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Utah Lake on Fire
Fished Utah Lake today with Jon and his son. It took several stops to find the fish, but when we found them it was fish on the rest of the day. If I went 5 minutes without a bite I would reel in and every time I did my bait was gone. We caught a grundle of catfish (average was about 26") and at least two grundles of white bass. Once we found the fish I don't believe I went without at least one bite on one of my two rods for five minutes, for well over five hours. We caught numerous doubles and triples of catfish and also white bass. I finished the day by hooking a catfish on both rods (I did this two other times during the day) and handed one rod to Jon's son to reel one in.

Jon's son is one fish catching machine.Smile






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(This post was edited by kentofnsl on Aug 10, 2017, 6:52 PM)
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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Good for you, Kent. There's nothing like getting the kids into those fish and hooked on fishing, but tons of fun for us too. Looks like you might have been real close to where I was getting into them a couple of weeks ago. I need to go do that again, but there are so many places I also need to go fish.... so many fish, so little time....


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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Great day. It's always nice to have a day that's all catching. Guess I need to head south and give it a try.


Larry



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One flew over the cuckoo’s nest...
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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Sounds Like a great day. What were they liking for bait
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Re: [lifeshort] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
lifeshort wrote:

What were they liking for bait

We were primarily using fresh-caught white bass cut into chunks. They were also readily biting chunks of sucker. For awhile, I also chopped up a couple Berkley Gulp Minnows and used them to keep my cut bait from sliding off of my barbless hooks. I have a hunch that they would have bit any type of bait.


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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Nice report Kent, sounds like a very fun day... Thanks for sharing it with us.... and Jon's son... later J
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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Well done Kent. Been there, done that... fun.

I have fished UL all summer now at least 4-5 times a week and often, as weather allows, I'll fish morning and again at night. Same old same old... 24 - 26 inch cats non-stop but nothing approaching 30 inches. Where are they? I know there are big ones out there but they have alluded me all year. Not complaining mind you, cuz it is fun to do battle with husky cats any time, but just once I'd like to find something a wee bit bigger than 27 or so inches.

Undaunted, the chase continues.
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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
when I read the title, I honestly thought the lake was actually on fire... you know, some of the stuff that gets in there via run off, etc.

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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Thanks for the exciting report and the pictures of those smiling fishermen!
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Re: [Boatloadakids] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Boatloadakids wrote:
Well done Kent. Been there, done that... fun.

I have fished UL all summer now at least 4-5 times a week and often, as weather allows, I'll fish morning and again at night. Same old same old... 24 - 26 inch cats non-stop but nothing approaching 30 inches. Where are they? I know there are big ones out there but they have alluded me all year. Not complaining mind you, cuz it is fun to do battle with husky cats any time, but just once I'd like to find something a wee bit bigger than 27 or so inches.

Undaunted, the chase continues.

At least your getting out lotsa lots.
The real problem is that large cats have all moved north. Tongue

And that your lake is on fire!
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Re: [CoyoteSpinner] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
What's happening with the algae bloom? Any problems of that sort?
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Re: [SkinnyLynnie] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Skinny-- The water looks good, no sign of the algae crap. The winds have been from the north and that usually piles the stuff up along the south shore but nothing so far. I hope the algae has come and gone for the year.

Yote-- Good to hear from you again... you seem to have kept a low profile of late. You may be right about the big cats moving north. I'll try farther north... like the north side of Bird Island and see if that helps.

It ain't over yet.
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Re: [SkinnyLynnie] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
SkinnyLynnie wrote:
What's happening with the algae bloom? Any problems of that sort?

Fished out of Lindon today. Noticed a few globules of regular green algae. But that is typical this time of year.

If you want a website to keep up on the routine testing and evaluation check in on the DEQ WEBSITE
They posted a report on August 2 noting that the algae bloom seemed to be dissipating and that it was possible that a couple more good tests could remove the public advisory.

