For years and years Utah Lake has been a favorite fishery for many Utah fishermen, but for the rest of us it is overlooked for more pristine cleaner locations.
The state of Utah is hoping to change that perception by cleaning up the lake. In the past few years nearly 17 million pounds of Carp have been removed from the lake with hopes that in the next couple of years some 15 million more pounds will be removed. This huge project is underway in hopes that by removing the carp, the lake will provide a better habitat for game fish. Not only do the Carp compete with other fish for food, the wreck havoc on the vegetation which turns the lakes into a huge mud puddle. They are also very hardy so they tend to overtake the less hardy game fish. Lake managers are very pleased with the efforts that have been made and are excited to see how the lake progresses in the future. Over the next few years the lake will appear cleaner and be a much better fishery for fish such as the Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Walleye, several species of Bass and pan fish and even Trout.
Utah Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Utah and for many of us it is right in our own backyard. The next time you plan an outing; don’t overlook Utah Lake as a good fishery that will only get better in the next few years. We have caught several fish the past few times we have made it to the lake including Channel Catfish exceeding 30”, a very large bluegill and several White Bass. With so many species of fish,you never know what you might catch and it is a great place for kids to enjoy fishing from the shore or from a boat.
It should also be mentioned that Utah Lake is home to the June Sucker which is endangered. For this reason any Sucker that is caught must be immediately released unharmed.
For more information on Utah Lake please visit The Utah State Parks Website.
Who needs ice to fish in February in Utah? The unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing recently is putting a quick end to ice fishing, but has also presented other fishing opportunities. While many lakes and reservoirs in Northern Utah have thin, unsafe ice for this time of year, many others are partially or completely ice free. Many boats have been spotted on reservoirs throughout Northern Utah in the past week as fisherman are enjoying the unusual early spring thaw. Deer Creek, Jordanelle, Utah Lake, Pineview, Mantua and many others are ice free and have open boat ramps. Fishermen have reported slow to fair success both trolling and still fishing in most cases, but some have reported good success. Many are still fishing or jigging from boats using the same techniques that you would use while ice fishing. The fish are still pretty lethargic and not real active, but they still need to eat. Patience is the key to finding and catching fish this time of year.
Several Ice Fishing tournaments scheduled in Utah this winter have been cancelled due to the warm weather and unsafe ice conditions. Click here for more information. Typically ice fishing is at it's best in January and February but not this year. Unseasonably warm temperatures have created unsafe ice conditions at many of Utah's Lakes and reservoirs.
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We Fish Utah Staff