October is hot for fishing

Here’s where to take the family

A group of people enjoy fishing at a Utah lake. October is a great time of the year to catch fish – away from the crowds, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Photo courtesy of DWR

When people think of October, images of fall colors, Halloween decor and pumpkin patches typically enter their minds. However, this month also has some really hot fishing in Utah, and because there are fewer people on the water, it’s a perfect time to take the whole family, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.

During the first half of October, Utahns see the second-best fishing action of the whole year. (It’s second best because the fishing in late May and early June is hard to beat.) The fish are biting like crazy, which will provide some exciting fishing trips for the whole family. And, as an added bonus, the weather is comfortably cool, the fall colors are gorgeous and fewer people are crowding your favorite fishing hole, said Jolley.

“Fishing is a great way to get your kids outdoors so you can all spend time together,” Randy Oplinger, DWR sportfish coordinator, said. “It teaches your kids patience and also instills that love of spending time in nature. Your children will learn problem-solving skills while figuring out how to get a fish to bite, and they’ll become more self-sufficient as they learn to catch their own food.”

“Our community fisheries are stocked each fall and are located throughout the state,” Oplinger said. “Plus, many of them have other amenities as well, like trails, benches and playgrounds. So older children could enjoy an afternoon of fishing, while the younger kids play on the playground. You can easily find an activity that appeals to everyone in your family.”

Along with being close by, the community fisheries are stocked with rainbow trout and other species like bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish that are easier to catch because they take a variety of lures, baits and flies. October is a great time to fish for rainbow trout, in particular, said Jolley.

“These waterbodies also have great shoreline access, which makes it easy for people to get to the fish,” Oplinger said.

Those interested can find the closest community fishery on the DWR website, www.wildlife.utah.gov.