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Thursday, Jul 04 2024
Note: The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has a harmful algal bloom "warning advisory" in effect for Provo Bay and Lincoln Beach, and a "health w tch" in effect for American Fork Beach and Saratoga Springs Marina. Visit the DEQ recreational monitoring site for more information. Fishing forecast (June through August): Bullhead and channel catfish: Catch rates are fair to good fishing for black bullhead and channel catfish all throughout the lake during these summer months. Rocky shoreline areas, areas having some sort of structure and the outer edges of weed lines are all great areas to target catfish. Midday catch rates are typically fair, with increased success fishing mornings, later evenings and nights. Summer is here and so are the mosquitos. The dusk swarms can be overwhelming along the shorelines, in areas. We advise anglers who want to night fish for catfish to go out after sunset/twilight hours (about 10-10:30 p.m.) when mosquito activity has died down. Nightcrawlers, shrimp, fresh white bass and carp cut-bait all work well for summer cats. Fresh white bass meat does seem to be working best for a lot of anglers right now. Fishing the bait suspended off the bottom using a float rig, slip-float rig or Santee-Cooper rig is producing fish. However, fishing bait on the bottom using a weightless rig (no weight added, just a hook and a piece of cut bait) or a "classic" slip-sinker rig also works well. When it comes to channel catfish, we recommend using a larger bait holder hook or circle/octopus hooks paired with heavy test line. (The average Utah Lake channel catfish weighs 4-6 pounds.) We recommend using a swivel to create a 6- to 15-inch leader section of line between the hook and your main line. When attaching the hook to the leader, try snelling your hook to give you a better hook set. And, when baiting the hook, try to keep the hook point exposed and make sure the hook gap remains open. (Don't fill or load the entire hook with bait.) Having too much bait in the hook gap often prevents the hook from anchoring properly inside the fish's mouth when setting the hook. Reminder: Northern pike are invasive to Utah Lake and special fishing regulations are in effect.

Thursday, Jul 04 2024




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Utah Lake

RECEIVE FISHING REPORT UPDATES!


Rating - Good

Note: The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has a harmful algal bloom "warning advisory" in effect for Provo Bay and Lincoln Beach, and a "health w tch" in effect for American Fork Beach and Saratoga Springs Marina. Visit the DEQ recreational monitoring site for more information. Fishing forecast (June through August): Bullhead and channel catfish: Catch rates are fair to good fishing for black bullhead and channel catfish all throughout the lake during these summer months. Rocky shoreline areas, areas having some sort of structure and the outer edges of weed lines are all great areas to target catfish. Midday catch rates are typically fair, with increased success fishing mornings, later evenings and nights. Summer is here and so are the mosquitos. The dusk swarms can be overwhelming along the shorelines, in areas. We advise anglers who want to night fish for catfish to go out after sunset/twilight hours (about 10-10:30 p.m.) when mosquito activity has died down. Nightcrawlers, shrimp, fresh white bass and carp cut-bait all work well for summer cats. Fresh white bass meat does seem to be working best for a lot of anglers right now. Fishing the bait suspended off the bottom using a float rig, slip-float rig or Santee-Cooper rig is producing fish. However, fishing bait on the bottom using a weightless rig (no weight added, just a hook and a piece of cut bait) or a "classic" slip-sinker rig also works well. When it comes to channel catfish, we recommend using a larger bait holder hook or circle/octopus hooks paired with heavy test line. (The average Utah Lake channel catfish weighs 4-6 pounds.) We recommend using a swivel to create a 6- to 15-inch leader section of line between the hook and your main line. When attaching the hook to the leader, try snelling your hook to give you a better hook set. And, when baiting the hook, try to keep the hook point exposed and make sure the hook gap remains open. (Don't fill or load the entire hook with bait.) Having too much bait in the hook gap often prevents the hook from anchoring properly inside the fish's mouth when setting the hook. Reminder: Northern pike are invasive to Utah Lake and special fishing regulations are in effect.


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