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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.
Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:14
The Forest Service has released the video below, which gives a good overview of the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam. It does not focus on fishing in particular, but does provide good background information.
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 02:48
Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources has released it's 2013 Fishing Guidebook. The DWR provided this information:
The 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook summarizes the laws and rules that govern fishing in Utah. The guidebook is designed to be a convenient quick-reference document for fishing regulations. You can use the references in the guidebook to search for the detailed statute or rulethat underpins the guidebook summary.
You can download the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook in Adobe PDF format. Adobe's free Acrobat Reader is required to view or print the guidebook.
You can also download the 2013 Utah Fishing Guidebook in a digital book format. You can view the ePub file using either Barnes and Noble's free NOOK reader for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad or iPhone or Apple's free iBooks reader for iPhone and iPad. (Note: Read how to transfer ePubs to your Nook reader.
If you're a Kindle user, you should follow these instructions to transfer the guidebook to your reader. You can also view the guidebook in Kindle format using Amazon.com's freeKindle reader for Windows, Mac, Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone 7 or Blackberry.
Friday, 04 January 2013 03:45
Jan 18 Report
DWR's Scott Tolentino reports that ice is starting to form on Bear Lake. No ice fishing yet but could come soon. Cisco should start to spawn any time now.
Jan 11 Report:
DWR Ice Update: Some anglers have been seen on the ice at Jordanelle. Please use caution — the ice is still considered unsafe.
DWR Ice update: Anglers say that Deer Creek Reservoir has open water in some areas and 6 inches of ice in others. Be very careful.
DWR Ice update: Wide Hollow Reservoir has 8 inches of ice and fishing is good for rainbows. Look for fish in 10 feet of water.
DWR Ice update: There's a little ice on the south end of Piute Reservoir. Fishing is slow.
DWR Ice update: Ice is 10–12 inches thick at Panguitch. Fish are generally biting very lightly, so pay close attention to the rod tip.
DWR Ice update: The ice at Otter Creek Reservoir is 8–10 inches thick. Fishing is good with popular ice techniques in shallow water.
DWR Ice update: Minersville Reservoir is capped with 6 inches of ice, but there are a few thin spots, so use caution. Fishing is fair.
DWR Ice update: There are over 6 inches of ice at Koosharem Reservoir. Catch large fish using minnows or cut bait.
Jan 10 Report:
DWR Ice Update: Most of Fish Lake has 8 inches of ice, and fishing is good for perch, rainbow trout, splake and lake trout.
Jan 8 Reports:
Brett Prettyman Blog: Flaming Gorge Fishing Report - Add rainbows to the "hot" category and look for plenty of ice for the Burbot Bash
DWR Ice update: There is a fair amount of floating ice at Bear Lake, but the lake should freeze soon. Cutthroat fishing is excellent!
DWR Ice update: Anglers have been on the ice at Holmes Creek. Use extreme caution when checking the ice thickness.
DWR Ice update: The ice at Echo appears to be safe. Use caution. Fishing is good using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or mealworms.
DWR Ice update: East Canyon Reservoir has about 5 inches of ice. Anglers are catching fish 15–20 feet down from the ice surface.
DWR Ice update: The ice at Hyrum is 6–8 inches thick and many are catching their limit of trout using nightcrawlers and mealworms.
DWR Ice update: Temps at Little Creek are consistently below zero, so the ice should be thick!
DWR Ice update: There is a large section of open water in the middle of Lost Creek. Ice near the dam and the edge is 4–6 inches thick.
DWR Ice update: Fishing is good at Mantua. Most fish are found in 13–19 feet of water. Be extremely careful on the ice.
DWR Ice update: Newton Reservoir has moderately safe ice, but anglers aren't catching many fish. Use caution.
Jan 4: DWR reports:
Ice update: Visiting Strawberry Reservoir this weekend? There are at least 6 inches of ice on many parts of the reservoir.
Ice update: The ice at Yuba State Park is not safe! The park ranger said that the reservoir just barely became capped with ice.
Ice update: Deer Creek is still in transition and the ice is not safe. Wait to ice fish until the conditions improve.
Jan 3: DWR reports:
Ice update: Headed to Starvation? The ice is about 4–6 inches thick. Fishing is good for rainbows and perch and fair for walleye.
Ice update: At Steinaker Reservoir, the ice is about six inches thick, and the rainbows are biting.
Ice update: There's now fishable ice at Big Sandwash, Browne, Cottonwood, Moose Pond and Pelican Lake.
Dec 26, from Utah DWR:
Ice update: There are reports that ice is forming at Pineview, but it is not stable. Use extreme caution.
Ice update: On December 21, Echo Reservoir was completely iced over. Use extreme caution out on the ice.
