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  1. Starvation is one of the few reservoirs in Utah managed for walleye and perch. Headed up there 12/29 to see if we could ice some perch and perhaps locate a few eyes. No such luck. However Starvation is also noted for supporting rainbows of good size and some monster brown trout. Picked a good location off the map and we got into the trout in no time. Iced over 50 bows and one nice brown in 5 hours of fishing. Most fish were in the 3 to 4 lb range with a couple pushing 6 lb. Had my LX7 out for the first time and it was perfect. Loved be able to see the whole water column in the center and bottom 10ft on the right. We were fishing in 30 to 40ft depths and the trout were all over the water column. Caught them right off the bottom to less then 10ft under the ice. A good flasher is a must and the LX7 handled the situation. The LX5 is offically now a backup unit. Here's a pic of a typical fish for the day.
  2. Been busy checking out new waters. Utah DWR actually manages Starvation reservoir for walleyes and perch and I decided to give it a try. Reviewed a map and picked a few spots. Basically was cruising around when the sonar tagged a school of fish extending from 6 to 24ft depths. Dropped a jig down and perch jerking commenced. We fished for four hours solid and the perch kept coming. Most were of the 8 to 10 inch variety but we picked some jumbos out of the school with the largest taping at 15". Also got 3 walleys in the mix. Decided to try our hand at trolling for eyes and got a mixed bag of rainbow trout and a couple of small walleyes. Also plowed through a few schools of perch in the process. This lake is for sure on the calendar for ice fishing. Fall fishing for trout on Strawberry was a little off this year as water is still very high. Discovered large trout love walleye spinning rigs tipped with a crawler. No bruisers this year but a lot of nice 3 to 5 lb fish. Averaged about 20 fish an outing and know of some who were hitting in the 50s. The hard deck is just starting to form. Can't wait to get out on the ice. Sorry no pics - I leave my cell in the truck and never have a camera in the boat. The camera is bad juju and wife can't tell me to head home if I don't have my phone.
  3. Tried them. Thing is Utah just doesn't have a minnow forage base. Small perch and chubs and stocked trout fingerlings are the main fare along with crayfish. I need to catch some bigger eyes and empty the stomachs to make sure. The perch here live off plankton and small perch. Always spit up a greenish goo. No mayfly larvae etc to speak of. Has been fun adjusting. Been up to Deer Creek twice since last post. Got into the 9 to 10" perch but only a couple of hours after sunrise. Total shutdown after 10am although I was still marking a ton of fish. Could get them to chase the Rattl Flyer 8 feet off the bottom but they just wouldn't bite. On the other hand the rainbows had no fear in whacking the jig. A 2lb bow on a ML ST Croix Legend is quite the battle.
  4. Cutthroats and rainbows here in UT will hit them especially if you tip them with a bit of crawler or Gulp. Like Wanderer said they all one hecka of an attracting lure too.
  5. Heard rumors of a good perch bite so decided to give it a whirl today. First adaptation - can't use live minnows. Can't even use a whole frozen minnow. Have to cut them up. Can use perch eyes and meat go figure. And bait stores here tend to have only worms and waxies. We also don't have Lakemaster or Nav charts but do have some paper maps with 10ft contours give or take. Anyhow the info I got was to look for perch in 40 to 50ft depths in bays. That's on the shallow side here since those depths are usually a stone's throw from shore. Not unusual to hunt for perch in 70ft. I guessed that the map was likely 10 feet off as reservoir was slightly down from usual. Drilled my first hole and I was in 40ft. Excellent. Popped another quick 10 holes out to 50ft and began to fish. Dropped a 1/16 oz Lindy red glow Rattl Flyer tipped with waxies down and two jigs later had my first perch. Nothing special just 8" but that was a nice start. The fish keep coming for the next couple of hours - everything between 6 and 10". Then the snow stopped and so did the bite. Time to switch gears and I opted to drop a red diamond jig down the hole. Didn't take long and the perch were hitting again. I did some hole hopping just to see if I could find some bigger perch but no luck. Did find two cigar walleyes though so I might have to try a sunset ice trip. This body of water has produced 15lb eyes and the DNR has netted a 20lb eye during a survey. Just trying to figure out what I would use for walleye bait. Probably perch eyes or a chunk of perch meat. The zoom feature on Marcum LX5 was key to seeing how fish related to my jig. Don't leave home without it!
