Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:39
Dozens of waters in Utah provide good ice fishing action.
Editor's note: The story below is the final part in a four-part series about a fun activity to do in Utah in the winter — ice fishing! The series explains the benefits of fishing through the ice and provides tips to get beginning anglers started. Experienced anglers should learn something too. Part one: Cold ice, hot fishing,
part two: Basic equipment,
part three: Finding the right depth,
part four: Close to home
You have warm clothes and waterproof boots. Your ice fishing equipment is ready to go. And you have a basic idea of how to locate fish and catch them through the ice.
Yellow perch provide Utah's ice anglers with plenty of action. Fish Lake, and Mantua, Pineview, Hyrum, Rockport and Starvation reservoirs are good places to catch yellow perch.
Photo by Drew Cushing
So what's standing between you and a great ice fishing experience this winter?
Maybe only one thing: Knowing which waters in Utah to fish.
Fortunately, many waters in Utah provide good ice fishing year after year.
"In my opinion, Utah has some of the best ice fishing in the country," says Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Cushing has fished through the ice in states across the country.
"Utah provides a wider variety of quality fish to catch than any place I know of," he says. "And many of these opportunities are probably close to your home."
Cushing gave Utah County as an example. If you live in the county, you can fish for white bass at Utah Lake in the morning, and then turn around and head to Strawberry Reservoir to catch trophy-sized cutthroat trout in the afternoon; all in the same day!
Visiting the DWR's fishing report is one way to learn which type of fish are in which waters and where fishing is the best. DWR biologists, officers and outreach personnel update the report every one to two weeks.
Other Internet sources — such as utahwildlife.net and bigfishtackle.com — are also good places to visit. And don't forget your local fishing tackle shop or sporting goods store — people who work at these stores are often the first ones to know about good fishing in their areas.
Some of Utah's best
Cushing says the following waters are producing great fishing for the following fish:
Rainbow, cutthroat, brown or tiger trout
Some of the best fishing of the year
Cushing says the arrival of winter doesn't mean fishing is over until the spring. "Winter can be the most fun and productive, and the least expensive time of the year to fish," he says. "New lakes, new opportunities and new species of fish are out there for you to enjoy. Get out there, and take advantage of it."
More ice fishing basics are available in two videos produced by the DWR. You can see the videos at www.youtube.com/UDWR.
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