Deer Creek Pronounced “Mussel Free”

The big fishing news this week is that Deer Creek Reservoir, a popular  fishery and recreational destination located a mere 20 miles up Provo Canyon, has been declared “mussel free” after three long years of stiff regulations, boat inspections, decontaminations, and other inconveniences meant to the spread of quagga and zebra mussels. Mussel History Many

Ice Fishing Is A Family Affair

Now that winter has finally arrived, more and more ice fishing opportunities will be available across northern Utah. Having been primed (after reading my two previous columns) to be safe and secure when on the ice, the only thing missing is a plan to get out and go fishing. A few weeks ago, my wife

Are You Prepared For Ice? Part One

  Regardless of whether you are an avid ice angler, dabble with it from time to time or want to try it for the first time, a successful ice angler is one that goes prepared.  There are several topics to consider, so in the first of a two-part series, let’s take a look at some

Are You Prepared For The Ice? Part Two

Ice fishing can be the best of times and the worst of times depending on your personal preparedness, so let’s jump right in to other crucial aspects of being prepared for the ice. Fish Finders Fish finders are important tools for locating and catching fish.  If you only fish a couple of times a year,

Rekindle Your Love Of Fishing

This Christmas season my heart is full of thanks to all of you who have willingly shared your photos, stories, and experiences; have asked questions, and have willingly and eagerly read this column each week for the past 18 years.  I am deeply moved each time you stop me in the tackle store, at church,

Lake Trout – Too Many Mouths To Feed

For many anglers, lake trout (mackinaw) is a “bucket list” species that can only be caught in their dreams.  Not that they are particularly difficult to catch, but they are not found in all trout waters and so they must be “targeted.”  Since they are not found universally, anglers must learn where they live, how

Hungry “Cuts” Attack Small Rainbows

As I reported last week, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) has stocked close to 400,000 eight-inch rainbow trout in Strawberry since the first of October.  Those fish are now swimming in schools around the lake and are being targeted by large cutthroat trout as they gorge themselves before winter.  If you target the

Stocking Reports Equal Better Anglers

Most of you (as loyal readers) know I have a somewhat “strained” relationship with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). I’ve debated until blue in the face with biologists, fisheries managers, and even outreach coordinators throughout the state over issues like daily limits, fisheries management, and warm water species development, just to name a

Fall Shore Angling – Three Important Tips

This week, let’s take a look fishing from the shore and, hopefully, entice you to get out of that easy chair, turn off the football game, and catch some “stout” trout while enjoying this hot and cold (weather wise) extended fall fishing season. I watched a few shore anglers last week trying to mirror those

Can Lightning Strike Twice?

First Strike In February of 2017, I wrote the story of the largest striper I had caught at Lake Powell, and in my heart felt it was truly the fish of a lifetime.  To recap the event, my friend, Brent Daybell, and I were fishing in a deep canyon between Bullfrog and Good Hope bays,