Not many anglers have heard of the Trout Fantasy Slam but if you love fishing and looking for something fun to do this summer, this is for you. Any fisherman can do this with a little planning. To achieve this slam, an angler just has to catch five of the seven natural trout species in a single day. Those species are brown, bull, brook, cutthroat, golden, lake and rainbow trout. Finding any five in one body of water and catching at least one of each in a single day may prove difficult at best. It may be worth planning on traveling to 2 or 3 bodies of water during the day to increase you odds. Pick a few places where you are likely to catch the type of trout you are targeting and start early in the day. For more information on how you can participate, visit the International Game Fish Asssoction ( IGFA) Website. Utah also has a Cutthroat slam that you can participate in and win a medallion. These slams are a fun way to enjoy fishing and accomplishing something that not many people have done.
Spring is finally upon is and great fishing is just around the corner. Most anglers believe that spring is the best time of year to fish. Fish are just becoming active again after a long cold winter and are hungry. During the the transition from Winter to summer, fish are generally less picky and easier to catch. You also have a better chance of catching big fish. Larger fish are often times found near the surface where the water is a bit warmer this time of year and food is plentiful. As the water warms up they will typically go deeper and deeper to find the cool water and be more difficult for most anglers to catch. Keep and eye the the current fishing reports and you will notice most waters will be good and some we will even be hot soon. This report can help you decide where you next fishing outing should be and even help you know what bait to use and how to use it. Be sure to submit you pictures to the bragging broad and we will post your catch for all to see.
The annual Fish Lake Perch Tournament will be hosted at Fish Lake on Saturday, February 24th, at 8:00 a.m.
You must be a registered participant to claim prizes.
Contests will be held at Lakeside Marina, Twin Creeks and Joe Bush areas.
Map of the areas and winter amenities at Fish Lake.
More information about contests, current sponsors, and rules.
Each participant must agree to the conditions of the participation waiver to register.
The 2018 Utah Fishing Guidebook has been released and is available by clicking here. The Utah fishing proclamation summarizes the laws, rules and regulations that govern fishing in Utah. The guidebook is designed to be a convenient quick-reference document for fishing regulations. You can use the guidebook to search for general rules pertaining the whole state or detailed rules to the water you are fishing if applicable.
In addition to rules and guidelines pertaining to fishing in Utah, the book also contains information about the annual free fishing day, steam access in Utah, Utah’s boating laws and rules, information of the State Park annual pass program, a helpful fish identification chart and much more.
With spring fishing upon us, Here are a few things to consider when heading out on your next fishing trip.
If you are looking to keep a lot of fish for dinner, then head to Millsite Reservoir this year. The daily limit at Millsite Reservoir has been increased to 16 fish and will stay in effect until March 15, 2018. The emergency amendment to the 2017 Utah Fishing Guidebook was approved in advance of repairs set to begin on the reservoir's dam and spillway this summer.
The reservoir in Emery County is being drawn down so the dam can be widened and repaired. Low water in the reservoir will result in the loss of fish so limits are being temporarily increased to allow anglers to harvest fish that would otherwise be lost.
"We want to allow anglers the opportunity to harvest as many fish as possible before construction begins at the reservoir," says Justin Hart, aquatics manager for the DWR's Southeastern Region. "Once the upgrades are completed, fish stocking will resume at Millsite so families can continue to enjoy the fishery."
The daily limit at Pelican Reservoir has been increased to 12 largemouth Bass and there is no limit on the number of Bluegill you can harvest through October 16th, 2017. Pelican Reservoir will be treated with rotenone this October to remove the Common Carp in the lake. This summer would be a great time to fish Pelican while the fishing is good.
If you catch a Pike at Utah Lake, you must keep it. Pike were illegally introduced into Utah Lake a few years ago and growing in size and numbers. This threatens the other fish that live in the lake including the endangered June Sucker. Mike Slater, regional sport fish project leader for the Division of Wildlife Resources says Northern Pike sit at the very top of the food chain and "They eat anything they want," He further adds, "Adding a predator like this may hurt the bass, walleye, catfish and panfish populations that already live in the lake." Traditionally the tributaries to Utah Lake are closed to fishing this time of year, but this rule has been lifted to help anglers catch Northern Pike in efforts to reduce their numbers. The current regulation allows fishing in the tributaries, but they are closed to the possession of walleye from March 1 through the first Saturday of May.
Here’s how you can help:
Obtaining this information will help the DWR determine the best way of trying to control this species in the lake while protecting the others.
The Division of Wildlife Resources recently announced two new requirements for boaters in Utah to help stop the spread of invasive Quagga mussel. These new requirements pertain specifically to Lake Powell and Deer Creek Reservoir.
The first mandatory requirement for boaters who visit Lake Powell or Deer Creek Reservoir pertains to the transportation of their boat. In addition to stopping at all mandatory inspection stations which has already been a requirement, they must also remove the drain plugs from their boat and keep them removed while travelling. This will help the boat dry out quickly and more thoroughly and further help reduce the spread of Quagga Mussels to other waters.
The second mandatory requirement only pertains to Lake Powell. Boaters must call a DWR aquatic invasive species specialist to perform an inspection of their boat if they have been docked at Lake Powell for two weeks or longer before they can go to another body of water. If Quagga mussels are found on the boat, the owner will be directed to a private business near Lake Powell where they will have to pay to have their boat professionally decontaminated. The boat owner must then let the boat dry for the required amount of time which is 18 days in the spring and fall and 7 days in the summer before they can launch the boat on any other body of water.
The Quagga mussel, is currently of major concern in the lakes of Utah. It is as an invasive species that first showed up in Utah a few years ago and the Division of Wildlife is trying to limit the potential damage this mussel can cause. Quaggas are prodigious water filterers, removing substantial amounts of phytoplankton and suspended particulate from the water. By removing the phytoplankton, Quaggas in turn decrease the food source for zooplankton, therefore altering the food web and alter the entire ecosystems. Additionally, their ability to rapidly colonize hard surfaces causes serious economic problems. These can clog water intake structures, such as pipes and screens, therefore reducing pumping capabilities for power and water treatment plants, costing industries, companies, and communities. They also create problems for recreation-based industries, docks, break walls, buoys, boats, and beaches have all been heavily colonized.
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We Fish Utah Staff