Hints of ice fishing are just starting to surface. Currently, the only lake with a safe covering is Scofield, but signs of the winter cap are starting to show up on other waters.
Traditionally, some of the best winter fishing happens right after ice-over.The ice at Scofield is about 6 inches thick. The water there is low and there is a threat of heavy winterkill. Fishing this week was not especially fast, but the fish being caught were on the large side.
There is some ice on Utah Lake, but it is not thick enough to be safe. Fishermen are standing on the docks at American Fork and Provo boat harbors and drilling down through the thin ice cap. Whitebass fishing off the docks has been good for those jigging with wax worms.
Fishing has been good, too, off the island at Deer Creek for trout in the 13- to 14-inch class. Fishermen are using red salmon eggs and red "Power Bait." They are also catching large carp, some in the 20-pound class. A few perch are being caught between the island and Rainbow Bay. Best success has been with night crawlers. Boaters trolling with worms and pop gear have been catching some nice rainbow.
Some ice is starting to form in some of the bays at Pineview. Best fishing has been for bluegill and yellow perch, with an occasional crappie coming up. Best fishing has been on the north arm of the lake.
The Provo River below Deer Creek has been good for fly fishermen using orange scuds, small pheasant tail or hare's ear nymphs, with an occasional surface bite on a "Griffith Gnat."
Fishing has been excellent around the Canyon Glen Park area of the Provo. Fishermen have been catching nice browns on nymphs.
Anglers at Flaming Gorge have been doing well jigging for rainbow and browns with black jigs in Sheep Creek and Hideout bays. Lately, trout fishing has been slow but is expected to pick up.
The spawn of browns on the Green River below Flaming Gorge was late arriving. Fishermen are still getting some surface action with cicadas, orange glow bugs and small No. 18 pheasant tail and hare's ear nymphs.
Fishermen are being urged to walk the shorelines carefully at this time of the year. The browns spawn in the shallows and their spawning beds are vulnerable to wading fishermen.
There is some ice in the shallow areas of Fish Lake. This includes the main marinas, which are iced in. Boats can be launched from Twin Creeks on the western shore. This week fishermen caught 20- and 13-pound lake trout trolling, and a 12-pound brown from shore. Fishing for rainbow has also been good, but not so good yet for splake.
A few of the larger stripers are starting to show up around the northern reaches of Lake Powell. A 14 3/4-pound striper was caught by Utahn Dennis Schulz. A fishing companion, Ronald Nistler, hooked at 13-pound striper.
Hite Marina manger Joe Schwenk said good fishing has been reported from Good Hope Bay north.