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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 03:44
I've been hearing reports of a monster tiger trout caught through the ice at Scofield Reservoir. And it now appears the fish is a new Utah record.
Brett Prettyman tracked down details and published them in this blog. Here are a couple quotes:
The monster trout, officially weighed and measured today by a DWR fisheries biologist at the Springville office, shattered the record set last year, tipping the scales at 18 pounds and four ounces. The tiger, a hybrid between a brook and a brown trout, was 32 3/4 inches long and caught by Chris Nilson of Benjamin.
"That's a heck of fish and not that far from the world record," (DWR's Justin) Hart said of the 18-pounder. "I'd be curious to know if that was one of the first fish we stocked in 2005. If it is, imagine what we might see if those fish live a couple more years?"
Read his complete report.
Published in Scofield Fishing Report
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 03:41
Utah's DWR reports very good fishing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. There is stable ice on the north end of the lake, but open water or unstable ice on much of the Utah side.
DWR put this information on its Facebook page:
Ice remains on most of the reservoir north of the Pipeline. With the high winds experienced last week, some spots are opening up in the main body of the reservoir. This past weekend, there was a large expanse of open water north of Anvil Draw to Middle Marsh Creek. I also observed some wide pressure ridges with open water in the main lake areas. Be safe around these areas and recognize that winds can have a dramatic effect on the consistency and duration of ice.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 03:35
Don Allphin enjoyed some good largemouth bass fishing last week at Sand Hollow Reservoir near St George. He described his trip in this article in the Provo Herald. Here are a couple of interesting quotes:
We began fishing on a grassy flat in 25 feet of water. As I lowered by trolling motor into the water and the fish finder registered the bottom, bass began to show up in very good numbers. I spotted a nice group of fish in 26 feet, turned to tell Sackett there were fish under the boat just as he set the hook on a very scrappy 2-pound bass. Before I could grab the net to land his fish, my own rod dipped and I also hooked a nice bass. Within a minute of beginning our day, we had a two-fish limit.
The rest of the day was just like the first few minutes. We caught just over 40 fish and had an incredible time basking in the sun and catching bass. We caught fish on blue gill colored jigs, tubes and drop shot worms in 20-to-30 feet of water.
Read the entire article.
Saturday, 16 February 2013 04:27
Strawberry Lake in Utah reports: Anglers report slushy conditions, so the use of ATVs or snowmobiles may not be a good idea. Just about every angler reports good fishing this week. Central Region aquatics manager Mike Slater reports fishing with his daughter on Tuesday. They caught two rainbows and about 15 cutthroat, and had a lot of fun missing others. They did well fishing just off the bottom; they would let the line go down, let it hit the bottom, and bring it up a couple of feet. If they were there for more than five minutes, they'd bring it back up again, 10 to 15 feet, and let it drop to the bottom, and then bring it up off the bottom a couple of feet; then they would get hits almost immediately. They mainly used a 1/16 ounce or 1/8 ounce jig head tipped with PowerBait. They also used a spoon or some kind of flasher a couple feet above that to give it a little more weight and attraction. One angler caught a kokanee through the ice.
Utah DWR photo contest has some great entries including:
31" Lake Trout caught at Bear Lake, weighed in at 13lbs!!
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 18:27
(This information was provided by Utah's DWR.)
This year's Burbot Bash at Flaming Gorge broke all the records: most people, most teams, most fish caught, most tags returned and the most money given away. The event attracted almost 1,200 participants composing 563 teams. That's over double what we saw the first year when there were 485 participants. Anglers caught about 4,200 burbot in just two nights! Compare that to the first year of the Bash when anglers caught just over 4,000 burbot in eight nights.
Thursday, 31 January 2013 02:19
Last week Jesse Pond caught a 28 pound striped bass near Forgotten Canyon at Lake Powell. His father, Sean, posted this account of the epic battle in the Anglers' Corner section on WaynesWords.com. He posted 2 photos, one of which is shown here. Below we give excerpts from his account. It is worth reading the entire post.
