Has anyone had much success hunting the Hobble Creek WMA at Provo Bay? Is it the type of place that a person could make their go-to spot, or is it just hit and miss? By success, I mean bagging at least 1-2 birds with some sort of regularity between visits. I went there today (12 November), and walked in around 1600. I saw a few people, many weren't going too deep into the marsh since they didn't have waders. I pressed on into the reeds with a broken down fence paralleling me on my left side. I got to a decent looking spot where the canal opened up and tucked myself into one of the stands of brush right near the fence line. Right about 1645 I heard shots start to pop off, most sounded like they were coming from somewhere in the bay south of me. I looked that way and noticed a crap ton of geese that looked like they were coming out of Spanish Fork canyon or somewhere there a bouts. They were flying in steady for a good twenty minutes in a northwestern direction towards Saratoga Springs. Right around 1700, two Teal (i think) bent in straight for me at about 80 yards. I shouldered my 870, but they spotted some guy who was sloshing around in his waders right in the middle of the canal blowing a duck call. They broke back north, and that was the end of it.
In the end, I'm wondering if Hobble Creek is worth the time and frustration of being in close quarters with several people just because it's close to home (Eagle Mountain), or if I'd best take my business elsewhere during this peak canvasback time. I've gone all up and down the western bank of Utah Lake, and it looks like some quarry bought everything up and put barricades in front of ll the trails so you can't even access the lake. The place where the Jordan River meets the lake is absolutely surrounded with private property and likewise inaccessible. I'm probably gonna give Hobble a couple more shots, including trying a morning hunt, and probably after the next cold front. Granted it has been kinda warm, but water levels weren't as low as i expected they'd be, so I dunno. Anyhow, any advice would be appreciated.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after - Henry David Thoreau