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Free Trolling Seminar

Kokanee Salmon caught while trolling
Kokanee Salmon caught while trolling

Two guided fishing trips will be given away at April 23 event

Salt Lake City -- If you own a fishing boat, you’re on your way to some awesome fishing trips in Utah. A boat allows you to access almost any part of the body of water you're fishing.

But, are you using your boat fully? For example, do you use your boat to troll for fish? If not, you might be missing out on an excellent way to increase the number of fish you catch.

(If you're not familiar with the term, trolling involves casting your lure or bait into the water and then trailing it behind your boat as you drive slowly on the water.)

If you haven't trolled much-or, if you have, but you'd like to learn more trolling techniques and which Utah waters will be the best ones to troll in 2016-a free Trolling Seminar on April 23 is the place to be.

The April 23 seminar will be held in Salt Lake City at the Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m.

If you can't attend the seminar, you can watch it on the Internet. But only those who attend in-person will qualify to receive a free guided fishing trip on Strawberry Reservoir. Two lucky attendees will receive the free trips.

If you can't attend the seminar, you can watch it live at https://youtu.be/Bpy6iCuH3Ps. Starting the following day, a recording of the seminar will also be available at https://youtu.be/Bpy6iCuH3Ps.

Catch more fish

If you have a boat and want to increase your chance of catching fish, Paul Birdsey, cold water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, encourages you to attend. "There are many tricks to trolling," he says. "If you attend the seminar, you'll not only learn those tricks and techniques, you'll also learn how to use your sonar more effectively. We'll also share information about which waters in Utah should be the best to troll this year."

Birdsey, Drew Cushing and Scott Tolentino, avid anglers who also serve as fisheries biologists for the DWR, will give presentations. Marty Burt from Scheels will also present. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations. The following items will be covered:

Utah's Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council, the Strawberry Anglers Association and the DWR are presenting the free seminar. If you have questions about the seminar, call the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.