The Fish Sniffer - Union Valley Mack Action is Tops in the Basin
Union Valley Mack Action is Tops in the Basin

Written By: Garry Erck, March 17, 2014
Species: Trout Mackinaw
Location: Union Valley Reservoir, Ice House Reservoir,

Ken Mathis should go by the moniker ‘The Mack King’ – the guide knows his quarry and produces year after year.  Right now he is working the waters of Union Valley and gets into big macks at the lake. 

“This past week we boated a twenty-two pounder,” said Ken. “We usually see a trophy on most trips, but most fish caught are in the 3-5 pound class. The big one fell for a code blue ten inch dodger, pulling a large frozen herring. The bigger ones are down deep – look to water 70-80 feet deep near structure; rat macks will be in the 30-40 foot range and will fall for similar tactics.”

“Ice House is producing, but not a lot,” reported Dale Daneman of Dale’s Foothill Fishing. “Most anglers will see 1-3 fish per rod pulling nightcrawlers or grubs led by a Sep’s Sidekick dodger. The water is still pretty cold and until it warms up, action will be tough.”

 “Sly Park is still popping out macks this week,” said Sara at Sly Park Lake Resort. “Most mack anglers have been on the shore at the second dam and are finding three pound macks pretty often. A nice 3.7 pound German brown was caught by a bankie tossing nightcrawlers.”

 Union Valley is at 53% capacity, Loon stands at 54% and Ice House is at 64%.


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