Melting ice makes for hot fishing near the shore

Apr 1 2013 - 2:35pm


The air outside isn't the only thing warming up as spring gets into full swing.

Ice is pulling away from the shore at mid-elevation waters across the state. As the ice leaves, the sun hits the shallow water near the shore, and the water can warm quickly. As the water warms, trout and other coldwater fish move into the shallow water in search of food. These fish are hungry -- it's been awhile since they've had a decent meal -- and they're ready to bite.

"At many of the state's waters, spring is the best time to fish from the shore," said Roger Wilson, Aquatic Section chief for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "It's a great time to take your kids fishing. They can catch a bunch of fish using simple techniques and simple fishing equipment."

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