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.
Although summer is over, you don’t need to wait for the ice to form to fish again. Fishing in the fall can be one of the best times to fish in Utah. Fish are actively feeding in preparation for winter. Many of Utah’s lake, rivers and streams are full of hungry fish.
There have been some very large fish recently caught at Fish Lake, Scofield Reservoir, Strawberry Reservoir and Joe’s Valley Reservoir this fall. While other rivers and lakes are very hot right now such as East Canyon Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir and the Duchene River. You can check the latest fishing reports before heading out to help you decide where to go and what to try.
Be prepared for cool and sometimes unpredictable weather, but with a little planning your fall fishing trip could be the best trip of the year.
There sure are a lot of Chub at Scofield Reservoir, however most people don't consider Chub as a worthwhile fish. In fact, they are considered by most anglers to be a nuisance.
Along with input from fishermen like you, the DWR has decided to introduce three new fish species to Scofield Reservoir in hopes to improve fishing by reducing the amount of chubs in the lake naturally. Wiper, Tiger Muskie and Walleye were added to the reservoir recently. Each of the species will not only prey on the chub as a food source, they will also proved trophy fishing opportunities to the lake. Additionally these three species of fish are sterile which will allow managers to control the population of these fish in the reservoir by stocking the correct amount each year.
The new fish species are not meant to replace the current population of Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout and and Tiger Trout that the reservoir has become famous for, but rather to offer additional sport fish to catch while trying to control the Chub population at the same time. The purpose is not to eradicate the Chub from the reservoir because they are a useful forage fish, but rather to control their numbers.
The DWR will continue to monitor the reservoir over the next five years to see if the plan is working and if additional steps may be required in the future management plans for the reservoir.
An Idaho resident, Sidney Cellan, has landed his way into the Utah record books while fishing at Flaming George Reservoir last month. He caught and released a 56 pound Lake Trout breaking the old record of 53 pounds set 12 years ago. It is no secrete that Flaming George is full of large Lake Trout, but most fisherman keep their methods and locations close to their vest. For a complete listing of record fish caught in Utah visit https://wildlife.utah.gov/record-fish.html. Most fisherman find that hiring a guide really increases your chance of landing more and large fish. There are many guide services through the state. Of course, you don't necessarily have to hire a guide, sometimes all you need is persistence and a little luck.
Before heading out on your next fishing trip, be sure to check the stocking report from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. This report, along with the curent fishing report, will help you decide where to go and what to use. This is a great time of the year to fish, but some waters and some techniques are better than others and can change real fast. Increase your odds for suceess by doing a little homework befor you head out. We caught several of the beautiful Cutthroat Trout after consulting these reports last week. If you still can't decide where to go, drop up us line and maybe we can help you out. Good luck on your next adventure and be sure to sned us your favorite fishing pictures for the bragging board!
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