Winter is one of the best times to catch fish
Editor’s note: The story below is the first in a four-part series about a fun activity to do in Utah in the winter — ice fishing! The series explains the benefits of fishing through the ice and provides tips to get beginning anglers started. Experienced anglers should learn something too.
January and February don’t have to be dreary months. Visiting a frozen pond, reservoir or lake can brighten your day in a flash.
That’s right — those “crazy” people you see standing on the ice, at waters across Utah, aren’t so crazy after all. They’ve found a fun way to get outside, breathe some fresh air and catch lots of fish.
Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says winter is one of the best times of the year to fish. “Winter provides advantages you won’t find during other times of the year,” he says. “And the fishing can be really good.”
You can stay updated on where fishing is best at wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots. Two additional websites — bigfishtackle.com and utahwildlife.net — also provide updated ice fishing information.