Ice fishing season will begin soon
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Utah’s fishing waters should be covered with ice soon. Once ice is safe to walk on, another ice fishing season will be underway. 
																	Photo courtesy Utah DWR
Utah’s fishing waters should be covered with ice soon. Once ice is safe to walk on, another ice fishing season will be underway. Photo courtesy Utah DWR
According to Lindy Varney, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), some of the state’s fishing waters should be covered with ice soon. “Ice fishing is a fun activity that’s growing in popularity in Utah,” she said. “Once the ice is safe to walk on, another ice fishing season will be underway.”

Hunting opportunities are also available in the winter. Several hunting seasons, including the cottontail rabbit, chukar partridge and snowshoe hare seasons, run through most of the winter.

Buying an ice-fishing license at the DWR’s website ( is one way to get access to winter fishing. Residents can also buy a license at DWR offices and from more than 260 fishing and hunting license agents across Utah.

Combination licenses — which allow the license holder to fish and hunt small game — are also available at the same locations and at the website.

If buying the license as a Christmas gift, purchasers will need the person’s name, their approximate height and weight, eye color, hair color, date of birth, address and phone number. “Once you have that information,” Varney said, “you’re good to go.”

If a license is purchased at the website (, it can be mailed to an address or post office box. Or, the license can be mailed directly to the person it was bought for.

It usually takes about seven days for a license to arrive in the mail.

In addition to enjoying the outdoors in 2018, the person receiving the license will get an added bonus: they won’t have to wait until Jan. 1 to use it. The license is valid starting the day of purchase. Annual Utah fishing and hunting licenses are 365-day licenses. That means they’re good for 365 days from the date of purchase.

For more information about Utah fishing and hunting licenses, call the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.

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