The occasional largie does show up at Bird Island, but they are generally "accidental" catches taken by walleye anglers on walleye lures. If you go there strictly for LMB, you will be making a long boat run for marginal potential. Bass in Utah Lake seem to be more shoreline oriented, rather than cruising all over the main lake looking for the infrequent structure away from the shoreline. Historically, the areas in and around the various harbors have been the best places to search for LMB. Often that is true because they offer the best (or only) real structure for the bass. However, those who know the lake well usually have a few rock piles, springs or reed beds in their GPS logs that can hold bass under the right conditions. This year, with the high water and newly flooded shoreline reeds and structure, the largies seem to be more scattered and less concentrated in the harbors. That is good. It is likely to help with a good spawn and survival rate for the young this year, which will show up in years to come. The downside is that bass chasers have to work a lot harder to find them. I suspect that if the summer drawdown on the lake takes the water line back out beyond the edge of the reeds, and many of the rocks, that the bass will once again move more heavily back into the bays and harbors. And, unlike the last couple of falls, there will be enough water for them to act like bass. A personal prediction is for great late season fishing for some real healthy largemouth this year. In the meantime, if you go to Bird Island, take some small plastics (for white bass) and some of the preferred catfish baits. Those fish are always in residence.
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