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.
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