There are Northern Pike in Utah Lake and they are doing well. The problem is that they should not be there. The Pike were illegally introduced to the lake a few years back and now they are starting to impact the other fish in the lake in a negative way. Of particular concern is the June Sucker which is listed as endangered on the federal Endangered Species list. Northern Pike are ferocious eaters and will eat just about anything they want. They have no predators sot hey are at the top of the food chain. Not only is June Sucker in danger, but bass, walleye, catfish and other panfish that already live in the lake are in danger as well.
To confront this problem the Division of Wildlife Resources has made it mandatory that you must keep and kill the fish. Please visit there website for more information about what to do if you catch a Northern Pike in Utah Lake. Visit the fish identification guide on this website to learn how to identify pike as well as other game fish found in Utah.
With the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, winter is just around the corner. Just because winter is upon us, you do not need to stop fishing. In fact for many anglers, this is their favorite time of year to fish. Over the years, ice fishing has become more and more popular and with the improved equipment available today, ice fishing is enjoyed by many. Specialized equipment such as ice fishing poles and reels, improved ice augers, shelters, heaters, outdoor clothing and lures have really help this sport grow in recent years. With proper planning and preparation, ice fishing can be enjoyed by the whole family. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently posted a series of articles to teach you everything you need to know to have a successful ice fishing trip. If you have not gone ice fishing before, we suggest you give it a try and see what you have been missing.
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.
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