Spring is finally upon is and great fishing is just around the corner. Most anglers believe that spring is the best time of year to fish. Fish are just becoming active again after a long cold winter and are hungry. During the the transition from Winter to summer, fish are generally less picky and easier to catch. You also have a better chance of catching big fish. Larger fish are often times found near the surface where the water is a bit warmer this time of year and food is plentiful. As the water warms up they will typically go deeper and deeper to find the cool water and be more difficult for most anglers to catch. Keep and eye the the current fishing reports and you will notice most waters will be good and some we will even be hot soon. This report can help you decide where you next fishing outing should be and even help you know what bait to use and how to use it. Be sure to submit you pictures to the bragging broad and we will post your catch for all to see.
The annual Fish Lake Perch Tournament will be hosted at Fish Lake on Saturday, February 24th, at 8:00 a.m.
You must be a registered participant to claim prizes.
Contests will be held at Lakeside Marina, Twin Creeks and Joe Bush areas.
Map of the areas and winter amenities at Fish Lake.
More information about contests, current sponsors, and rules.
Each participant must agree to the conditions of the participation waiver to register.
With ice fishing season nearly upon us, now is a good time to get things in order to help make your next ice fishing trip more successful. Here are a few tips that will help you have a more enjoyable outing.
Proper Equipment - An Ice auger is a must. Whether you have a hand help auger or a gas-powered auger, spend a few minutes to sharpen the blades before you head out. A short fishing rod is much more manageable on the ice than a traditional pole and will help you land more fish. Strike indicators can help to discern even the smallest nibbles from fish the are less actively feeding.
Proper Gear - A sled is a great item to help transport all of your gear to and from the lake. A bucket not only makes for a nice makeshift gear holder or tackle box, it also doubles as seat while fishing. A portable fish finder will save you a lot of work by helping you find the fish rather than waiting for the fish to find you. Putting a small piece of wood between your boots and the ice will help your feet stay warmer by acting as an insulator. A small portable heater can help keep your hands warm and can even heat water for hot chocolate or coffee.
Proper Clothing - Warm clothing is a must for ice fishing. Preferably water resistant, breathable clothing that can be layered. You can add and remove layers based on the conditions. Don’t forget a warm hat, scarf, gloves and a good pair of sun glasses and sunscreen.
You will also want to consider taking a change of clothes if you get wet, food or snacks, a fine to groups of friends as you should never head onto the ice alone, ice picks and a rope in case you or someone falls through the ice.
You can spend an awful lot of money getting outfitted for ice fishing, but you don’t have to. In fact, we recommend that you don’t invest too much money into the sport until you have tried it a few times and decide that you enjoy it. It may be best to go with a friend or someone who has some experience in ice fishing who already has some equipment available. While there are a lot of items to make ice fishing more enjoyable and will help you catch more fish, most are not absolutely necessary to give it a try. Many local sporting good stores or the Division of Wildlife Resources can offer advice on where to go, what to use and other suggestions to make the you next ice fishing trip better.
The 2018 Utah Fishing Guidebook has been released and is available by clicking here. The Utah fishing proclamation summarizes the laws, rules and regulations that govern fishing in Utah. The guidebook is designed to be a convenient quick-reference document for fishing regulations. You can use the guidebook to search for general rules pertaining the whole state or detailed rules to the water you are fishing if applicable.
In addition to rules and guidelines pertaining to fishing in Utah, the book also contains information about the annual free fishing day, steam access in Utah, Utah’s boating laws and rules, information of the State Park annual pass program, a helpful fish identification chart and much more.
Although summer is over, you don’t need to wait for the ice to form to fish again. Fishing in the fall can be one of the best times to fish in Utah. Fish are actively feeding in preparation for winter. Many of Utah’s lake, rivers and streams are full of hungry fish.
There have been some very large fish recently caught at Fish Lake, Scofield Reservoir, Strawberry Reservoir and Joe’s Valley Reservoir this fall. While other rivers and lakes are very hot right now such as East Canyon Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir and the Duchene River. You can check the latest fishing reports before heading out to help you decide where to go and what to try.
Be prepared for cool and sometimes unpredictable weather, but with a little planning your fall fishing trip could be the best trip of the year.
There sure are a lot of Chub at Scofield Reservoir, however most people don't consider Chub as a worthwhile fish. In fact, they are considered by most anglers to be a nuisance.
Along with input from fishermen like you, the DWR has decided to introduce three new fish species to Scofield Reservoir in hopes to improve fishing by reducing the amount of chubs in the lake naturally. Wiper, Tiger Muskie and Walleye were added to the reservoir recently. Each of the species will not only prey on the chub as a food source, they will also proved trophy fishing opportunities to the lake. Additionally these three species of fish are sterile which will allow managers to control the population of these fish in the reservoir by stocking the correct amount each year.
The new fish species are not meant to replace the current population of Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout and and Tiger Trout that the reservoir has become famous for, but rather to offer additional sport fish to catch while trying to control the Chub population at the same time. The purpose is not to eradicate the Chub from the reservoir because they are a useful forage fish, but rather to control their numbers.
The DWR will continue to monitor the reservoir over the next five years to see if the plan is working and if additional steps may be required in the future management plans for the reservoir.
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We Fish Utah Staff