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Thursday, 31 January 2013 02:05

Utah Boat, Sports and Travel Shows

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

Utah Ice Fishing Report

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

Utah Bald Eagle Day Is Feb 9

Saturday, February 09, 2013

If you've ever seen a bald eagle in the wild, you know it's an experience that can take your breath away.

On Feb. 9, you'll have a chance not only to see bald eagles, but to learn more about them. The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold its annual Utah Bald Eagle Day that day.

Bald Eagle Day is free. You can see eagles at five locations across the state. Viewing times vary depending on the viewing site you visit.

Complete details.

Saturday, 19 January 2013 00:59

Free Ice Fishing Clinic At Strawberry

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.

The clinic will be held at Strawberry Reservoir from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Adam Eakle, host of KSL television's "Outdoors with Adam Eakle" show, has teamed with several partners, including the Division of Wildlife Resources and Strawberry Bay Marina, to host the free event.


Thursday, 10 January 2013 01:14

Video Overview: Utah's Green River

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 2013 Fishing Guidebook

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

Utah Ice Fishing Report

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:

Don Allphin offers tips on ice fishing.

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.

Dec 23:

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

Bryce Canyon Winter Festival

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
To Monday, February 18, 2013

    Cross country ski tours
    Snowshoe tours and races
    Archery clinic
    Ski Archery competition
    Kayaking demos
    Waxing clinics
    Photography clinics
    Photo contest
    Snow sculpture contest
    People-powered sled race
    Kids snowboot races

Location : Ruby's Inn and Bryce Canyon

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

How to Catch and Release Tiger Muskie

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.


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