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Learn How to Ice Fish, Then Go Fishing


Tiger Trout caught ice fishing at Scofield Reservoir
Tiger Trout caught ice fishing at Scofield Reservoir

Ice fishing seminar and outing offered Jan. 13 and 14

Price -- Would you like to give ice fishing a try, but you're not sure how to get started? You can learn the basics at a free ice fishing seminar on Jan. 13. Then, the day after the seminar, you can try your newly learned skills during a fishing trip to a local reservoir.

The Division of Wildlife Resources is sponsoring the free event. The seminar will be held at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Southeast Regional Office, 319 N. Carbonville Road in Price. The Jan. 13 seminar runs from 6 to 8 p.m. The fishing trip on Jan. 14 runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

"The location for the fishing portion of the event will be determined based on ice conditions and fishing reports leading up to Jan. 14," says Morgan Jacobsen, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR.

Those who attend the seminar will learn how to stay warm, comfortable and safe on the ice, fishing gear and bait that work best for ice fishing, and how and where to drill a hole.

In addition to learning the basics of ice fishing, clinic instructors will share advanced tips and tricks for some of the best ice fishing destinations in east-central Utah. These include Scofield, Mammoth and Joes Valley reservoirs, among others.

The event is free, but you'll need a fishing license to participate in the fishing trip on Jan. 14. You can buy a license at DWR offices, online at wildlife.utah.gov, or at most sporting goods stores. If you don't have your own fishing equipment, no problem-the DWR will loan you the gear you need.

Walt Maldonado, regional wildlife recreation specialist for the DWR, says the seminar is for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level.

"If you've never experienced ice fishing," Maldonado says, "the seminar will give you the confidence you need to select the right gear and rigs for a lifetime of ice fishing fun."

Maldonado says each water in east-central Utah requires a slightly different approach. Techniques and bait that catch fish at one water may not work at another. Experienced instructors will share insights that will boost your success at each water.

"It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an advanced ice angler," Maldonado says, "the tips you learn will help you catch more and bigger fish."

If you have questions about the seminar or the fishing trip, call the DWR's Southeastern Region office in Price at 435-613-3700 or Walt Maldonado at 435-820-8147.