While traveling west over Eisenhower tunnel and over Vail pass everyone looked at us like we were crazy for having our boat in tow in January. as we headed out of Grand Junction Colorado into the Utah Desert the outside temperature was 7 degrees Fahrenheit and my wife started to believe I was crazy too……….
The next morning we slept in until about 9AM, grabbed a quick bite and headed back to the off shore marina to look at the house boat, when we finished our houseboat tour we made it back to the Boat inspection station about 11AM and it was 43 degrees, sunny and no wind, once the inspection was complete we hit the boat ramp to launch and realized there were only 2 other trucks in the parking area, we had the lake all to ourselves!
Jesse had been bugging me to fish so I finally gave in and rigged up his and my poles with a couple of cast masters and trolled all the way out of Forgotten Canyon with no luck, as we reached the main channel I rigged up 2 poles with leaded line , mine had a Rapala CD9 and was out 7 colors, I set Jesse up with a Storm Thunder stick in green and let him out 8 colors and settled in behind the controls, I varied our trolling speed between 1.5 – 2.3mph on my GPS, about 15 minutes later we had just turned into the main channel towards Bull fog when Jesse Yelled “ DAD, I HAVE A SNAG” I looked at the fish finder and said Jess we are 200 ft deep , that’s not a snag, HOLD ON!
some 20 to 30 minutes later with the fish actually coming our way he must have been able to see the bottom of the boat because he dove straight down and hard! It pulled Jesses rod so fast the handle was forced into his groin, Jesse yelled and fell forward , I grabbed Jesse by his hoodie with my left hand and his pole with my right, feeling the weight of this fish...
Once the fish was in the boat we snapped bunch of pictures and decided to head to bull frog marina and get it weighed. The post office scales were all that we could find and it showed about 27 ½ pounds. We froze Jesse’s fish that night and upon return to Bailey Colorado my wife had it weighed at our local Safeway and it came in at 28.31 lbs.
Thursday, 31 January 2013 02:05
Several big consumer trade shows will take place the Salt Lake City area during the next few weeks, giving people a chance to learn about, test and buy the latest products related to outdoor recreation, leisure living and adventure travel.
Here's a list of some of the major shows, which will be held at South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State Street, Sandy.
Feb 2-3 - Crossroads of the West Gun Show
Feb 7-10 - Utah Boat Show & Watersports Expo
Feb 14-18 - UT Sportsmans Vacation & RV Show
March 2 - Safe Kids Fair
March 2-3 - Rocky Mountain Gun Show
March 8-10 - Salt Lake Tribune Spring Home and Garden Festival
March 14-17 - International Sportsmen's Expo
March 22-24 - Gem Faire
March 29-30 - Wasatch Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo
April 13-14 - Crossroads of the West Gun Show
April 20 - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Salt Lake Chapter Banquet
Saturday, 26 January 2013 00:42
Jan 25: Uah's DWR gives these reports:
Ice update: The cisco are running at Bear Lake, and the ice is three to six inches thick. Come up tomorrow for the Cisco Disco!
Ice update: The ice is five to six inches thick at Pineview Reservoir, and the perch are biting.
Want to catch some fish? There are three fun winter-fishing events scheduled for tomorrow in northern Utah. | http://go.usa.gov/4kkF
Ice update: At East Canyon Reservoir, the ice is about six inches thick, and anglers are catching 16- to 18-inch rainbows.
VisitUtah.com reports: The 2013 Burbot Bash is Feb 1-3 at Flaming Gorge. Get a team together for fun catching the ugliest fish in the West. http://bit.ly/Y4aaxq
Saturday, 26 January 2013 00:34
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Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:59
You can learn how to fish through the ice, eat a hotdog or two and maybe win a prize at a free ice fishing clinic on Jan. 26.
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