I discovered the little Salem Pond in Utah County by accident while driving home from work in Payson. I saw the pond off the side of the road, so I pulled over to check it out. I got really stoked when I read the sign that said, “All fisherman strongly encouraged to release all Largemouth Bass.” I then crept up to the edge of the bank of the pond and got doubly stoked when I saw two Largemouth sitting on a spawning bed. The stokedness came in full swing and I decided to start mucking around to figure out how to catch a few. After initially discovering the pond, I made a few feeble 20 minute attempts from land to catch a bass. Much to my dismay I continue to have no luck. I got my brother involved and we decided to put together an evening trip to release the “Kraken” on some bass. Here is what we did, where we went, and how we did to help you be successful on your next Salem Pond bass fishing trip.
Where & When:
My few attempts to catch bass were randomly spread throughout the month of June, but this trip was in the heat of the summer on July 8, 2013. Here is a map of Salem pond marked with the places we fished and where we caught bass.
What we used:
While driving to and from St. George, I made a couple quick attempts to catch a fish at this pond from the shoreline. These attempts helped me get a gauge on where to go and the likely spots I could possibly catch a bass. My brother, Casey Spilker, has a little raft called “The Mariner 3,” and when I told him about the pond he was stoked to try it out with me. The pond only allows non-motorized vessels, and the little raft worked perfect to get us around. I felt like the raft helped us get to a few good spots that can’t be reached from the bank.
Previously when I had fished it, I used baits to cover water to see what I could find. I threw a spinnerbait and a topwater popper. I had no luck, so I went for more subtle presentations this time around.
There were two baits that wound up working. The first was the shaky head green pumpkin finesse worm. The second, which I caught the big one of the night on, was an Iobee frog. (Check out the embedded links to see the baits to help you know what they are)
Here is a YouTube video on the Iobee frog. After you watch you will have to get one because that is what happened with me. They are awesome in the summertime. The color that I love is the sunfish/bluegill. One trick I’ve found is to cut the skirts in half. I feel it makes it look more like a sunfish imitation, which a lot of these bass feed on in these small ponds & lakes.
How we did:
Bottom line, it was fun fishing with my brother. We had an awesome time trying to pick apart the pond to find us a bass. What helped make it such a fun time is we both went into it with low expectations of hoping to catch one fish, or maybe even just get a couple bites. It was super challenging, which made it much more rewarding when we caught a few.
My brother and I were excited when he hooked up on a small Largemouth on the shaky head. It invigorated us to know there are catch-able bass in this pond. Then, just before dark, I started throwing the frog up to the bank and twitching it back. After about the fifth cast, boom! The water erupted and I set the hook. A solid bass started leaping from the water, and our raft started moving his direction. It was quite a challenge getting him in the raft. He kept pulling us around. It was awesome. We didn’t have a scale, but the dude probably just hit the 2.5 lb mark.
The Salem Pond Bass Fishing project is not over. My brother and I are dissecting this place to help give you some more information to release your “Kraken” on the bass in Salem pond. In the meantime, I hope this gets you excited at the opportunities there are around you to find bass wherever you live.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to send me comments and feedback about what you would like to see included in these posts. I would love to here your insights about what would be valuable to you as you become a legitimate “Kraken” on bass!