The 2020 Utah Fishing Guidebook is out. There are not as many changes this year as there has been in years past, but there are some worth mentioning.
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the Utah fishing records for cutthroat trout, native non-game fish species and species no longer in Utah will be archived. No new records will be accepted for those categories. All other records will remain in place, and there will be a new opportunity for anglers to set records for Utah’s different cutthroat subspecies.
Another noteworthy change pertains to Pelican Lake or Steinaker Reservoir. If you catch bluegill or green sunfish at either Pelican Lake or Steinaker Reservoir during the 2020 calendar year, you must immediately release them. This change will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2020 to help both fisheries reestablish strong populations.
Each year the Division of Wildlife Resources recommends changes to the fishing proclamation to help better manage Utah's fishery. Learn about these and other changes for the 2020 fishing season, as well as general fishing rules for the state of Utah, by obtaining a 2020 Utah Fishing Proclamation .
Whether you new to fishing in Utah or a seasoned veteran looking for a new fishing hole, the DWR has a brand new tool to help you find the perfect fishing spot. They have created an interactive map listing the most popular areas in the state to fish along with the current fishing reports. Each area on the map has a nice description of the area, directions on how to get there, the regulations specific to that body of water, and other helpful tools and tips. Not only can this help you plan you next trip but also help you out by knowing what to use and how to use it when you arrive. We have used this resource on several occasions. Not only have we found new waters to fish, but the fishing reports have helped us improve our catch rates by knowing what to use when we get there. Of course there are many other resources available to help you plan your next fishing trip, but this is a tool well checking out- You'll be glad you did.
It is time once again for the annual Fish Lake Perch Contest. This years contest will be held on February 23, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The DWR has recently planted 1,000 tagged perch in Fish Lake for the tournament. In addition to these tagged fish, There are also additional tagged fish in the lake from previous years that will also included in the tournament. All you need to do is enter the tournament, catch a tagged fish and win some fun prizes. This is a fun opportunity to spend time with family and friends out on the lake and possibly even winning some prizes along the way. Visit the following link for more information and to pre-register:
Changes are in store for the 2019 Utah fishing season. Each year the Division of Wildlife Resources recommends changes to the fishing proclamation to help better mange Utah's fishery and this year several changes have been recommend and approved.
The most notable change pertains to the use of corn as bait. Beginning in 2019, fisherman will be able to use corn as bait at all Utah waters. Last year a few waters were added on a trail basis and the trail went so well that biologists recommended that corn should now be allowed as bait everywhere. It is important to note that chumming is still not allowed.
Another note worthy change is that the limit of Lake Trout at Flaming George will be increased to 12 fish next year (only 1 of which may exceed 28" long.) There is an overabundance of small Lake trout in the lake and this should help restore the balance of more larger trout in the years to come.
The two day possession limit will will also be increased at Flaming George and Strawberry Reservoirs. This will allow anglers to keep more fish and spend more time fishing at these destination reservoirs.
Learn about all the changes for the 2019 fishing season as well as the general fishing rules for the state by obtaining a 2019 Utah Fishing Proclamation. They should be available next month and are free online and at many sporting good stores throughout the state.
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.
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