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The Ogden Valley is a year-round recreation utopia. At the heart of the basin lies a phenomenal record-breaking, warm-water fishery — Pineview Reservoir. This stillwater was, until recently, home to the world record catch and release tiger musky, topping out at 53 inches and over 40 pounds. Every year, generally from May until July, when water temperatures are ideal, toothy-critter aficionados make their pilgrimage to Pineview to patrol the banks for this prehistoric game fish.

Tiger musky can be caught in a variety of ways. When water temperatures are in the mid’s, the fish move towards the banks into shallow coves, and structured lies off points and weed beds. This is a game of visibility. Whether fishing from a boat or from shore, try and achieve an elevated vantage point to spot a target fish. Many of the diehards fish from skiffs with platforms on the stern for spotting, but if the water is clear, a bass boat or drift boat will be enough to keep your fly in the zone. Make sure your tackle and fish-handling gear are up for the fight! Hard monofilament or fluorocarbon in the pound class is recommended, with many anglers opting for braided wire. Have handy a set of lipping forceps or clamps and try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible. All tiger musky are mandatory catch and release so keep the fish’s health in mind when handling for photo proof.

Besides tiger musky, Pineview is fertile fishing ground for small and largemouth bass, bluegill, perch and crappie, rainbows, browns, cutthroat and tiger trout. Outfit your little ones with a little spinner or spoon and set them out on a pan fish conquest. The reservoir is a great place for the whole family. Anderson Cove and Jefferson Hunt have ideal camping options and trailer hook-ups with lake access within walking distance. During peak summer months, every type of water recreation will commence. If it gets too crowded, try your luck on the inlets and outlets of the reservoir. The Ogden river and south fork of the Ogden are great streams with stoneflies and drakes buzzing around during May and June.

See the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Pineview Reservoir Fishing Report or a map and local regulations. 

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Ice fishing: Moving beyond the basics

Tips, tricks and gear that will make this a season to remember

By Kent Sorenson
Assistant Habitat Manager
DWR Northern Region

It's time to gear up for ice-fishing season! If you're serious about ice fishing and want to catch more fish, this post is for you.

We'll go beyond the basics with some tips and direction for those who demand more of themselves when it comes to hauling fish through a hole in the ice. (And maybe give you a few ideas for your Christmas list.) Let's get started!

Tip #1 — Choose reliable ice-fishing gear

My first tip is to buy good, reliable gear. You'll find that you usually get what you pay for. Investing a modest amount on quality tackle will make your days more productive and ensure that you don't waste your trip wrangling problematic equipment.

Ice scoop and ice fishing rod with spring bobber

Ice-fishing gear doesn't have to be complicated, but finding what works best for you may require a few trips and a willingness to experiment.

I also recommend tailoring your gear to the size and behaviors of the fish you want to catch. For example, if you want to catch lake trout, you'll need a rod, reel and line that are heavier than what you'd use for bluegill.

Rods and reels should also be matched to their assigned task. Even though you generally match your gear to a species, you actually match it more to the bait you intend to use rather than the species you plan to catch. For example, you can land a pound fish on a noodle rod, but you can't effectively work a 3/8-ounce lure with it.

For most panfish (e.g., bluegill and yellow perch), you'll rarely need to go heavier than 4-pound line. Possibly more important than the line weight, though, is its diameter and behavior in cold weather.

As you learn about the characteristics of various types of fishing line, you'll find they all have strengths and weaknesses.

We all have slight preferences that can be determined only through experience. I like monofilament line, other anglers like braids and some strictly use fluorocarbon. Rarely is one type of line best for all conditions.

Strive to find a line that is small in diameter and has low spool memory. This will have to be a try-it-and-see moment for most people.

Tip #2 — Make use of electronics

If possible, make use of electronics, particularly sonar. Nothing will build your confidence more than knowing there are fish below you. And nothing will make you a more successful angler than having that confidence.

There are many different sonar (fish finder) options available to ice anglers nowadays. I use a Vexilar, but other manufacturers make great sonar units too.

Some are better than others, but any of them are better than not using one at all. Find one that suits your fishing style and fits within your budget, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Above all, don't be intimidated by these units. Watch a YouTube video or two, practice with them for a couple of hours on the ice, and you'll be completely competent in their use.

Rainbow trout with equipment

Having a good sonar unit can really improve your ice-fishing success.

