Posted March 21, 2014, 2:18 pm
Fishing heats up in northeastern Utah
Vernal — A couple weeks of warm weather and howling winds 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 shades of blue to shades of green as the water has opened.
Ron Stewart, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says this is good news for anglers. "Ice off usually brings a few 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 usually doesn't last long. At Starvation Reservoir, though, the bite has been good for the past month and a half.
Best waters to try
Where should you go? Stewart provides some advice:
Stewart says warm water fishing is still a few weeks out. "The waters need more time to warm up," he says.
Stewart provides the following advice to catch fish at ice off:
Weekly fishing reports for northeastern Utah are available online. You can also receive the free reports via email by subscribing to them.
Two additional websites — bigfishtackle.com and utahwildlife.net — also provide current fishing information.
If you have questions about fishing in northeastern Utah, call the DWR's Northeastern Region office at 435-781-9453.
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