  6. Finally got a weekend to get out on the ice. Conditions were single digit temps, a bit of wind and about 8" of ice. Started out by the Ladders in 8 to 12 fett looking for rainbows. Not hing happening so we worked out slowly to deeper water. After 30 some odd holes threw in the towel and headed over to Chicken Creek area. Same approach - started shallow and worked deeper. Fish were appearing on the Marcum and the camera but just sniffing the bait. Jigging wasn't working so time for a radical approach. I'd drop the bait to the bottom, reel it up like mad to about 6 feet and then drop it to about 8 feet off the bottom and held it there. This trick has worked before and it worked again. The rapid ascent and drop attracted the fish in. Once I had a fish on the bait slowly lifting the bait would trigger a quick nip. Had to use spring bobbers to detect the bite and a quick power hookset was required. We iced about 20 cutts and one rainbow over 4 hours. A glow tube jig tipped with a bit of Gulp or earthworm was the best bait. Not one of the best days but it was nice to get out out on hardwater.
  7. Scofiled is known for early ice trout especially tiger trout which are a cross between brookies and browns. Much like tiger muskies tiger trout are known to be very agressive. Having never caught one a trip was in order. Scofield has a highway running along most of the shore so access is easy. Park and walk out, We setup on a point leading into the bay where the dam was located in depths from 10 to 20ft. Iced our first rainbow within 5 minutes in 15ft and the fish just kept coming. We used white pepper tubes and white paddle jumpers for the most part. All the rainbows and the few cutthroat we caught ran from 8 to 16 inches - not big but when you can catch 20 of them per person in 4 hours it's fun. Sadly no tigers showed up so I'll have to try again. I bought an Automatic Fisherman tipup to use as a second line and tried it out for the first time. Very similar to a slammer but made of plastic and it is more adjustable IMO. The unit performed flawlessly setting the hook on 6 trout so all I had to do was reel them in. They are legal here in UT but might not be in MN. I will be using the tipup as my second line from now on. No more running across the ice to try to set the hook before the fish moves off now.
  8. Set out to the local reservoir known for holding large bass. Starting working dropshots and jigs along points in 20ft to 30ft. Bass hold a lot deeper out here. Marked fish but no takers. Saw some surfacing fish and decided to target them. Grabbed a ultralight rod and starting throwing hardware. After several lure changes the good old #3 in-line spinner came out and was immediately smashed by a 15" rainbow. Game on. Trout put up a great battle on light tackle. Averaged about 10 fish an hour and have been able to stay on them for several trips. Bass will have to wait until this bite slows down. Took another trip up north to Strawberry over the weekend. Never got above 28 and the wind was blowing hard so trolling was out. Ducked into a fishable cove and caught a 22" rainbow on the second cast fishing a 3 inch white tube jig. Spent the day moving around the cove and even anchored on top of a point for awhile as one rainbow after another came to the boat. We also caught a couple of nice cutthroats one going over 8lbs. All fish came on either the tube jig or a 2 1/2 inch white Berkley T-Tail. Likely my last open water trip on Strawberry but the bite is still going strong. Ice time is just about here!
  9. Not much salt use. The DMV here will spread grit/dirt when it gets slippery. Snow doesn't stay long in the valleys and mot as cold as MN. If black ice develops they will use salt but that seldom happens for more than a day or two.
