THE GREAT OUTDOORS — If you enjoy ice fishing and have dreamed of doing it competitively, your chance has arrived. Utah State Parks officials are hosting three ice fishing tournaments throughout Utah during the next few weeks.
Scofield Ice Fishing Tournament
Scofield State Park will be holding its ninth annual ice fishing tournament Saturday, Dec. 27, according to a Utah State Parks news release. Check-in for the tournament begins at 6 a.m. and the tournament will run from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost of participation is $15 per person with a limit of 250 participants.
The tournament will be for rainbow trout only and five anglers with the biggest fish will be awarded. Only one fish per person can be entered and fish must be checked by a state park official before 2:30 p.m.
The possession limit is four fish and any fish caught and released must be unharmed, the news release said. If a fish is stressed, it will be counted toward the angler’s possession limit.
Basin Ice Fishing Bowl
The Basin Ice Fishing Bowl will be held at Steinaker State Park on Jan. 31 and Starvation State Park on Feb. 7. Check-ins at both parks will begin at 6:30 a.m. and both competitions will run from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The fish species allowed during the Steinaker State Park competition are largemouth bass, bluegill and any trout species. The fish species that will count towards the competition at Starvation State Park are walleye, yellow perch and any trout species. The overall length of the fish will determine the winner and anglers can count a combination of all three fish species for a single day or use all six species for the full tournament.
Anglers can fish a single day of the tournament for $20 for adults or $10 for children or $35 for adults and $15 for kids for the full tournament. The adults and children who catch the three biggest fish at each park will be awarded cash prizes.
The second annual Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon will be held at four different state parks. The tournament will take place at East Canyon on Jan. 31, Deer Creek on Feb. 7, Rockport on Feb. 14 and Jordanelle on Feb. 21 and check-in will take place from 6–7a.m.
Each Quad-fishalon participant’s top three trout cumulative measurements will be totaled for a grand tournament award to be presented after the Jordanelle contest, according to the news release. Awards will also be given for first, second, and third place participants at each reservoir with the largest total measurement for their entered trout. Over $6,000 in prizes will be given throughout the tournament.
Only one fish per person can be entered and fish must be checked by a state park official before 2:30 p.m. each day of the tournament. The possession limit is four fish and any fish caught and released must be unharmed, the news release said. If a fish is stressed, it will be counted toward the angler’s possession limit.
The cost will be $55 per person for the full tournament if registered before Jan. 26 and $70 per person after Jan. 26. For people wanting to fish a single day, the registration cost will be $15 per person online and $20 per person for registering on-site.
All anglers involved in any of the tournaments must have a valid Utah fishing license and any cheating or violation of the rules will result in disqualification.