There are several Ice Fishing contests on tap this year for Utah fishermen. Whether you are new to the idea of ice fishing or a regular, these contests provide something for everyone. These fishing contests provide a chance to get together with friends and other fishermen and compete for prizes and bragging rights.
The Fish Lake Perch tournament is set for Saturday, Jan. 24. There is no limit on the number of Perch you can catch and keep. There is no entry fee for this event.
The Burbot Bash at Flaming George Reservoir will be held Jan. 23-25 if the ice is safe. The tournament gives anglers the opportunity to catch as many Burbot as they can and help reduce the numbers of this invasive species.
The Basin Ice Fishing Bowl will be held at Steinaker State Park on Jan. 31 and Starvation State Park on Feb. 7. Check-ins at both parks will begin at 6:30 a.m. and both competitions will run from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
There is also the Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon which will be held at four different state parks. The tournament will take place at East Canyon Reservoir on Jan. 31, Deer Creek Reservoir on Feb. 7, Rockport Reservoir on Feb. 14 and Jordanelle Reservoir on Feb. 21 and check-in will take place from 6–7 a.m.
You must have a valid Utah Fishing License to participate in these fishing events. Some events are free while others have an entry fee. There will also be representatives at each event to lend help and advice.
These are just a few of the fishing contests offered this year. Check the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources web page for more information on these and other contests throughout the year.
STOP! DON"T MOVE A MUSSEL.
Utah state wildlife officials are fearful that Quagga mussels may have made their way into the waters of Deer Creek Reservoir and are ordering that boats leaving the lake be decontaminated immediately.
Recent DNA tests conducted by two laboratories found microscopic juvenile Quagga mussels in a water samples taken from the reservoir.
The discovery, however, does not necessarily mean Deer Creek Reservoir is infested with the invasive mussels.
Jordan Nielson, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said "We've found juvenile Quagga mussels in the past at other waters in Utah. With the exception of Lake Powell, mussel populations never established themselves in the waters where juveniles have been found. We're hoping that will be the case at Deer Creek, too."
The Quagga mussel, is currently of major concern in the lakes of Utah. It is as an invasive species that first showed up in Utah a few years ago and the Division of Wildlife is trying to limit the potential damage this mussel can cause. Quaggas are prodigious water filterers, removing substantial amounts of phytoplankton and suspended particulate from the water. By removing the phytoplankton, Quaggas in turn decrease the food source for zooplankton, therefore altering the food web and alter the entire ecosystems. Additionally, their ability to rapidly colonize hard surfaces causes serious economic problems. These can clog water intake structures, such as pipes and screens, therefore reducing pumping capabilities for power and water treatment plants, costing industries, companies, and communities. They also create problems for recreation-based industries, docks, break walls, buoys, boats, and beaches have all been heavily colonized.
Nielson added that it could be that the young mussels made their way into the reservoir via transport on a boat that came from contaminated water.
To prevent further potential spread of the devastating mussels, the division is ordering the immediate decontamination of any boat leaving Deer Creek.
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Fish Lake has too many Perch. Now is your chance to help remove some of these Perch by participating in this Ice Fishing Tournament. It is hoped that by reducing the number of Perch in Fish Lake it will help the other species of fish in the lake do better. The Fish Lake Ice Fishing Contest will be January 24, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. Meet at the Twin Creeks parking lot and register for you chance to win your portion of over $3,500 to be given away in prizes. Ice fishing can be a lot of fun and winning prizes while fishing makes it even better.
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We Fish Utah Staff