Other electronic aids include Global Positioning Satellite systems and underwater cameras. Of the two, I find a handheld GPS more helpful, particularly when transferring information I learned while fishing in open water.

I have used an underwater camera, but I found myself watching fish more than fishing. (Now, I extend my trips by letting the kids use it — they're so entertained, we end up staying longer!)

Smartphone apps have started to make themselves available as well, but I cannot personally comment on their usefulness (other than the weather apps). I would imagine we'll see an increase in their use in the future.

Tip #3 — Learn more about Utah's waterbodies and fish species

Become familiar with the different species you'll likely encounter in the places you plan to fish, or conversely, determine where the species you plan to target are found. For example, if you want to catch yellow perch, it doesn't make any sense to fish Lost Creek or Causey reservoirs, because neither water has yellow perch in it!

Identify the fish you want to catch and choose your location accordingly. Also, familiarize yourself with the annual dynamics of those waters and the behaviors of the species you'll target.

Black crappie and yellow perch on ice

Black crappie and yellow perch are a common catch through the ice at Pineview Reservoir. Visit the Fish Utah website to search for lakes and reservoirs by the species they hold.

There are some traditional and fairly reliable fisheries that can, for the most part, be counted on year after year. Take Pineview Reservoir, for example. You can generally count on it to produce a high catch rate for yellow perch. Some years the perch are small, some years they're medium-sized and, occasionally, they're pretty nice.

Other waters are wildly unpredictable. They tend to run in loose cycles and produce a strong year-class of naturally produced fish that dominates the fishery.

The yellow perch fishery at Rockport Reservoir is a good example of this. It's great when it happens, but a total waste of your time when it's between peaks.

Kent Sorenson holding trout caught through the ice

I love catching lake trout through the ice!

Tip #4 — Take advantage of technology

If you really want to dig into the waterbody you plan to fish, various technological tidbits available today can help a lot during the winter months:

  • Aerial views of waters
  • Water level fluctuations tracked over time
  • Inflow and discharge of popular reservoirs
  • GPS points you saved while fishing in the summer

Resources are readily available online: the Bureau of Reclamation has charts that track reservoir water levels, Google Earth has fabulous aerial photos in time series, commercial ventures (such as Navionics) have sample bathymetric maps for some local waters.

With just a bit of looking, you can find some great tools to supplement the DWR's online stocking and fishing reports.

Some additional tips

  • Be mobile. Don't ever, ever, ever stay somewhere that is not producing fish. If I'm not getting bites in 15 to 30 minutes, I'm off to find a new spot.
  • Mother and daughter show splake trout

    Ice fishing is your ticket to catching some of Utah's biggest fish! The ice allows you to access areas you'd need a boat for during the rest of the year.

  • Learn a bit (or more) about the behavior of the species you want to catch.
  • Learn from slow days by keeping a journal and noting what did and didn't work. If you tried a particular technique, for example, and it didn't work, note the conditions that day. It's possible the technique might work under different conditions. Also, note your 'near misses' (e.g., the day anglers around you hooked fish using a bait you didn't have, or realizing you should have packed up and moved to a new spot sooner) and look for ways to improve. Keeping a journal is a great way to keep you from making the same mistakes on subsequent trips.
  • Don't follow "hot bites" on the Internet. Find your own hotspots. There's as much misinformation floating around message boards and fishing reports as good information.
  • Learn to fish by fishing with experienced ice anglers, not simply reading the message boards or fishing reports mentioned above. Don't expect it to all happen at once: pay your dues, and earn a spot in a network of experienced anglers. Once it becomes obvious you can 'walk the talk,' experienced anglers will see value in what you have to share and will begin to share information with you more freely. Nobody starts out as a Jedi Master: you must be a Padawan first!
  • Have a basic understanding of what the bottom of the lake you want to fish looks like. Learn the depths at various locations and where the humps, ridges and changes in substrate are located. Pairing that information with the preferences and behaviors of the fish you want to catch can really increase your catch rate.
  • Develop a basic understanding of limnology (the scientific study of fresh water, such as lakes and ponds, with reference to their physical, geographical, biological, and other features).
Kent Sorenson

Kent Sorenson

Kent Sorenson is the assistant habitat manager in the DWR's Ogden office. His main tasks are improving habitat and public access to watersheds in northern Utah. When he's not at work, there's a good chance he's fishing somewhere, looking for a spot far away from the crowds.

