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The locations where these records were set ranged from lakes to reservoirs throughout the state.
Record-breaking catches were recorded at various bodies of water across Utah, including:
- Quail Creek Reservoir
- Gunnison Bend Reservoir
- Lost Creek Reservoir
- Currant Creek Reservoir
- Fish Lake
- Utah Lake
- Newcastle Reservoir
- Lake Powell
Reaching record-breaking size when fishing in Utah requires knowledge about local conditions such as water temperature and clarity levels, along with understanding what type of bait or lure works best, depending on the species being targeted.
Patience is also essential since big fish don’t always bite immediately, so perseverance is key. Additionally, using high-quality gear like rods, reels, lines, lures, and baits can make all the difference when trying to land those trophy-sized specimens.
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Anglers Who Set the Records: Several experienced anglers caught record-breaking fish in Utah this year, including:
- Willie G. Carollo – Bonneville Cutthroat Trout – 10 lbs. 2.24 oz.
- Hunter King – Wiper – 16 lbs. 8.32 oz.
- Taylor Hadlock – Bullhead Catfish – 16″ in length
- Draygen Picklesimer – Black Crappie – 16 3/4″ in length
- Taylor Shamo – White Crappie – 12 7/8″ in length
- Eli Gourdin – Bonneville Cutthroat Trout – 25 1/4″ in length
- Eli Gourdin – Colorado Cutthroat Trout – 22″ in length
- David MacKay – Tiger Trout – 29 1/4″ in length
- Jon Torrence – Walleye – 33″ in length
- Jacob Lords – Striped Bass – 6 lbs. 3 oz.
- Ryan Peterson – Nonnative Cutthroat Trout – 3 lbs. 14 oz.
Gear and Equipment
Fishing in Utah is a popular pastime, and anglers always look for ways to catch bigger fish.
To reach a record-breaking size, it’s important to have the right gear and equipment. From essential tackle and baits to recommended rods, reels, and lines for different types of fish, here’s what you need to know about fishing in Utah.
The most common type of bait used by anglers is live worms or crickets. Other effective baits include artificial lures such as spinners or jigs that imitate small minnows or insects on the water’s surface.
In addition to these basic supplies, it can be helpful to bring along extra hooks, weights, bobbers (or floats), swivels, split shot sinkers (for adding weight), and a variety of other terminal tackle items depending on your target species.
For optimal success when fishing in Utah waters, you should also consider investing in quality rods, reels, and lines that are suited for different types of fish species found there, such as trout, bass, catfish, and pike.
A light spinning rod with 6-8 lb test line is ideal for catching smaller panfish, while heavier casting rods with 12-20 lb test line will work better when targeting larger gamefish like bass, walleye, and muskie.
Additionally, fly fishermen may want a specialized rod reel & line setup designed specifically for their sport which typically involves using lighter tippets than traditional spinning/casting rigs do.
Lastly, don’t forget about clothing and accessories.
Wearing appropriate attire while out on the water can make all the difference between an enjoyable day spent catching lots of fish and one where you are uncomfortable due to being underdressed or overheated from wearing too many layers.
All these items help protect against sunburns, bug bites, cold temperatures, windy conditions, wetness, etc., so they are definitely worth bringing along if possible.