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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
That's a good day of kitty catching. My 10 year old son and I fished off the shore at Provo marina Wednesday afternoon and landed a dozen chunky Whities and one 26" Cat in about an hour and a half. My son was blown away that the White Bass would bite on a chunk of their own kind within minutes of casting.

Assassin 3-2, Out.
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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Hi this is Jon's son bigfish6jr, we had so much fun with Kent and we were catching one after one non stop. I even
Caught a fish on a jig that I tied. We had 2 on at the same
time and 3at a time and 4at a time all where whitebass
then we caught 3 channel cats at a time.
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Re: [Bigfish6jr] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
It was a pleasure fishing with you again. Your dedication to actively fishing the entire time we were there reminded me of when I was growing up. I could fish from daylight to sunset (and still can) from about age four. I look forward to my next trip, with you and your father, whenever that may be.


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(This post was edited by kentofnsl on Aug 13, 2017, 7:19 AM)
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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Thanks for the report. I was debating between UL and D.C yesterday. After reading your post decided to take the float tubes to UL. Never found the cats but had a blast catching white bass one after another. Also saw someone else with a real nice walleye.
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When we came in yesterday I learned why it is named Battle Creek. There must have been 15 anglers who had waded out and we're combat fishing for I presume white bass.


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Is all this action only at Lincoln beach? What about American fork?
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Re: [doitall5000] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
On Thursday, we launched at American Fork Boat Harbor and tried fishing in several places inside of the harbor without any action at all. We then moved over to where the sewer treatment plant goes into the lake, between the American Fork Boat Harbor and Lindon, and caught one catfish and a couple white bass. Our final stop was in front of Battle Creek, where we found many cats and non-stop action on the white bass. Yesterday, we started out from Battle Creek and only caught one catfish and a couple white bass. We then moved down to the Mud Lake area and did OK, but it still wasn't fast and furious. We finished at Bird Island and the action was really good there.

Burned lots of gas in the boat moving around Utah Lake.


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(This post was edited by kentofnsl on Aug 13, 2017, 12:47 PM)
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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Here's my take on the white bass: For the first couple of hours after daylight the wb are so thick it is as if you are anchored in a fish hatchery. They are snarffing up midges off the surface everywhere. During this breakfast feed they are not easily caught with the usual minnow imitation lures... even the famous TD RCK with a crawler attached is shunned. They will occasionally take a crawler under a bobber or a baby wb suspended under a bobber but they feed almost exclusively on the emerging midge hatchlings. When the midges are airborne, eaten, or broken up by wave action the wb turn to feeding on anything that moves or appears to have moved at one time -- even bare hooks. They become a total nuisance while trying to fish for catfish unless you use bigger sized chunks of carp or wb. Bigger baits will also discourage the mudders.

The baby wb also feed on the emerging midges and they are dimpling the water everywhere in areas closer to shore and cover. The end of the launch at Lincoln is lousy with them just after daylight. Lots of wb, lots of baby wb, and a good spawn means lots of wb to come. Great sport if you like to eat them or let the kids have at them. Great bait too.

Tomorrow is the day.

BLK
(This post was edited by Boatloadakids on Aug 13, 2017, 3:24 PM)
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Re: [Boatloadakids] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
I don't know if it has been time of day or location, or both, but we have caught white bass better in the afternoons. They are so thick that one doesn't even need to cast and many times don't even need to reel to land them. Just drop a jig, of almost any sort (bait is not necessary) over the side of the boat and bounce it a couple times and set the hook. I have also caught them on bare red hooks (size 3/0 even). The average size has been around 9 1/2 to 10" long, so they are fun to catch. They can be a pain when trying to catch catfish because they will grab a fairly large piece of cut bait and attempt to haul it off. Numerous times, I have thought I was getting a bite from a catfish only to hook a white bass on a large chunk of bait.


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Re: [kentofnsl] Utah Lake on Fire In reply to
Congratulations on a fine catch Kent, and thanks for generously inviting other fishermen to join you. I've been the recipient of your kindness and know your guests all appreciate the fishing trips and your expertise.