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Jan 18 Report

DWR's Scott Tolentino reports that ice is starting to form on Bear Lake. No ice fishing yet but could come soon. Cisco should start to spawn any time now.

Jan 11 Report:

DWR Ice Update: Some anglers have been seen on the ice at Jordanelle. Please use caution — the ice is still considered unsafe.

DWR Ice update: Anglers say that Deer Creek Reservoir has open water in some areas and 6 inches of ice in others. Be very careful.

DWR Ice update: Wide Hollow Reservoir has 8 inches of ice and fishing is good for rainbows. Look for fish in 10 feet of water.

DWR Ice update: There's a little ice on the south end of Piute Reservoir. Fishing is slow.

DWR Ice update: Ice is 10–12 inches thick at Panguitch. Fish are generally biting very lightly, so pay close attention to the rod tip.

DWR Ice update: The ice at Otter Creek Reservoir is 8–10 inches thick. Fishing is good with popular ice techniques in shallow water.

DWR Ice update: Minersville Reservoir is capped with 6 inches of ice, but there are a few thin spots, so use caution. Fishing is fair.

DWR Ice update: There are over 6 inches of ice at Koosharem Reservoir. Catch large fish using minnows or cut bait.

Jan 10 Report:

DWR Ice Update: Most of Fish Lake has 8 inches of ice, and fishing is good for perch, rainbow trout, splake and lake trout.

Jan 8 Reports:

Don Allphin offers tips on ice fishing.

Brett Prettyman Blog: Flaming Gorge Fishing Report - Add rainbows to the "hot" category and look for plenty of ice for the Burbot Bash

DWR Ice update: There is a fair amount of floating ice at Bear Lake, but the lake should freeze soon. Cutthroat fishing is excellent!

DWR Ice update: Anglers have been on the ice at Holmes Creek. Use extreme caution when checking the ice thickness.

DWR Ice update: The ice at Echo appears to be safe. Use caution. Fishing is good using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or mealworms.

DWR Ice update: East Canyon Reservoir has about 5 inches of ice. Anglers are catching fish 15–20 feet down from the ice surface.

DWR Ice update: The ice at Hyrum is 6–8 inches thick and many are catching their limit of trout using nightcrawlers and mealworms.

DWR Ice update: Temps at Little Creek are consistently below zero, so the ice should be thick!

DWR Ice update: There is a large section of open water in the middle of Lost Creek. Ice near the dam and the edge is 4–6 inches thick.

DWR Ice update: Fishing is good at Mantua. Most fish are found in 13–19 feet of water. Be extremely careful on the ice.

DWR Ice update: Newton Reservoir has moderately safe ice, but anglers aren't catching many fish. Use caution.

Jan 4: DWR reports:

Ice update: Visiting Strawberry Reservoir this weekend? There are at least 6 inches of ice on many parts of the reservoir.

Ice update: The ice at Yuba State Park is not safe! The park ranger said that the reservoir just barely became capped with ice.

Ice update: Deer Creek is still in transition and the ice is not safe. Wait to ice fish until the conditions improve.

Jan 3: DWR reports:

Ice update: Headed to Starvation? The ice is about 4–6 inches thick. Fishing is good for rainbows and perch and fair for walleye.

Ice update: At Steinaker Reservoir, the ice is about six inches thick, and the rainbows are biting.

Ice update: There's now fishable ice at Big Sandwash, Browne, Cottonwood, Moose Pond and Pelican Lake.

Dec 26, from Utah DWR:

Ice update: There are reports that ice is forming at Pineview, but it is not stable. Use extreme caution.

Ice update: On December 21, Echo Reservoir was completely iced over. Use extreme caution out on the ice.


Strawberry has ice! There is new ice over the entire visible reservoir. Bays are solid and should support fishing. There may be spots of week ice over the main lake and so use extreme caution as you venture out. Fishing should be very good.

Utah DWR

Ice update: The ice at Birch Creek is reported to be 3 to 5 inches thick. Fishing is fair for rainbows during the morning hours.

Ice update: Mantua Reservoir is entirely covered with a thin layer of new ice. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.

Ice update: Cutler Reservoir is entirely covered with a thin layer of new ice. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.

Ice update: Newton Reservoir is entirely covered with a thin layer of new ice. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.

Ice update: Little Creek Reservoir is entirely covered with ice. Use extreme caution when checking the ice.

