Jordanelle Reservoir Bass Fishing

jordanelle reservoir bass fishing

Here is my trip report about going out to take a stab at Jordanelle Reservoir bass fishing. It was my first time there, and I learned a lot about the place. I went out with my friend Nick and we “Kraked” a few bass along the way. Here were the conditions on our trip, where we fished, and what we used to get ourselves “Kraken” Bass!


Jordanelle Reservoir Bass Fishing



Here is what it was like for us on our trip to Jordanelle. We went out Sept. 1, 2014 on labor day from 7am – 1:30pm.

Water Temp:                 63 degrees
Weather:                         Air Temperature 75 degrees, bright and sunny.
Water Clarity:              Stained, visibility 4 feet down.
Wind:                                0 – 5 mph, it was calm all morning.


Where we fished:

Here is a map of where we went Jordanelle Reservoir bass fishing.
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What we used:

We tried quite a few different baits, but only landed fish on two of them. Here were the ones we caught bass on and how we rigged them up.

1. Jackall Cross Tail Shad : We had success on both the green pumpkin, and ayu cross tail shad rigged up on a drop shot. We used a 1/4 oz drop shot weight with a 1/0 gamakatsu drop shot hook. We would cast it to the rocky shorelines, and slowly pull it along the bottom back to the boat.

2. Duo Realis Spinbait 80: This spy bait caught me a bass on my 3rd cast with it, but it kept getting hung up in the top of the brush so I put it down. I threw it on super light 6 lbs fluorocarbon line using the technique called spy baiting. You cast the bait out, and count it down until the bait sinks to the depth you want. Then slowly bring it back to the boat.

jordanelle reservoir bass fishing

How we did:

Honestly, the fishing wasn’t very fast and furious. We only landed 6 fish all morning, but we had a good time trying to hunt them down. It made me feel better about our trip after speaking with another bass fisherman. He said he only caught a couple all morning as well. Nothing had much size to it, as you can tell from the photos. Sometimes fishing can just be tough.

Every fish we caught was on a gradually sloping rocky bank. The bass we caught were sitting in about 8 feet of water. We probably shoud have tried pulling out on some deeper points to see if we could find bass there. I always think of other things to try after the trip is over. You never know what could have happened.

We started the morning throwing topwaters, hoping they might be in the backs of the coves in a fall feeding frenzy. We didn’t get any strikes on the top, so I switched to the drop shot and caught one really quick. We tried other baits including some small crankbaits, and a  small texas rigged beaver bait. We had a few strikes on the beaver, but weren’t able to land any of them. Nothing came for our crankbaits. Although, I did throw a spybait for a second and caught one on it pretty fast. I got really frustrated with the spybait though, because it would snag up pretty regularly.

The boat traffic gradually got worse, and worse as the day pressed on. We made the most of it though and anchored up in a cove, and Nick and I both caught a couple smallmouth bass. We landed the majority of our fish throwing the drop shot rig. Here’s a picture of Nick with his first Jordanelle smallmouth bass!
jordanelle smallmouth bass
Special thanks to my friend Nick. He let me hop in his boat with his dogs, and has been a big influence in helping me create this website. It was fun hanging out with him. It was a great day on the water. The weather was perfect, and we found some good spots to try for the next time I go out “Kraken” Bass on Jordanelle.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with Jordanelle Reservoir bass fishing. Feel free to leave your comments below.

As Always,

Stay Stoked!!



Gear Used:

Here are the baits, and gear we used Jordanelle Reservoir bass fishing.

Duo Realis Spinbait 80
Jackall Cross Tail Shad

Terminal Tackle:
Drop Shot Weight 1/4 oz.     
Gamakatsu Drop Shot Hook-Pack Of 25 (Black, 2)

Spinning Rod & Reel Set up:
Abu Garcia Spinning Reel
Shimano Convergence 7’2″ Medium Heavy Spinning Worm Rod
6-Pound Test Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Spiderwire Stealth Braid 300-Yard Spool Moss Green 15lbs.


5 Responses

  1. What would you recommend to use in July I am going for my Birthday and wanna get my PB Smallmouth…what should I use? And what is the water clarity like and what colors would you recommend?

    1. Use a bigger topwater spook early in the morning for a big smallmouth. I’ve caught some beasts doing that in the summer. The Megabass Dog X is my favorite in Ayu. The other classic bait that always works is a green pumpkin 4″ wacky rigged senko. As the day wears on fish it out deeper in 30 feet on a drop shot rig. Thats where the pigs tend to hang once they are done crusing the shallows. Rocky Main lake points are the best. Hope you crush em!

  2. Hey I am going this next week I think they are transitioning to fall the water temp is at 60 degrees. What depth should they be at? And what should I throw?

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