  10. Having recently moved to UT from Minnesota I was anxious to to try my hand at shallow water fall trout. Much like walleyes trout move shallow to feed during fall but unlike walleyes they can be caught during daylight hours. Methods used range from floating bobbers, to tossing small cranks, swimbaits and tubes and to long lining cranks and spinners (Pop gear here in UT). My sons and I opted to try Strawberry reservoir, a prime UT trout water located east of Park City at about 8,000 ft. Strawberry is managed by the UT DNR for native cutthroat trout but they also stock rainbow and konanee salmon in the lake. We launched in clear skies and 29 degree temps and immediately noticed the lake had turned over - lots of floating junk. Not the best sign but turns out it didn't matter. The plan was to start throwing baits to the shoreline while slowly moving along with the trolling motor. If that didn't work we were going to switch to long lining small cranks and spinner rigs. Since the water was a little murky we decided white was going to be the color of the day. First baits tied on were a shallow Xrap, a 4" Berkley T Tail and a white/grey flecked 4" tube jig. Three casts in and the tube jig scored this nice rainbow. The T Tail was getting hammered but not hooking any fish and the Xrap was just getting wet. The tube jig however put another two fish in the boat in short order and the choice was made. We were missing twice as many strikes as getting hooked so a small treble hook stinger was added to the jig. Game on. We also quickly learned to key in on small main lake coves with a weed edge in 5ft and a clear sand/rock shoreline inside the edge. Casting the jig into the shore and swimming it back with an occasional twitch and fall was the key to getting a strike. And the strikes were hard. The trout were just smashing the baits. All in all we landed 19 fish in about 4 hours with all but 2 over 20". The big fish of the day taped at 27". The bigger trout would make several runs before we could get them to the net. Very fun day and plan to make a few trips. The shallow bite continues to ice over which is about late December. Here's some pics of typical cutts we were catching.
  11. Uintah Mountains. Have the option of fly fishing in rivers or some mountain lakes. I haven't trekked back into them for years now so can't really recommend anything in particular. Check with Fish Tech. It's a local fly shop but they have some knowledgable lake guys. Number is 801 272 8808. FYI they are a worth a visit. Lots of cool gear. 6153 Highland Dr in Holladay. Personally I'd opt for the upper Provo river above Jordanelle but all the rivers were running fast as of two weeks ago due to rain. If you have the time Wind Rivers in Wyoming is a great option. I fish up there every year. The Green River lakes are an easy hike and fishable from shore with spinning gear. Lots of brookies and lakers. About a 4 hr drive north of SLC.
  12. Headed up to Leech on Thursday. Too windy on Thursday on Friday to fish where we wanted to on Leech so we chased crappies on another lake. Caught some nice slabs and way too many bass. Finally got onto Leech today and the bite was going full force. Boated about 100 jumbos in a little over 4 hours of fishing. Got some bonus walleyes as well which we released immediately. We were fishing in 10 to 12 foot depths on a mid lake clay flat with sparse weed growth. Best presentation was pitching fatheads and hopping them slowly back to the boat. Slip bobbers took some fish but pitching was a lot more effective. Here's a pic of the size of the perch we found. Very few were under 9 inches and we got bit almost every cast. Great fun. I'd get up to Leech as soon as you can. And the bonus fish of the day.
  13. I used the 8'3" extendable a lot last fall trolling for walleyes. Paired it with a 4000 series Symetre spooled with Sufix performance metered braid and a 10ft fluoro leader. Dynamite for those shallow eyes. Hard to find the metered braid but noticed Gander in Eden Prairie has it. Changes color every 25 ft so easy to replicate depth with a spinning reel or a bait caster. And FYI it casts just fine.
  14. I started using metered Sufix Performance braid last fall and highly recommend it. Changes color every 25ft so you know exactly how much line you have out. Handled some big Tonka eyes and pike. Perfect for trolling if you don't have a bunch of line counters. Casts well too so you can switch it up. Was hard to find last year but I noticed Gander had some at the EP store.
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