By Dave Ballou
Top five things my 4-year-old daughter has said to me:
5. “Daddy, you have a really big nose.”
4. “I really love Rammstein!” (German Heavy Metal... and yes, she really does.)
3. “Daddy, I love you way more than mom.”
2. “Ewww, that car has one of those ugly red U’s on it – I don’t like those. Go Cougs!”
And last, but not least:
1. “Daddy, can we go fishing today? I want to fish all the way until tomorrow morning!”
To me, with the exception of a hot tracer bullet fired at close range, there is nothing in this world that warms the heart quite like spending time on the water with my girls. Normally, we’ll load up our gear, jump in the car, and drive an hour or so to Strawberry, Rockport, or Jordanelle – all great fisheries. Unfortunately, with the price of gas soaring and the lack of excessive free time, we haven’t been able to get out as often as we’d like.
During the first part of this year, I would often think to myself, “Self...this stinks! We need to go fish, but gas prices are ridiculous! It’s all Russ Wall’s fault!” (Isn’t it always the mayor’s fault??) But as the summer rolled on I noticed my inner thoughts started getting a little bit crazy. We were all getting cabin fever, and clearly something had to be done. A few Google searches and a few phone calls delivered the goods; I’ve lived in Taylorsville for almost four years now and never realized that there are two quality fisheries right in my back yard.
1200 W. 5400 S.
Much like the Utah Vs. Colorado State game, this place is a hidden gem. With over three acres of clean, green, fishing heaven, Millrace Pond might just be the perfect solution to your next, “If-I-don’t-get-the-kids-out-of-the-house-and-out-of-my-hair-in-the-next-ten-seconds, I’m-going-to-shred-the-closest-object-into-oblivion” moment.
The city secured half a million dollars in funding from Salt Lake County and funds from the Division of Natural Resources. The Division replenishes the fish in the pond, and the city is responsible for the maintenance. It has become a great birdwatching site for bird lovers around the state because of the rare species of birds that are sited around that area of the Jordan River, too.
Along with large mature shade trees, the pond also includes covered picnic areas, clean restrooms, a fish cleaning station, and fishing pier. To top it off, you can catch five different species of fish with relative ease: Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Large mouth Bass, Channel Catfish, and Rainbow Trout.
Here is a shot of a little Rainbow Trout that we hooked into just last week:
The Jordan River
If you don’t know the address, then you should stop reading this article and go get help.
I know what you’re thinking, “The Jordan River is gross and the fish that come out of there will probably have toes growing out of their third eye. Why would I want to subject myself to that?” Well, this has been my thought for pretty much my entire life, so I don’t begrudge you your opinion. But truly, the Jordan River has become one of my all-time favorite places to fish. Not only is the action fast, but you can bet your life that along with severed limbs, crocodiles, countless flushed goldfish, turtles, and snakes, that the state record of several species of fish is hiding in those murky depths. A simple worm and a sinker will allow you to catch any number of fish, including: Channel Catfish, Mud Cats, White Bass, Walleye, Trout (seriously, I’ve seen photographic proof!), and most importantly, Carp. This particular beauty is only 4” short of the state record, and took me only thirty minutes to land:
Here is a 20” Utah Sucker that we hooked into just a few weeks ago – the fight was phenomenal:
In short, don’t let the old hubbub about the Jordan River scare you away. The cities surrounding the river have made dramatic improvements to access and availability, the state has implemented many new laws and codes that are keeping a lot of the pollution that used to be dumped in, out of the river, and there are plenty of spots that you and your family can take a lunch and relax for a few hours. And seriously, there’s never anything wrong with catching a whole bunch of fish. (Unless you’re at a pay-per-fish trout farm, and then it’s not cool at all!)
I know that Old-Man Winter is swiftly making his way to our front doors, but take advantage of the waters that are within 10 minutes of your front porch and invite your family to get out and have some fun. I’m just sorry that I didn’t realize what T-ville had to offer sooner.
Tight lines, and I hope to see you out on the water in a few short months! Oh, and if you need a fishing partner, give me a ring:
Cell - 801-641-7641