Utah Lake is a great place in Utah to catch Largemouth bass. It is a natural lake, with plenty of cover and forage to produce healthy populations of bass. The locals primarily fish Utah Lake for catfish, carp, and white bass. In turn, this means the Largemouth bass aren’t targeted as much by anglers, which helps make Utah Lake a good spot for catching them. The water is generally very silty and stained, but don’t let that hold you back from taking a “krak” at the bass in this lake. Here are some logistics to help you dissect the lake so you can catch Utah Lake Largemouth bass.
Utah Lake Bass Fishing:
Utah Lake sits right in the middle of Utah County. Numerous suburbs surround its shorelines. There are a lot of different access points for this large, natural lake. Here is a link to the list of all of the access points to help you decide which would be most convenient for you: Utah Lake Access
Utah Lake is the state’s largest fresh water lake. The 24-mile-long, 13-mile-wide lake is surrounded by large cities, yet doesn’t receive as much recreation as other bodies of water in the state. In my opinion, it’s a great urban Largemouth bass fishing destination. It has miles of shoreline with plenty of vegetation to keep the bass healthy. There is plenty of abundant forage surrounding the vegetation to fatten the bass up. The water clarity in Utah Lake is milky murk almost all year long. Utah Lake is very shallow, and the wind stirs up the silt to make things dingy through the entire lake. Despite the water clarity, the Largemouth still are aggressive, and ready to hit if you can find them. The best colors to use on this lake are white, black, and chartreuse to get the attention of the bass in the stained water. It’s always a good idea to use baits with scent, or a lot of vibration in the water to help the fish get missile locked on your lures.
For more information on Utah Lake here is a link to the Division of Wildlife Resources: Utah Lake Report
Catching Utah Lake Largemouth Bass:
The Largemouth bass in Utah Lake usually start to hit their spawning beds in May. Some of the best times to fish on this lake are around this time. I consider spring fishing on this lake to be April until June. During this time of year, some of the best things to throw are shallow diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs.
June through August the water gets pretty warm, and there are a ton of bugs on the water. So, don’t forget the bug spray. To find fish, focus on the shady side of the cover and throw topwater baits early morning and late evening. During the day Texas rigged softplastics and spinnerbaits can oftentimes produce fish as well.
September through November the nights start to cool things off, and the fishing can be pretty good. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters, and jigs can always produce bass. Another good technique to try this time of year is throwing a drop shot rig around some of the floating docks.
Utah lake will usually ice over, but it’s generally not for a very long time. Bass can still be caught, but it is slow. Your best bet is a jig. The water is a usually a little clearer because the wind hasn’t been churning it up as much while it was iced over.
Here is a good clip from the local Utah news of what to expect for catching Utah Lake Largemouth bass.
Hope this helps you understand Utah Lake Bass Fishing. Feel free to comment, ask questions, or send pictures of bass you’ve “kraked” on Utah Lake. Good luck, get “Kraken.”
Gear I Use:
Here are some of my favorite baits for catching Largemouth bass in Utah Lake:
Topwater: Jackall Iobee Frog
Crankbait: Jackall Squarebill Crankbait
Dropshot bait: Reaction SMB-029 Smallie Beaver