9 ice fishing tournaments are coming to Utah this winter

From January through March 2022, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State Parks will host nine ice fishing tournaments across the state.

Many of the tournaments will serve a good cause. The Buckboard “Pup” ulation Control Contest will help control the limited lake trout population in the Flaming Gorge. The burbot Bash will accomplish the same goal, but with the burbot, a cod-like fish that reproduces quickly and prey on other species in the reservoir.

Here is a list of the tournaments:

Other competitions, like the East Canyon Ice Fishing Derby with fins and fur, focus solely on who can catch the biggest fish. Cash prizes go to the top four catchers and Hourly Rewards go to the biggest fish caught that hour.

The Bonneville-Cisco, which can be found exclusively at Bear Lake, will be on display in the Monster Cisco Disco and Tournament.

Falling through the ice can be a potentially fatal circumstance, so great caution should be exercised when ice fishing. It is important to research the conditions before hitting the ice, as they can change dramatically over the course of the day within a few feet.

Anyone over the age of 12 must have a valid Utah fishing license to attend the events.

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