Changes are in store for the 2019 Utah fishing season. Each year the Division of Wildlife Resources recommends changes to the fishing proclamation to help better mange Utah's fishery and this year several changes have been recommend and approved.
The most notable change pertains to the use of corn as bait. Beginning in 2019, fisherman will be able to use corn as bait at all Utah waters. Last year a few waters were added on a trail basis and the trail went so well that biologists recommended that corn should now be allowed as bait everywhere. It is important to note that chumming is still not allowed.
Another note worthy change is that the limit of Lake Trout at Flaming George will be increased to 12 fish next year (only 1 of which may exceed 28" long.) There is an overabundance of small Lake trout in the lake and this should help restore the balance of more larger trout in the years to come.
The two day possession limit will will also be increased at Flaming George and Strawberry Reservoirs. This will allow anglers to keep more fish and spend more time fishing at these destination reservoirs.
Learn about all the changes for the 2019 fishing season as well as the general fishing rules for the state by obtaining a 2019 Utah Fishing Proclamation. They should be available next month and are free online and at many sporting good stores throughout the state.
Not many anglers have heard of the Trout Fantasy Slam but if you love fishing and looking for something fun to do this summer, this is for you. Any fisherman can do this with a little planning. To achieve this slam, an angler just has to catch five of the seven natural trout species in a single day. Those species are brown, bull, brook, cutthroat, golden, lake and rainbow trout. Finding any five in one body of water and catching at least one of each in a single day may prove difficult at best. It may be worth planning on traveling to 2 or 3 bodies of water during the day to increase you odds. Pick a few places where you are likely to catch the type of trout you are targeting and start early in the day. For more information on how you can participate, visit the International Game Fish Asssoction ( IGFA) Website. Utah also has a Cutthroat slam that you can participate in and win a medallion. These slams are a fun way to enjoy fishing and accomplishing something that not many people have done.
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.
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