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Fishing is Starting to Heat Up Near the Shore


Ice off is the best time of the year to fish for trout from the shore. 
    Hungry and ready to bite, the trout are near shore this time of the year.
Ice off is the best time of the year to fish for trout from the shore. Hungry and ready to bite, the trout are near shore this time of the year.

Melting ice means hot fishing

If you like to catch trout and other coldwater fish from the shore, pay attention to Utah's fishing reports—some of the best shore fishing of the year is about to begin.

Ice is melting and pulling away from the shore at some of Utah's mid-elevation waters. In the next week or two, additional mid-elevation waters will also experience "ice off."

As the ice leaves, the sun hits the shallow water near the shore. If the sun stays out and the wind stays calm, the water near the shore can warm quickly.

As the water warms, trout and other coldwater fish move into the shallow water in search of food. These fish are hungry—it's been awhile since they've had a decent meal.

"At many of the state's waters, spring is the best time to fish from the shore," says Roger Wilson, Aquatic Section chief for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "It's a great time to take your kids fishing. They can catch a bunch of fish using simple techniques and simple fishing equipment."

The DWR has compiled a list of tips that will help you catch fish from the shore during ice off. The free list is available on on Utah Fishing Info or the DWR website.