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Utah Ice Fishing

What's Frozen

We are now on the front end of the 2018-19 ice fishing season. Small, high elevation waters will freeze during the next few weeks. We'll list them here as we hear they are frozen.

Strawberry has solid ice. People are fishing in many areas but there may yet be soft spots so be careful.

Panguitch Lake has solid ice and good fishing.

Manatua now has ice and people report good fishing. (Note some people fell through today, 12-8-18. Watch for soft spots. Should firm up fast now with colder weather.)

Mid-elevation reservoirs are frozen and offer good fishing.

Scofield now has solid ice and good fishing.

Currant Creek and similar high elevation waters have ice and are fishing well.

High Unita Lakes: DWR says it is hearing reports that many small lakes above 8000 ft are frozen and offer ice fishing. With this storm, access will become more and more difficult. Some lakes are accessible via snowmobile.

Huntington Reservoir, a small water along Hwy 31 east of Fairview, now has ice and is supporting some fishing. Use extreme caution until ice thickens.

Fish Lake usually has solid ice around New Years.

Bear Lake may or may not freeze. The cisco run starts in mid-January and about half the time there is ice.

Flaming Gorge freeze on the upper end, and usually supports ice fishing down toward Lucerne. Bays on the Utah side may freeze but the main lake seldom does.

What's New

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.

550 Paracord

Paracord is a must-have in any gear bag or survival kit. My friends at really do have have the best cord, best selection and best price.

Food For Camping

For camping food, we recommend Mountain House pouches - complete meals freeze-dried and easy to prepare.

Guided Tours

We recommend for guided Utah National Park Tours.