Ice fishing a simple way for all anglers to succeed

Dec 26 2013 - 4:31pm

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Winter is a great time to fish for yellow perch in Utah. Ice fishing allows anglers to access all parts of Utah’s reservoirs without the need to have a boat.
(Photo credit: Paul Thompson/Standard-Examiner)
Winter is a great time to fish for yellow perch in Utah. Ice fishing allows anglers to access all parts of Utah’s reservoirs without the need to have a boat.
(Photo credit: Paul Thompson/Standard-Examiner)

You don't need a lot of fancy equipment to catch fish through the ice in Utah.

A short fishing rod and reel, a few sinkers and hooks, and a package of worms are about all you need. In fact, if you just want to give ice fishing a try, you don't even need an ice auger.

Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said that when you visit an ice-covered water in Utah, you'll usually find plenty of holes that have been drilled by other anglers.

"If the holes were drilled just a day or two before," he said, "they'll have only an inch or two of ice in them. Just break that thin ice, and you're in business."

If you'd like to create your own holes, you'll need an ice auger or a digging bar. A way to create a hole -- and the most basic fishing equipment you can imagine -- are all you need to catch lots of fish and have lots of fun.

Full story and photos:

http://www.xploreutah.net/story/ice-fishing-simple-way-all-anglers-succeed

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