Ice fishing tournaments happening in Utah

Dec 20, 2022, 10:00 AM

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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said anglers must drill and measure the ice around their spot to make sure it's at least four inches thick. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

(Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

SALT LAKE CITY — The winter sport of ice fishing will now be open to spectators as ice fishing tournaments pop up all over the state. Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources has announced 10 different ice fishing tournaments that it will be sponsoring or hosting. 

The DWR advised that a valid Utah fishing license is required for anyone over 12 years old to fish in the tournaments.

Additionally, the DWR said participants should brief themselves on the ice safety recommendations on the Utah State Parks website.

The entrance fee will apply for any tournaments or events held within a state park.

Burbot Bash

Held at Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Jan. 27-29, 2023  This ice fishing tournament will help control the reservoir’s population of burbot.

Registration opens Jan. 1. For more contest details or to register, visit the Burbot Bash website. 

Mac Attack Fishing Derby 

Held at Flaming Gorge on Jan. 14, 2023, this fishing contest is aimed at helping control the population of small lake trout at Flaming Gorge. The registration is $50. Catch a tagged lake trout and turn in the tag automatically to win a cash prize. Learn the rules of the contest and register online at the Buckboard Marina website. 

Disabled Outdoorsmen Utah Ice Fishing event

Held at Steinaker Reservoir on Jan. 14, 2023, from 8 a.m. to noon. This event will allow any participant who may have disabilities the opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time. Reserve your spot on the Disabled Outdoorsmen Utah website. 

DWR Ice Fishing Basics seminar

Not a tournament, but rather an informational course with basic tips, the event will be held at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Vernal on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The event is free, reserve your spot on Eventbrite in advance. 

East Canyon Ice Fishing Derby with Fins & Fur

Ice Addiction Tournament at Steinaker and Echo state parks

Held at Echo State Park on Jan. 21, 2023, at 8 a.m. and at Steinaker Reservoir on Feb. 4, 2023, at 8 a.m. Registration is open and all participants must register online by Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. Details about the tournament rules and registration are available at the Tightline Outdoors website. 

Millsite On Ice Fishing Tournament

Held at Millsite State Park on Jan. 13-14, 2023, the first day of the tournament will be Jan. 13, for a two-person team tournament. The second day, Jan. 14, will be one person only. The registration fee is $50 for one day or $85 for both days. Learn more and register on the Millsite on Ice website.

Monster Cisco Disco & Tournament

Monster Cisco Disco tournament is part of the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest and will be held at Bear Lake State Park on Jan. 28, 2023, from 6 a.m. to noon. Participants will have the chance to dip net for Bonneville cisco, a fish species only found at Bear Lake. For more details and tournament rules, visit the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest website. 


This ice-fishing tournament spans four different state parks: Echo, Lost Creek, Rockport and East Canyon. You can enter as many as you’d like. The registration fee is $50 per tournament or $150 for all four tournaments. Jan. 14 will be at Echo State Park, Jan. 28 will be at Lost Creek State Park, Feb. 4 will be at Rockport State Park and Feb. 11 will be at East Canyon State Park. Learn more and register on the Parks Pass Utah website. 

Youth Ice Fishing Bowl

Held at Steinaker State Park from Jan. 21, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event is free and Uintah County Tourism will pay for the entrance of each participants and one vehicle. All participants must register on Eventbrite by Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11:59 p.m. 

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