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Old 03-12-2017, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New to bass fishing.

So I have never really gone bass fishing but want to learn some of the ways of the bass. Anybody willing to share some places and setups to possibly get me started on that?? I have always been a trout fisher and have never really gone outside that box. Started yesterday fishing at deer creek caught some good rainbows. Then ended up at Utah lake and caught nothing. Just want to broaden my fishing horizons a bit. Thanks in advance for any input.


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Old 03-12-2017, 09:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Deer Creek is a great spot for Bass. I usually wait until the water warms up a bit. My go to rigs are senkos fished wacky or weightless texas. If the bite is tough I will rig a trick worm or roboworm on a dropshot and work it very slowly. Curly tails will catch them all day long too. Poppers at first light and right before dark are great when fished parallel to the shore. (by the way, these are vary well know techniques. Just about any water will produce with these methods) Good Luck.
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Wait until the water hits 60 degrees. Deer creek gets going around the end of may. Utah lake is tough for the best bass fisherman so I wouldn't really focus there. The baits mentioned above will work great a deer creek.
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Wacky style is my go to and is killer on smallies. Not only effective for tournaments, but kids too...

Below is pic from June 10 last year.
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If you are brand new to bassin, I would suggest first learning how to tie the Palomar knot and setting up a dropshot rig. This simple rig can allow you to catch numbers of bass that will make you think you are a pro. In our local smallie lakes, I like to use a 3.5 inch watermelon cut tailed worm by Yamamoto on a dropshot rig. I call it smallie candy.

As for where, Scartinez is right. It is too cold at Deer Creek and others right now. Utah Lake will start soon, but it is a tough place for bassin, even for the skilled anglers. Deer creek starts around the end of May, as noted, Jordanelle a couple weeks later.

Finally, in spite of what you may read on the interweb, do not underestimate Jordanelle. Those bass pics that are on the "Are you Folks sick of Winter" thread in the warmwater fishing section all came from there last year.
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Any specific areas I should be looking for as for fishing there habitat??


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Normally, smallies like rocky type areas, largemouth structure such as vegetation and trees.
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Bdub -- are you a flyfisher?

As others have mentioned, give the water a chance to warm. 60 degrees is kind of a magic number. Once that water warms, tie on a wooly bugger and start casting to the shoreline. You'll be catching smallies in minutes.

smallmouth bass like rocky structure.
largemouth bass like submerged vegetation.
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With regards to habitat, what you were told holds generally, and at Deer Creek, you should do fine hitting rocky structure and nearby. However, at Jordanelle, the (smallmouth) bass are in the rocks in June, but move out into the weeds and stickups for July and August. Margins around weedbeds like river channels or where a bank of weeds end into open water are solid gold. The biggest fish especially are in these locations. Stickups are also good all summer.

Most guys pound the rocks at Jordanelle all summer long and only catch dinks. They then think that is all there is in there.

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Awesome information. Thanks guys. Very much appreciated. Now I really can't wait for the weather to warm up for some fishing.


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