Utah DWR Reports

Ice update: Scofield is frozen. Ice thickness in the dam area is inches. Anglers report catching a lot of smaller fish.

Ice update: Anglers are fishing through the ice at Huntington (Mammoth) Reservoir. Try using small jigs tipped with mealworms.

Utah State Parks Trifishalon! will be December 29 at Scofield,January 19 at Rockport and February 9 at Starvation. Join the fun and show off your ice fishing skills. Prizes will be awarded. Details.

At last, some of Utah's better ice fishing waters are starting to get a hard deck.

Utah's DWR provided these updates on

Scofield Reservoir contains soft, unsafe ice with patches of open water. We recommend waiting weeks for safer ice.

The north corner of Electric Lake has inches of snowy ice. The rest is open water. Use caution if fishing.

The majority of Huntington Reservoir is topped with inches of unstable ice. There are patches of open water.

Reports from

Matt Warner had about an inch of ice on Friday. We expect the ice to be fishable soon, maybe by this weekend.

East Park Reservoir is completely covered in an estimated four inches of ice. Good fishing success is likely.

There are reports that the ice is inches thick at Hoop Lake. Anglers are catching rainbows in feet of water.

Some Uinta lakes have up to six inches of ice. The cold forecast for next week should bring ice to others.

Anglers report 2 inches of ice at Cleveland Reservoir. The catch rate has been about two fat rainbow trout per hour.

The ice is about 9 inches thick at Boulger Reservoir. Fishing is good for 8 to inch rainbow trout.


Utah's DWR provided this extensive new ice fishing report.

Good Ice Fishing, Close to Home

Dozens of waters in Utah provide good ice fishing action

You have warm clothes and waterproof boots.  Your ice fishing equipment is ready to go.  And you have a basic idea of how to locate fish and catch them through the ice.

So what’s standing between you and a great ice fishing experience this winter?
Maybe only one thing: Knowing which waters in Utah to fish.

Fortunately, dozens of waters across Utah provide good ice fishing year after year.
“In my opinion, Utah has some of the best ice fishing in the country,” says Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Cushing has fished through the ice in states across the country.

“Utah provides a wider variety of fish to catch than any place I know of,” he says.  “And many of these opportunities are probably close to your home.”

Cushing gave Utah County as an example.  If you live in the county, you can fish for white bass at Utah Lake in the morning, and then turn around and head to Strawberry Reservoir to catch trophy-sized cutthroat trout in the afternoon; all in the same day!

Fishing reports
Visiting the DWR’s fishing report is one way to learn which type of fish are in which waters and where fishing is the best.

DWR biologists, officers and outreach personnel update the report every one to two weeks.  You can read the report at

Other Internet sources—such as and—are also good places to visit.  And don’t forget your local fishing tackle shop or sporting goods store—people who work at these stores are often the first ones to know about good fishing in their areas.

Some of Utah’s best
Cushing says the following waters are producing great fishing for the following fish:

Yellow perch
Larger perch: Fish Lake, and Rockport Reservoir

Smaller, but more abundant perch: Pineview, Mantua, Echo, and Starvation reservoirs

“Catching perch at Pineview can be fairly easy,” Cushing says.  “Just locate the spot on the bottom where the perch are, and then put your bait in front of the fish.”

Larger bluegill: Pelican Lake

Smaller, but more abundant bluegill: Mantua Reservoir

Largemouth bass
Pelican Lake, and Mantua Reservoir

Rainbow, cutthroat, brown or tiger trout
Deer Creek Reservoir
Steinaker Reservoir
Starvation Reservoir
Strawberry Reservoir“Strawberry provides fantastic fishing for big trout, and lots of them,” Cushing says.

Birch Creek Reservoir
“This water provides good fishing for big tiger trout,” Cushing says.

Lake trout
Flaming Gorge Reservoir, and Fish Lake

“You have a good chance to catch some big fish at these waters,” he says.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Pineview Reservoir

Cushing says crappie can be tricky to catch.  “They suspend at various depths,” he says, “so they can be tough to find.

“But if you catch a crappie at a certain depth, keep fishing that depth,” he says, “and you should do well.  Pineview has a good population of crappie.”

Kokanee salmon
Causey Reservoir and Porcupine Reservoir

Cushing says the best ice fishing for kokanee salmon happens at the two waters at the start of the ice fishing season.  “When ice first forms on these waters,” he says, “salmon fishing can be fantastic for about two to three weeks.”

