Posted March 22, 2013, 3:09 pm
Fishing heats up in northeastern Utah
Editor's note: The story below is the second in a series of news releases about some of the best waters to fish in Utah during ice off this spring. Ice off is one of the best times of the year to catch fish from the shore!
VERNAL — A week of warm weather and a howling windstorm have changed the face of reservoirs in the lower elevations of the Uinta Basin.
Ice off is the perfect time to catch trout in northeastern Utah.
Photo by Georgia Stewart
The reservoirs have gone from an ice- and snow-covered shade of white to sprinkles of blue to large expanses of blue open water.
Ron Stewart, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says this is good news for anglers. "Ice off usually brings a couple of weeks of great fishing," he says, "especially for larger fish."
As the ice melts, most fish, especially coldwater trout, become more active. They start cruising along the edge of the ice or along the shoreline, looking for prey that thawed out of the ice or washed into the water from the shore.
Whether the fish are just reacting to a burst of sunlight or an increase in prey, the bite won't last long.
Best waters to try
Where should you go? Stewart provides some advice:
Stewart provides the following advice to catch fish at ice off:
Updated ice-off reports and weekly fishing reports for northeastern Utah are available online. You can also subscribe to receive the free reports via email.
If you have questions about fishing in northeastern Utah, call the DWR's Northeastern Region office at 435-781-9453.
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