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Learn how to ice fish

November 23, 2017 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY — Those who have never fished on the ice before, or have, but want to catch more trout or panfish at waters across Utah won’t want to miss a free ice fishing seminar on Nov. 30, from 7 – 9 p.m., in the auditorium at the Department of Natural Resources (DWR), 1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City. To attend, please register at http://bit.ly/icefishing2017.

Those who can’t attend the seminar in-person, can watch it live at https://youtu.be/sEYAbzmx7NE. The day after the seminar, a recording of the presentation, as well as other fishing seminars that have been held through the years, will be available at www.youtube.com/user/UDWR.

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There’s an advantage to attending the event in-person, though: in addition to asking the presenters questions, attendees might win a free guided ice fishing trip for two.

Randy Oplinger, sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, says with a little training, beginning anglers can get on the ice and find success. “Ice fishing is a lot of fun,” he says. “It’s a great activity to do with family in the winter.”

What will be learned?

Utah’s Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council and the DWR are offering the free seminar. Oplinger says attending or watching the seminar is the perfect way to gear up for this winter’s ice fishing season. He says organizers have designed the event so both beginning and experienced anglers benefit.

“If a person is new to ice fishing,” he says, “they will receive a great introduction to the sport. They will learn where to fish, how to be safe on the ice, the gear that is needed to fish through the ice, how to locate fish and how to catch them, once they have been found.

“Anglers will also learn the best bait and tactics to use to catch trout and panfish in Utah,” he says. “Even experienced anglers should learn a thing or two.”

And, if a person is interested in catching more fish at Strawberry Reservoir, Alan Ward, the DWR’s fisheries biologist at the reservoir, will share tricks and tips.

Oplinger says the presenters—all of whom are avid ice anglers—will show and explain the various types of equipment needed to fish through the ice. The following are the topics and the presenters:

Introduction to ice fishing

Ian Munson and Bryan Losse, Priority One Fishing and Cabela’s

Ice fishing for panfish: Bait and tactics

Kent Sorenson and Clint Brunson, DWR biologists

Ice fishing on Strawberry Reservoir

Alan Ward, fisheries biologist at Strawberry Reservoir

For questions about the seminar or more information, call the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.