Newton Reservoir fishing was awesome for my first time there. There were about a dozen largemouth bass caught in only a few hours of fishing. One of which went beast mode at 4.14 lbs. Here are the logistics of my trip to Newton Reservoir. This post includes a map of where bass were caught, what they were caught on, and other little key pieces of info to help you catch fish out of Newton Reservoir.
Newton Reservoir Fishing
This Newton Reservoir fishing write up contains the conditions of the trip, a map of where the bass were caught, and the best baits the bass were hitting. In addition, there is a little bit of a run down of how the trip progressed, and what was learned while fishing on Newton. Hopefully, you can take this info, and go find a few bass yourself. Please leave a comment below about what you thought of this report, and any other info you’d like to add to help anglers out when going to Newton Reservoir fishing.
Newton Reservoir is small body of water in Northern Utah. It’s been known to have tiger muskies lurking in the waters, but it definitely contains some good Largemouth bass fishing as well. My trip there was fruitful, even though the lake was ridiculously low. There was no way you could’ve got a boat on the place at this time of year. The water level was about 20 feet below the bottom of the boat ramp.
Newton Reservoir Fishing Conditions
Here are the conditions of my fishing trip to Newton Reservoir on Friday, September 30th from 8:30 – 12:00pm.
Partly Cloudy, Air Temperature hit 70 degrees at mid-day.
Extremely low. It was crazy. Hope it doesn’t freeze all the way through this winter.
Right around 63 degrees.
Dirty. Visibility only 1.5 feet max.
0-5 mph. Flat Calm with an occasional breeze.
Newton Reservoir Fishing Baits
On this trip there were a couple things which outshone the rest of the baits tried. Here are the three things that worked the best, and how to set them up to get “Kraken” bass on Newton Reservoir.
A 4″ Keitech Easy Shiner Swimbait caught more bass than anything else on this trip for me. The water was really shallow, so the key was to rig it up on a light 1/8 oz darter jig head. This light swimbait set up was ideal for fishing with a spinning rod and reel, so you could get more distance out of your casts. Slowly reeling the swimbait just above the bottom seemed to work best. The bass would come out and slam it. A couple times they hit it right at my feet by the bank. Another little trick is to color the tail of the swimbait with a chartreuse marking pen. It helped the bait stand out a little more in the dirty water.
Megabass Dot Crawler
The Ayu Megabass Dot Crawler also caught several bass for me. The dot crawler worked well on a Carolina Rig for this situation. The lake was so shallow I felt like I needed to bomb my bait out from the bank as far as I could. The Carolina Rig enabled me to make really long casts out to the deepest parts of the lake from the shore with my baitcasting rod and reel. On the Carolina rig with the dot crawler I used a 1/2 oz tungsten weight with a glass bead to create some noise to help draw in the bass with the dirty water. About 12″ of 10 lbs fluorocarbon leader was used for the Carolina rig with a 3/0 offset worm hook for the dot crawler. The bites came by just occasionally hoping and dragging the weight of the Carolina rig along the bottom.
Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm
Another key player of the day was the Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm. The shad shape worm worked for this trip on a drop shot rig with a 1/8 oz weight and 1/0 drop shot hook. I nose hooked the bait, and would use it as a chase bait if I missed strikes on the swimbait. Oftentimes, the bass would swing and miss on the swimbait, so I’d throw the drop shot in the same area. You can sometimes milk an area with the drop shot to get them to bite again. It worked several times for me on Newton. Although the fish weren’t very big that were caught on this bait.
Newton Reservoir Fishing Spots
Here is where bass where caught walking the banks of Newton Reservoir fishing. The lake was incredibly low, and you couldn’t put a boat on it.
Newton Reservoir Fishing Report
Upon first arrival at Newton Reservoir I was a little bit apprehensive about what would be found. The low water level had all the good rocky structure high and dry. With nothing physically visible for bass to relate too, it made it difficult to determine where to start fishing. Also, finding deep water looked like it would be a challenge. Yet, despite of this the low water actually seemed to concentrate the fish better. It turned into a good day of fishing with about 10 bass caught with one hitting the 4lbs mark.
There was a lot of activity on the surface and along the banks, so I threw a swimbait to cover water to see what could be found. On my second cast one sucked the bait down right along the edge of the bank. Catching your first bass at a new place really gets the stoke juices flowing. Even if it was a little guy. Here’s the picture of my first Newton Reservoir Largemouth Bass.
The rest of the morning I kept throwing the little swimbait covering water to see what I’d find. I’d get bites that I’d miss occasaionally, so I threw in a little drop shot rig to see if I could catch them. It was a fun little pattern. Everything I caught was really small until out of nowhere a giant slammed the little swimbait. I thought it was a tiger muskie at first they way it fought, but when that big bass came out of the water it was pretty apparent he was a good one. Here is the fish in all his glory. The scale I had put him at 4.14 lbs. I was stoked!
Here’s another picture of the same bass with the scale read out, and the swimbait choked down his gullet.
The last hour of the trip I decided to switch tactics with a Carolina rig to try and get deeper to see if there might be better fish. I pulled out a Megabass Dot Crawler for my Carolina Rig, and bombed that sucker out there. Several more fish fell victim to the Carolina rig although no more giants decided to show themselves.
In conclusion, a total of about 10 bass caught along with several bites that were missed. Newton reservoir fishing proved to be really fun. If it wasn’t for the big guy though, it would have been a total dink fest. Hope this post and info will help you out if you decide to head out to Newton Reservoir fishing. Don’t miss out on more great trip reports by subscribing to the blog. I’d also love to hear of any other info about Newton Reservoir if you’d like to leave a comment below.
Newton Reservoir Fishing Gear
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Nice bass there! What’s up with the low water level?
I don’t know. Pretty weird.
Beautiful area though…nice photos too.