I love fishing - all kinds of fishing - plus hiking, camping and photography.
Monday, 03 February 2014 15:18
The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free clinic at Fish Lake on Feb. 8. The clinic begins at 8 a.m.
Fish Lake is east of Richfield. The clinic will be held on the south end of the lake. Easy-to-follow signs will direct you from a parking lot to the location on the lake where the event will be held.
Lynn Chamberlain, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, says you can learn a variety of ice fishing skills at the clinic. The best tackle and bait to use, where and when to fish, how to stay safe on the ice, how to drill a hole in the ice, and how to catch lake trout and other species of fish are among the things you can learn.
"If you don't have your own ice fishing equipment," Chamberlain says, "no problem. Bait, tackle and fishing poles will be available for you to use."
In addition to learning the basics of ice fishing, you can also learn how to catch lake trout. "If you've never caught a lake trout through the ice," Chamberlain says, "make plans to attend the clinic. Biologists will be available to teach you how to catch these huge fish." Chamberlain says biologists will also be happy to visit with you about any management ideas you have for fishing waters in southern Utah. For more information, call the DWR's Southern Region office at 435-865-6100.
Friday, 03 January 2014 03:36
DWR has an excellent series of articles provided detailed information on how to catch fish through the ice. The articles provide specific information on how to fish Utah waters and catch Utah fish. To read them, follow the links below.
DWR also has many excellent videos teaching fishing techniques, along with other topics related to fishing and hunting. Below is one on ice fishing.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 03:31
Scofield State Park provided this information about its annual ice fishing tournament:
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 05:22
Utah State Parks are planning an ice fishing tournameny that extends over 4 reservoirs. See full details here. Below are highlights:
Wasatch Back Quad-Fishalon
Monday, 29 April 2013 14:48
We had a great time fishing Currant Creek Saturday evening. We were surprised to find it was totally ice-free. The road around the reservoir was mostly dry with no snow or ice. It was washboardy, but that is normal. The boat ramp was open and usable.
We say snow beneath trees on the hillsides but none around the reservoir.
Fishing success was slow when we first arrived, about 4 pm. We talked to a group who had only caught one, on Powerbait. We tried various lures without and luck until the sun sunk low in the sky.
About 6 pm action picked up dramatically. We caught several very nice fish, rainbows, cutthroats and tiger trout. They were fat and healthy. The biggest was a brightly colored rainbow that was about 18 inches long and almost measured the same around the girth. These were nice fish that struck hard and fought well.
In all, I caught 7 and Kevin lost count but probably landed 6-7. It has been a long time since I've caught that many solid fish in a one-day trip. We hooked fish using various lures, Castmaster, Jake's, but the Pointer Minnow proved to be the most effective.
They will soon stock the reservoir; after that most people will catch small, planted fish. But it is nice to know there are larger, hold-over fish available. Each fish we caught was carefully released.
We saw dozens of deer at dusk in open areas around the reservoir.
As we drove by Strawberry, we saw that it had some fishable open water – but not as much as I had expected. Peak ice-off action there will probably happen about May 1.
- Dave Webb
Thursday, 25 April 2013 15:27
Ice-off fishing has started at Strawberry. This weekend will be a key time to fish if you want to catch the ice as it pulls back. Action will continue into next week. By next weekend the ice may be totally gone.
This report came in last night from Jay Nersisian: "Drove up to check lake this afternoon myself after fishing Weber with Larry Heinhold this AM. 10-30 yds of fishable-from-shore water at Laddrers inlet and north up beach along shores Chicken Creek bays. Expect plenty of "floatable" water by the wkend (at least until ice starts breaking into floes and gets pushed around by wind!)."
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:48
Wayne Guestaveson reports that fishing is very good for all special at Lake Powell right now. He predicts the peak time for spring smallmouth will happen during the last week or April and the first week of May. So get down there right now.
See Waynes excellent report. Below are excerpts.
The lake is stabilizing, ready to start filling. Sight fishing is best in crystal clear water. Rising water causes bank sloughing which clouds the shallow water and reduces visibility. All these factors suggest that the last week of April and first week of May will be the peak time for spring bass fishing success.
Runoff from the Colorado River will cool and muddy the water from Hite to Good Hope Bay. Backs of northern lake canyons will have greater visibility, warmer water and good fishing but with the Hite launch ramp high and dry there is no reason to pass up the great bass fishing at midlake canyons.
May is the best month to fish for walleye lakewide as they try to recover from spawning stress and rebuild their muscle mass. Walleye search for food continually in these low forage conditions while waiting for shad to spawn and grow. Trolling along muddy shorelines may be the best strategy for walleye.
Striped bass are still found along every shoreline in the southern lake. Bait fishing is the most successful technique as stripers patrol along the canyon walls from the dam to the back of Navajo Canyon. From Padre Bay to Rincon stripers are found in isolated spots along the shoreline and can be readily collected by casting jerk baits (Lucky Craft Pointers) into the shallows. Bait fishing is improving in the Bullfrog area but it is not yet producing the incredible numbers found near the dam. Expect Bullfrog striper bait fishing to improve as water temperature warms into the 60s.
Published in Lake Powell Fishing Report
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:39
DWR reports that Utah has a new catch-and-release record for channel catfish! John Konzelman caught this 36-inch fish on April 16.
More details to come.
Sunday, 21 April 2013 05:31
A USU study finds that fishing brings in $259 million or more annually for Utah economy. The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the study. Below are excerpts.
The economists say that conservatively, they estimate anglers contributed $259 million in direct spending to fish in Utah in 2011 — about $184 million of that spent specifically to fish Utah’s Blue Ribbon waters.
This study showed that Wasatch County benefitted the most from Blue Ribbon Fisheries, with more than $110 million of total economic input from anglers heading to waters like Strawberry Reservoir, the middle Provo River, Jordanelle Reservoir and Currant Creek.
Daggett/Uintah counties pulled in second as the favorite destination area for Blue Ribbon Fisheries with the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir being the main draws. Garfield County saw more than $17 million in contributions from anglers visiting Lake Powell, Panguitch Lake, Panguitch Creek and Corn Creek.
Read the entire article.
Thursday, 21 March 2013 02:21
Quagga mussel larva have been found in various spots at Lake Powell. No adult mussels have been found, but officials have changed the invasive species label for Powell from Undetected to Detected.
What that means is that boaters need to be diligent in cleaning, draining and drying boats.
Utah's DWR provided this news release about the issue:
Microscopic Invasive Mussels Found at Lake Powell
In 2012, the National Park Service collected water samples from multiple locations in Lake
Individuals who boat at Lake Powell often travel to other Utah waterbodies. Boaters need to be exceptionally
What this means for boaters
What this doesn’t mean for boaters
What you need to do
Why is decontamination a priority?
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