Ivins Reservoir Fishing – Saweet!

I’m always on the hunt for a new spot, and Ivins Reservoir fishing was pretty impressive. I caught around 10 largemouth bass with only fishing the place for a few hours. Here are the logistics of my quick trip, and what I discovered about “Kraken” bass at Ivins Reservoir.


Ivins Reservoir Fishing

Ivins Reservoir fishing was a lot of fun. This reservoir sits just outside the small town of Ivins in Southern Utah. Fising from the shore I caught 10 largemouth bass. The water was really low, and to be honest I don’t know if you could’ve got a boat on the place. The lake is full of vegetation and fairly small. It would be the perfect place for a kayak or float tube. Here is the full fishing report of the conditions, where I caught bass, and what baits and techniques worked to catch fish. Also, I’ve made a quick video of some of the action I experienced on Ivins Reservoir.

Ivins Reservoir Fishing Conditions

You could tell the water level was really down from normal. I fished Ivins Reservoir in the morning from 7:00am – 9:00am on Friday September 25th.

Wind: 5 – 10mph. It was a little breezy all morning.
Weather: Air Temperature 72 Degrees. Bright and sunny skies. High for the day was around 85 degrees.
Water Temperature: Warm. 75 degrees.
Water Clarity: Stained. Visibility was between 3 – 4 feet.


Best Baits for Ivins Reservoir

When I first arrived at Ivins Reservoir I definitely wasn’t throwing the right stuff. I switched things around, and caught all my bass on two different baits and techniques. Here they are:

Jackall Cross Tail Shad

The black winnie Jackall Crosstail Shad caught over half of the fish. I fished it on a drop shot rig with a 1/8 oz drop shot weight, and a 1/0 gamakatsu drop shot hook. I nose hooked the crosstail shad, but left the hook buried in the plastic. I would pitch the drop shot rig into the holes I thought would be holding bass, and let it settle down to the bottom. I’d gently shake the bait, and the bass would eat it. Here’s a picture of the set up.

drop shot rig

Swim jig

I used a V&M pulse swim jig in the watermelon bluegill color with a Keitech 3.8 fat swing impact ayu swimbait as a trailer. The key to getting bites on the swim jig was to lightly pump the rod swimming it back. I didn’t get any bites unless I was lightly pumping the jig swimming it along the bottom. Here’s a picture of this sweet swimming jig set up.
swim jig ivins reservoir

Ivins Reservoir Fishing Spot

Here is where I fished on Ivins Reservoir, and caught all my bass.
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I caught every bass at the base of the concrete thingo sitting about 8 feet away from the damn. It was pretty fun.


Ivins Reservoir Fishing Report

The water was extremely low, and I was kind of at a loss as to what to do when I arrived. The lake was covered in newly flooded cover from recent rain storms, and the place was full of grass. I just started chucking and winding along the dam hoping for a bite.

I threw a Jackall Iobee Frog at first thinking one would come up early in the morning and munch it. Plus, with all the heavy cover I could get the frog around it. I had zero takers though. The wind was kind of blowing, so I tied on a spinnerbait. The spinnerbait worked great through the grass and cover, but still no takers.

For my next move, I decided to climb out on the bridge over the water. I bombed out a drop shot as far as I could into the deep water. The shallow water bite wasn’t working, so I did what I could to see if there was anything out deep. After a couple casts with no luck, I dropped the bait straight down to the base of the pillar I was standing on. I thought there had to be one laying at the base of it. As soon as the drop shot hit the bottom, I felt a couple quick ticks on the line. I pulled up and had my first bass! I was 20 feet above the water with 6 pound test. Somehow I managed to magically walk off the bridge with the bass still on, and climb down to the bank to lip him. Here is a picture of that first bass.
ivins reservoir fishing
Next, I pitched to the same pillar of concrete from the bank, and caught another one! I wound up catching 6 more bass off of the same spot just pitching a drop shot. It was a blast. Here’s another picture of one of the better ones I caught off that spot.
bass ivins reservoir fishing
After the 6th fish, I wanted something bigger. I tied on a swim jig with a swimbait trailer, and hucked it in the same area. I was blown away when my rod got ticked, and I set the hook on an even better bass. The swim jig continued to catch another 4 bass off the same spot I’d been fishing with the drop shot rig. I’ve never smoked that many bass off a hole. It was fast action and fun. Here are some pics of the swim jig bass. I was pretty stoked. I definitely think I’m going to be wearing my lucky orange castbach hat more often.
swim jig bass ivins
fishing ivins reservoir bass
It was a super fun experience. Here’s a little video of some of the action I got on film. Plus, some tips of how I was working these baits to get them chomped.

Hope this gets you pumped to go out “Kraken” bass at Ivins Reservoir. This was my first time fishing the place, and I’d love to know more about it. Please leave a comment below about anything you know about fishing Ivins Reservoir. Also, please share with your friends who are looking for another good spot to try to catch some bass.

As Always,

Stay Stoked!


Gear Used

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 used to “Krak” some bass on this trip. Krakenbass receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I have personally trust and know work. I put these links to make them 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! Thank you for your support.

V&M pulse swim jig

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