Would you like to learn how to ice fish? Here is your opportunity. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is offering free ice fishing classes this winter to teach new anglers how to ice fish as well as tips to stay safe. They will be offering a clinic on Jan. 10th at Big Sandwash Reservoir and one on Jan. 19th at Steinaker Reservoir. The DWR will provide most of the equipment you will need as well as information and helpful tips. Just bring your license and warm clothes. They will also offer a seminar on January 8th in Vernal at the Department of Natural Resources building at 1594 W. North Temple from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The clinic will offer tips for catching fish at Bear Lake, Pineview Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir and Fish Lake and will be sponsored by Utah’s Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council. Click here for more information about the ice fishing clinics of call the DWR’s Vernal office at 435-781-9453.
Three ice fishing tournaments have been announced this year for Utah anglers. If you enjoy ice fishing you should consider singing up for one of these tournaments for your chance to win cash and prizes, not to mention bragging rights. Click here for more information, rules and links to the various events. These tournaments are being hosted by Utah State Parks and provide a fun opportunity for you and your friends to spend an afternoon on the ice with other anglers in a friendly competition.
Just because it is winter in Utah does not mean you should quit fishing. In fact, fishing in the winter can be very rewarding. Not only are there many lakes and reservoirs that offer great ice fishing during the winter months, but there are also many rivers and streams that can be quite good. Additionally, there are many lower elevation lakes and reservoirs that do not even freeze over during the winter. Fish still need to eat during the winter and fishing pressure is quite light setting up the perfect combination for success. This article has more information on winter fishing in Utah and some valuable resources. Just because it is cold outside don't stop fishing. Grab a friend and a jacket and head on out. With a little preparation it may just turn out to be the best fishing trip ever.
Many of Utah’s lakes contain crayfish which are fun to harvest and great to eat. Crayfish, or crawdads, are generally used boils or in dips, cocktails, and even eaten alone much like you would eat shrimp, crab, or lobster. There are many recipes found on the internet for consuming crayfish, but how do you catch them?
Crayfish prefer clean water and rocky lake bottoms. They are commonly found in many of our lower elevation lakes. Some of our favorite places to harvest crayfish include: Deer Creek Reservoir, Lost Creek Reservoir and Flaming George Reservoir.
Look for crayfish in shallow water with rocky bottoms. Once you find them they are easy to catch and you don’t even need fishing hooks. You can purchase crayfish traps and bait them with meat. Simply put the traps in the water and wait for them to fill up. For a more hands on fishing experience you can tie a piece of meat or non-game fish to a string and lift the crayfish out of the water and into you bucket as they start to eat your bait. It is not uncommon to catch 20-30 crayfish in about an hour so this can be a fun fishing experience for kids. Keep in mind that Crayfish do have claws much like a crab so watch your fingers as they will pinch.
Consult your local sporting goods store and the 2015 Utah fishing population for more information on how and where you can harvest crayfish in Utah.
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