Free seminar teaches techniques for catching wipers

SALT LAKE CITY — Wipers — a hard-fighting cross between a female striped bass and a male white bass — are fast becoming a favorite fish to catch in Utah.

If you’d like to get in on the action — but you’re not sure what tackle to use or where and when to catch the fish — you won’t want to miss a free seminar on April 26.

The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Department of Natural Resources auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.

If you can’t attend the event, you can watch it live on YouTube. You can also watch it anytime after the event and watch the seminar whenever you like.

The event is free, but you must register to attend. You can register online.

The Division of Wildlife Resources, Smith & Edwards and Utah’s Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council have teamed up to offer the free event.

What you’ll learn

Wiper fishing experts will cover tackle and equipment, trolling tactics and various methods for shore fishing — even fly fishing from shore for wipers! The seminar will focus on fishing opportunities at Willard Bay and East Canyon reservoirs and the DWR’s approach to managing wipers at both waters.

Even though the seminar will focus on Willard Bay and East Canyon reservoirs, Phil Douglass, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, says the tips shared can help you catch wipers at any water in Utah where the fish are found.

Douglass says introducing wipers to the two reservoirs, and other waters across the state, has created a new and exciting option for anglers.

“Many anglers, including myself, have really enjoyed the chance to catch this hard fighting and great tasting fish,” he says. “From the first time I caught a wiper, I knew I’d found a new favorite fish to catch and cook for my friends and family.”

DWR seminars

The April 26 seminar is part of the DWR’s new Wildlife Recreation program. “These seminars are just perfect for helping people expand their fishing knowledge and explore new fishing opportunities,” Douglass says.

The wiper seminar is one in a growing lineup of events. Douglass says Wildlife Recreation seminars are planned for a rich variety of wildlife recreation, ranging from dog training to waterfowl and upland game bird hunting to fly fishing the Uintas.