You have warm clothes and waterproof boots. Your ice fishing equipment is ready to go. And you have a basic idea of how to locate fish and catch them through the ice.
So what’s standing between you and a great ice fishing experience this winter?
Maybe only one thing: Knowing which waters in Utah to fish.
Fortunately, many waters in Utah provide good ice fishing year after year.
“In my opinion, Utah has some of the best ice fishing in the country,” says Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Cushing has fished through the ice in states across the country.
“Utah provides a wider variety of quality fish to catch than any place I know of,” he says. “And many of these opportunities are probably close to your home.”
Cushing gave Utah County as an example. If you live in the county, you can fish for white bass at Utah Lake in the morning, and then turn around and head to Strawberry Reservoir to catch trophy-sized cutthroat trout in the afternoon; all in the same day!
Visiting the DWR’s fishing report is one way to learn which type of fish are in which waters and where fishing is the best. DWR biologists, officers and outreach personnel update the report every one to two weeks.
Other Internet sources — such as utahwildlife.net and bigfishtackle.com — are also good places to visit. And don’t forget your local fishing tackle shop or sporting goods store — people who work at these stores are often the first ones to know about good fishing in their areas.
For a list of great places to ice fish and which fish being caught in around Utah go to wildlife.utah.gov/