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Ice Fishing Basics clinic offered on Jan. 8

Salt Lake City You can learn the basics of ice fishing at a free clinic on Jan. 8.

Staying warm and comfortable on the ice, the type of fishing gear you'll need, and how to get on the ice and drill a hole, are among the basics you'll learn.

After learning the basics, experienced ice anglers and biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources will share tips and tricks that will help you catch fish at four of the state's best ice fishing waters: Bear Lake, Pineview Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir and Fish Lake.

The free Jan. 8 clinic is sponsored by Utah's Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.

Paul Birdsey, cold water sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, says the clinic is open to anyone who has an interest in ice fishing.

"If you're a beginning angler," Birdsey says, "the clinic will give you the confidence you need to gather your gear and hit the ice."

Birdsey says tips to catch fish at the four waters should benefit all anglers, no matter your skill level. "It doesn't matter if you're a beginning or an advanced ice angler," he says. "The tips you receive should help you catch more fish."

If you have questions about the clinic, call the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.