White bass
Utah Lake

This is another water where the best fishing happens early in the ice fishing season.  “Fishing for white bass is usually best from the time the ice forms until about mid January,” Cushing says.  “The harbors at the lake are the best places to catch them through the ice.”

Some of the best fishing of the year
Cushing says the arrival of winter doesn’t mean fishing is over until the spring.  “Winter can be the most fun, the most productive and the least expensive time of the year to fish,” he says.  “New lakes, new opportunities and new species of fish are out there for you to enjoy.  Get out there, and take advantage of it.”

More ice fishing basics are available in two videos produced by the DWR.  You can see the videos at


Fishing pineview report ice

DWR News Release

If you don’t ski or snowboard, winter in Utah can feel never-ending. But another great way to get outdoors is embarking on an afternoon or weekend of ice fishing.

There are a lot of options in Utah when it comes to ice fishing. Targeting yellow perch is a great way to narrow down the list. Yellow perch are often an easy species to catch through the ice, which can make fishing for them a fun family outing in the winter.

“Winter is a good time to go fishing because ice gives everyone the opportunity to walk to the best areas — the places where the fish are hanging out,” Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Sportfish Coordinator Randy Oplinger said. “Fish are also hungry and active in the winter, and that can make them easier to catch.”

Here are some waterbodies in Utah that offer great ice fishing for yellow perch. The waterbodies are also large, so it’s easy to spread out and social distance:

  • Fish Lake: The perch are typically small, but you can catch a lot of them at this waterbody in south-central Utah. Perch fishing at the lake is so good that there’s an annual Fish Lake Perch Tournament. Located in Sevier County, this waterbody also offers rainbow trout, lake trout and splake. Recent gillnet surveys show the size and number of lake trout in Fish Lake has increased.
  • Big Sandwash Reservoir: Located in eastern Utah in Duchesne County, this waterbody offers rainbow trout and bluegill, in addition to perch.
  • Mantua Reservoir: Located in northern Utah in east Box Elder County, this waterbody offers perch as well as bluegill and rainbow trout.
  • Pineview Reservoir: Located in northern Utah in Weber County, this waterbody offers both perch and crappie.
  • Rockport Reservoir: Located in Summit County, this waterbody is within a state park. In addition to perch, it offers rainbow trout.
  • Echo Reservoir: Also located in Summit County, this waterbody is part of a state park. It offers rainbow trout, in addition to perch.

Oplinger said perch are a great species for kids and new ice anglers to fish for because you can catch a lot of them through the ice. “These waters also offer rainbow trout, and Mantua and Big Sandwash offer bluegill,” he said. “Rainbow trout and bluegill are two additional species you can catch in large numbers. Luckily, they take baits and lures similar to those used for perch.&#;

Tips to help you be successful while ice fishing

Once a waterbody freezes over in the winter, fish often stay near the bottom of the lake. Because of that, a good recommendation is to start fishing with your lure about a foot off the bottom. If you aren’t getting strikes, try reeling your lure up and setting it at different depths. Fish finders can be helpful in determining where the fish are. Also, if anglers around you are catching fish, don’t hesitate to ask them the depth at which they’re fishing.

While many fish species still fight as hard under the ice as they do in open water, some species have a more subtle strike, so you have to carefully watch the tip of your rod to know if you’re getting bites. Adding a device called a spring bobber to the end of your fishing rod can help you detect these subtle bites.

You can catch any fish species through the ice, and any time of day can be good for ice fishing.

“The best way to prepare for ice fishing is to make sure you are dressed warmly for the colder weather and to make sure all your equipment is ready,” Oplinger said. “If you are new to the sport, you can get additional tips and recommendations from fellow anglers, employees at tackle stores or online. It’s always a good idea to check local fishing reports as well.”

Safety recommendations

A general safety recommendation is to not step on the ice unless it is at least 4 inches thick. Keep in mind, though, that ice thickness can vary across a lake. If you see the ice is four inches thick in one spot, don&#;t assume it’s four inches thick across the entire lake. Be sure to drill test holes into the ice as you venture onto it. You should also avoid putting large groups of people and equipment in a small area — spread the weight out.

“As an extra precaution, you can also purchase ice safety picks, which can help you get out of a lake if you fall through the ice,” Oplinger said. “I’d also recommend taking a rope with you. It’s always a good idea to have someone else with you when ice fishing.”

Find more ice safety tips on the Utah State Parks website. 

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