Strawberry, Deer Creek, Lunch Break - Catching Up

Posting trip reports hasn't been much of a priority lately and that's mostly due to a lack of good fishing.  The week after my last report on Boulder, I stayed home and did the family thing, which was really nice.

During the week, I've been hammering the white bass on my lunch breaks, which I've gotten a couple of videos of lately.  It's so easy to catch them, this time of year.

Here's one coming from an awful looking irrigation box, where surface scum collects to form a thick film.  It's pretty nasty looking, but the water is crystal clear, underneath.  Weird.

Last weekend, my family and I decided to brave the cold and wind at Strawberry, where they quickly rethought and ended up back in the truck while I fished for a couple of hours.

It wasn't great fishing, but I ended up figuring out the presentation the fish were looking for, just as I ran out of minnows, which was one of two methods I could get a tug out of.

None of the fish were very great, but a couple of 19" cutts and a few smaller rainbows, up to 15" came to visit.  After awhile, I started feeling bad about leaving my family in the truck, so I packed up and we left.

Nothing too special, but it's nice to get out of the house, at least.

This week, staying close to home was the plan.  My first stop was the Lower Provo, just below the dam at Deer Creek.  The plan was to fly fish, but I quickly abandoned that for jigs and lures, as a strong breeze kept me busy untying knots rather than casting.

Despite trying for more than two hours, I couldn't get anything to commit to a strike.  Deer Creek Reservoir would be where I finished my day.

The fishing was pretty steady for little smallmouth bass using Gulp! minnows and fishing them along the bottom.  A marabou jig picked up one, but switching to the scented plastic proved to be a good move.

An 18 inch rainbow took interest in one cast and provided the only trout of the day.  It fought like crazy and took quite awhile to get a hold of.

A first for me at Deer Creek, a tiny green sunfish also found my hook.

Though the river was a waste of time, catching a bunch of smallies and a good rainbow on a nice day topped it off quite nicely.

Happy Fishing, Humans.


  1. Justin, I loved this post. I'm curious. I love fishing for white bass. Do you do that with a fly rod? I've been in some kamikaze white bass feeding frenzies, but never with a fly rod.

  2. I've done it with a fly rod, but I find small jigs to be a bit easier to deal with in 15-20 minute bursts.

    The streams are usually pretty heavily overgrown on the banks, and only a couple of feet wide, so laying out a good cast is much more work than fun.

    With jigs, it's just a drop into a hole. Half the time, I'm not even casting to them and when I do, it's just a light underhand forward toss.

    I'm just lucky to have those creeks as close as they are.

  3. Awesome post Justin! Way to represent Utah. You have some of the most interesting fishing spots on your lunch breaks and I love seeing the fish you pull out from them.

  4. Jak widać łowienie w studni też jest realne ! ;)


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Why not go jogging, hit the gym, start a garden or whatever it is that normal humans do? What's so fascinating about these slimy little creatures that live in the water?

Fishing is a bit more to me than a hobby or a sport. It's an essential part of life that helps me connect with the Earth in ways similar to the long-practiced traditions of mankind. Wherever man has had a water source, there has been fishing.

It's only natural.

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