Strawberry has ice! There is new ice over the entire visible reservoir. Bays are solid and should support fishing. There may be spots of week ice over the main lake and so use extreme caution as you venture out. Fishing should be very good.
Utah DWR 12-20:
Ice update: The ice at Birch Creek is reported to be 3 to 5 inches thick. Fishing is fair for rainbows during the morning hours.
Ice update: Mantua Reservoir is entirely covered with a thin layer of new ice. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.
Ice update: Cutler Reservoir is entirely covered with a thin layer of new ice. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.
Ice update: Newton Reservoir is entirely covered with a thin layer of new ice. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.
Ice update: Little Creek Reservoir is entirely covered with ice. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.
Utah DWR Reports 12-17:
Ice update: Scofield is frozen. Ice thickness in the dam area is 4-8 inches. Anglers report catching a lot of smaller fish.
Ice update: Anglers are fishing through the ice at Huntington (Mammoth) Reservoir. Try using small jigs tipped with mealworms.
Utah State Parks Trifishalon! will be December 29 at Scofield,January 19 at Rockport and February 9 at Starvation. Join the fun and show off your ice fishing skills. Prizes will be awarded. Details.
At last, some of Utah's better ice fishing waters are starting to get a hard deck.
Utah's DWR provided these updates on 12-11-12.
Scofield Reservoir contains soft, unsafe ice with patches of open water. We recommend waiting 1-2 weeks for safer ice.
The north corner of Electric Lake has 1.5-3 inches of snowy ice. The rest is open water. Use caution if fishing.
The majority of Huntington Reservoir is topped with 1-1.5 inches of unstable ice. There are patches of open water.
Reports from 12-10-12
Matt Warner had about an inch of ice on Friday. We expect the ice to be fishable soon, maybe by this weekend.
East Park Reservoir is completely covered in an estimated four inches of ice. Good fishing success is likely.
There are reports that the ice is 2-4 inches thick at Hoop Lake. Anglers are catching rainbows in 8-15 feet of water.
Some Uinta lakes have up to six inches of ice. The cold forecast for next week should bring ice to others.
Anglers report 2 inches of ice at Cleveland Reservoir. The catch rate has been about two fat rainbow trout per hour.
The ice is about 9 inches thick at Boulger Reservoir. Fishing is good for 8 to 12-inch rainbow trout.
Thursday, 03 January 2013 04:00
The Bryce Canyon Winter Festival has something for everyone. There will be free clinics, demos and tours. Events may be subject to change due to snow and weather conditions, but the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival will be held regardless of snow conditions.
From Saturday, February 16, 2013
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 02:12
Anglers enjoyed catching fish through the ice at Scofield Saturday, during the first leg of a new Utah State Parks three-reservoir tournament. Brett Prettyman of the Salt Lake Tribune described the fun in this article. Below are excerpts:
Greg Young, of West Valley City, won the 2012 Scofield Ice Fishing tournament with a 16 3/4-inch rainbow. The other fish ranged down to 14 3/8 inches for fifth place. Those numbers are comparable to last year’s results.
While this was the seventh year for the Scofield ice fishing tournament, Saturday marked a new event on two other dates at two other state parks. The other two legs of theTrifishalon will be held Jan. 19 at Rockport State Park and Feb. 9 at Starvation State Park.
The winner at Scofield was presented with a $300 gift
Saturday, 22 December 2012 04:19
This is a great new video from Utah's DWR. Warmwater Fisheries Coordinator Drew Cushing walks through how to safely catch and release Tiger Muskie. He also covers the necessary equipment you should have with you while fishing for this unique species.
Friday, 21 December 2012 04:17
Utah's DWR has published a series of good articles providing information about ice fishing. The final article came out today; you can see the full thing here. We give excerpts below.
Today's article: Dozens of waters in Utah provide good ice fishing action
"Utah provides a wider variety of quality fish to catch than any place I know of," he (Drew Cushing) says. "And many of these opportunities are probably close to your home."
Some of Utah's best
Cushing says the following waters are producing great fishing for the following fish:
Smaller, but more abundant perch:
"Catching perch at Pineview can be fairly easy," Cushing says. "Just locate the spot on the bottom where the perch are, and then put your bait in front of the fish."
Smaller, but more abundant bluegill:
Rainbow, cutthroat, brown or tiger trout
"You have a good chance to catch some big fish at these waters," he says.
Cushing says crappie can be tricky to catch. "They suspend at various depths," he says, "so they can be tough to find.
"But if you catch a crappie at a certain depth, keep fishing that depth," he says, "and you should do well. Pineview has a good population of crappie."
Cushing says the best ice fishing for kokanee salmon happens at the two waters at the start of the ice fishing season. "When ice first forms on these waters," he says, "salmon fishing can be fantastic for about two to three weeks."
Thursday, 20 December 2012 03:31
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