I decided to try some Hyrum Reservoir bass fishing on my way home from a work trip in Idaho. I’d heard from a co-worker he used to catch bass by accident all the time at Hyrum Reservoir. It’s not too far off the beaten path, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. In only a couple hours I caught a half dozen bass, and one of them was at the 3 pound mark. Here’s where I fished, and what I used to catch bass at Hyrum Reservoir.
Hyrum Reservoir Bass Fishing
Hyrum Reservoir is a man made lake sitting next to the city of Hyrum in Utah. I’m always a little bit apprehensive when I pull into a new place. Especially when I know I only have a couple hours to try and catch a bass. I felt like I made some good decisions, so I stuck with my plan and it worked. I was especially stoked to catch a nice 3 pounder. I bet there are bigger ones lurking out there.
I hope this report can help you if you decide to head out to Hyrum Reservoir bass fishing. Here are all the logistics of my trip including a map of where I fished, the baits I used, and a little video clip of some of the action I caught on film. Plus, I like to throw in some extra tidbits of the exact happenings and the conditions. Enjoy this report!
Hyrum Reservoir Bass Fishing Conditions
Here where the conditions for me when bass fishing Hyrum reservoir on Wendsday, October 21st from 10:00am – 12:30pm.
Weather: Air Temp 70 degrees. Bright & Sunny Skies.
Wind: 0 – 5 Mph. Started off calm, then started blowing as I left.
Water Temperater: 58 Degrees.
Water Clarity: Lightly Stained, Visibility 4 – 5 feet.
Hyrum Reservoir Bass Fishing Baits
Here are the two main baits I used which caught largemouth bass on Hyrum Reservoir. I didn’t have much time, so I didn’t try much more than this. Yet, they seemed to work well.
A green pumpkin biffle bug caught the bigger bass of the trip. I texas rigged the bug up on a 5/16 oz biffle head. I caught bass with it by casting it out, and letting it fall to the bottom. Once the bait hit bottom, I would slowly start reeling it in.
The key was to make sure it was bumping and banging the rocks as you were retrieving the bait. You don’t want to reel to slow, or else it will hang up. You want the bait banging off the top of the rocks. There is definitely an art to it. I lost every biffle head I had doing it, but I was getting better as the morning progressed. It was a fun way to catch them. I plan on doing a post about this technique. Make sure to subscribe to the blog, so you don’t miss out on the details of my successes biffle buggin.
Flick Shake Worm
A green pumpkin 5.8 Jackall Flick Shake worm caught several bass for me as well. I had one decent one snap me off on it. Overall, it seemed to get more bites, but not like the size of the ones on the biffle bug. I rigged the flick shake worm up on a drop shot rig with a 1/8 oz drop shot weight and a 1/0 gamakatsu drop shot hook. I had a fairly short leader of only 8 – 10 inches between the weight and the bait on the drop shot.
I’d cast the flick shake out on the drop shot rig, and let it fall to the bottom. Once it was on the bottom I would dance it a little bit, and let it set again. I’d then move it a couple feet, and repeat. It’s a great bait on a drop shot that always seems to get bites.
Hyrum Resevoir Bass Fishing Spots
Here is a map of the section I fished on Hyrum Reservoir that produced fish.
The best area was the little indentation there in the dam. They seemed to be holding right at the transition where the rocks met the flat bottom of the lake. [/optinlock]
The Logistics of the Trip
The lake looked like it was down a bit, and there wasn’t much visible structure I could see. Also in the fall and winter the rocks tend to stay warmer longer, so I headed to the chunk rock along the dam. You always wonder what you are going to find when you land at a new place.
I had a hard time deciding on what to use with for such a short amount of time. I needed something to fish deep, and shallow to cover water.Plus, I wanted bites. I decided on the biffle bug, because I’d had success using the technique in similar looking water in the late fall. In addition, I tied on a drop shot because it always catches bass.
I started moving along the bank. When I came to a small point I would throw out the drop shot. I was getting little ticks on the drop shot, but nothing big enough to eat the hook I guess. I finally caught one on a drop shot that was super tiny. Then I knew I needed to stick with the biffle bug, so I started humming.
I came to the first really craggy corner of the damn, and was just chucking and winding the bug when my rod tip bent over. The bites are always so weird on the biffle bug. I was pretty pumped because I knew it was a big fish. I was even more stoked when I saw it was a largemouth. Here he is! What a chunker!
After I combed that area with the bug, I threw out the drop shot and caught several more. Nothing worth bragging about. I then started biffle bugging again and caught another nice bass.
I thought they would eat a crankbait because of the similarity in the way I was bringing the bug across the rocks, but after throwing the crankbait for awhile nothing came to get it. I switched back the bug, and hung my last one up on the rocks. I finished off the shore with the drop shot, and caught another little one. I had a big smile on my face as I headed back to the car.
Here is a narrated video clip of some of the action I caught on film with my go-pro camera. Hopefully, it can give you some pointers on things I was doing to get the bass to bite at Hyrum Reservoir.
I’m excited to fish Hyrum Reservoir agian next year. It defintly seemed to have a good population of Largemouth bass swimming in its waters. I hope this report can help you the next time you are out on the lake. Please leave a comment below if you’ve ever fished Hyrum Reservoir for bass, or have any questions about this trip. I’d love to learn more about this place.
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