I was able to take a couple of friends I work with on an epic trip to Sand Hollow. We “kraked” 30 bass between all of us. We caught several bass over 3 pounds, and the biggest of the trip was 4.25 pounds. Here are the logistics of what we used, where we fished, the conditions, and how we put together such a great day on the water. Plus, a video clip of some of the bass we caught.
Fishing Sand Hollow
My friends at work had been harassing me to take them out bass fishing Sand Hollow for awhile, and we finally made it happen. I felt a lot of pressure to help them have a good time, and the hollow didn’t disappoint. The Largemouth were moving around and active. Some of the bigger fish we caught looked like they had just finished up spawning. It was fun to see my friends get so stoked catching bass. It was one of the best days of bass fishing they’ve ever had in their lives. Here are the full details of what transpired on the trip to help get you out there “Kraken” bass as well.
We fished Sand Hollow on Saturday, April 18th from 7am – 4:30pm. We did the best when the wind picked up later in the afternoon.
Water Temperature: 60 Degrees
Water Clarity: Clear, visibility 13 feet
Weather: Bright Sunny, Air Temperature 79 degrees
Wind: 0-4 mph
Here is a map of the places we went fishing Sand Hollow and caught bass.
Here are the different baits we used that caught fish. We tried several, but these three seemed to produce the best.
A green pumpkin 3.5 inch tube jig caught us quite a few fish. The secret was to rig it up on a stupid rig, so it wouldn’t get hung up. Also, I tipped the tails with a little chartreuse dye. We used a 1/8 oz bagely shaky head jigfor the stupid rig. The fish seemed to like it when you would hop it high, let it fall, and then let it sit back on the bottom. My biggest bass was caught on this bait.
The Aarons pro-shad color roboworm rigged up on a drop shot put about 10 bass in the boat. We used a 1/4 oz weight to get it down there, and would rig them up wacky style on the hook to draw some strikes. Just leaving it on the bottom, and dancing the bait was the ticket to getting bites.
A 4″ green pumpkin/watermelon senkocaught some serious bass. We would texas rig the bait, and add a small 1/8 oz tungsten bullet weight to the front. The lighter weight seemed to help it not get hung up as much. The key was to set it on the bottom, and lightly pull it along.
Fishing Sand Hollow Detailed Report:
We arrived on the lake at 7am, and heard the bass were up shallow spawning. We tried some topwaters and cruised the shallows looking for bass, but didn’t see much. We pulled out into a little deeper water and threw a tube and some senko’s. We popped about 6 in 12 – 20ft of water on those baits. Then when things started to slow down, we moved to another spot. Here’s a picture of the big one “kraked” on the tube first thing in the morning.
We headed over to the red rock ledges, and caught a few more on a tube. I picked up a drop shot rig with a roboworm to see if they would hit it better than the tube, and it worked awesomely. We picked up several using a roboworm around the rock ledges. I busted out a summer craw football jig while my friends were using the roboworm to see if I could whack a giant. My heart went up in my throat when on my second cast my line ticked, and I pulled back on a good fish. A few casts later I caught an even a bigger one on the jig.
Here’s some pictures of the bass we caught around the ledges.
The other cool portion of the trip is when we started crushing them on the good ole jika rig. We headed out onto some shallow flats covered with brush piles, and I caught 3 beauties over 3 pounds on the Jika Rig with a summer craw pit boss. These fish looked like some post spawn females, who had just come off of their beds. Here is a picture of one of them.
Lastly, we fished along the west damn after grabbing a bite to eat at the Sand Hollow beach cafe. We caught a lot of fish along the damn using a senko. Including the biggest one of the trip caught by Brad Horrocks that hit the scales at 4.25 lbs. Brad had never been bass fishing before, and caught the biggest one of the trip. Typically, that’s how things work. We also, picked up one on a crankbait, and spinnerbait. It was good times. Here’s some more pictures from our session of fishing Sand Hollow.
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Special thanks goes to my father for letting us use his boat. Plus, thanks to Jared Bingham, and Brad Horrocks for coming out with me. It was a good time hanging with those dudes.
Fishing Sand Hollow Video:
Here’s the video I put together of our trip out “Kraking” the code on the bass at Sand Hollow Reservoir.
Here are my affiliate links to where you can pick up all the gear used on this trip:
Roboworm Straight Tail Worm 4-1/2″ – Aarons Pro Shad
4″ green pumpkin/watermelon senko
green pumpkin 3.5 inch tube jig
Berkley Havoc Pit Boss Bait (Summer Craw, 4-Inch)
summer craw football jig
1/8 oz bagely shaky head jig
1/4 Finesse Lead Drop Shot Weights Hand Poured (10 per pack)
Gamakatsu Extra Wide Gap Worm Hook-5 Per Pack (Black, 3/0)
Rods, Reels, & Line:
Abu Garcia Spinning Reel
Shimano Sellus 1-Piece Worm/Jig Spin Rod (7-Feet 2-Inch Medium Heavy)
6-Pound Test Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Spiderwire Stealth Braid 300-Yard Spool Moss Green 15lbs.
Shimano Sellus Medium Heavy Worm and Jig Cast Rod 7’2″
Quantum Fishing Smoke 9 Bearing Baitcast Reel 7:3:1 ratio
Spiderwire Stealth Braid 300-Yard Spool Moss Gree 30lbs.
Sufix Invisiline Casting Flourocarbon 200-Yards Spool Size Fishing Line 12-Pound
Great trip reports !! Still waiting on my boat so following your reports to keep me ” stoked ” thx J.B. Marc.
Your welcome! I let every bass go, so they will still be there for you when your boat gets up and rocking!
For sure !! Thx again. M
Thx for leaving them. But i’m looking for a couple a bit bigger !! Lol. Later. M.
Right on man!
I’m sure glad I found you site. I am headed to Sand Hollow on Thursday. It will be my first time fishing Sand Hollow. Definitely appreciate all the tips.
Heck yeah brother! Make sure to subscribe, and get stoked because I’m working on my first ebook guide for fishing Sand Hollow! Have fun! Make sure to let me know how you do.
Sand Hollow was a lot of fun. I wish the weather had been more cooperative, lots of wind and Rain. Between Friday & Saturday we only spent about 7 hrs total on the water. We were able to get into some fish. Caught 20, the largest we caught was 3lbs 4oz. Most Fish were caught on a Fat Ika we caught the most fish around the Island. We also caught several on a Hula Grub. It’s definately some place I want to go back to. But now it is time to gear up for Lake Powell in June.
Thanks for the report! Sounds like a blast! I’ve never used an Ika, I’ll have to give it a try!
Thank you for providing some details so others of us can experience some fun on these great waters we have down here. Even those of us that don’t have boats can learn some techniques to still get into some good fish. If you get a chance to message me I would love to ask some more advice on bank angling if you have any, and possibly talk a couple of ideas I have. Thanks!
Ask away brother! Thanks for the support! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Send me an email through my contact page, and let’s make it happen.
Hello i heard there are bullhead catfish in sand hollow and quail creek is it true? I jus moved into the area and love to catfish. Thanks any info would be greatly appreciatted. Thanks again
Thanks for the comment Vee. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue about catfish. I would check out the local DNR website, they typically have listed what types of species of fish can be found in different lakes: http://wildlife.utah.gov/fishing-in-utah/fishing-information.html