’s, and saw some toads. It appears East Canyon definitely has some potential to kick out some bigger smallmouth. Leave a comment below. Otheres I’m sure would love to learn more about this lake, and what you have found success with.

One more thing, The links above and below in this post are affiliate links were you can pick up baits, rod’s, reels, line, and anything else I use to “Krak” some bass fishing East Canyon Reservoir. Use this stuff to catch more fish! Krakenbass receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. These links are here to be helpful for you, and not for the small amount I make for the sale of the products. I hope these products can help you “krak” some bass like they have for me. Thank you for your support!

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