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Fish Lake

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Saturday, Dec 10 2022
Fishing forecast (December through March): Fish Lake provides some of the best ice fishing in Utah. Due to its depth, Fish Lake freezes over much later than most other waters in southern Utah. During most years, you can find some safe ice forming between Christmas and the new year. The shallow north and south ends freeze over first, so you often have safe ice in those areas while the middle of the lake is still open. Highway 25 is plowed as far as Joe Bush, though large storms can cause temporary closures.Ice fishing can vary from slow to fast, depending on the species you target. The fastest fishing is for yellow perch and small trout (rainbow, splake) in the shallowest water next to the weed line. Ice flies and small jigs tipped with mealworm, waxworm, nightcrawler, perch meat, and corn work very well. Perch numbers are most dense on the north and south ends of the lake, where the weed line is wider, so focus on those areas if you want to target high catches of perch. There is no limit for yellow perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest as many perch as you catch. You are also allowed to waste perch at Fish Lake so, if you don't want to take them all home, just kill the fish and drop them back in the lake.If you'd like to avoid the perch and catch bigger trout, move out to deeper water (20 to 40 feet). You can catch rainbow trout and splake suspended over deep water as well. To target more splake, try increasing your jig size and tip with perch, chub or sucker meat. Anglers occasionally catch kokanee salmon through the ice as well. While most catches are incidental, you can try targeting salmon by adding a flasher to your line (the same one you troll with in the summer) and fishing suspended over deep water. Shoe-peg corn is commonly recognized as effective for kokanee, while mealworms and waxworms may also work.Winter is a great time for anglers to target lake trout, especially anglers who don't have boats. Fish large jigs or spoons tipped with cut bait on the bottom in 50 to 100 feet. A good fish finder and a healthy dose of patience are other essentials for lake trout fishing. Consult the Fish Lake entry on the Fish Utah map for more ice fishing tips for all these species. Contact Fish Lake Resorts (Fish Lake Lodge/Lakeside Marina) or Bowery Haven Resort before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (Dec. 2, 2022)




Saturday, Dec 10 2022




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Fish Lake


Rating - Good

Fishing forecast (December through March): Fish Lake provides some of the best ice fishing in Utah. Due to its depth, Fish Lake freezes over much later than most other waters in southern Utah. During most years, you can find some safe ice forming between Christmas and the new year. The shallow north and south ends freeze over first, so you often have safe ice in those areas while the middle of the lake is still open. Highway 25 is plowed as far as Joe Bush, though large storms can cause temporary closures.Ice fishing can vary from slow to fast, depending on the species you target. The fastest fishing is for yellow perch and small trout (rainbow, splake) in the shallowest water next to the weed line. Ice flies and small jigs tipped with mealworm, waxworm, nightcrawler, perch meat, and corn work very well. Perch numbers are most dense on the north and south ends of the lake, where the weed line is wider, so focus on those areas if you want to target high catches of perch. There is no limit for yellow perch at Fish Lake and you are encouraged to harvest as many perch as you catch. You are also allowed to waste perch at Fish Lake so, if you don't want to take them all home, just kill the fish and drop them back in the lake.If you'd like to avoid the perch and catch bigger trout, move out to deeper water (20 to 40 feet). You can catch rainbow trout and splake suspended over deep water as well. To target more splake, try increasing your jig size and tip with perch, chub or sucker meat. Anglers occasionally catch kokanee salmon through the ice as well. While most catches are incidental, you can try targeting salmon by adding a flasher to your line (the same one you troll with in the summer) and fishing suspended over deep water. Shoe-peg corn is commonly recognized as effective for kokanee, while mealworms and waxworms may also work.Winter is a great time for anglers to target lake trout, especially anglers who don't have boats. Fish large jigs or spoons tipped with cut bait on the bottom in 50 to 100 feet. A good fish finder and a healthy dose of patience are other essentials for lake trout fishing. Consult the Fish Lake entry on the Fish Utah map for more ice fishing tips for all these species. Contact Fish Lake Resorts (Fish Lake Lodge/Lakeside Marina) or Bowery Haven Resort before you go to check on current conditions and get up-to-date fishing reports. (Dec. 2, 2022)


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