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Fall fishing in the Uinta Mountains

Fall fishing in the Uinta Mountains

There aren’t many more scenic places to fish than the Uinta Mountains — especially in the fall. Summer crowds have dwindled, the fish are biting and you see vibrant colors everywhere, whether you’re looking at leaves or trout!


Free fish, bobbers and fishing

Free fish, bobbers and fishing

Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things to do, but add free samples to the mix and now you’re talking! I know I’m not alone in my love of free samples or try-before-you-buy promotions, so I want to make sure you know about the…


Hook a rainbow this spring

Hook a rainbow this spring

After a long, cold winter, we’re ready for warm, sunny days on the water. The ice has just come off Flaming Gorge Reservoir, and its coldwater fish — particularly its rainbow trout — are now very active. As daytime temperatures rise, the trout begin to concentrate on…


Salmon eggs and day-old donuts

Salmon eggs and day-old donuts

Last spring, my mom called to suggest that I take my dad fishing for his birthday. I have seven siblings, but Mom asked me to arrange the trip, probably because I work with fish every day. Even though I’m a fisheries biologist, I’ll admit to…


Fish in the forecast

Fish in the forecast

Walleye fishing has become more popular in Utah, and it’s easy to see why. These large fish can be tricky to catch, and they’re really tasty! When I want to fish for walleye, I usually head to Starvation Reservoir.


Big brother, bugs and squishy shoes

Big brother, bugs and squishy shoes

Remember your first fishing trip? Whether you were young or old, successful or skunked, that initial trip makes a lasting impression. And you never forget who took you. For me, it was my brother, Joe.


Fishing survey nets results

Fishing survey nets results

In December 2007, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation conducted an online survey of 3,000 people who had fished or boated within the past three years. If you are not a boater or angler, these results will surprise you!


When the lake boils…

When the lake boils…

It didn’t take long to discover that stripers could reproduce without limit in their new environment. The striper population was out of control and very hungry. It was obvious that we couldn’t feed the millions of fish produced, and adding more forage was not the answer.


Are you ready to hit the water?

Are you ready to hit the water?

As a fisheries biologist and an eager fisherman, I love the changing seasons. I’m already anxiously awaiting the bass spawn on Lake Powell in May and early season kokanee/rainbow fishing on Flaming Gorge. And it’s not just me — the whole family gets excited.


Catfish magnet

Catfish magnet

Did I choose catfish or did they choose me? It seems like wherever life takes me, I find catfish. At age 8, my very first fish was a two-pound channel catfish. I landed it on a Snoopy fishing pole at a pond on my grandfather’s farm in Missouri.


Want to catch a catfish?

Want to catch a catfish?

You can catch catfish throughout the year, but they are a popular summertime fish. They thrive in warm water and will bite on even the hottest days. Surprisingly, catfishing is also great just after ice-out on many of Utah’s lakes. This is when catfish swim along the windblown shores, gorging on the carcasses of…


Wildlife never gets old

Wildlife never gets old

In my years with the DWR, there’s one day that really stands out. It was a warm spring morning at Pioneer Park Pond, and the Ogden Senior Citizen Center dropped by for an outing. The seniors enjoyed themselves as they always did, visiting with each other in the outdoors. At about that time, I saw a kid down at the pond catching…