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Great ice fishing waters dot Utah

If you're like most folks, work and family commitments take up lots of your time. But that doesn't mean you can't break away for some quick ice fishing trips this winter. Utah is dotted with great ice fishing opportunities that aren't too far from your home. And many of these waters are great places to take your family fishing too.

Rainbow trout are among the fish you can catch through the ice in Utah.

Rainbow trout are among the fish you can catch through the ice in Utah.

Randy Oplinger, sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says warm clothes and basic equipment are all you need to start making memories with your kids.

"On your first trip," Oplinger says, "your kids might enjoy sliding across the ice and tossing snowballs as much as they enjoy fishing. That's great and is one of the reasons ice fishing is so fun. But wait until they reel their first fish in and you see their eyes light up. That's when the fun really starts."

To identify some of the best waters to fish in Utah this winter, visit wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots. You can also receive the free Division of Wildlife Resources fishing reports found at the site by subscribing to them. After subscribing, the latest fishing reports will arrive in your email inbox.

Two additional websites — bigfishtackle.com and utahwildlife.net — also provide updated ice fishing information for waters across the state.

Top 5 waters

Oplinger says great ice fishing waters are found across Utah. But five reservoirs in northern and north-central Utah stand out as the best close-to-home waters to fish in the state this winter. They're also great places to take your family fishing.

Ice fishing basics

You can learn the basics of ice fishing by watching two DWR seminars on YouTube. The seminars are available here and here.