“One of the waters, Browns Draw, doesn’t receive much fishing pressure,” said Randy Oplinger, sport fisheries coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. “The remaining waters can draw lots of anglers on the weekends, but they’re large waters with plenty of space to spread out and have a great experience.”
If anglers are looking for some solitude this winter, Oplinger encourages them to visit Fish Lake, where rainbow trout, yellow perch and splake are found.
Weeds in Fish Lake extend from the shore into water that’s about 15 to 20 feet deep. Then, the weeds end. The outside edge of those weeds, the weedline, is where anglers want to place a jig or bait. “Find the weedline,” said Richard Hepworth, regional aquatics manager for the DWR, “and you’ll catch fish at Fish Lake.”
Hepworth says anglers don’t need a fishfinder to find the weedline. “Once you get on the ice,” he said, “look for lots of ice fishing holes. That’s likely where the weedline is.”
After finding the weedline, drop a small jig, or even a plain hook, with PowerBait or a worm threaded on it close to the bottom. Then, watch the tip of the fishing rod closely. If it starts to twitch, raise the rod, and set the hook; a rainbow trout, splake or yellow perch will likely be on the end of the line.
The chance to catch a variety of fish, in a beautiful mountain setting, draws anglers to Fish Lake year after year. “That’s what makes fishing at Fish Lake so much fun,” Hepworth said. “You never know what you’ll catch. The fish on the end of your line might be a small, tasty yellow perch, or it might be a 30-pound lake trout. You just never know.”
Hepworth said safe ice usually forms at Fish Lake between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. That may not be the case this year, though. Check fishing reports at wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/reports_sr.php for current ice conditions.