Oquirrh Lake fishing for Largemouth bass is one of my favorite things to do for a short excursion in Salt Lake County. I’ve made several quick trips to Oquirrh lake recently, and have always caught a few bass. Here are some things I’ve discovered about fishing this place. Including the baits I’ve used, and reports of what I’ve caught the last couple weeks out “Kraken” bass in Daybreak.
Oquirrh Lake Fishing Daybreak
Oquirrh Lake in Daybreak Utah is a fun urban spot to go out and try to catch a few bass. It’s easy to walk the banks, and make casts because of the awesome trail system lining it. Fishing from a boat isn’t allowed from what I’ve read, but you don’t need one. Oquirrh lake is more like a skinny canal system than a lake. You can cast to almost anywhere on the lake from the shore. The water is decently clear. You can see the bottom down to about 6 – 7 feet. Plus, it is full of grass, cattails, and rip rap rock to provide plenty of cover for bass to thrive in. You can always see bluegills cruising around, and I’ve heard about crayfish that hide in the rocks. All of these things equate for a decent population of bass to go after.
The biggest bass I’ve caught out of Oquirrh Lake was 2.5lbs. I’ve yet to catch anything massive. Still though, I’ve caught good numbers of solid one pound sized bass. Everything I’ve caught has looked super healthy and fat. The aeration system they have in the lake seems to be working to provide plenty of oxygen flowing to keep the fish healthy and happy.
Here is some additional logistical information to help with Oquirrh Lake Fishing in your quest for “Kraken” bass!
Oquirrh Lake Conditions
Judging from the sink rate of my baits from casting from the shore. The lake is fairly shallow. It only gets at the most maybe 15 feet deep.
Oquirrh Lake has a variety of different things for bass to hide around including the following:
- Underwater Grass Vegetation
- Riprap Rock lining the Banks
- Floating Docks
The vegetation in the lake keeps things nice and clear. Visibility is about 6 – 7 feet.
Best Baits for Oquirrh Lake
I’ve caught bass on a variety of different baits at Oquirrh Lake, but here are 4 of my favorites which seem to work consistently.
Megabass DogX Jr.
The Megabass Dog-X Jr. is a great natural topwater bait that draws strikes from this clear water lake. The key to catching fish on it is to make long casts, and twitch it back in a walk the dog side to side motion. This topwater presentation seems to work best early in the twighlight hours of the evening or morning. My favorite colors are ayu, or pm gill for Oquirrh Lake. Here’s a link to a video I filmed on Oquirrh lake using this exact bait. Check it out if your curious about how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLS0O6brcMA
Jackall Flick Shake Worm
The Jackall Flick Shake Worm is an awesome subtle bait for the lake. I’ve caught bass using it in two different ways. The first is on the traditional weighted wacky rig. I’ve had problems with the weighted wacky rig though. It tends to sink fairly quickly, and pick up grass and vegetation. I’ve found by fishing the flick shake worm on a drop shot rig with about 12 inches of line between the hook and the weight you can avoid picking up grass. Plus, the drop shot will catch bass just as well as the weighted wacky rig bait.
Jackall Cross Tail Shad
The Jackall Cross Tail Shad in the Ayu color is the perfect bait for the bass in this lake. Because the bass tend to run smaller in size this little bait appeals to a lot of the bass. The best way to set it up is on a drop shot rig. You want to nose hook your cross tail shad with a 1/0 gamakatsu drop shot hook, and use a 1/8oz dropshot weight at the bottom of your rig. The lighter 1/8oz keeps your weight from getting buried too deep in the grass.
To work a crosstail shad properly on a drop shot throw the bait out to the deep holes you think the bass may be holding. Next, let the weight sink to the bottom, and lighlty pull up your line. Lift your line up and down to let the crosstail shad dance above the weight. Then hop the whole rig several more feet, and let it sit and dance again. Keeping things subtle and natural is the key to getting bites.
The Yamamoto Senko is always a bass catcher. Especially in clear water. I’ll use either 5″ or 4″ senko’s in natural colors such as: baby bass, green pumpkin, or green pumpkin watermelon laminate. For Oquirrh Lake I prefer a weightless texas rig for fishing senko’s. A wacky rigged senko weightless will also work, but with all the vegetation you can pick up grass on your hook. This is why I prefer the texas rig. A texas rig can prevent grass getting picked up on your bait.
The key to fishing a senko is to keep it looking natural. The subtle wobble on the fall of the bait is what triggers bites. Cast it out. Let it fall. Then twitch it a couple times and let the senko fall again. Watch your line close for those bites, and set the hook when you think something has it.
Quirrh Lake Fishing Reports
Here are the logistics and report of 2 of my recent trips I’ve been on out to Oquirrh Lake.
Trip 1 – Monday September 7th, 2015 6:00am – 9:30am
I took my brother and friend fishing here early on Labor day to try and catch a few fish before the festivities of the day. We caught about 8 fish between all of us in the morning. We all had a good time.
First thing in the morning we caught several using topwaters. My brother used a spook and my friend used a small yozuri sexy shad popper. Both baits caught bass.
Once the sun crept up, around 7:30am, I started throwing a drop shot rig. The drop shot worked well with a Jackall Flick Shake Worm. I popped 3 of them on it before the end of the trip. Here is a gallery of pictures of the bass we caught on this quick little session.
Where we fished
Here is the map of the shorelines we fished on this trip:
Trip 2 – Saturday September 21st, 2015 6:00am – 9:30am
This trip a few days later proved to be a little different. I went out by myself, and landed 5 bass. They were all caught on completely different baits than my previous trip. I had only one topwater bite, and after pounding the top for awhile I switched to a baby bass senko. The senko worked. I caught two bass on it. Things weren’t fast and furious, so I tied up a drop shot rig with a Jackall Cross Tail Shad in Ayu. It went to work on the bass. I picked up 3 in about 15 minutes.
The wind started blowing not helping my light weight drop shot rig, so I busted out my baitcasting rod and reel. I tied on a 3/8 oz green pumpkin chatterbait with a keitech ayu swimbait for a trailer. My thoughts were bigger bait might equal bigger bass. I fished my way back to my car, and on my last section of shoreline I popped a nice 2 pounder on the chatterbait. Here is the picture of the chunk. It felt good to get something with a little bit of meat on his shoulders.
Oquirrh Lake Fishing Spots
Here is where I went on the Saturday trip:
I always try to go to different areas when fishing Oquirrh lake. The bass tend to move around a lot, so I try to cover as much ground as possible. On the Saturday trip I walked around the entire lake on the island. It was a fun section to fish. I moved quickly to try and cover it all, and that’s why I felt like I was able to find a few.
Hope this helps you when you go Oquirrh Lake fishing. I’ve had some fun times “Kraken” a few bass out here. Please share this post with your friends who are looking for good places to catch bass, and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog!
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