Learn how to float, fish; YouTube seminar

SALT LAKE CITY — You don’t need a big, expensive boat to get on the water and catch fish.  Float tubes, pontoons and kayaks are less expensive alternatives, and they’re fun to use.

On June 18 a seminar was held and recorded for so all can learn how to fish from these hand-launched watercraft.

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Video courtesy of Department of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

The seminar was held at the Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City.

Steve Ogden shows a tiger trout he caught at Duck Fork Reservoir, Ferron, Utah, August 22, 2009 | Photo by Tom Ogden, St. George News
Steve Ogden shows a tiger trout he caught at Duck Fork Reservoir, Ferron, Utah, August 22, 2009 | Photo by Tom Ogden, St. George News

Paul Birdsey, coldwater sport fisheries coordinator for the Department of Wildlife Resources, said in addition to getting you off the shoreline and out to the fish, float tubes, pontoons and kayaks provide some unique advantages you won’t find in larger boats.

“For one, your fishing experience will be quieter,” Birdsey said. “There’s something serene about paddling or kicking a watercraft across the water.  And you can often get these watercraft into areas motorized boats can’t reach. And, on top of that, they’re a lot less expensive to buy, own and operate.”

Fishing from a float tube is a great way to enjoy solitude and catch fish, location unspecified, June 4, 2015 | Photo courtesy of DWR, St. George News
Fishing from a float tube is a great way to enjoy solitude and catch fish, location unspecified, June 4, 2015 | Photo courtesy of DWR, St. George News

Four anglers who have years of experience fishing from these watercraft presented the seminar, including Birdsey; Chris Penne, biologist at the DWR; John Schultz with the Strawberry Angler’s Association; and float tube angler Pat Scouten, also known as TubeDude to those who frequent Big Fish Tackle website.

Topics included:

  • How to turn your tube, pontoon or kayak into a fish-catching machine
  • How to catch various species while fishing from tubes, pontoons and kayaks
  • Tips and tricks for catching fish at specific waters, including Utah Lake and Strawberry Reservoir
  • Question and answer session
Tom Ogden shows a tiger trout he caught at Duck Fork Reservoir, Ferron, Utah, June 19, 2009 | Photo by Steve Ogden, St. George News
Tom Ogden shows a tiger trout he caught at Duck Fork Reservoir, Ferron, Utah, June 19, 2009 | Photo by Steve Ogden, St. George News

Resources

  • Contact: DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700
  • DWR website

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