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UTAHNS WILL BE GOING `UP’ TO BEAT THE HEAT

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Temperatures will be warm, no, make that hot, so the big move this weekend will likely be to the mountains . . . campgrounds, lakes, streams, hiking and biking trails.

What will people find?Fishing . . .

There are both advantages and disadvantages to fishing at this time of the year. Being warmer, it takes more effort to catch fish. On the other side, there are more fish (this is the peak of the planting season) and conditions are more pleasant.

Streams and rivers have returned to normal, which means fishermen need to use strategy along with the right lures and baits. With clear water, fish are more likely to see movement on the banks. This is the time for the sneak-up-and-cast strategy. Either cast from behind a bush or tree, or stand back from the bank and cast to a likely spot. Don't let the fish see you.

Fly fishermen will be turning to dry flies for rivers and streams. Grasshopper patterns are also coming into season.

During the day, fish will be holding in the deeper pools and holes, eating nymphs, so go deep.

For lakes and reservoirs, timing is everything for summertime success.

With warmer water temperatures, fish move into the shallows mornings and evenings, the back into deeper waters in the afternoons. Best fishing, then, is mornings and evenings when the fish are in and feeding and within casting range.

Those trolling on lakes and reservoirs will need to go deep to get to the fish. Shore fishermen should look for spots were the shoreline drops away in order to reach deeper levels.

Lakes at the higher elevations are open. Those most accessible will have been planted for the weekend.

Fires . . .

While everything may look moist and green, mountain conditions are dry right now. Because of it, fire restrictions will be in place this weekend on all public lands.

This means: No open fires except in developed campground and in designated fire pits.

Smoking is restricted to vehicles and boats, or smokers must clear a circle three-feet in diameter around them. All fireworks are banned and officers will be on patrol to enforce the restrictions.

Camping . . .

The likelihood of finding an open camping spot in one of the national forests is slim. There are some areas open on a first-come, first-served basis. Those spots will go quickly, however.

People can call a national reservation number - 1-800-280-2267 - for more detailed information. When calling they should know the campground they're interested in or at least the name of the forest.

Only the Spirit Lake campgrounds will be closed in the Ashley National Forest. All other campgrounds in the Ashley, and all those in the Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal and Uinta national forests will be open. In the Wasatch-Cache, all campgrounds are open except Albian Basin at the top of Little Cottonwood.

Within the state park system, a few spots were available earlier in the week, but likely won't be there by Saturday. Bear Lake, Dead Horse Point, Huntington, Millsite, Palisade, Rockport, Starvation and Yuba were full. A few spots were available at Otter Creek, Willard Bay and Wasatch Mountain earlier this week.

Reservations must be made three days in advance, but information on available spots can be had by calling 322-3770 within the Salt Lake City area, or 1-800-322-3770 outside. Or, people may call a park directly to get information.

The Rock Cliff Recreation site at Jordanelle State Park will be open. The lake, however, will not be open to either boating or fishing.

The Nature Center, which highlights the area's environment with information and educational displays, will also be open. It will have a walk-in, 50-unit campground with rest rooms and hot showers.

Most of the BLM land is on lower grounds, where temperatures are warmer. But there are some spots where people can get cool.

The Henry Mountains southwest of Hanksville, for example, are high, wooded and until a few weeks ago had snow on the higher peaks. There are three nice camping areas there. Also, outside of Vernal, there are some nice camping spots along the Green River near Brown's Park.

Closer to Salt Lake City, Clover Springs on the road over Johnson's Pass in the West Desert is off the desert floor and at cooler elevations. This are is set up for horses and larger trailers and rigs.

Even though it will be hot around Moab, BLM campgrounds there will be busy. Because there is not a reservation system, people headed that direction should plan on arriving early.

The Shadow of the Timp Mountain Man Rendezvous will be held at Wasatch Mountain State Park. There will be contests and handmade items for sale. Activities will run each day through Monday. There is no fee to visitors.

There will be an Independence Day pioneer-style celebration at Pioneer Trail State Park on Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And Snowbird will be holding a series of events this weekend, including bike and rollerblade races, and climbing competition on the wall of the Cliff Lodge.