The Weber River in Utah offers some of the finest trout fishing in the state and is often overlooked. The head waters originate in the high Unita Mountains and travel some 125 miles through canyons, valleys and two lakes (Rockport Reservoir and Echo Reservoir) before emptying into the Great Salt Lake.
Among the fish to be found in the river are Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bonneville Cutthroat Trout Rainbow Trout and a large population of Mountain White fish. Channel Catfish, Common Carp and Utah Suckers are also present in areas of the river.
Flying fishing and spin fishing are common; there are sections of the river where bait fishing is permitted providing angling opportunities for all levels of fishermen. There are some special regulations in sections of the river as well so please check the fishing proclamation before fishing. There is also much private land along the river but the Division of Wildlife Resources has obtained some angler access to some of the private land along the river. Look for signs and respect private property.
The Weber River is home to many large Brown Trout. 20” plus trout are abundant in the river with some pushing 30”. Trout fishing can be good anytime of the year but fall is an excellent time to fish for large Brown Trout. During the winter, Mountain Whitefish offer great fishing opportunities (especially for fly fisherman).
Fly fishing with nymphs can be excellent. Try a beaded nymph, prince nymph, midge pupae, hare’s ear or an egg pattern. There are also the common hatches to look for while fishing dry flies. A Griffith’s gnat, hoppers, may flies and caddis flies often produce results. Spin fishermen should use spoons, spinners, or fish imitating crank baits across the current and in deep pools for successful fishing. Marabou or soft plastic jigs fished in the deeper pools can also produce good results.
Are weight-based angling records hurting fish species?
Research from a new study suggests that weight-based angling records are detrimental to fish species. The underlying problem is that in order to qualify for a record with the International Game Fish Association, a fish must be weighed on land with a certified scale. It can be a lengthy process that makes it difficult for a fish to survive.
It is almost time for the Kokanee Salmon to run. Each fall Kokanee Salmon return to their birth place in rivers across Utah to spawn. Porcupine Reservoir, Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Strawberry Reservoir are home to thousands of Kokanee Salmon. They are fun to watch and easy to see as they turn bright red and enter the rivers to spawn.
The Strawberry River is one of the best viewing spots in the state to witness this annual event. The Utah Division of Wildlife is co-hosting its annual Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day Sept. 20 at the Strawberry Reservoir visitors' center. You are welcome to visit the center and the fish trapping area to view the fish.
Each year millions of eggs are collected and sent to state fish hatcheries to be incubated and the young fish to be released the following spring. Hatchery incubated fish high a higher survival rate than eggs left in the wild
Many people enjoy cooking the fish they catch while camping. This recipe for Dutch oven trout has been our family tradition for years and now you can make it part of yours. It is simple, easy and delicious.
· 8 to 12 trout, cleaned, remove heads and tails (or fillets).
· 4 eggs
· 1 cup milk
· 4 Tbs. of unsalted butter.
· 2 cups flour.
· ½ teaspoon season salt.
· ½ teaspoon pepper.
· ½ granulated garlic.
· Lemon or vinegar.
1. Melt the butter in an 8” Dutch oven.
2. Combine eggs and milk and beat until frothy.
3. Combine 2 cups flour, ½ teaspoon season salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and ½ granulated garlic in separate bowl.
4. Dip rinsed fish in egg mixture and roll in flour mixture until coated.
5. Place each fish in prepared Dutch oven.
Baking time: 25-30 minutes (8 briquettes on the lid and 8 briquettes on the bottom).
Trout should be flakey when ready to serve.
Garnish with lemon or vinegar and serve with your favorite Dutch oven vegetables, potatoes or rice.
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