strawberry ice fishing2018 Strawberry Family Ice Fishing Event

Free event with tutorials, hands-on help, prizes and plenty of fun. At Strawberry Reservoir Feb 3, 2018. Details.

Rockport State Park Tagged Fish Challenge - Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2018!

Catch a tagged fish at Rockport and WIN! No registration necessary. Simply show up and go fishing. If you catch a fish with a tag on it, you’re a winner! Details.

New How-To Articles From Utah's DWR

Advanced Ice Fishing Clinic Jan 5 In Vernal

This clinic will focus on ice fishing for burbot and lake trout. Details.

Beginner's Ice Fishing Seminar Jan 16

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Sportsman's Warehouse are teaming up to host a beginner’s ice fishing seminar in Provo. Details.

Burbot Bash Flaming Gorge Fishing Contest

The annual Burbot Bash will be held Jan 26-28 at Flaming Gorge. More details.

Fish Lake Perch Tournament

February 24. Hosted by Utah DWR. Details.

Utah Ice Fishing 2017-18

Where's The Safe Ice?

1-4-18 - Strawberry's Soldier Creek side reportedly has safe ice. The rest of the reservoir is now capped but ice is not yet safe in many areas. Another couple days...

1-3-18 - Strawberry's Mud Creek arm reportedly has safe ice. Still some open water and unsafe ice in other areas. Pineview reportedly has safe ice. Some people have been ice fishing Rockport. Use extreme caution.

12-28-17 - Strawberry still does not have ice. With these warm temperatures, reservoirs with ice may become unsafe. Always check carefully before betting your life.

12-20-17 - (Update: the storm actually blew ice off the bays, so there is less now than before the storm. But it should freeze quickly now with colder weather.) Strawberry reportedly is capped in many areas. Temperatures will get very cold as soon as this storm is over and that should firm up ice there and at most other Utah trout waters. The exceptions will be the large, deep lakes like Flaming Gorge and Bear Lake. Fish Lake will freeze soon but may yety be a couple weeks out.

12-18-17 - Otter Creek is reportedly safe; Utah Lake reports of safe ice in the harbor; Pelican Lake has safe ice.

12-17-17 - Vernon Reservoir is safe.

12-13-17 - Gunnison Bend Reservoir (near Delta, UT) reportedly has mostly safe ice but may have thin spots.

12-12-17 - Mantua and Farmington Pond have enough ice to support fishermen, according to recent reports.

12-9-17 - Scofield now has safe ice around the dam. Other areas may not yet be safe but should be within a few days. Currant Creek should also have safe ice.

12-8-17 - Ice report for NE Utah:

  • Browne- 4 inches clear ice, completely covered
  • Calder- 3 inches of clear ice, a couple holes from aerators
  • Crouse- 2-3 inches total coverage but very few fish
  • Long Park-complete coverage 1-2 inches of clear ice
  • Matt Warner - 3-4 inches of clear ice, complete coverage
  • Sheep Creek -3-4 inches of ice but still some open water

Small waters at similar elevations in other areas probably have similar ice conditions.

Strawberry, Fish Lake - probably will have safe ice by Christmas.

Most northern Utah waters will probably be safe by Christmas.

Bear Lake, northern Flaming Gorge may have safe ice in mid-January.

New Articles

Pelican Lake Treatment Postponed

Pelican Lake will not be treated with rotenone until October 2018. Details.

Lake Trout Record Revoked

The huge catch-and-release lake trout recently hauled in at Flaming Gorge, mentioned below, will not stand as a Utah record because the guy's license had expired the day before he caught the fish. Details here.

Another Record - A Huge Carp

Flaming Gorge is the place for big fish. A few weeks ago a new Utah record catch-and-release lake trout was caught there (see details here) along with a new Wyoming record catfish (details here). Now the huge carp at right sets a new Wyoming catch and release record. (See a larger version of the graphic.) Utah DWR fish studies suggest there are plenty more big fish in the reservoir, of many different species.

Big Fish!

This from Utah's DWR: On July 3, Sidney Cellan of Soda Springs, Idaho set a new Utah catch-and-release fishing record at Flaming Gorge with this massive 48-inch lake trout. Way to go, Sidney!

Panguitch Lake Fishing Tournament

Tagged fish are being stocked in Panguitch Lake and the tournament will run July 22 - Sept 4. Catch a tagged fish or a big fish to win a prize.

Big Fish!

A new Wyoming state record catfish was caught in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Green River High Flows

Flows are going to begin dropping July 5th and will reach a base flow of 2400 July 10th! That info is from Trout Creek Flies Green River guide service.

Panguitch Lake Open After Wildfire

Panguitch Lake, Brian Head and Cedar Breaks are open and have excellent conditions. The huge wildfire that raged nearby is now out and did not directly damage those popular areas.

New Record Wipers From Newcastle

The state wiper record was smashed and then smashed again, with two big fish caught at Newcastle.