Learn how to ice fish in Southeastern Utah

Learn how to ice fish in Southeastern Utah. (Photo: MGN)

(KUTV) — If you would like to give ice fishing a try then you're in luck! You can learn the basics at a free ice fishing clinic in Moab.

As a bonus, if weather and ice conditions permit, the clinic will include a fishing trip to Ken's Lake where you can give your newly learned skills a try.

The free clinic, which is sponsored by the Division of Wildlife Resources, will be held Feb. 3 at the Grand Center on 182 N. 500 W. The clinic will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

"If the ice at Ken's Lake is safe, the DWR will host a fishing trip to the lake" after the classroom instruction, a news release states. The ice needs to be at least four inches thick.

If a live action fishing trip is deemed safe, it will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Those who attend will learn how to stay warm and comfortable on the ice, how to be safe on the ice, fishing gear and bait that work best for ice fishing, and how and where to drill a hole.

Advanced tips will be shared by instructors once the basics are covered.

The event is free of charge, but those wanting to fish at Ken's Lake must have a current fishing license.

A fishing license can be purchased at a DWR regional office, online at, or at most sporting goods stores.

Those without fishing equipment are in luck, as the DWR will loan gear to anyone wanting to fish at Ken's Lake that day.

Walt Maldonado, regional wildlife recreation specialist for the DWR, says the clinic is for everyone, regardless of age or experience.

"If you’ve never been ice fishing,” Maldonado says, “this clinic will give you the confidence you need to get started with a hobby you’ll look forward to every winter."

If you have questions about the clinic and fishing trip, call the DWR’s Southeastern Region office at 435-613-3700 or Walt Maldonado at 435-820-8147.