Tournaments to be held across state
For those who want to add an extra challenge to their ice fishing this winter, a tournament may be just the thing. Plus, you can help many of our fisheries and often win prizes, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
DWR and Utah State Parks will sponsor or host several ice fishing tournaments in January and February around the state. A valid Utah fishing license is required for anyone over 12 years old to fish in any of the events. Anyone participating should be familiar with the ice safety recommendations on the Utah State Parks website, said Jolley.
Here are a few tournaments to check out:
Rockport State Park Tagged Fishing Classic
This fishing contest will take place from Jan. 1 to Feb. 29 at Rockport State Park in Summit County. Over 100 fish in the reservoir have been tagged and anyone who catches one and turns it in during that timeframe can win a prize.
Find more contest details on the Rockport State Park website or by calling their office.
Steinaker State Park Tagged Fish Outing
This fishing contest will take place from Jan. 11 until 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at Steinaker State Park in Uintah County. Only 50 trout will be tagged, and anglers have the option of keeping the fish or releasing them. If they choose to release your fish, simply pull the tag out. All tags must be turned in to the DWR office at 318 N. Vernal Ave., during normal business hours. The prize giveaway will occur at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7. Registration is required to participate in the contest. It’s $20 for adults 17 and older and $15 for youth 16 and younger.
Find more contest details on the Steinaker State Park website or by calling their office.
Hosted by the Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the DWR and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Burbot Bash will be held Jan. 24-26 at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This annual ice fishing tournament helps to control the burbot population, a cod-like fish that rapidly reproduces and preys on the eggs of other fish species. Prizes will be awarded to anglers who catch the most burbot, the largest and smallest burbot, and a tagged burbot.
For more contest details or to register, visit the Burbot Bash website.
Monster Cisco Disco
While this is not technically ice fishing, this annual winter fishing event is worth attending. The Cisco Disco is part of the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest and will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at Bear Lake State Park. Participants will have the chance to dip nets for Bonneville cisco, a fish species only found at Bear Lake, and must turn in their catches between 11 a.m. and noon to be entered into the contest.
For more details, visit the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest website.
East Canyon State Park Ice Fishing Challenge
This will be the 7th annual fishing challenge hosted by East Canyon State Park. It will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25. Participants can register on Eventbrite.
For more details, visit the Utah State Parks website.
Starvation Ice Derby
This event will be held at Starvation Reservoir at Fred Hayes State Park on Saturday, Feb. 8. Participants will target trout and walleye for the contest, and prizes will be awarded based on fish length. Registration is $15 to fish for just one of the species or $20 to fish for both species.
For more details about the contest, visit the Utah State Park website.
Fish Lake Perch Tournament
Hosted by DWR and several partnering organizations, the annual Fish Lake Perch Tournament will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22. As its name suggests, participants will target perch and can win prizes if they catch a tagged one.
For more details, visit the DWR Eventbrite page.