Utah Lake Fishing Report – White Bass

Utah Lake White Bass

Utah Lake is well known as being a great place to catch white bass in Utah, especially in the spring and summer. We had the chance over the fourth of July weekend to head out there for a few hours and were able to catch a ton of fish. Here are some of the logistics of where we went, what we used, and how we caught white bass at Utah Lake.

Also, be sure to check out our Catching White Bass at Utah Lake – In Depth Guide for some great Utah Lake fishing tips.

Utah Lake Fishing Conditions

Date: 07/06/2019

Weather:  90 degrees, sunny, little clouds

Wind: little wind

Water Level: 94% full

Water Clarity: Stained water, low water visibility

Time of Day: 6:00-9:30PM

Tip: For the most up to date information about fishing conditions at Utah Lake, check out the DNR’s official website.

About Utah Lake

Utah Lake is located in Utah county and is one of Utah’s most divers fisheries. Anglers can catch walleye, catfish, panfish, largemouth bass, carp and white white bass. The summer can be a great time to catch white bass, catfish and other panfish.

Location: Utah County. Located three miles west of I-15, take exit 268 in Provo and head west from there. The lake will be visible from the freeway.

Size: 96,600 acres

Fish Species: Bullhead catfish, Common carp, Channel catfish, Black crappie, Largemouth bass, Walleye, White bass.

Utah Lake Fishing Report 2019

We were a little worried about the heat effecting the fishing. It was about 90 degrees almost the entire time we were out on the lake. Luckily, we were able to find a nice school of white bass and caught 35 in 3 hours and had over a dozen get off. We had 3 people fishing and had a ton of fun catching these little fish.

The white bass fishing at Utah Lake is definitely still very good. We had the most success throwing white and chartreuse tube jigs/curly tailed jigs tipped with a worm. We were hoping to get into some catfish and maybe a walleye or two, but never seemed to be in the right spot for them. Next time out we plan on going after these bigger fish.

Our Utah Lake Fishing Spots

Our go to white bass spot is typically the Provo inlet right by the Utah Lake State Park. However , we wanted to mix things up and decided to try a different spot. For more details on this spot check out one of our previous articles: White Bass Fishing at Utah Lake. We didn’t have a whole lot of time so we hit a spot fairly close by called the Bubble Up.

Bubble Up (Near Lindon Marina)

We decided to hit a spot called the “Bubble Up” which is a big pipe that feeds fresh water into Utah Lake. This is popular spot and is typically a great area for fishing. Many anglers have a lot of success here catching white bass, catfish and walleye. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to connect with any walleye or catfish but the fast action for white bass made it well worth the trip.

Here is a image of the Bubble Up. It is located just south of the Lindon Marina and is marked off with a row of buoys. They yellow area is where we spent most of our time fishing.

The Bubble up is an old Geneva pipe that now flows clean water into the Utah Lake

Here is a close look at the Bubble Up

White Bass Baits and Lures

A white and chartreuse jig was all we really needed. We tipped our jigs with night-crawlers and that seem to be a big difference maker for catching the larger white bass. But the smaller ones didn’t seem too care much. Here are the lures we used and how we did with each one:

White Jig with White Grub Trailer (1/16-1/8 ounce) – This was by far was the most productive technique of the trip. We found casting it out and slowly reeling it in to be the ticket a long with hoping and jigging it in.

Chartreuse Jig Head and Trailer (1/16-1/8 ounce) – This was also a productive setup. We caught some fish using a chartreuse colored jig and trailer but the white definitely outperformed this setup.

Lipless Crankbait – We also had some success throwing a small chrome lipless crankbait. However the jigs seems to be the ticket.

White Bass Fishing Tips with Jigs

  • Use small jigs tipped with nightcrawler or white bass meat for better success
  • Vary retrieve, try hopping, jigging, swimming your jig
  • Find fresh water coming into the lake
  • Be patient and move around until you find them
  • Once you find one, there are many more to come in the same spot

Final Thoughts

We had a great time over the fourth of July weekend catching some white bass. We hope you have found this information to be insightful and that it helps you in some way on your next fishing trip. See you out on the water!

Tight Lines!

Aaron Warner

Aaron Warner is an avid angler with over 15 years of experience. He has participated and won fishing tournaments all over the country and enjoys fishing for bass, trout, walleye and other species.

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