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SALT LAKE CITY — Division of Wildlife Resources officials are offering several ice fishing clinics to teach new anglers tips to stay safe and catch fish this winter.
The free ice fishing seminars will include information on how to stay warm and comfortable on the ice, what type of fishing gear to use, how to get onto the ice, and how to drill a hole, according to a DWR news release.
"We'll have displays set up that focus on the basics of ice fishing," DWR regional outreach manager Ron Stewart said in a news release. "What to wear, essential fishing gear, baits and lures, where to go, and tips and techniques for some of the fish species we have in our local waters."
One ice fishing clinic will be held at the Department of Natural Resources building at 1594 W. North Temple on Jan. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The clinic will offer tips for catching fish at Bear Lake, Pineview Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir and Fish Lake and will be sponsored by Utah’s Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council.
If you want hands-on learning, two clinics will be held on the ice at reservoirs in the Uintah Basin. One clinic will be held Jan. 10 at the Big Sandwash Reservoir from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second clinic will be held Jan. 19 at Steinaker Reservoir from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At both clinics, DWR officials will provide augers to drill holes in the ice. A selection of hooks, bait and a few fishing poles will also be available.
Participants in these two clinics are encouraged to wear layers of warm clothing and bring water and snacks.
The last clinic will be held Jan. 15 at the Vernal DWR office at 318 N. Vernal Ave. It will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. While it will give tips to help beginning anglers, the seminar will also benefit advanced anglers with ice fishing, the news release said.
For more information about the ice fishing clinics in the Uintah Basin, participants can call the DWR’s Vernal office at 435-781-9453. Anyone with questions about the Salt Lake City clinic can contact the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.